2008 Okie-Tex Star Party
The 16.5" f/3.65 FX telescope debuts; the 17mm Ethos wows; faster scopes may be the on the way!
All images and text Copyright Mike Lockwood, 2008
trip to Oklahoma
Okie-Tex Star Party was graced with generally good weather and clear
skies. Rick brought a 16.5" F/3.65 FX telescope, and we and a number of
others enjoyed using it the whole week. The telescope, with a
1.25"-thick primary mirror, was an excellent
thermal performer, providing sharp images of Jupiter despite falling
temperatures at dusk. Stars remained sharp into the night as it got
colder, and the images were limited by the seeing.
Andromeda was FIVE FIELDS WIDE in a 26mm Nagler! The detail in the Veil was like nothing I've ever seen. You, too, can experience this since Rick is now offering a 30" F/3.7 FX telescope!
Above is an image of me with the 16.5" FX that we used extensively at Okie-Tex. One evening I was returning to the area where we were set up, and I found Barbara Wilson, Rick, and a couple of other people at the 16.5" telescope, and they seemed quite excited.
I found out quickly that there was a unique object in the focuser - the prototype TeleVue 17mm Ethos eyepiece!
Using a Paracorr, the images in the 16.5" FX telescope were sharp to the edge of the field. This was simply amazing, and images of the double cluster, Veil, and other large objects were simply stunning, all at F/3.65!
The contrast of
the 17mm Ethos was just as good as the
superb 13mm, so it is clearly going to be an industry-advancing
product. (By the way, Rick is a TeleVue dealer, so you know where you
can get one.)
dark skies, warm weather, good friends, and good seeing.
-Mike Lockwood, Lockwood Custom Optics