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#1 photiost

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 03:47 PM

Like most people here on CN I own a number of telescopes, Reflectors, Refractors, SCT's and a Mak.

Some scopes I bring to public events, others are used for Solar observing and the larger telescopes get used only when we go to dark sites.

I was thinking about this the other day and in my case the most used telescope has to be my 12in f/5 solid tube reflector.

So which telescope do you generally use the most?

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 04:00 PM

I use my C11 the most. followed my C8.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 04:02 PM

Like most people here on CN I own a number of telescopes, Reflectors, Refractors, SCT's and a Mak.

Some scopes I bring to public events, others are used for Solar observing and the larger telescopes get used only when we go to dark sites.

I was thinking about this the other day and in my case the most used telescope has to be my 12in f/5 solid tube reflector.

So which telescope do you generally use the most?


In general, I use my small refractors more times a year, my large reflectors more hours a year..

Which one gets the most eyepiece time depends on the particular year but these days it would be a contest between my 12.5 inch F/4.06 Truss and my 25 inch F/5 since the 16 inch F/4.42 has been out of service while the mirror is being refigured and recoated.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 05:14 PM

I'll answer that by which 1 I don't use the most=10"dob
If I eat my wheaties and feeling fresky I may drag it out
but that aint happening much these days

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 07:01 PM

CPC1100. The big Dob is for dark site excursions and the refractor for lunar and solar with the PST riding sidesaddle.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 07:13 PM

If you ain't got 8", you got nothing.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 07:27 PM

That is a tough one.
It would have to be for me my 8 inch ultima Sct.
I have it set up to be sort of my "grab & go "scope at the moment. I have it attached to a voyager mount for quicker looks when the 9 1/4 or 12 inch truss dob are not being used due to longer set up time.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 07:33 PM

I'm searching for my most used. My 16" dob now has a nice new base, and once I figure out how to set it up, I will have a skycommander attached for goto.

But then I frequently use my c11 edge. I love using it with binoviewers. But then for quick looks my refractor. . .

My conclusion after lots of fluffing about is that a 12ish inch reflector is the sweet spot. Enough aperture to see lots of cools stuff, but not so big as to require several trips to my car for loading. . .

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 07:50 PM

I use my SCT (9.25") the most, although when I'm in the city it's 50/50--but at dark sites, it's the only scope that counts (talking visual, of course).

Someday, if finances cooperate, I'd love a 12.5" truss DOB with GoTo. If I had such a scope I've no doubt it would get maximum usage. But I have discovered that I simply don't enjoy scopes without tracking and GoTo anymore. Life's too short to waste an evening solving "where's that DSO or double star" puzzles.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 08:58 PM

A tie between the 8" and 10" dobs. The 16 hasn't seen much action lately - I expect that will change after our monsoon season passes.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:09 PM

My 15" by far 90% of the time followed by my 6" and then on rare occasions, my Astroscan 4.1"

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:19 PM

I use my 20" DOB the most, followed by my 6" AP APO.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:36 PM

TEC 140 because it is pretty easy to setup and travel with but still enough aperture to enjoy. At dark sites I like the Webster D14 next to my TEC 140.
Most uses per month would be my Lunt 60mm solar scope because its sunny a lot where I live and I don't have to give up sleep to use it.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:09 AM

STS 11 has just started edging out the XT8i, but it's nearly 50/50.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:27 AM

For personal viewing my 17.5" StarStructure, for out reach my Orion XX12.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:36 AM

I use my Meade LS8 SCT the most. My 2nd most used scope is my ES AR152 refractor.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:27 AM

It is my one and only XT 10i.... :yay:

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 09:52 PM

Of the scopes I own (listed below) it's about 50/50 Obsession 20 and Explore Scientific 127mm ED. I'm surprised that I seem to not be using my 20x80 binoculars that much anymore. I gotta start using them.

I didn't mention my Coronado PST, which I use about once a week or more, but that's daytime solar.

Of the scopes I *don't* own, it's probably 70/30 Kopernik Observatory's ( web page ) Optical Guidance Systems 20-inch F/8 Ritchey and Astro Physics 6-inch F/12 Superplanetary.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 10:04 PM

My 8" follows by the 70mm then the 6"sct.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 10:55 PM

Fully tweaked Z12.

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 07:35 PM

I would say my old LX50. However my ES 127 ED is right behind it.

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 07:19 AM

My Canon 10X30 IS binoculars. Used almost every day.



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 07:44 AM

I use my XT12i the most because it's on wheels in a garage and very easy to haul out and observe. I use the 102mm next because it is left set-up but I must carry it out of the garage. Iuse the C5+ the least, not because I don't like the wonder, but I leave it disassembled as it is my travel and outreach scope.



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 09:52 PM

18" Obsession... with wheel barrow handles/ramps into Honda, it's a breeze to transport/5 min setup... no electronics involved, just pure star hopping zen.

 

This not only includes my personal outings, but outreach as well.



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Posted 04 August 2014 - 10:50 PM

My Coronado PST get the most use but for night time, it's been my Orion ST80 as of late.




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