When I started testing my point-and-shot camera doing afocal photography, I added an Orion SteadyPix Deluxe Camera Mount. However, when I pointed the LightBridge at a telephone pole in the distance for testing, the LightBridge tube was too top heavy.
I did some research and one common solution was to add some magnets. Though it wasn’t as easy to purchase some magnets that also had some weight, I eventually found enough and they acted as a counter-balance. It was nice in the end to have a number of smaller magnets because I could remove them if needed. I also got some felt to prevent any scratching.
I decided to purchase the solar filters I researched before. The installing was very easy. I had noticed a video on Rainbow Symphony’s website on how to do the installing. I add to double up the felt but it was good fit. Unfortunately, it was rainy today so not able to test.
Tagged: binocular, filters
While planning our trip to the solar eclipse, I thought getting a solar telescope might be a nice way to really enjoy the time before and after the eclipse. My long-term telescope purchasing plan had one on the agenda but as a low priority. I read some article a long time ago about the Coronado Personal Solar Telescope. So, I did some new research the Personal Solar Telescope. It was as I remembered it but the price seems a lot higher.
I also recalled that the Orion Dobsonian I originally planned to get before I purchased the used Lightbridge included a solar filter. But, after doing some more research into solar filter, I was a little worried if they got a scratch or hole. Probably not warranted but still.
I also though the Personal Solar Telescope seemed kind of limited. I knew there were other models from Coronado but the price raised dramatically. So, I researched if there were other manufacturers and found Lunt. It had a good range of models and also made the binoculars I got for the kids.
I created a price matrix between the low end models for Lunt and Coronado. The Lunt LS50THA 50mm telescope looked like a good price for more features. The decision was made when I saw some astrophotography pictures people posted online. The images were very compelling.