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Posted by Finster on June 30, 2001 16:38:07 UTC

Well, George, I don't know the tech specs you desire off hand (I'm not at home right now). But when I get home later, I'll look at the documentation that came with them.

On a personal note, I have a Celestron Nexstar 8, using a Light pollution filter, and my Plossils are the default 40mm, 25mm, 13mm, 8mm, 6mm. I use a dew "cap" wrap I made from a reflective car dash shade with velcro straps (works well and was made for under $8). After a couple summer nights using the scope without, the dew shield is really something you should get your hands on!

I use an ETrex Garmin Global positioner to input the data into the unit (about $110), and I've found that doing it this way *really* gets the thing slewing accurately!

I also changed all the screws Celestron used in the tripod. They were simply too short and some were loose, even upon tightening. Interesting...it was such a small change, but it resulted in the tripod becoming much more stable for what it is.

I slewed to Mars the other night, in an urban setting, and was able to see it with "detail" using the 13 & 8mm oculars (I didn't use the 6mm). If you want me to elaborate more on the "detail" just let me know.

As you get to the 8 & 6 mm, however, your eye really has to be up there on the lens...I mean c-l-o-s-e!

The moon was observed with *fantastic* detail using the 25, 13, and 8mm oculars.It's a rush to look at it using the naked eye, and then look through the scope and observe craters with great detail!

I'd still say that if your going to do photography, then you *may* want to go with the ultimas so that any abberations are *assured* to be at a minimum.

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