meade ds 2070 observations

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meade ds 2070 observations

Postby mufalak » Fri Apr 07, 2006 10:56 am

Hallo everybody.
Finally the skies were clear for a few days over Bristol so I had a go on my meade ds 2070.
I was very impressed! Saw the shadow on the saturn rings from the giant, saw 5 moons of jupiter (unless the fifth moon was something else) plus some cloud belts, saw for the first time smudges of m81 and m82 and the clarity with which i saw the moon was very impressing. Now im betting on meade 25mm plossl on meade and if i get it, just cant wait! The only thing that is a bother is the viewfinder which is absolutely useless, dont understand why they even make it! And the mount is not as sturdy as one would expect. As it was windy over the past days the objects were jumping in the eyepiece like mad. Still many things to be updated, but am happy so far.
Best regards to all, Pat.
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Postby jsc248 » Fri Apr 07, 2006 12:53 pm

Hi Pat,
Glad to hear that you are enjoying your new scope. I have not tried that scope but it sounds great. The 25mm will definately enhance your viewing of the sky.
Best of luck and I hope the skies stay clear for you.
John.
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Postby andrew short » Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:10 pm

I'm pleased that you managed to enjoy some good observing Pat.I agree with you about the viewfinder on the DS 2070,it's a 5x24 unit and is really very bad indeed,though not as bad as some other 5x24's I've seen!
I'm going to change the one on my son's scope for a red-dot finder,or maybe a 6x30.I have made my own 8x30 right-angle finderscope from broken bins (see photo),but it's a bit too heavy for the 70mm Meade refractor.

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Postby mufalak » Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:43 pm

Thanks, John. I really do enjoy myself with the scope. And sorry, a little mistake wormed itself in, the meade plossl im bidding on is 20mm not 25mm.
Clear nights and evething, Pat.
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Postby jsc248 » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:00 pm

The 20mm will give excellent results too! Hope you win the auction.
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Postby mufalak » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:00 pm

Thanks, Andrew. Your home made viewfinder looks interesting. I should propably consider buying a viewfinder too as i dont use one at the moment and pointing the tube in the right spot can get a bit tricky and i have to get on my knees and look along the tube and our garden has loads of little spiky stones that needle into my knees. Dont know which finder to get yet, though. Its a pity that i lost the 6x30 viewfinder I had with bresser 114 reflector (gave it away some years ago as it was rubbish)as it was the only thing that worked and the field of view was nice and the image was crisp, unlike the meade 5x24 i have now. Very limited field of view and bad achromatism, its like looking at the rainbow. Cheers and good luck with everything to you and your son with star hopping and smudges gaping and moon staring! And your new TAL. Did she meet the expectations?
Pat.
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Postby andrew short » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:00 pm

I just spotted what I think could be an excellent bargain on ebay.Five Telescope Service Plossl ep's 30mm,25mm,20mm and 6.5mm with a buy it now price of £37.95.
I don't know anything about TS products,but that price for 5 Plossls has to be good.The Tal is great Pat,a bit of false colour,but nothing I can't live with.

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Postby mufalak » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:00 pm

Thanks. I hope too. And i also hope that the meade EP will get better results that MA. It should, ha?
Pat.
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Postby mufalak » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:00 pm

Andrew, the price looks good I saw it too and others but I just dont want to make a mistake again! And meade plossls are known to be good. Hows your new TAL?
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Postby andrew short » Fri Apr 07, 2006 2:16 pm

Hi again Pat,
The Tal is great,I'm just waiting for my diagonal mirror to be returned from VCSM and then I'll use it more frequently.Up until then,I've had to use it straight through,using an extension tube and as I told col in an earlier post,it gets very hard on the neck.
Mind you the views I've enjoyed with it over the last few days have been superb.Saturn and the Moon are spectacular with it and Jupiter's GRS is easily visible.There is a little chromatic abberation,but I'm not complaining,after all I only paid £78 for the OTA.
Another bonus is that my home made 8x30 finder fits in the Tal 6x30 bracket.

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