I am using a 7” Mewlon, it never quite matches up to the APO like views, I have often pined for a bit more aperture in a small scope. Thanks to my friend I recently purchased an OMC200 and have been using it for two sessions this week.
What can I say about it? Simply put everyone should have one! In my last report I was actually using the scope at x400 in daylight on the moon. Well tonight it was x400 in the dark – the contrast is APO like – the detail is amazing. The craters are black and the high contrast allows the finest of details to be seen. Almost too much detail for me to sketch with my limited skills. I was so impressed I just had to stop racing along the terminator and concentrate on a small area.
On stars – tight and against a black background – wonderful. Superb diffraction rings when out of focus. Collimation is perfect despite its journey by road. There was me looking at a mag 12 double, at x 400. Colour in stars is much more obvious. Happily seeing colour in a mag 7 double, sep 1.6”, also in 8.5/8.9 double sep by 1.5”. I can now go hunting closer doubles and much fainter ones – joy oh joy – have to create new doubles lists to push this scope to the limits
Then I wandered through 9 open clusters in Auriga – delightful. Looked at M42, Beetlegeuse, Mu Ori and Rigel.
The finder scope is also excellent. The scope is out performing both the 7” Mewlon and the C9.25. Time to rationalise my scopes I think.
In the earlier hours I got out again this time for Jupiter watching. The air was so unsteady that it was not the best of times for putting the OMC through its paces. However despite the poor conditions I was getting a view that was as good as the 20” on its best nights and in fleeting moments I could see much more detail.
I also looked at the Leo Messier galaxies, again I felt the good contrast helped them stand out.
At this point I should exclaim “Wow, blown away” and no doubt a beginner would, but of course I knew the OMC would deliver. I knew I was using an instrument of quality. Hard to imagine a better scope for the aperture, overall size and weight. This is surely the scope that will see me out.
Fred - OMC200
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Peter Martin - N. Ireland - AG10
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Peter Shah - UK - AG12
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Mike Sidonio - Australia - AG12
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