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#51 Jim T

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:36 PM

Definitely the 16" Teeter.  Any night that is worthy of spending quality time is worthy of a one-hour drive for darker skies and longer looks.  Grab and go for me is the 25x100's.  Those are just fun and casual.

 

I am partial to the 71" focal length on the Teeter.  It is easier to use with my 6'3" frame when standing, and the views are great.  Of course, the motions are smooth and agreeable.  The 8" SCT is difficult to contort myself when using the finderscope, and I'm a star-hopper - not a button-masher.



#52 gene 4181

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 09:52 AM

6in f5 skywatcher with 2in. focuser. i'm whittling down my scope numbers. i have a lomo mak-newt, 102, but it doesn't get much time. the xt 8 is used when showing new people the sky and planetary use, when i want to see it the best. but the 6in f5 is just so easy to use. it is the most versatile scope also.

#53 JMW

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 04:09 PM

Lunt solar scope gets used the most frequently. Pretty much any sunny day when I am at home with a little time. TEC 140 sees the most dark skies, followed by my Webster D14. My home observatory (not dark skies) usually has my C11 EdgeHD and SVR90T ready to go on the mount.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:13 AM

6in f5 skywatcher with 2in. focuser. i'm whittling down my scope numbers. i have a lomo mak-newt, 102, but it doesn't get much time. the xt 8 is used when showing new people the sky and planetary use, when i want to see it the best. but the 6in f5 is just so easy to use. it is the most versatile scope also.

I have a home brew 12" dob, a 10" newt tube that is sometimes dob, sometimes GEM and I recently built..........a 6" f5.  I have a feeling it will be my most used scope and confirmed for me how much I love that aperture and focal ratio.  Big enough to show stuff and a big enough field to make things easy to find.

 

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 03:16 PM

right now at home...

 

 

127 f5.5

 

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#56 george golitzin

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 03:39 PM

Ease of setup seems to be the dominant theme here.   Once upon a time, my most-used scope was the 10-inch f/5, which at 35 pounds I would carry out of the house and set on the patio in one short trip;  but now that one only gets occasional use, although it's a really sweet setup.   These days, when the moon is new, I use the 18-inch;  otherwise, the 12.5, which mostly looks at the Moon and planets.  Both are in a shed opening onto my driveway, with wheelbarrow handles, so it takes two minutes to set up either one, and at most an hour to cool the mirror with a household fan.  And on both, the wheelbarrow handles are angled well off the ground at the handle end, so that I don't have to bend over to deal with them.   That made a big difference, believe it or not, in my willingness to bring the scope out.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 07:09 PM

I have a few scopes but by far the most used is my Orion 80mm GoScope, followed by the 70mm GoScope 2 I picked up this summer. These are the scopes I bring with me on trips into darker skies and I do the majority of my viewing away from home. I find it a bit ironic that the cheapest telescopes I own are the most used. 

 

At home I use my 127mm mak the most, but it still winds up being just a few times a year, when the skies I can see from my balcony have something interesting in them. 



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 09:28 AM

My small refractors for convience for short sessions unless it going to be a great night then I'll bring out one of the bigger scopes.  Also use a PST for solar a few time of the week......when it's not in the 90's!



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 12:51 PM

#1 - 152 APO

#2 -   80 APO

#3 -   40 PST

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#4 - 102 APO

#5 -   60 Achromat

#6 - 200 SCT

#7 - 200 Newt

#8 - 254 Dob

 

Above the line gets the most use, others just on occassion.



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 03:49 PM

Within the past week and a half I've had 5 outings with 4 scopes (only 1 scope per session); my AD10, AT72ED, AWB 130mm f/5, and 90mm mak have all seen some sky time recently. My 102ED and C5 are feeling a bit neglected.



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 04:22 PM

The last mo. Or 2,  etx90, Meade 2045 (102mm)  Orion 150mm newt, 102mm refractor

And Rv6 dob has seen the starlight most, In that order



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Posted 06 September 2014 - 10:19 AM

My 10" gets the most outings but the 20" gets more sky time.

I use my 10" from local sites for short sessions, and for times near full moon. The 20" for dark sky forays where it'll be used all night. 



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Posted 06 September 2014 - 10:23 AM

My skywatcher Newton 6"-convenience and easy to use ....besides has fantastic optics. Good for planets and amazing for wide views.

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 11:42 PM

my orion 6" f8 intelliscope. I may have got the last of this scope because I think they canceled it. its light, accurate, and great views. I have 7 other scope from 12" dob to a 6" sct. very happy with this scope.

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Posted 30 September 2014 - 05:19 PM

My C11 usually gets the most use but lately I have been using the AT152 a lot, so that is number one right now.  I also have a bunch of smaller SCTs and APOs, but the light grasp of the 6" combined with those razor sharp stars and the wide field is irresistible under dark skies.



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Posted 30 September 2014 - 06:15 PM

I am partial to the 71" focal length on the Teeter.  It is easier to use with my 6'3" frame when standing, and the views are great.  

 

 You raise a good point. When people think through a good telescope size to reasonably haul, set up, and view through, the size of our body frame and our upper body strength are important issues. I have a friend who is also 6'3". He throws around an 18 inch Dob as easy as I do a 12.5 incher. He views through his 18 incher flat footed, as I do through my 12.5. 



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Posted 30 September 2014 - 07:08 PM

My 6"F5 Newt, followed closely by my 127Mak.  

The ED80 will see more use in the winter as a cold weather grab and go scope.

 

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Posted 30 September 2014 - 07:38 PM

My C8 gets the most time. 



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Posted 30 September 2014 - 08:09 PM

my new favorite scope. 10" f4.5.

 

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 08:50 AM

 My Z-12 dob is the scope of choice. It's heavy, and takes two trips in and out of the house to set up, but the views are worth it, to me. I have a Omni 120 refractor I am going to be trading for a second Z-12 tomorrow. Why? One at our dark site, stored in the the trailer, and one at home. If it's so miserable out that I would use a smaller scope, I just grumble, and stay inside.

 Other than cool down time, the Z-12 is ready to use in 2 minutes worth of collimation, and it is amazing at our dark site. At home, it makes viewing under red zone skies tolerable.

 Now that I have said that, I really do need that Explore Scientific ED127.... A man should not be without a decent sized refractor, should he? Hmmm...

 You know the drill.

Regards, Kyle



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Posted 01 October 2014 - 11:34 AM

My C102GT gets the most use, lately, but I took my Orion 102mm Mak out last evening as the sun was setting to look at the moon.  Just fantastic little moon scope!  And it was made for the PortaMount.  I'll be using it more, I suspect.



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 08:14 PM

As far as what gets the MOST use, my 70mm Celestron travel scope! Lol! I have it on an Orion fluid head tripod. Its cheap enough to take to the beach and the wooded areas on the other property without worry. I put white light solar film in the lens cover, and just remove the center cap for solar also! In fact its in my SUV now. As far as what I use at night the most, my xt8 and c102gt (I love 'em both!) run almost the same. My ar6 rarely sees use as its to heavy on the mount, and I haven't built a pier yet. 



#73 George N

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Posted 04 October 2014 - 08:24 PM

I revise my comments above...... lately I'm mostly observing with whatever scope my friends have set up!  :cool:

 

"Hey, are ya gonna observe tonight with your 16-inch?"

"Really? Can I come over? -- OK, I'll be there in 20 minutes"  :lol:


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Posted 04 October 2014 - 10:13 PM

I just made my 3rd payment on my 16" Light bridge. I imagine next month (final installment) THAT will be the most used one for awhile. ;)








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