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Old Tuesday 27th March 2018, 08:20   #2551
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Hi Tord,
Here is the whole cheese! ;-)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/421620...7642350397735/

With the Barlow I was still just able to fit the whole moon into the frame. Would have been impossible without the tracking mount.

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Old Tuesday 27th March 2018, 12:27   #2552
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thanks Tord.

Thought of the MC-14, but could not find any at a good price.

Did some tests with a TN I have, mounting it as close as possible, and I got it to 1.3x, which is great, for it means I will not regret leaving the 600mm behind.

Birding will be fun, but also bugs, landscapes, flowers. will have the 75-300mm, the 60mm m43-macro (and a diy diffuser for the small flash that comes with e-m1mk2) and a new 7.5mm laowa.
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It struck my mind I totally forgot to ask about how your trip was. Any good photo results with the scope?
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Old Thursday 12th April 2018, 07:04   #2553
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Finally had a nice day, so we combined a trip to the dentist in the afternoon with a little birding in the morning. Gave me a chance to try out the Meade 2x TeleXtender telecentric Barlow. Works very well. Quite bright and sharp to the edges.
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More here, mixed in with shots with the 300/4 Pro + MC-14:
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What a great lens that is!

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Old Saturday 5th May 2018, 07:08   #2554
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After further testing and shooting I would say the Celestron Ultima 2x is sharper in the center but the Meade Barlow is more even overall. That makes the Meade the better choice for birds, but the Celestron is better for astro. I have, however, been able to squeeze additional magnification out of my 600 triplet by mounting things in this order on the scope:
1. Meade 2x telecentric Barlow.
2. Celestron 2x Barlow adapted and mounted about 120 mm from the sensor.
3. MC-14 (I find it sharper than the EC-14)
My guess is I am at about 5x, but I haven't measured it yet. Here is a crop, roughly 50%, of the Mare Humorum and Gassendi crater.
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The EQ5 mount is naturally a big help and makes video possible, so this is a stack of only 37 of 588 frames. 16x9 is a PITA format for this sort of thing, but that is all Oly has to offer in video. No idea why...
Same setup on Jupiter under far from ideal air conditions:
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Old Saturday 12th May 2018, 15:03   #2555
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Carlos,
It struck my mind I totally forgot to ask about how your trip was. Any good photo results with the scope?
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Sorry for the late follow up - missed your question!

Trip went well, hot and sunny. Had a feet injury (minor) that impeded me to do lot of hiking, but other that that fine.

Bird wise I had expected to see more, at least quantity wise, not sure why I thought so. But we saw most of what was available. Scope did fine. Took the TS apo 480 and a telenegative, and most of the time that was what I used. For flight shots the 75-300mm was used. as well as in the protected island of Aride, there was not room for the scope and tripod, though I brought it to the island as well.
well enough babble - now the birds:
first pic - our breakfast "window". 2: seychelles sunbird, 3 with the 75-300mm, uncropped. 4 flycatcher. terrible light under the dense forest and bird always high up. best I got. 4 garden friend.
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Old Saturday 12th May 2018, 15:08   #2556
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some more

some more
1. magpie robin 75-300mm Aride, the rest the scope
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Hi Carlos

Some really good shots with the scope, clarity and details are top notch. Did you bring it as hand luggage?

Was on a month long trip to south India the past winter, had to compromise on what to bring and regrettably left the scope at home as there was loads of other (non-birding/photo) stuff I was bringing with me.

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Old Tuesday 15th May 2018, 17:51   #2558
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Hi Carlos

Some really good shots with the scope, clarity and details are top notch. Did you bring it as hand luggage?

Was on a month long trip to south India the past winter, had to compromise on what to bring and regrettably left the scope at home as there was loads of other (non-birding/photo) stuff I was bringing with me.

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Thanks Tord.

The scope is too long to have as hand luggage, so I disassemble it and only have the glass part with me in the hand luggage. Rest of the tube and focuser goes in the suit case, along with the tripod/gimbal/walking stool.

I had the e-m1 as well as the e-m5 (as backup and two lens kit) a 7,5mm Laowa, the 60mm zuiko macro and the 75-300mm. )
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