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Re: ZS66SD Preliminary Report

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  • Tom Trusock
    LOL! ... MicroStar ... This ... and is ... raining when ... You can ... due to ... the ... The ... moon and ... the ... eyepiece ... Nagler ... seeing. ...
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 11, 2006
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      LOL!

      --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, robert peterson <bg2468@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > Tom,
      > I believe Hal has that permanently mounted on a barstool.
      > Bob
      > On Mar 9, 2006, at 9:51 AM, Tom Trusock wrote:
      >
      > > Hal,
      > >
      > > What about the 525x Tasco???
      > >
      > > T
      > >
      > > --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, "Jandorf, Hal \(NAVAIR\)"
      > > <harold.jandorf@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Preliminary Report:
      > > > The scope is a beautiful piece of art to look at, as usual.
      > > > I set it up on a Bogen tripod and a Universal Astronomics
      MicroStar
      > > Alt-Az mount.
      > > > Although the mount is small and light, it dwarfs the scope.
      This
      > > scope is VERY small!
      > > >
      > > > The 2-speed focuser is something to get use to. It works well
      and is
      > > a definite "plus", especially for high magnifications.
      > > >
      > > > The sky was CLEAR (amazing since usually it's cloudy or
      raining when
      > > you receive a new telescope) and the moon was first quarter.
      > > Unfortunately, there was some wind and the "seeing" was awful.
      You can
      > > see the turbulence when you look at the moon at even lower
      > > magnification. I can't test this scope at higher magnifications
      due to
      > > the bad seeing.
      > > >
      > > > At low power (I used a 24mm wide angle Televue 65 degree AF),
      the
      > > view was absolutely stunning! No false color on the moon's limb.
      The
      > > moon is sharp and what struck me was the contrast between the
      moon and
      > > the pitch black sky, even at the edge of the field. A star near
      the
      > > moon was visible and very sharp at 16x. I switched to a 16mm
      eyepiece
      > > at 24x and still holds the contrast and sharpness. With a 7mm
      Nagler
      > > at 97x, Saturn was sharp but shows the degradation due to bad
      seeing.
      > > I'll do some more observing this weekend when the clouds and rain
      > > leave this area.
      > > >
      > > > With the case and mount, this is a small, but powerful and high
      > > quality portable observatory for traveling and widefield
      astroimaging.
      > > I'm trying to decide to take the ZS66SD or the ZS80 to the total
      solar
      > > eclipse end of the month. Difficult decision.
      > > >
      > > > --Hal
      > > >
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