We made a trip to the Bicester garden centre in Bicester Oxford on Saturday, not far from the world famous tourist shopping hotspot Bicester Village. It is interesting that many people coming to England go to Bicester Village to shop, whereas when I go to Bicester, it is normally to the garden centre. Continue reading Olympus E-PL5 compact UV imaging camera
As I have just done a test on M42 lenses comparing their UV-transmission, I thought I would also do a test of a few different brands of 35mm F3.5 enlarger lenses (both new and older casing designs) using the same setup, to see if there is much variation in their UV-transmission. Continue reading Lenses: what’s in a brand (35mm F3.5 enlarger lenses)?
There are so many different 35mm F3.5 lenses available out there. Even within the same stable of lenses in a company, you can see different designs which were clearly bought from different manufacturers and then rebadged. Some companies are well known for doing this, such as Prinzgalaxy and Soligor. I thought it was time for another comparison test. Continue reading Lenses: what’s in a brand (35mm F3.5 M42 lenses)?
I had borrowed my friend’s William Optics Megrez 72mm Apochromatic refractor for astrophotography, although not had a chance to use it. This telescope is paired with the Astrotrac TT-320-TX AG to correct for the earth’s rotation while imaging. This setup is mounted on my Manfrotto 075 tripod. This 72mm F6 telescope has a focal length of 430mm (or 860mm effective focal length on the Micro 4/3rds system). As I had used the Skywatcher ED80 for solar and moon imaging, I decided to see if there was any benefit from using this apochromatic refractor. Continue reading William Optics Megrez 72 APO – solar & moon imaging
I own a Skywatcher ED80 refractor, which is an 80mm F7.5 telescope with a focal length of 600mm; effective focal length is 1200mm on the Micro 4/3rds system. I bought this as a guide scope for my main astrophotography system. But I normally use this telescope for solar or moon imaging, as it is very easy to set up. Continue reading Skywatcher ED80 – solar and bird imaging
Today is the mid-autumn festival (aka moon cake festival). This is the day in the Chinese calendar when the children light their lanterns, and walk around the streets, and for families to share moon cakes. We had our own little lantern festival in our back garden.
I did a test of 10 of my UV-capable 35mm F3.5 lenses today. Continue reading Review: 35mm F3.5 lenses UV shootout
I confess. I love collecting 35mm F3.5 lenses – I must have over 30 in my collection now. I mainly buy them to see if they are useful for UV-imaging. And if they are, then I add them onto my collection. Continue reading It’s official – I’m a collector of 35mm F3.5 lenses