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Just a little heads up on tonighs Moon which will be nicely positioned between The Pleiades and Mars with the Hyades nearby also.

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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Heads up on tonights moon

I had a good long look at the moon on Saturday night using the binoviewers and the 12" and it was just amazing. Everyone out there with binoviewers go out there and have a look at the moon, its phase at the moment is excllent for detail.
I got the "normal" view when I closed one eye, but when I used both, you can see through the seeing!, like a natural unsharp mask!. Its like some got a fistfull of plaster of paris and slapped it off a wall, very stunning!
Its the only time I get the real 3-d effect :shock: 8)
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Replied by Johnno on topic Re: Heads up on tonights moon

Dave,
as a matter of interest, what e/p's did you use with the binoviewer on the moon. Did you use them on your sct. If so did you need a barlow.

I just received mine and having problems viewing the moon with 17mm's and the corrector 1.6 barlow on the 12" dob. :?

Any ideas whats wrong....

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Replied by michaeloconnell on topic Re: Heads up on tonights moon

Sounds like a focus issue Johnno. With the correct installed and the binoviewers in the scope, pick a distance house/other and rack the focus in and out. Does the image quality get any better at any stage?
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Replied by Johnno on topic Re: Heads up on tonights moon

Michael, I have tried almost everything.
Surely 140X is not too much on the moon.

Anyway I'll be out later (weather permitting) and give it another go.

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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Heads up on tonights moon

Johno,
Isn't there a specific binoviewer or adapters for a dob, I dont think you can put just any binoviewer on a dob, again like Michael said, there are serious focuser reach issues there.
I had to turn the focuser on my 12" sct a huge amount to get the binoviewer into focus, I didnt use a barlow but there is a 1.5x barlow built into the unit.
As for eyepieces, I use 26mm, 15mm and 12.6mm series 4000 s.plossel meades.
The moon was just fantastic again tonight, the sky is particularily dark, I think we'll be saying good bye to the clear skies come tomorrow :?
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Replied by Johnno on topic Re: Heads up on tonights moon

Yeah Dave, the binoviewers came with a 1.6X corrector for newts.
However I just could not focus. Sad
I pestered Michael for a technical explanation and came up with the idea of putting on a 2X barlow in line.
Tried this and pointed at the moon.
Well there was three words to describe what I saw. (cant repeat them here).
The 3D effect on the moon was incredible. Looking into the craters, seeing the shadows, the detail was awesome. It's like seeing one of those processed images in your eyepiece.
Turned to Saturn, Shocked Shocked Unbelievable, the cassini division was remarkably clear and dark. I could actually see the different shades of the bands.
I could go on... You know what is like when you get the kick.

clear skies

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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Heads up on tonights moon

Looked pretty nice from Daingean last night. Brrrr, it was cold!
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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re: Heads up on tonights moon

You know what is like when you get the kick.

clear skies

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I'm glad you got it working Johno.
Its like seeing the moon again for the first time when using the binoviewer, its just amazing!!!, you really get the 3D globe effect. 8)
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