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Joe Hall

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Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:10:52 AM »
Hello all

I am interested in two things:

Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
And that of your scopes do you use less than you anticipated, and why?



Corey Howell

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2017, 01:33:55 AM »
I use my Celestron C8N ASGT (8" f/5 newt on GOTO GEM) less than I had expected. Scope plus mount is a bit much to lug around, and my GOTO is sometimes squirrley, including doing random slews. Haven't isolated the cause to cable/connector/board as yet.

I don't use my '80s Celestron Comet Catcher much anymore. Just lean toward the more general purpose scopes for my visual-only observing. Plus, collimation of that SN is complicated by having to remove the corrector to adjust the secondary tilt.

I use my Nextar 6SE a bunch. Does a nice job, and is quite portable.

I use my 8" f/6 dob a lot, the best performer in my stable of modest scopes.

Jon Venning

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 11:14:52 AM »
Most used this year has been my Meade 152ED due to portability, questionable seeing, and more clear Planetary/Lunar nights than DSO nights.
My least used is my NS11GPS (and old staple) as It's more or less been replaced with a Fast Newt (for wide-field) and a C14 for Globular Clusters/Faint fuzzies.

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2018, 11:43:37 AM »
Skywatcher 8" dob used most, it just does everything, stable, easy to use, has the largest aperture of all my scopes, holds collimation like a champ, and is really not as cumbersome as some people think. This is a relaxation hobby for me, and so simplicity in an observing session is important and there is nothing simpler than haul out the base, plop the OTA on the base, add heater straps (optional but recommended), and start observing. And just running the straps, the Celestron PowerTank works for hours with no significant power drain.

6SE is least used. I got it to try a goto/tracking scope and to try video astronomy, but found I did not really like video, too many wires and fumbling with the display positioning (the simplicity thing). I am not heavily into planetary observing, tending to hit planets at dusk as a warmup before moving on to DSOs, so I have found manual tracking of the dob to be sufficient for my interests as I never go above 218x. As for goto, I find I enjoy star hopping more than goto system alignment as it provides a stronger connection with the sky. And again there is that annoying wire with the 6SE goto mount. Add that it has cool down time comparable with the dob, and it does not have any advantage for winter observing.

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 06:39:41 AM »
Nexstar 6SE by a large margin. It´s simple to set up and align, reasonable good goto and tracking, and the tour function alone is like having an automatically generated observing list for the night.

Close second would now be my 6" skyquest, which is serving Grab and Go functions atm. I can pick it up ota and base together, move to the patio in one trip and sit back and enjoy.

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 07:36:15 PM »
My heavy hitters are the C8 on a used EVO-8 mount. Second place is an AT72mm EDRefractor. Why? The EVO mount and the C8 provide a great viewing platform which isstable compared to my SE Mount. The views of the AT72 are wonderful, great optics and forgiving for doing minor astrophotography.Third place is a Orion ST80 which does a great job on stars as well as my Stellarview 80mm but not quite used as much.Gary

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 01:29:54 AM »
Well, I've got two telescopes right now, so one must be the winner and one the loser.

The winner is clearly the 8" f/6 truss dob. I can carry it in one hand (25 lbs. total) and I store it out on my covered porch, so it goes right out with me when I want to observe in one trip, eyepieces and binos in a shoulder bag.

The loser is the 4.5" f/8 that I built as my first telescope. It was glorious when it was all I had, but with the heavy plywood tube and mount, it is no easier to take out than the 8" and you haven't experienced the WOW factor until you've gone up in aperture by a factor of 2. The pipe mount is also inferior in smoothness.

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 02:48:11 AM »
Most (who do not have a fixed site / observatory / at home / etc. / where the scope is permanently set up) use the scope that's MOST PORTABLE. If you need to "go somewhere" (like a park or other dark location to observe) - PORTABILITY outweighs all other factors - if your scope is too heavy, too cumbersome, too hard to lift and set up - it will sit in the closet, your office, etc. and you will "go out" with it less and less...especially as you get older and your back simply can't handle the lifting.If your scope is portable, and you can lift it easily, and set it up quickly - you will tend to use it much more frequently.And that's one of the reasons "grap and go" nomenclature has become so commonplace today with today's amateurs.My advice - get the largest aperture you can easily transport and set up.I was using a Celestron Nexstar 6SE but found at 71 I still can handle a bit more - so I moved up to a 8SE.Breaks down into two parts (OTA / mount and tripod) both UNDER 20#'s (my lifting weight limit) and I can set it up and be observing / aligned and everything in 5 minutes!!!I'd like to have a 9.25 or a 10 - but they are just too heavy - so the 8" is my limit.Mike P (Ballston Lake, NY)

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2018, 08:06:28 AM »
10" dob. My favorite right now.

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 04:08:10 PM »
My binos, they can be counted as a scope? The light gathering is close to the bigger things, stability and magnification not. But the versatility is unbeatable.

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 03:36:37 AM »
I've become fairly equal usage between a TV76 on a Panoramic mount and a de-forked ETX 125 on a cheap Celestron alt-az. The TV gets probably 60-65% of my eye time and the ETX 35-40%. Being mostly a lunar and planetary viewer here in the muddy, light polluted skies of NW Indiana, the ETX is nice when I get that good night to bump up the power. Of course, the dreaded aperture fever hit me and I couldn't pass up a really great deal on an old Celestron 150mm refractor. It is the third one I have owned, sigh... I'm assembling an appropriate alt-az mount for it because there is something really satisfying about looking at craters through 6" of glass. We'll see how it fits in as time goes on.

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2018, 11:02:11 AM »
Though I've got plenty of aperture available, my two most used scopes are my two 4-inch refractors. Why? Ease of use. The NP101 is set up in the garage, and whenever I want to go out to the driveway for a 30 minute session, (often at 2 or 3am) the setup involves carrying the scope 20 feet out the door and adding an eyepiece, all of which takes 60 seconds.

My Traveler is always set to go out the door if I want to do a quick run to a remote site. Load time is less than 5 minutes, including snacks. :-) Setup the same. I'm also into larger scale views at the moment, so it is a nice combo of aperture and FOV.

Least used? Sadly, the 24 inch. Used now only for multiple night sessions (star parties).

Alex

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 08:28:16 AM »
I have a 10" f/3.9 Orion reflector, that is used the most for AP. At 35 # it is difficult to set up on my CEM60 mount, , especially when its windy, but with the comma corrector and additional aperture, is the best I have for AP right now. Getting a new Stellarvue APO imaging refractor soon. Christmas is coming early.

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2018, 07:00:19 PM »
By far my most used scope was my LS60THa.

Summer with long hours , always had time for a quick peak for an hour or two with the Porta II. When there were breaks in the clouds or sunny skies with a high elevation sun.

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Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2018, 08:10:15 AM »
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Hello all

I'm curious about two things:

Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
and which of your scopes do you use less than you expected to, and why?

I have 3:

Orion XT8i Intelliscope - 8" Dob with PushTo computer
Meade ETX 125 - 5" Mak on GoTo mount
Meade ETX 80 - 3.1" short tube refractor on GoTo mount.
My main observation location is in front of the house under very light polluted skies and very light polluted ground. Nice big LED streetlight in front of my house.

I am almost exclusively visual. No AP interest at this time. Might start to play with video imaging based on the RI2 mentioned later.Oirioni XT8i gets the most use. This was my third scope.  Largest aperture is pretty much the reason for my preference. Quick to set-up, easy to use with or without the Intelliscope feature enabled. I just like it!  2" eyepieces give me pretty wide view and large aperture allows me the highest magnifications that the atmosphere will allow.Meade ETX 80 is second. Small and light and quick to set-up. GoTo and Tracking. Wide view. This was my first scope. Also fitted out with Revolution Imager 2, RI2, though I have not used it very much so far.  Has releasable clutch so I do often use it manually, with the computer turned off.  This is also my travel/vacation scope and my solar observing scope. I used this at an Eclipse event. Meade ETX 125 - Third place in use. This was my 5th scope.  Older used scope.  Fairly narrow FOV. GoTo drive has some problems. Some nights it is great and some it is not.  Good on doubles and planets but the XT8i is better, in my opinion, due to the larger aperture.  I have not really found a superior niche for this one but I have done most of my double star observing with this one. This is my alternate Solar scope but I like the ETX 80 better for that.  This too has releasable clutches so I can use it manually when I wish but the fairly narrow FOV makes this less practical.  May become an alternate travel scope.Most used eyepieces across all of them are the zooms.  Baader Hyperion 8-24 zoom. This is my main eyepiece for all scopes. This gets more sky time then all the rest put together.  Most nights I use 1 low power wide view then go to the zoom or zoom + barlow.  I also have the Celestron 8-24 zoom.Next target scope would be the Orion XX12i or XX12G computer assited Dob.