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Sky at Night Magazine - - FIRST LIGHT -

JAN­UARY

The Moon taken us­ing a Canon EOS 50D DSLR, a stack of 20 im­ages of 1/500th of a se­cond at ISO 100

its core and its two com­pan­ions, M32 and M110, into the view. We even caught a glimpse of the north­ern dark lane dur­ing the mo­ments when the see­ing con­di­tions were good.

Globular clus­ter M13 was small in the sup­plied 25mm eye­piece but with our own 9mm eye­piece we got a strong hint of sev­eral stars be­ing re­solved. Up­ping the mag­ni­fi­ca­tion fur­ther with our 2x Bar­low lens re­ally pushed the limit of the scope’s us­abil­ity. We also used the scope to catch the plan­e­tary gath­er­ing of Jupiter, Venus and Mars in the morn­ing sky. With the sup­plied eye­piece, Jupiter was quite small, but the Galilean moons were ev­i­dent. Our 9mm eye­piece al­lowed us to spot the two bands and po­lar hoods, and re­vealed a lovely phase on Venus. The Moon also proved lovely and de­tailed through our 9mm eye­piece.

Over­all this scope can de­liver some good views for its size but as it can’t track stars, its po­ten­tial for as­tropho­tog­ra­phy is lim­ited to quick shots of the Moon, which we man­aged to do us­ing both a DSLR and smart­phone.If you want a nice sim­ple to use yet op­ti­cally good sys­tem, the Omni XLT 102 de­liv­ers on what it prom­ises.

Our afo­cal shot through the 25mm eye­piece with an iPhone 5S de­liv­ered a use­able shot of the Moon

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