Flintstone Stargazing

July 20, 2010

Hyperdetailed Moon on 7/19/10

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Moon, Observation Journal — Ed @ 12:27 am

I recently purchased a new (to me) scope – a 10″ Meade LX200-GPS RCX (now ACF) scope. I’m evaluating it right now and thus far, I really like what I see. I haven’t had much of a chance to get out and try it out since I’ve needed to do some collimation and I’ve been out of town when the weather was cooperating. But tonight, I had a bit of decent weather and I got the thing nicely collimated and spent the evening mostly checking out the Moon. Because this is a much longer focal length scope than my LXD75, I can’t fit the entire Moon in the shot unless I use a focal reducer (which I’ll be getting soon) and so I stitched together 5 shots of the Moon to get the panorama. It’s 4200 pixels on a side, so the detail is extreme – take a look by clicking on it and going to the Original Size. Anyway, I’m thinking this scope is a keeper and I’ve got to start getting the other stuff I need to enable me to do astrophotography with it…

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2 Comments »

  1. I’ve got a (similarly new to me) LX200 classic – also 10″. When it’s collimated, it’s very very good. Amazingly good. But just a bit out of collimation and I may as well be looking through a Coke bottle. Get a set of Bob’s Knobs to make the collimation easier – trust me it’ll make your life so much better.

    Clear skies!

    Comment by David Parmet — July 20, 2010 @ 8:31 am

  2. Thanks David, I’m currently outfitting the scope – got a great deal on a souped up ultra wedge, scopebuggy and some of Robert’s Knobs are also on my list.

    Comment by Ed — July 20, 2010 @ 3:39 pm


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