I think you're worth a double serving of happiness!Tal-200K (#199) with JMI NGF-Mini2M focuser on GEM3 • Astro-Tech AT80ED • Orion Sirius EQ-G with wireless EQDIRECT • Astro-Tech Voyager • Celestron Regal LX 10x42 • Helios 15x70 ATM projects: 14" f/5 truss Dobson: first light Jul 1, 2011 - currently in 'tweak & widget' mode
Quote:Be wary of bandwagon trashing of certain scopes. Take everything with a grain of salt.My 1983 B&L 4" has fine optics and outperformed a Meade 2045 in a side by side comparison. Both 4 " scopes. The difference was in the coatings. The B&L had better coatings. More extension on M42. Syrtis Major showed better in the B&L as well as a polar cap. Star clusters were brighter and sharper in the B&L than the Meade 4".
David W. Knisely . . . . . . "If you aren't having fun in this hobby, you aren't doing it right." Hyde Memorial Observatory http://www.hydeobservatory.info Prairie Astronomy Club http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org
Happy owner of--
A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball
A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform
A PST Double Stack
-Gary C11, C8, ED80, TV-85, SW120ED, 6"Cave F/8, Solarmax 40, DM-6, Losmandy Titan 50 GEM, 7x50 Nikons, 15x70 Astrophysics, 16x70 Fujinons, 22x100 Oberwerks, Sim Picheloup CPT, Canon 40D, SXV-H9, DMK 41AU02, DBK 21AU618 Fairview, Texas "There is only one constant in our infinite universe; it is change."
Disclosure: I have received, and continue to benefit from, atoms that were fused by stars in the early universe, most notably carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen, and an assortment of others.
Orion SkyQuest XT10 Dob
6" f/8 Home-built Dob
Suburban Washington DC
Evidence refutes liberalism. The Earth's eco-system is not fragile. Evolution cannot explain creation. Communism kills. All by Rush Limbaugh. Criterion Dynamax 8, Bausch & Lomb 4" SCT, Meade LX3 4" SCT Model 2045. Criterion and Bausch & Lomb eyepieces, CP4 Barlow. Meade 2X apo Barlow, Intes 2.6 Micro Barlow, RKE 2.5x Barlow, Russell Optics 14mm Konig. Mark Swanson.
Celestron C8 Registry
"If you want to succeed in the world, you don't have to be much cleverer than other people. You just have to be one day earlier.” -- Leo Szilard
Friends call me Duane. Compustar C14, Leo Henzl's Custom C8, 6" Refractor Adv. GT mount, 6" F5 Omni XLT Newt., LXD-75 F4 Imaging SN8, Meade 8" F6 Newtonian, EX Dynamax DX6, RV-6 ETX-90 Astro, Meade 2045 4" SCT, B&L 4000 Vixen/Celestron 80mm F11 JC Penny 60mm AZ/ALT Refractor Binos 25x100