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Re: Considering 2 (used) reflectors for 1st scope
« Reply #30 on: February 03, 2018, 12:17:30 AM »
"...so already having some fun."

And that's the only thing that really matters. Congrats!

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Re: Considering 2 (used) reflectors for 1st scope
« Reply #31 on: February 03, 2018, 07:19:25 AM »
Currently Venus,Mercury , and (I think)Jupiter can be seen in the west just after sunset;Mars and Saturn are near Scorpio.And if you stay up late(get up real early) you can catch Uranus and Neptune in the east.Pluto is in Sagittarius but you'll need a much bigger scope such as a 14" or more.

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Re: Considering 2 (used) reflectors for 1st scope
« Reply #32 on: February 03, 2018, 01:33:12 PM »
Spent a good deal of time watching Saturn last night, that was fun.  Saw Mars for sure and briefy caught a glimpse of one of the planets to the east but didn't catch it quickly enough to get a good view.  Tried to find a couple of the easier M objects but failed.  I don't really know the constellations yet.  Once I put the scope up I located Lyra after a good bit of looking.  Not hard to find but I need to spend more time with the binos just to get an idea of scale/spacing between the stars.  Now that I know what it looks like I'll search for M57 tonight.
Based on looking at out of focus stars it appears the collimation is pretty good but not perfect so I need to tweak that a bit and start learning how to do it.  Any good threads on this forum that detail the procedure for a newtonian like mine?

John Jefner

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Re: Considering 2 (used) reflectors for 1st scope
« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2018, 01:57:57 AM »
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Ended up with the Orion skyview.
I ended up with the scope/mount (which was very clean) for $200 and a set of celestron plossl eyepieces (4,6,9,15,25,32mm, 2x barlow, ~10 filters) for $50. I'm happy overall.

The Orion 6in/f5 eq3 should be a nice scope for you. Glad everything is in good shape.

I may have the same Celestron (Taiwan) ep kit. I used mine successfully with a 4.5in f8 newtonian and eq for a couple of years before I thought about additions. All of the ep focal lengths were usable with the f8. The barlow gives you the ability to retain the longer eye relief and achieve similar magnification with some of the longer focal length eps. The filters may give you some extra detail.

The eps in the kit are also fine for the f5. 4mm at about 190x and you can barlow the 6mm (125x) for 250x. The barlowed 9mm (87x) for 175x. The 15mm (50x) yields 100x.

Nice scope and kit imo.

Good viewing,

Dave

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Re: Considering 2 (used) reflectors for 1st scope
« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2018, 07:45:44 AM »
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Dropping in for an update.
Ended up with the Orion skyview. The family who was selling the dob decided to keep it and try to use it - the young daughter thought it would be to big to wrangle which is why they thought of selling it in the first place. I'm happy they decided to keep it, they will probably have lots of fun with it once they get it out of the house.
I ended up with the scope/mount (which was very clean) for $200 and a set of celestron plossl eyepieces (4,6,9,15,25,32mm, 2x barlow, ~10 filters) for $50. I'm happy overall.
Kinda inadvertently stumbled upon venus and mars (i think) already, so already having some fun.


That is an excellent deal! Enjoy your new scope.

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Re: Considering 2 (used) reflectors for 1st scope
« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2018, 10:50:35 AM »
I can remember when I got interested and hit this forum off the bat. One of the first recommendations...and I still have it...is get the book..."The Backyard Astromers Guide"...a little dated in terms of some equipment but very useful....

That said I asked like everyone else before me and will continue...what scope for x amount of $$$$$

That's the Million Dollar question.....it's sort of like asking..."What first car"......

The first thing...take baby steps is about the best advice. I cannot tell how many bought some wizard goto setup thinking all they had to do was plop it down, hit a button and expect to see dazzling display they saw in some magazine....WRONG...it takes learning, patience, desire, fun and some degree of work.

My firs scope was a used one, which thankfully that was good suggestion versus spending a lot of $$$$ on something new...again like a car...good first one used to get your feet wet. And like "Cars"....they come in all flavors, add-on, knobs, buttons, colors, hardware, etc...and you get what you pay for. Mine which to this day provided some excellent views was a used Orion XT8 Light bucket with some starter eye pieces. I researched on what more I could get out of it and lined the inside with Black self-adhesive felt which did improve it. Since then I moved on & up but that scope was real fun and helped me take "Baby Steps" without going over my head.....just my 2 cents worth....