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    Default Just noticed the Astronomy section!

    So here's another of my moon shots just to keep keep up the flow.





    E-510, 1/60s, 840mm f/10, iso100


    Thanks for viewing.

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    Oly

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    Default Re: Just noticed the Astronomy section!

    Oly,

    Very nice resolution.
    Can you tell us the technical (equipment) details ?

    You've set a new standard for me to aspire to.

    Cheers,
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    Default Alec

    Sorry for the late reply.

    Orion 80mm ED (they call it an "APO" but it's simply a high quality doublet) refractor (600mm f/7.5) on an inexpensive but sturdy tripod. Zuiko TC-14 and of course a T adapter.

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    Default Re: Just noticed the Astronomy section!

    One of the sharpest moon shots I've seen.
    Bill Shinnick
    Pana GH1; 7-14; 14-140; 45; FL-36R.


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    Default Shoo-ee!

    I'm thinking hard about getting the Orion 80mm (aperture) with the tracking mount because of images like yours, Oly. Another possibility is the Meade Series 5000 with 80mm aperture, which trades focal length for speed. It is a true triplet for max control of chromatic aberration, but I haven't read any reviews of either telescope. Orion makes it easier (and cheaper?) than Meade to specify a complete system with tracking mount, though.

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    Default Re: Shoo-ee!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Finnerty View Post
    I'm thinking hard about getting the Orion 80mm (aperture) with the tracking mount because of images like yours, Oly. Another possibility is the Meade Series 5000 with 80mm aperture, which trades focal length for speed. It is a true triplet for max control of chromatic aberration, but I haven't read any reviews of either telescope.
    My shop, Starizona, recommended the Orion 80 and for the price it's a cracker - sharp and crisp an no CA that I can see. They do call it an "APO" and it would be hard to do that if it had obvious CA.

    The Meade 5000 series scopes are new and hard to find right now but they're generating quite a buzz. If I had to recommend one I'd recommend the large one because, if anything, I'm usually jonesing for MORE focal length from my Orion - not less. But the smaller one is certainly a smaller option to the Orion 80.

    Another way to go (and all of these options cost more than the Orion 80) is the William Optics Megrez 90 or 110. Looks like a very nice scope and they've gotten good reviews.

    Also, there are 100 and 120mm versions of the Orion refractor available and the 100mm (900mm focal length, f/9 speed) version looks very attractive at only $899 list price, but this is about the same as what I'm doing now with the 80mm plus the TC-14 (840mm at about f/10).

    What I really want is a 1000mm f/7 scope, but that means $$$$.

    Still, you will indeed LOVE the 80 or the small Meade if you get one! Loads of fun!

    Best,
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    Default Re: Just noticed the Astronomy section!

    Wow! Impressive! I love the details.

    Thanks for sharing.

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