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    Default I just doubled the quality of my scopes



    A few days ago, I posted a thread about "aperture vs focal length", and many people here set me straight on many things. (Namely, to stop using cheap EPs).
    I wish to thank everyone on this great forum who take the time to help their fellow stargazers. It is appreciated more than can be said.

    That said, good advice unheeded is what makes a fool.

    Well I just heeded, and went and bought myself 3 new EPs:

    Explore Scientific 6.7mm and 16mm, and a TeleVue 24mm Panoptic.
    (The guy at the shop said the 24mm is a "gem").

    I didn't want heavy EPs because the scopes I use most are small (between 3" and 5") and some of those big Coke cans are so heavy they just overpower my small mounts. (I didn't have the money for a set of Ethos anyway!).

    3 weeks ago I turned 50, and Christmas is just around the corner, so I treated myself.

    Thanks again, and happy holidays to all!
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    ES 7.6mm & 16mm | Nagler 9mm | Panoptic 24mm | TV 32mm & 40mm Plössl |

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    Good stuff
    Happy sky hunting
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    /wide field scope. 10x10 shed with dome. Sky watcher sky adventurer mount.

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    congrats on the new ep's.
    i'm sure they will improve your viewing
    no end.
    clear skies,

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    revelation 20X80 bino's,camlink tp-2500 camera/bino tripod.
    a few bits and pieces and a major addiction
    to the sky.
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    Congratulations on the early Christmas present to yourself. I've heard that those ES eyepieces are nice, and I can tell you that the Panoptics sure are. You'll love 'em.

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    Very nice---- rig! Congratulations.

    and clear skies.
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    Okay I'll be late for work, but I just had to share:

    -6 C, the Sun is coming up and the waning crescent Moon is in conjunction with Saturn. (Good conditions, except for bad seeing, and the Sun, of course).
    I pulled out my trusty old 5" collapsible dob and tried my new EPs....

    WHY IN THE WORLD DID I WAIT SO LONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I saw the Cassini division for the first time...In almost broad daylight!

    My dad (an retired geologist) gave me his old field telescope for my birthday.
    A Bausch & Lomb 80mm Schmidt-Cassegrain. Discontinued model 8080, it's a little beauty with 800mm FL at f/10 (it weighs about 2 pounds!). I quickly pulled it out for First Light. With the TeleVue 24mm, the view of the Moon was simply stunning, and barlowed, I could see Saturn's rings!

    I was out in the cold in shirtsleeves, (too excited to get my coat!).
    I am so stoked now that I know what good EPs can do.
    I never thought my little scopes could be so very clear!

    Yipee!
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    Enjoy your EPs and congrats to your 50,

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    That's AWESOME! Glad you're enjoying your telescopes that much more. Also, Happy B-Day!!!!!
    Cal
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