Last updated: 27 September 2005
Subject: Nagler Type 6 13mm and Televue Powermate 2.5 Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 18:55:34 From: Eric Theblack (email@example.com) The Nagler Type 6 13mm has a slight learning curve. But once you master it, you will never look back. When I first looked through the eyepiece, it did not look all that different from an ordinary eyepiece except for the slightly wider field of view. The key here is to learn how to train your eye and your body to remain focused and still (which is really a key of celestial observing anyway). One method, btw, is to inhale and hold your breath while viewing. This is akin to the method used by snipers when they fire (controlled breathing), where they inhale and exhale and then squeeze the trigger before breathing again to remain steady. Once you focus through the Nagler, the spacewalk feel starts to kick in. The edges of the eyepiece, that round portal surrounding your field of view, start to disappear. I was looking at the moon (with a Lumicon ND 25 filter) and bam! It hit. I saw the moon and some of the dark space on the side of it (remember the view is really wide now)... I felt that I was in a space ship hovering several miles above, glancing down on its surface. I am not kidding. I really felt like I was there. It was quite a rush. I slapped in the Televue Powermate 2.5X. This is a great instrument. It works just as well with any eyepiece and the view is only slightly darker due to increased magnification. There is no image degredation whatsoever. Another home run for Televue. With the Nagler 13mm, I was looking at a mountain ridge and some surrounding craters. The moon began to drift because I did not have my tracking motors engaged. This was good as I felt like I was in an Apollo lander drifting down over the surface! Simply amazing. They worked just as good on Mars but since Mars is such a small target, despite drawing closer due to opposition, it wasn't quite like the feeling of landing on the moon or hovering over the moon. Still, the wide view looks like you're in a rocket ship heading straight for Mars. You have to see it to get what I am talking about. I was using an ETX 125 PE w/ UHTC. The Nagler Type 6 retails for $280. The Televue Powermate 2.5 sells for $190. Quite a bundle costwise but well worth it in the long run.
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