My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote: What is my best buy new or used (with shipping) for $700 or less?
Home-built Dob 10 F6/Zambuto/Osypowski Platform Starmaster 7 Oak Classic- Zambuto Discmount DM-4 w encoders Stellarvue 80ED Stellarvue 70ED Stellarvue 60 Finder Tasco 50 refractor (1966 birthday gift) Orion 80ST Lunt 60 Double Stack Bogen with Dwarfstar mount AT Voyager mount Celestron SLT mount Astro Physics 15x70 Binos Orion Parallelogram mount
Quote:That setup Jim referred to for $ 399.00 is really nice. Really nice!
8"ACF, AR152, ED100, ST80, EQ6Pro, Duo-T, AZ3, EQ1
Quote: I am familiar with the close E & F doubles of the trapezium and also the double double in Lyra. I've scene them numerous times through my 15" scope and hope that the scope I am now considering will will also split these doubles, if not though I can live through it (LOL).
Quote: I believe it has to do with the refractor's inherently better glare suppression. For example, I find Sirius B pretty easy in a quality 3" refractor at just under 100x. Read the double star forum posts about Sirius B. You'll see all kinds of crazy suggestions along the lines of it requiring 10" to 12" and high magnifications.
Quote:Good luck finding a 4" f/15 achromat and a suitable mount for $700. In fact, good luck finding a new or used 3" f/15 with modern 1.25" focuser (rather than a 0.965" unit), at all.
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Quote:Quote:Good luck finding a 4" f/15 achromat and a suitable mount for $700. In fact, good luck finding a new or used 3" f/15 with modern 1.25" focuser (rather than a 0.965" unit), at all.Hi Jim,Far be it for me to reveal something of which you are not aware, but here is a brand spanking new 101mm f/15 with what to me looks like a 1.25" or 2" focuser: link. The cost might be a problem, though...
Quote:I think they are around $2000... big and long.... might as well get a 120mm Eon or SkyWatcher...
Quote:Quote:I think they are around $2000... big and long.... might as well get a 120mm Eon or SkyWatcher...Me? I'm quite satisfied with my TEC 140.
• Celestron Ultima 8, f/10 • Zhumell Z12, f/4.9 • Intes MK-67, f/12 • Celestron C5 Orange Tube, f/10 • WO 80mm Fluorite APO, f/6.9 • Carton 60mm ATM, f/16.7 • a few Plössls, a few Orthos, a few Königs, an Erfle or two, a few SWA, a few UWA, a couple SUWA... • CG-5 ASGT, CG-5, & AT Voyager "It's amazing what you can see if you look... " Yogi Berra
Quote:Thanks to everyone who helped out with my query. I am now in the process of buying a 4" Orion 100ED for $400 (recommended to me by Jim Barnett). Also, I am also working on getting a Vixen Porta Alt/Az mount. Next I'll need a dovetail mounting plate, scope rings, and, an 8x50 RACI finder. I've already got eyepieces. $700 or less... well maybe just a pinch more! Thanks again for all of the help, Steve