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Beginners Forum / Re: Is a 16" dob too much?
« on: February 09, 2018, 05:46:21 AM »
Short and to the point, 16" is only too much only if you can't afford it! IF you are going to stay with the hobby and actually use it, it will pay for it self over time. I have an Orion xx12i and it has cost me approx. $6 for each time used now. The more I use it that figure goes down, I hope to live long enough to get to the $2 range per use.

I am just sayin


Months ? I would say a year at least... but the box has a small damage... and for us in Europe, such an import would make the day of the customs : + 20%... so I never pulled the trigger... :-(

Beginners Forum / Re: Total newbie here. What's next for me?
« on: February 03, 2018, 01:44:09 PM »
And there's always the focal reducer for Celestron SCTs, so you can have f/6 and f/10 all in one scope-


Helpful if you like more wide angle, low power views compared to the stock scope at f/10.

+1 on this. Try it before you buy too many eyepieces. It's give's you a wider FOV and corrects stars toward the edges. It will also shorten your exposures if you get a camera. I just picked up the Meade at B&H for $69.95 compared to 109.95 for the Celestron. I understand they are the same just labeled differently. https://www.bhphotov...al_Reducer.html

A real looking Ring nebula from my 80mm refractor.

That's about what I see in my scope, except my sky is more grayish (Bortle 9) and I have made no attempt yet for photos of objects like this.

I had no Hubble expectations since my first views of the cosmos were through a homemade 6" Newt 55 years ago. What I have come to appreciate is the improved capability of finding and tracking that my more modern scope provides. So far I have not experienced exceptional seeing or dark skies, but will be on a quest for those observing conditions from time to time. I also learned that there are a lot of globular clusters that are practically indistinguishable one from the other.

I also found Turn Left at Orion (particularly the web site) to be helpful in managing expectations, but also verifying that what I saw was indeed my target.

Beginners Forum / Re: Question about observing window
« on: February 02, 2018, 03:56:45 PM »
This map makes me personally feel much better:


More forgiving. Green zone peanuts to reach, darkest zone very possible!

Which map do people refer to when generally talking about "green"? Could there be "politics" in Dark Sky Finder, this one being more "hands on"?

Mounts Questions & Expirience / Re: Orion Sirius vs. IEQ30
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:24:57 AM »
Thanks. Do you (or anyone else) think the iOptron listed capacities are accurate? I've read some suggestion their overly optimistic. Or, rather, more overly optimistic than your regular overly optimistic published capacity.

I used my ZEQ25 with a AT6IN, mini guidescope, and cameras. It worked, be always seemed close to the max to me. My older Celestron CG-5 AT seemed to be much happier carriying the same equipment.


Light Pollution Topics / Re: It Never Hurts to try!!
« on: January 31, 2018, 08:34:05 AM »
Here's hoping that someone knows what to do this time.

I guess it is too much to ask for what you want.   I heard a noise out front at about 9:30 pm last night.  It was the service truck!   He hopped out of the truck, looked at the pole number, hopped back in, and left.   

What?   Did that just happen again?     I sent off another email to first energy and ask that a supervisor get involved.  I asked them if it is regular policy to send trucks out on calls with no orders, no paperwork, and just assuming a light is out.

They responded with a supervisors name and said she would call me on Monday.  The story continues.


General Astronomy & Observing / Re: How Safe is Your Observing Site
« on: January 31, 2018, 07:52:57 AM »

F&*$ that!

I saw a garter snake once and that was enough to keep me away from my backyard for extended periods of time. That's why I like Astrophotography, open the observatory, turn everything on and back to run everything from the safe of my couch.

Aw Sam... This ain't Brasil! Garter snakes are nothing to be worried about. They eat flies and other bugs and the occasional mouse, shrew, or mole, but they don't want anything to do with us and they're non-venomous. They are your garden's best friend. Well maybe besides you.

Never saw a snake in my 30 years living in Brazil. Barely saw trees, it’s all concrete down there![/quote]
Sorry, with your apparent fear of snakes, I had visions of you growing up in proximity to 15 foot long anacondas and tree snakes somewhere along the Amazon...[/quote]
That's usually the vision people have. Or playing soccer on the streets, or dancing samba naked on a bar table! LOL

I think it's great that Masuyama is continuing the line, and I think the 26mm is going in the right direction. A 20mm would be very nice as the next in line. Personally, I would not mind an entire set of Masuyama 2" eyepieces for use in my SCT's. Perhaps, they should follow the classic examples, but with a wider field. Following the 20mm, it would be nice if there were a 15mm, 10mm, 7.5mm, and 5mm.

Reflectors Telescopes Forum / Re: Made my decision! XT10I
« on: January 31, 2018, 02:58:27 AM »
You can also buy any cheap laser from the classifieds and use the barlowed laser collimation technique, but there's nothing wrong with Farpoint, HoTech or Glatter collimation tools. Or you can skip all those and use the collimation cap that comes with it and probably get the same effect.

Hope you have good weather, and if you have any problems with the scope Orion customer service will help you out. Sounds like fun.

I made some adjustments to the mount following the info in this thread.

First night out it worked fine but there was not a huge improvement.

Last night however I hit the classic 'stiction' problem.

Stiction by Tom Whit, on Flickr

I guess it only happens in certain orientation of the mount.

Moral of the story check for binding / stiction for the full movement of the moun!

Beginners Forum / Re: I need help using an EQ mount
« on: January 30, 2018, 08:13:03 AM »
Alternately, the RA axis can be set to 0° on the latitude scale, with the RA axis in a horizontal position, to effect an alt-azimuth mode of operation.

General Astronomy & Observing / Re: First true taste of Aperture Fever
« on: January 30, 2018, 05:08:48 AM »
You kind of hit the nail on the head. Buying something new does not come without some risk. I have had a relatively inexpensive Orion XT-8 for a couple of years now, and have spent some time and money trying to get the best out of that scope. The mirror quality, from my limited experience is fairly good. Would an expensive mirror make it better? Should I buy an even larger aperture telescope? Amateur astronomy is a journey of discovery. I may soon discover I am broke  .

Yes. The cure for aperture fever is very expensive!!!

Reflectors Telescopes Forum / Re: Show off your counterbalance setup!
« on: January 28, 2018, 10:51:26 PM »
On my old Apertura DOB I placed a 15 inch long 2" wide strip of hook velcro, then attached the loop velcro to SCUBA soft weights. Basically steel shot in a canvas bag, come in 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 pounds.
I had a 2 and 5 pound set up with velcro. You adjust the weight up or down the tube as you change eyepieces.
What I really like about that is it worked quickly for anything I hung on the focuser With Parracor, without, a DSLR, anything. And, it made getting the balance point of the bearings much less important. I liked the idea of the adjustable bearings on those Zhumall Dobs, but the actual item wasn't convenient to adjust during use.

Three separate curves, separated by a ridge. I suspect this has a bad primary. Images are good up to about 120x. Even at 120x, if I take it out of focus, I see 3 images. They merge at a sweet spot that is sharp at 120x. At 220x, the softness is there.

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