While I agree that the mocking (which i personally did not feel was intended in a mean way at all) may have distracted people from the recommendation, the big thing that probably keeps most people from adopting this kind of technology is the cost.
Most people would not consider spending $3500 or more on this kind of solution.
I have the $3500 to spend I guess, but I have gone back and forth on this before. I am a visual observer. I like sitting at the eyepiece because I feel like I am experienceing the sky "in person".
If I were to put a peice of technology between myself and the sky that processes the view and presents it to me in an altered fashion, then why not just put an image intensifier camera in the eyepeice holder and stay inside and view it on my computer monitor.
And if I am going to do that, why not simply just view the thousands upon thousands of images available on the web and dispense with my telescope viewing entirely?
I am not at all saying it is in any way wrong for anyone else to choose to enjoy an electronically augmented reality. That is not at all my intention with this response.
Rather, my intention is to say that while using electronic augmentation may be a great way to see the sky in a different way, it is a different way, and for me personally, much of the enjoyment is the challange of seeing targets and resolving them with my own two eyes.
is not "Cheating" to use an image intensifier. It is though to me, a completly different kind of activity.
If I were going to do it though, I could see myself doing it with a small refractor. In fact, I think I would rather do this than use my 6" APO with binoviewers. Why bother with a big honking telescope on a heavy mount if you can see more in a small, inexpensive telecope on a simple alt-az mount?
I get that. I really really do. For $4000, you could see more than with the best 6" APO ever made. How could that be bad? Not for everyone, but I absolutly totally get the appeal. Heck, just talking about it makes me wonder sometimes if I should one day take that step...
Edited by Eddgie, 12 November 2014 - 09:37 AM.