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Old 03-11-2010, 01:59 PM
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WO Megrez 72mm

Just purchased a WO Megrez 72mm scope with DDG and 0.8x FF. What an absolutely brilliant scope.
I originally thought that I would use it exclusively as a guide scope but it came with the DDG (Digital Display Guage) and I must say I originally thought this would be a gimmick, but its so damned accurate and useful I use it all the time. Focus is always spot on for guiding or imaging.
I also bought the 0.8mm FF type III and it just gives a flat field across the QHY8 chip which is a physically large chip. I have just finished a 3hr QHY8 shot of M42 to see what sort of dust is in the region and all I can say is there is a heap of it. Just have to process the image properly.
I went for this scope after Paul (1ponders) mentioned it at Astrofest, then I looked at some images he had done with his and I was convinced.
Goes so well with the 5" APO refractor.
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Old 03-11-2010, 04:57 PM
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was it a local or overseas buy Allan.
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:06 PM
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I'm glad you got them Allan, you won't regret it.
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:13 PM
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was it a local or overseas buy Allan.
It was an overseas buy but direct from WO. They had a special on a few units with the DDG at slightly less than here in Australia (for the same 72mm WITHOUT the DDG) and with free shipping. Could not pass it up.
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:15 PM
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I'm glad you got them Allan, you won't regret it.
Yeah Paul, I took a three hour shot of M42 with the flattener last night and was pleased to see sharp stars from corner to corner.Just processing it now. Its a sharp little scope. Very happy chappy.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:21 PM
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Sounds better than the zenith 70 I had. I used it as a guider for ages and it worked fine but imaging through it was .. challenging ?
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:44 PM
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I see they have some M72s minus the DDG for only $400 or so posted. That seems like a good deal.... I couldn't see any with the DDG option....
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No, the DDG option was only available for a short time and only two or three units. Luckily I managed to bag one of these unique units. I was surprised at the lack of colour and sharpness of the unit
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I'm looking forward to seeing your results. I have one of these little scopes but have only used it for guiding. I was just thinking a couple of days ago about getting the same FF and imaging with it.
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I have used a WO72 as my main imaging scope for over a Year now and I am very pleased with it. Very well built and it is also a great grab and go scope on an alt az mount. Very contrasty with a 27mm panoptic in it.
I use a skywatcher field flattener with mine. Its not focal reducer but it flattens out the field quite well for my DSLR and its was half the price of the WO reducers.
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I have used a WO72 as my main imaging scope for over a Year now and I am very pleased with it. Very well built and it is also a great grab and go scope on an alt az mount. Very contrasty with a 27mm panoptic in it.
I use a skywatcher field flattener with mine. Its not focal reducer but it flattens out the field quite well for my DSLR and its was half the price of the WO reducers.
john - do you have a link to that flattener?

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Old 05-11-2010, 07:53 AM
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I'm looking forward to seeing your results. I have one of these little scopes but have only used it for guiding. I was just thinking a couple of days ago about getting the same FF and imaging with it.
Posted a shot taken with 72mm+0.8FF in Deep Sky section under Dusty M42.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:17 AM
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john - do you have a link to that flattener?

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I got mine from Ian King in the UK. There are some reviews on astronomy forums.

http://www.iankingimaging.com/show_p...y=17&offset=10
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