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:New to astronomy and going in too many directions at once. Binoculars seemed like a good place to start for ease of setup and use. I thought I'd pick up a copy of NightWatch, some Skymasters, stick them on my tripod and be on my way for under $200. Then I had problems with the Skymasters. So I came here to get an education.My head is now swimming. There are too many options to just start picking optics straight away. And then the mounts...this is getting to be an expensive proposition. So I thought it would be wise to slow down and ask the forum a more fundamental question. What do I need to accomplish my goal? I have a reasonable pair of Leupold 8x50s already. But I know they don't have the magnification I need. I'm looking to explore planets, nebulae, moon craters and the like. Comets are also a big priority.After reading, my thinking is that 25x100s are going to give me the best all-around experience because they have good magnification for planets, good light-gathering capability for nebulae, and reasonable FOV. And I fear that anything smaller is just not going to give impressive enough views to keep the spark alive - especially with the kids. But I know that 20x80s or smaller are easier to deal with. I really think I need to get your feedback on this question before I move forward on selecting specific equipment...and mounts.Other issues that may come into play with regard to recommendations:I wear glasses (astigmatism in right eye) so I need eye relief. My IPD is somewhere around 60mm based on what the scale on 8x50s tell me. My wife and kids don't wear glasses. I have no idea about their IPD, but the kids are teens so not too small I guess.What do I need?
12" DSH 8" f/4 Vega MakNewt
MarkLeica 8x20; Nikon Action 7x35; Vixen Apex Pro 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter Nobilem 15x60WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet
Milton Wilcox R.I.P
Quote:Slow down a minute. You jump around from thread to thread more than the biggest flea in a circus. Stay in a single thread until you resolve the question for which you came here to get answers.
Quote:You have to start with the basic question of budget. How much money do you have to spend at this time? That, more than anything else, will determine what kind of optic any of us can recommend to you.
Vanguard Endeavor ED 8x42 & 10x42 binos / Vanguard Endeavor HD 82mm (20-60x) angled spotting scope / Vanguard Abeo 283AT tripod with PH-114V head
Quote:If you buy the Orion parallelogram mount later, the fluid head is removed and the height won't matter, but the tripod may be be a bit overtaxed in weight. Check the weight of the Orion parallelogram mount before (if) you get it.