Telementor user since:
Observing Site Classification:
Preferred sky objects:
Moon, Sun, Double Stars
Telementor's best view:
Moon at first quarter
Do you remember the
first day using your refractor?. Experiences?, Observing?. Did you remember
the date (year)?
My first look at the Telementor
came as a result of me placing a wanted advert in our local newspaper,
where I advertised for a telescope. Of the few replies one was from a foreign
sounding man who said he had a “Zeisstz for sale”. As I was very familiar
with the products from the firm Leitz and also because of his accent I
thought he said “Leitz”. I discussed a rough price over the telephone,
and my wife and I drove to his property in the rural outskirts of my hometown.
On meeting him, and viewing the telescope I discovered that it was in fact
a Zeiss. This, while a minor letdown, was still a rare find. The deal was
done and the three of us went home, my wife, my new “baby”, and me.
This would have been in the early 1990s; I cannot remember the exact date,
but around 1993. I am unsure of the first object I viewed through the Telementor,
but my guess it was the moon, as it seems eminently suited to lunar viewing.
While I had been used to fine photographic equipment I was very impressed
with the robustness, and finish of the Zeiss. It was typical of the German
build, and seemed to have a character of it’s own.
Which is you favourite
observing site?. Conditions of the site (weather, limiting magnitude, altitude,
transparency, "seeing".., etc)?
My usual observing site,
for the past four years anyway has been the backyard/driveway of my address
in semi rural Auckland. This is the largest city in my country, New Zealand,
and suffers from the usual large city ailments. Parking, people, pollution
etc. I am fortunate to live on the extreme outskirts of this sprawling
city, population 1.3 million. Around me is lush green grass, and horse
paddocks. There is however the light pollution glow to my north, and what
I term “runway lights” along the motorway nearby to the east. While not
as good as other sites in the nearby vicinity it allows me the freedom
to wander out and be alone with the heavens, and at a moments notice as
well. Auckland suffers from poor seeing, and has it’s fair share of cloud
cover, due to major oceans, the Pacific, and the Tasman Sea, a matter of
30 miles to the east and the west. Being at sea level certainly does not
help either. Limiting magnitude would be around 4.5 – 5 at a rough guess.
The Milky Way is very distinct, as are the Magellanic Clouds.
What type of sky objects
do you prefer to observe with your Telementor/Telemator?
I seem to be looking at
more of the object suitable for the Zeiss lately, possibly as a result
of having only the Zeiss for a short period. The moon is awesome, and I
tend to look at this for perhaps three weeks of the month, and tackle the
more elusive objects during the new moon week. I have fabricated
a solar filter using the wonderful Baader Astrosolar Film, and the Zeiss
is superb here as well. I have renewed my interest in finding and splitting
double stars of late, and once again the Zeiss excels. Of limited benefit
are the deep sky objects, but many globulars have been re-found with “only
63mm. Mars is also very topical at present.
What is your best
achieved view or the most incredible view you have got with the Telementor?.
What is the most beautiful sky object observed with your refractor?
I feel the moon at or near
first quarter is both the most beautiful and most incredible object with
the Zeiss. I also get a charge each time I look at a close, but not impossible
double. To see the minute blobs of light sometimes surrounded by concentric
rings reinforces the obvious quality, and one that is missing from a large
selection of commercially available modern day instruments. Perhaps
the object with the most “wow” factor for others is Saturn, for the obvious
What eyepieces do
you use?. Other accesories?
My eyepieces at present
are a set of the humble Zeiss Huygens type in focal lengths of H-40mm,
H-25mm, and H-16mm. I have recently added a Zeiss ortho, an O-10mm.
I hope to secure a selection of other Zeiss orthos. In addition I have
secured a Zeiss zenith prism, and a Zeiss 2x Barlow. The Zeiss is mounted
on the usual T Mount, and while not driven is a pleasure to use. The finish
of the mount, and wooden tripod is in keeping with the OTA, absolutely
Have you compared
the small Zeiss with other telescopes?. What were your experiences on this?
In the more recent years
I have had a selection of Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes, notably a Meade
10”, a Celestron 8 inch, as well as a Russian Maksutov Cassegrain. I have
also had brief flings with the well-known ETX 90mm. While obviously a mile
away from the C8, and LX50 Meade, the Zeiss compares in similarity to the
ETX. They are worlds apart. While the ETX is small, light, compact, and
easily portable, the Zeiss is slightly less so. In my opinion the 63mm
Zeiss is very close in light gathering, and resolvability to the 90mm ETX.
At a recent gathering of our local astronomy club the Zeiss was viewed
very favourably by all that looked through it, and on a deep sky object
the Eta Carina nebula. The main reason for the success here was no doubt
the very dark sky location. I am sure that the Zeiss gives as good if not
better views compared to the ETX, and is not that far behind the Maksutov
Cassegrain, which had a six-inch aperture. A similarity of the Maksutov
was the dark velvety sky background, but with the limiting magnitude in
the 6-inch obviously better that the 2-½ inch.
Are you happy with
your refractor?. Pros and cons?
I am sure that this question
seems ridiculous to any Telementor owner. Let me state from the outset
that I am ecstatic about my Zeiss. I have not always been so however. During
the earlier days of my owning it, I felt that the small aperture was insufficient,
and hankered for something larger. I put it up for sale on a few occasions,
but fortunately nobody wanted to buy such a small, and hideously expensive
telescope. Boy am I ever glad. In the pros and cons side of this essay,
one thing that sticks out is that you either “love them or hate them”.
When asked about perhaps purchasing a Zeiss I always tell people that if
they do, then they had better be prepared to fall in love with them, as
they are “infectious”. The small aperture is a definite con, but the quality
of build and the appreciating asset are all pros. One only has to look
at the premium prices being commanded by the Takahashi line of telescopes,
even in the smaller sizes, albeit of fluorite design, to see that people
will pay plenty for quality. As I said, “love em or hate em”.
No other comments at this
stage Luis, other than to congratulate you and the other stalwarts of the
user group for such a wonderful web page. I have viewed it regularly, and
am in the process of building up specific images for inclusion. It
is nice to be able to communicate with others around the world with a common
interest, or is that fascination? Also that it is well worth trying photography
through the Telementor. I have for most of time with the telescope attached
a 35mm camera and used the Zeiss as a “840mm” tele lens. Of late I have
attached a Leica digital camera to the rear of the eyepiece, and used the
setup for eyepiece projection pictures. I urge those with even the slightest
inclination to give it a go. If in doubt drop me a line, and I will do
all I can to assist with the setup.