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    Cool PST In The House.



    After about a months' wait I finally picked up my PST form KW Telescope.
    As always I cracked the box open while I was there and yes it was in there...securely nestled into the foam packaging. This is one nice litle scope.

    There were none of the 2" Lunt hershel wedges in stock yet so with a few astro bucks weighing down my pockets I opted for the NEXIMAGE 5 imager. I have read only the best about these little units and for the price a guy cant go wrong getting a toe or two wet in the imaging department with one of these.

    So...I get home, pry the scope out of the foam packaging and rig it up on my AR102 with the white light filter installed
    I gotta say that I will not ever forget the initial thrill of my first views with this scope.
    With clouds scurrying in front of the sun I emotionally swung between totally enthralled to extremely frustrated with those darned clouds.

    This has got to be one of my best purchases in this hobby and who knows...with a bit of practice I could be able to share some of the images I may produce. There is a lot of good info on this forum concerning the NI5 and I'll be reviewing it all again.Thanks to all who contributed the info..it will be very helpful.

    And to Abb...yup...you were right about this scope and about the ES 4.7.
    Lesson learned...If Abb likes it I'll like it too!

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    Congratulations Bob. I would like to say that I'm not jealous but I would be lying.
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    Congratulations Bob I know you are going to love it !
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    I echo Bill's sentiment, so Jelly! Congrats on the new gear Bob. Anxiously awaiting some imaging from you!
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    Hello Bob. Congratulations on the new PST. Count me in too with the envious crowd. Wow, now you have white light solar views, and hydrogen alpha views. I am very happy for you Bob, as you are going to have a blast out there under the sun. Once you get the NI5 camera going, please put up some of your pictures for us to enjoy. Thanks for your fun read report, and best wishes for clear skies.
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    I'm going to have a great time checking this scope out though I've run into a bit of a snag...
    The wife insists that I have to complete ALL my chores before I can go out an play with my toys!!

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    Congratulations on picking up a fantastic little solar scope. I had my PST out yesterday and its good to know you are not restricted to night time viewing now. I bought mine on impulse and looking back I'm really glad I did. Once you get used to looking at the sun through H alpha and become proficient at coordinating the etalon with the focuser, details on the sun really imerge. Actually, taking eyepiece projection shots of the sun and moon ultimately got me interested in pursuing AP further, at this point I don't know if that was a curse or a blessing! All I know is its costing me more money than I expected and now I have the urge to change course from my original plan. Anyway, enjoy the new toy and taking pictures of our star. Its amazing when you see some images posted around here taken through a PST, you think they were done with a much larger scope. Of course, the imagers bring into play their CCD camera and advanced processing skills. The point is the PST has the potential to provide remarkable images.
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    Yeah, I love my Lunt 35 mm. Enjoy. The images below came from the Lunt.

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    Hi Euwan
    I struggled for quite a bit with the decision whether to go with the PST or the Lunt 35mm.
    I was attracted to the helical focuser of the Lunt scope while intrigued with positive reviews of the Made in Mexico PST.

    I settled for the PST but would love to participate in a side-by-side of both of the products just to see for myself which one I felt was superior to the other and I suspect the results would differ from person to person with no real clear "winner"

    Nice images, there. All you guys have set the bar and I figure it's going to take a bit to produce some quality images to match but I'm willing to giver' a go.

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    Hey Bob,

    I have one of those Lunt 2" white light wedges. I use it on a Stellarvue 110BV with binoviewers. I put a Baader 2" UV filter and a Baader 2" Continuum filter in front of it and wow! The sun turns this really cool slime green and the sunspots are just bust your smile razor sharp! I think if you can nab one of those that you will really like it.

    And yes, the PST rocks! Several people in our local astronomy club have one and they really love them. So.. congratulations on the new scope. I am sure that you will enjoy it for many years.

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