-- Matt -observing since fall 2012 16" F/4.5 truss DOB / EON 120mm ED / 10" F/5 strut DOB Paracorr (T1 tunable),telrad, RACI finders, AltAz Tripod mount ES 82° 4.7,6.7,8.8,30mm AT Paradigm 60° 25,18,12mm Pentax XW 70° 20,14mm , Baader zoom observing list/notes.. beginning dslr astrophotos (moon/widefields)
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Scopes: Celestron 9.25, Orion 80MM and 120MM EON Apo
Solar: Lunt LS60THa/PT/B1200/50DS
Binos: Canon 15X50 IS Mounts: CGEM and LXD75
Eyepieces: Explore Scientific, Meade & TeleVue
Camera: DMK 41, Canon 6D, SBIG STT-8300
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My Images: http://www.astrophotogallery.org/u342-hfjacinto.html
6" Baby PowerNewt ES 152mm Achro iOptron iEQ30 QHY12 Lodestar & 50mm Borg guidescope Luck
Orlando, Florida, 81° W, 28.5° N, Joined: 8/27/11
CGEM, C8, C11, AT72ED, NexStar 5SE
Orion Starshoot Pro V2 Color, NexImage 5 / ASI120MC Planetary imagers
My photos: http://astrobin.com/users/Steve/
Orion XT8 Classic, Self built EQ platform
AstroTech 72ED, AstroTech 6 Imaging Newt
Celestron Advanced VX EQ Mount
Celestron NexStar SE 4/5 Mount (for grab and go)
Canon T3i, Canon XT (Hap Griffin Baader Mod)
QHY5L-II Mono/Orion 50MM Mini
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CPC1100, Hyperstar III, Canon T3 (Full Spectrum Mod)
POD XL3 w/PZT (Promethean Visions Observatory) / www.promethean-visions.com
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Quote:There are a few recent posts that are problematic. They list a few items (scope, mount, camera...) that total the upper limit. This is not good advice. There are MANY things that you also need - Photoshop, Maxim DL, cases, eyepieces, guide scope, guide camera, powertanks, dew shields, heating strips, dew controller, mount upgrades, side-by-side mounting hardware, books, focusing masks, focus upgrades, camping gear, diagonals, Powermates, focal reducers, filters, etc., etc.
Quote:Quote:There are a few recent posts that are problematic. They list a few items (scope, mount, camera...) that total the upper limit. This is not good advice. There are MANY things that you also need - Photoshop, Maxim DL, cases, eyepieces, guide scope, guide camera, powertanks, dew shields, heating strips, dew controller, mount upgrades, side-by-side mounting hardware, books, focusing masks, focus upgrades, camping gear, diagonals, Powermates, focal reducers, filters, etc., etc. I don't know if your comments are directed at my suggested budget or not. But, unless, I'm mistaken, what I suggested would not need the addition of:guide scopeguide cameramount upgradesside by side hardwarefocal reducersfilterscamping equipment ??And there was $2800 left over for the other stuff. Too low?Your suggested budget?Chris
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Quote:I have done a lot of random reading over the past year. However I haven't been able to lock myself down to a specific setup.
Binos: APM100 | Obie 20x80D3 | Resolux 15x70, 7x50 | Nikon AE 12x50, 7x35 | FMT-SX 10x50 | Canon 10x30 | Vanguard ED 8x42
Mounts: AVX | Orion Paragon | Tecnosky eLLe
Telescopes: XT8g | AT6RC | Onyx 80EDF | 102GT | ST80
1.25" EPs: Hyperion 8, 17mm | ES68º: 20, 24mm | ES82º: 4.7, 6.7, 8.8, 11, 14mm
2" EPs: Meade 5k 82º: 24, 30mm | ES100º: 5.5, 9, 14, 20mm
Quote:... gets you logging observing hours and learning what your preferences are. That's the most important thing.
Quote:As this is my first post I just want to start by saying thank you to everyone who makes this website the awesome resource it is.Everyone's situation is slightly different when it comes to purchasing equipment, so even though I have read what others have done, I am hoping I can get some advice for my own situation.A little about me, I will be moving to either Albuquerque NM, or Maui HI in about a year. I currently live in Ohio. I do not know exactly where I will be moving (in the Air Force), but it will be one of those two locations. I only relate this as it might impact what optics to consider.Stargazing has always been a somewhat spiritual experience for me whenever I get out and actually see the stars. I am currently working on a thesis in Electro Optics relative to deep space detection. My studies have caused an almost obsession with stargazing--only one problem...I have ZERO equipment. I just go out and look at stars and admire what I see. The desire to get a telescope has been strong for almost a year now--I have waited this long so as to make sure this isn't just a fleeting attraction.I am one of those who believes in "buy once cry once" when it comes to important purchases--which is another reason I have yet to buy anything.I do have a limit to what I can spend of around $15-20k (depending on how much I purchase at once).So my requirements in list form...1. Observe celestial splendor from the moon to deep space objects.2. Flexible enough to add AP equipment (DSLR and/or CCD) for deep space imaging (although I plan on just observing for a while I want to budget for this gear now).3. Portable--I know this is relative--a 20-30 pound scope that can be put in some kind of hard case is what I am thinking.(20-30 lbs for the scope alone, I understand the total weight will be more) 4. $15-20k for everything down to photoshop.5. GoTo feature6. I could care less about name brand--more impressed with measured quality (sometimes correlated sometimes not).I have no bias or prejudice of one system or another. What I am looking for is to generate a solid list of everything I need to purchase (some now some later perhaps).Also I understand that for $15-20k I will be making trade-offs on performance, portability, versatility, etc--not looking to get it all, just best bang for buck.Thank you !
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Quote:Consider this. You're thinking about spending 20k and you have no experience sitting outdoors, in the damp and cold night air, looking at the sky for several hours, hunched over an eyepiece that might very well be in an odd position, thereby stressing your neck and back. Do this a few times and you might discover to stick with post processing and let some other fool suffer the cold and sore neck. BTW, what are you going to do with the pictures you shoot? Want to publish? If you're thinking of competing against the Hubble, might wanna rethink that one.
Tom Karpf (tkarpf) Vice President, Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford www.asgh.org