Charlie NR1Q - Retired USAF Optica b/c 76x1200, Swift 831, Sears 6339-A, Sans & Streiffe 618, Mayflower 816 Astro Optical S5, Monolux 4380, Space Scope 60x910, Tasco 7T, Aerolite 859, HyScore 417, Manon 60/700 Cartonesque 60x1000, Sears 4451, 6331, Tasco 9VR 50mm HyScore #457, Unitron 105, Tasco 66TE, Tasco Terrastro 50/600, Tasco Deluxe 50/600, Bushnell Space Rover 50/500 40mm Asahi Jupiter, Astro Optical R-41, 40mm SPI #523 Optica b/c LN-4E
George RoffeKingwood, TX
Nothing would be done at all if one waited until they could do it so well that nobody could find fault with it.
Celestron CGE-14 1972, 1974,1977,1992 C8's Tak Mewlon 250 on AP 900 Tak FS-102 on EM10 Tak FC-50 Vixen VMC200L Pentax 100mm f/12 on Pentax EQ Meade 127ED ON LXD 650 3" Bardou & Son TeleVue Ranger Pentax J60 Dynascope 8" f/8 Meade 10" f/4.5 Starfinder EQ Favorite Scope ever: 12.5" f/6 Cave https://sites.google.com/site/...magingrolandochavez/
John L ========= Celestron 80ed Celestron C8 AT90edt Celestron AVX celestron CG5 Canon 600D modded William Optics Binoviewer Orion 10x50 bino's Ep's The collection is building ¡ʇɔs ɐ uʍo noʎ ǝƃɐssǝɯ sıɥʇ pɐǝɹ uɐɔ noʎ ɟı
Meade 12.5" F/6 Research Grade
1971 Criterion RV-6
Orion Observer 70mm Refractor
Homemade 4" f/12 reflector (being rebuilt)
Astro-Physics 5" f6 ca.1986
The Jordan Levinson Refractor 4" f15 ca.60s or 70s (work in progress)
Orion Apex 102 102mm f12.7 ca.2013
Tasco 10TE 76mm f15.7 ca.1965
Tasco 7TE-5 60mm f16.7 ca.1967 "Focus on far-out stars with professional ease." -Tasco catalog
Tasco 66TE-5 50mm f12 ca.1966-1972, Tower 6314 50mm f12 ca.?
Quote: ...not much you can do with three to four inches. I have never seen a small refactor outperferform a larger quality scope....ever!
Vixen/Orion 102ED * Celestron C-11 * Unitron 114 60mm * Mayflower 816 80mm * Swift 831 76mm
Quote:Yes, at times. On the 14th I had quadruple bypass heart surgery.
Quote: Tonight, 16 days later, I was able to place my 4" Vixen f/6.5 on the Losmandy mount (that stays outside), and enjoy a few minutes with Jupiter before clouds rolled in. The 10 lbs of the Vixen is the most I'm allowed to lift at this time. It great to have a few small scopes around. They certainly have their place.
Z8 | C6 | C102 | C90 | ST80
Dobson | CG4 | DwarfStar & Manf 055XDB | Manf 3232 Swivel Tilt & Oben ACM-2400
C Skymaster 8x56 | Z Emerge 7x30 | Bushnell Xtra Wide 5x25
Quote:Quote: ...not much you can do with three to four inches. I have never seen a small refactor outperferform a larger quality scope....ever! I firmly believe in different size and design telescopes for different tasks.
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants" was NOT a compliment.
Quote:Way to go, Bob, quick comeback! You'll be as good as new in no time and be back to doing all the things you like.
Quote:Quote:Quote: ...not much you can do with three to four inches. I have never seen a small refactor outperferform a larger quality scope....ever! I firmly believe in different size and design telescopes for different tasks. I agree. But I'm always biased toward the scope that gets used the most. Those tend to be smaller for me.
Quote: Regarding clusters in an 8 inch versus a 4 inch... the same cluster should show more detail in the larger scope though the comparison should probably be made at equal exit pupils. A good comparison is M38 and the nearby Ngc1907. 1907 comes to life in a larger scope.Jon
Quote:Quote:Way to go, Bob, quick comeback! You'll be as good as new in no time and be back to doing all the things you like. Thank you! Thanks to Frank also! There's a lot years of observing left to do! I just wanted to point out one of the great things about small scopes - even when you are not at your peak strength, you can still get out and enjoy the sky. That is a pretty significant plus.- Bob
Quote:Thank you, Jon. Each day I get stronger, but it's likely to be 2 weeks before I can lift the C11. I'm so happy to have a Unitron and a 4" Vixen. If not, I'd be having "Observing Withdrawal Systems", just as bad as Coffee Withdrawal! I'm sorry to hear about your knee. Once again, small scopes come to the rescue. I picture myself in another 30 years, in a wheel chair at the eyepiece end of a Unitron doing variable star measurements. I just got a note from the AAVSO thanking me for 33 years of data taking. Time goes fast!
Quote:My biggest scope is the C14 and I still handle it easily. And I have a year on you. Working out is the key to staying healthy. Oh yes, and do not take too much asprin.
Quote:Looks like it is time for one of those electric lifts to get you up and down to the eyepiece. Or maybe one of those rolling stairs like you see at Home Depot. That would work pretty good. Lot better than a ladder
Quote:I've seen bigger Beautiful scope. Wish I had a scope like that. However, I have no place to put it.
Happy owner of--
A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball
A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform
A PST Double Stack