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    Default Some New Toys



    Nothing special. My last observing session back on December 15th revealed the need for a couple of lower power Plössl eyepieces for my longer refractors.

    An Educational Evening

    I was also in dire need of an additional 1.25" diagonal. I've got 4 2" diagonals, but the only 1.25" I've got are the ones that came with my ST80 (not the best) and a 45° prism that came with my Premium 80.

    I scraped up some pocket change and whipped out a couple of honey-do's for my good wife, and placed an order with Agena Astro for a GSO 40mm and 32mm Plössl eyepieces, a GSO 1.25" dielectric diagonal, and while I was at it, I nabbed another small tube base for my Rigel Quickfinder.

    https://agenaastro.com/gso-40mm-plossl-eyepiece.html
    https://agenaastro.com/gso-32mm-plossl-eyepiece.html
    https://agenaastro.com/gso-1-25-90-d...sion-ring.html
    https://agenaastro.com/rigel-quikfinder-base-small.html

    Everything was supposed to arrived on Saturday, but things were delayed, chiefly because the US Postal Service saw fit to route my order from California via Detroit, down to Memphis, back west to Little Rock, back east again to Memphis, then back west again to Little Rock, then on up to Lowell. Beats the heck out of me.

    Anyway, everything arrived today.



    The Rigel Quickfinder serves time on my short 127mm, long 102mm, and now on one of my long 80mm. I could use a couple more bases for the long 127mm and the short 80mm.

    Anyway, I'm enjoying my Premium 80 quite a bit. I've already put an 8×50 RACI on it (black to match), so I figured an added Rigel base would make it even easier to star hop with.



    Getting very damp outside right now as I am waiting on heavy fog to coalesce. I may set it out for a quick peek around the sky here in a bit and try out the two new eyepieces.

    And that's the long and the short of it.

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    Default Re: Some New Toys

    That 80mm looks great!
    I forgot to mention before holiday, lemon oil works well on the wood tripods and will not cause the wood to swell.
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    Default Re: Some New Toys

    Long and short of it... I see what you did there!

    Well that will be sure to bring the vengeance of the cloud gods for a while!
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    Default Re: Some New Toys

    Nice!! Congrats! Sometimes the little thing end up being some of the most useful and beneficial. I hear great things about the GSO plossl's.
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    Default Re: Some New Toys

    Nice accessory additions for your growing collection of scopes Bryan!

    I have an Orion 40mm Plossl that gets almost no use, because it shows virtually the same starry field as my 32mm Plossl, but with a smaller FOV. Let us know how the Plossls work out.

    The diagonal that came with my ST80A turned out to be slightly miscollimated, so if I do use it, it goes on my longer 'fracs. I use an Orion dielectric on my ST80, C90Mak, or my Celestron 4" F/9.8 'frac.

    I have a Rigel Quickfinder, but currently not being used. Should put it on my Astromaster 90EQ 'frac - currently used without a finder (the red dot star pointer that comes with these Astromaster models are useless).
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    nice little collection there Bryan
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    Sweet - Nice astro toys to look at while the fog rolls in - same here.
    My Dew heater, heater strips & KK ep showed up......
    I guess that explains the cloud bank that stretches from Lowell to here
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    Nice Bryan. I have that 40mm plossl. It is a nice performer for me.
    Nice weather is just around the corner my friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    That 80mm looks great!
    I forgot to mention before holiday, lemon oil works well on the wood tripods and will not cause the wood to swell.
    Thanks, Gabrielle! And thanks for the tip on the lemon oil!

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    Long and short of it... I see what you did there!

    Well that will be sure to bring the vengeance of the cloud gods for a while!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderwerX View Post
    Nice!! Congrats! Sometimes the little thing end up being some of the most useful and beneficial. I hear great things about the GSO plossl's.
    Thanks, Frankie! I believe these eyepieces are gonna fill their niche quite nicely.

    Quote Originally Posted by terrynak View Post
    Nice accessory additions for your growing collection of scopes Bryan!

    I have an Orion 40mm Plossl that gets almost no use, because it shows virtually the same starry field as my 32mm Plossl, but with a smaller FOV. Let us know how the Plossls work out.

    The diagonal that came with my ST80A turned out to be slightly miscollimated, so if I do use it, it goes on my longer 'fracs. I use an Orion dielectric on my ST80, C90Mak, or my Celestron 4" F/9.8 'frac.

    I have a Rigel Quickfinder, but currently not being used. Should put it on my Astromaster 90EQ 'frac - currently used without a finder (the red dot star pointer that comes with these Astromaster models are useless).
    Thanks Terry!

    They do same fairly close, FOV-wise. In the Premium 80, I am getting a 1.98° TFOV with the 40mm, and a 1.83° TFOV with the 32mm. 23× and 28× respectively.

    Man, if an old Celestron C102 ever pops up for sale around here, I'm not even gonna ask, I'm just getting it.

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    nice little collection there Bryan
    Thanks, Rob!

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    Sweet - Nice astro toys to look at while the fog rolls in - same here.
    My Dew heater, heater strips & KK ep showed up......
    I guess that explains the cloud bank that stretches from Lowell to here
    Woe to those that live between us! Maybe we should start an astronomical extortion racket. We could be the Milky Way Mafia.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleheaf View Post
    Nice Bryan. I have that 40mm plossl. It is a nice performer for me.
    Nice weather is just around the corner my friend.
    Thanks, Mark! Looking forward to some clear skies!

    I took the scope out for about 10 minutes and caught M42 and M78. Even at 23×, the four Trapezium stars were nicely separated and sharp pinpoints. Sigma Ori was easily split. I am impressed at how much brighter this diagonal makes this scope. Feels like a 1" jump in aperture.

    Too cold and damp and I didn't last very long. The rising fog made things very creepy out there.
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    Thanks for the update on the 1.25" Plossls, Bryan! The apparent field of view of looks narrower on my 40mm vs. my 32mm Plossl, although the TFOV might be slightly larger.

    My C102 is a newer model, originally on a Nexstar GOTO mount. But it would be nice to own a classic model as well.
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