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19323Re: First Light with New FLT 110 Lite

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  • John Wall III
    Feb 1, 2009
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      Tom,

      Thanks for sharing those photo's. I love that scope, it's good to
      see such good performance from it. You have a very nice gallery!

      CS's
      John


      --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, "Tom Arrington"
      <notgnirra@...> wrote:
      >
      > Last night I was able to achieve first light with my new telescope,
      a
      > William Optics FLT 110. Mine is the new "Lite" version with the
      new
      > 2.5" focuser, everything else is the same with the standard FLT
      > 110's. Visual tests were encouraging, no false color and the star
      > rings looked good in and out of focus. Physically, this is a much
      > bigger scope than my W/O 80mm doublet! 30mm adds a lot of size and
      > bulk. It sure looks cool on the mount.
      >
      > I was able to capture 3 new photos. 2 of the 3 are shown here.
      I've
      > more work to do on the third.
      >
      > First is a shot of the Cone Nebula and Christmas Tree Cluster. 16
      > exposures of 6 minutes each. Combined and dark subtracted in Deep
      > Sky Stacker. Post processed in PixInsight LE and PhotoShop CS3.
      You
      > can see the photo here.
      >
      > http://tinyurl.com/ccnxto
      >
      > or
      >
      > http://www.pbase.com/image/108757483
      >
      > The second photo is of M44, the Bee Hive cluster. I shot this
      mainly
      > as a test of how flat the field is on my Canon camera. This on is
      > only 30 minutes of total exposure, 5 x 6 minutes. This is a full
      > size image without cropping. You can see some elongation of the
      > stars in the corners. I will need to get a field flattener
      someday.
      > I don't often photograph open clusters. I do like this shot, so
      > maybe more of these in the future. You can see the photo here:
      >
      > http://tinyurl.com/cvulhl
      >
      > or
      >
      > http://www.pbase.com/tom_arrington/image/108756795
      >
      > As always, comments are welcome. Thanks for looking.
      >
      > Tom
      >
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