Has anyone here ever looked through a Lunt LS300T? Has any been sold?

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Has anyone here ever looked through a Lunt LS300T? Has any been sold?

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https://luntsolarsystems.com/product/lu ... ure-tuned/

Anyone here personally seen one? Are there any observatories I could visit? Aside from the product intro video, there are no reviews of video demonstrations of this.

Is this truly the largest dedicated consumer H-Alpha solar telescope and will be the record holder for some time?


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At that price, there's not much to say about a consumer telescope. Plus it's the base price. The other features on the DSII cost an additional five tens of thousands of USD.
I saw the Zeiss 268/F9.6, which I helped modify into a solar telescope. The details from it were definitely better than the advertised Lunt photos. Overall, even with a harmonic drive mount, it came out to less than half the price of the LS300. We tuned the DSII for quite some time and tried several etalons before the result was optimal. Only thanks to the willingness of the astrotech seller, who lent us the etalonss for tests, we finally successfully completed the project.
The heat shielding was also fun. The three-stage DERF finally solved it, but a quarter meter of glass can already unleash hell in the focus.
It has excellent usability. It is quite resistant to bad seeing.
A longer focal length has its undeniable advantages.
Personally, I don't think a normal mortal would buy such a telescope. I also wonder how many were sold.


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There is a 3 page discussion here viewtopic.php?t=30790&hilit=Lunt+300

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I believe the scope was at NEAF few years ago, I remember seeing it.

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Even Pedro Re’ doesn’t have one of these!!


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Post by christian viladrich »

At a much lower cost, it is possible to get a 320 mm ERF and a 350 mm Cassegrain (or a C14).

See for example Jean-Pierre Brahic scope in France (320 Aries ERF + 350 mm CFF Cassegrain) :

https://www.astrobin.com/anvnl8/

or Valery/ARIES C14 in Ukraine.


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Post by Dennis »

The scope is a nice show.. but more then that? Seems more a collectable rather then a truly practical and desirable telescope to me. Good luck with setting this up in 5 minutes. A bit overpriced for the advertised FD imaging capabilities : D


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The buyers of the Lunt 300 would probably be educational facilities like colleges and universities. Few amateurs could afford such a pricey instrument, especially when there are more affordable alternatives.


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christian viladrich wrote: Thu Aug 24, 2023 3:34 pm See for example Jean-Pierre Brahic scope in France (320 Aries ERF + 350 mm CFF Cassegrain) :
https://www.astrobin.com/anvnl8/
Oh wow, it's this guys fantastic image that adorns the front of the Solar Astronomy book!
Ok everyone here probably knows that, but I'm still finding things out :)

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(https://www.astrobin.com/ooz0ws/?nc=&nce=)
Wonderful.

https://solar-astronomy-book.com/


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