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Beginners Forum / Re: Beginner, Telescope.
« Last post by karaRobert on March 14, 2018, 04:22:44 PM »
I know three types telescopes Refractor, Refelctor & Compound that are better for beginners .
You will get more info here-
I'll suggest you choose Refractor because you can get it in your budget and it's very comfortable for beginners. there's no maintenance for Refractor telescope therefore you'll use it with none tension.
Beginners Forum / Hey, Newbie here
« Last post by karaRobert on March 14, 2018, 04:14:16 PM »
Just saying hi. New here but excited to get started.
Mounts Questions & Expirience / Re: Stellar Masses stainless steel counterweights
« Last post by neilson on February 24, 2018, 01:31:35 AM »
I started this topic in cloudy nights forum and I ended up getting ripped off by Stellar Masses. He kept all my money and never sent the counterweight. When my credit union credit card contacted him about this he lied to them and said he sent it to me.  My address is a UPS mail box in a small town and I know the owner. He watched for it for me and I went there every day but it never arrived.  His website is now closed down and he stole $164.00 from me.   
Eyepieces Questions & Recommendations / Re: "Planetary" Eyepieces
« Last post by Jim Snyder on February 09, 2018, 11:36:41 AM »
Good discussion. However, what I am most curious about is objective optical performance, regardless of the other drawbacks, be they small FOV, tight eye relief, or rarity and expense. Obviously trying them out is the best way to evaluate, perhaps one day.

I have a good collection of EPs that are comfortable to use and good on axis. The type of people who read this forum, however (myself included), tend to be curious if there's any more tangible performance available. Would I find a contrast improvement in a 5.1mm XO vs my current 10mm XW + ES ED 2" Barlow? How about against a straight 5mm XW?

I've already improved my scope as much as possible. It's flocked, the primary has been tested and refigured, the secondary was replaced. I have an EQ Tech platform for tracking, and am dabbling with binos. More aperture (and correspondingly smaller CO) is in the future, but maybe a year or two away as I work with what I have and figure out what I want.
ATM, Optics and DIY Forum / Re: String Telescopes
« Last post by Scott Bentley on February 09, 2018, 11:35:59 AM »
Several folks here in Portland have built string telescopes - Dan Gray is the original creator; David Nemo built a 20" string telescope and had a build thread here.

Link to my archived buildthread:

Last year I had the mirror reground to around f3.5 - as I got tired of moving and climbing a ladder. Rebuild was a snap. Just shortened the strings and poles, and good to go.

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