New Megrez 80 SD II
- Hello fellow astronomy enthusiasts.
I just purchased the 80mm Megrez SD package and should receive it next
week. I need some advise from other scope users. I would like to use a
binoviewer like a Siebert or a Burgess/Stellarvue. David Yang told me
that he is pretty sure that it would work fine without the diagonal,
but I would like to use it with the diagonal as it is easier to
observe near zenith. He could not ascertain that using the diagonal
would work well. Does anyone has experience with this setup?
I would like to use a lightweight alt-az mount to put on my Bogen
3246 tripod. Any recommendations? For the short term I will be using a
Bogen 501 head.
Last question. Which filters are the most useful for observing the
planets and DSO's. I ordered the WO VR-1 filter and a Meade variable
Polarizer for Moon observing. I am fortunate to live in an area with
dark skies and minimal light pollution. Thank you in advance for your
much appreciated sage advise.
- --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, fcorrada <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> Hello fellow astronomy enthusiasts.I also have the Megrez 80 SD package, and my partner owns a Burgess
> I just purchased the 80mm Megrez SD package [...] I would like to use
> a binoviewer like a Siebert or a Burgess/Stellarvue.
> [...] Does anyone has experience with this setup?
Oddly enough, I haven't yet done the experiment to see how well the
two work with each other, with/without the diagonal. Hopefully clear
skies this weekend will allow me to do this test and report back to
> Last question. Which filters are the most useful for observing theI ordered the WO VR-1 filter, through Oceanside Photo & Telescope. It
> planets and DSO's. I ordered the WO VR-1 filter and a Meade variable
> Polarizer for Moon observing.
does make a big difference when viewing the planets. It virtually
eliminates violet glow around Jupiter. The view is very APO-like with
the VR-1 in place.
I haven't yet used the VR-1 with the Moon, since we're heading towards
New Moon at the moment. I find without the VR-1, the Megrez 80 SD
tops out at about 100x on the Moon. Beyond that, the chromatic
aberration becomes noticeable enough that the image breaks down.
I suspect the VR-1 will enable the 80 SD to be used on the Moon at
higher powers, and I plan to try this out once the Moon is back in the
early evening sky. Though lunar observing isn't really what I bought
the scope for.