Had my second decent night of viewing since Christmas. It seems that
the clouds start rolling in right around sunset. In this case the
opposite occured and the seeing was pretty good by miswestern standards.
I'll begin at the end by saying that this is a wonderful scope.
Saturn by around 10:00 was a sight to behold. Cassini's division at
46x was crisp, at 55x beautiful with ring shadow visible as well as
banding on the ball. Popping in the barlow for 110x and the view was
breathtaking. I decided to push it to 220x with my 5mm and barlow and
the image was still crisp and well defined. Thats over 70x per inch of
aperature on a night that was about a six out of ten.
M42 also held up well at high powers with a,b,c,d stars resolving to
perfect round balls with one faint, abiet pulsating, airy disc visible.
I looked very hard for e and f, and even thought I saw them blinking
in and out but I am not certain and my eyes and wishful thinking could
have been playing tricks on my by that time.
Wide angle views, which was the real reason I got this scope, were
fantastic as well. My 40mm gave me a view of the entire double
cluster..diamonds on velvet, with Saturn included in the mix. The same
wonderful view was experienced on the Plaiedes. I even got a " Dad
that's really cool", response from my teenage son.
I am really amazed at how this little scope handles power. I set it up
alongside my 127 mak, which really gives great planetary, nebula, and
cluster views when you take your time to get your night vision accuity
going, and the views through the ZSFD were not as bright but the light
scatter was less and the color and contrast were better. Also the
images stayed more consistant longer and did not faded in and out of
focus as they did in the Mak.
I know that everyone that bought this scope knows by now that they
have a keeper on their hands.
Take care all and more clear skys ahead.