Ellis C5 System
James Ellis, of Sydney, Australia,
originally bought a C5 tube as a portable scope to take to the February 1998
solar eclipse, that passed over Central and South America. He upgraded the 8x20
finder to a big Celestron 7x50 (the finder bracket was curved for a C8, but the
holes lined up with the C5 tube) and still has room for a Telrad. James reports
that the mighty Vixen GP-DX is "an excellent, stable mount for this scope."
The photo below-right shows the C5, with
a borrowed Megrez refractor riding on the piggyback bracket. The Megrez is an 80-mm, f/6, Semi-APO
with a 2" Crayford focuser. James comments that it is, "About half the
price of a TV-85 and similar optics." Mating the Megrez on the C5 was a
"Pretty bodged up effort but it worked" to image the July 2000 lunar
eclipse over Australia.
with 7x50 finder mounted on GPDX.
system carrying the Megrez.
The first total solar eclipse in
Australia since 1976 is the subject of a fascinating seven-page travel
journal by James Ellis. It includes many eclipse images he took through
the Celestron C5+. Besides learning how the images were made, this
detailed report yields great insights on equipment setup, observing, and
camping and in the Outback. It ends with a scary page on the Sidney
wild-fires that almost engulfed James' house!
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