16" AstroSky F4.5 C/W Skycommander, TEC 140, 6" F8 Edmund, 120 Skywatcher F5 SW EQ6 AP SPL 5mm Carl Zeiss Jena .965 6,10,12.5,16,25, Pentax 3.8mm XP, 7mm SMC, 7XW, 10XW TMB SMC 8mm,TMB Planetary 2.5,6, TV Smoothie NJ's Plossls, 14 Delos, Nagler 20T2, WO 4,28 UWAN, Orion Zoom 7.5-22.5, BGO 9 Binoculars Pentax PCF 7x50, SPACE, "A PORTRAIT OF PERFECTION!" Tony M
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Quote:I'm considering donating a telescope to a school (K-8) benefit auction. I would also include a nights instruction in how to operate as well as bringing my own scopes to show them around the sky. I'm wanting suggestions on the best scope . . . My budget is $3oo. $400. total.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Chuck D. Clawson, MI, USAProud owner of: Orion XT10i w/ Moonlite focuser & ZOC mirror, Celestron Ultima 8 PEC, Celestron C5+, Meade 90mm f/11 achromat (Model #390), and some random accessories (see bio).
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
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Orion XT8i Meade 4000 plossl 6.4, 9.7, 12.4mm
Meade 4000 QX 2" 36mm
Orion Stratus 21mm, 13mm
Orion 13% moon filter
TMB planetary 9mm, 7mm, 5mm, 4mm, 3.2mm
Pentax PCF WP II 10X50 with a home made parallelogram mount
Binos: APM100 | Obie 20x80D3 | Resolux 15x70, 7x50 | Nikon AE 12x50, 7x35 | FMT-SX 10x50 | Canon 10x30 | Vanguard ED 8x42
Mounts: AVX | Orion Paragon | Tecnosky eLLe
Telescopes: XT8g | AT6RC | Onyx 80EDF | 102GT | ST80
1.25" EPs: Hyperion 8, 17mm | ES68º: 20, 24mm | ES82º: 4.7, 6.7, 8.8, 11, 14mm
2" EPs: Meade 5k 82º: 24, 30mm | ES100º: 5.5, 9, 14, 20mm
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
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Orion XT8i Dob
9x50 RACI Finder TELRAD Reflex Sight
Agena SWA 38mm 70 FOV 2" EP
Orion 25+10mm Sirius Plossl 52 FOV EP
ES 82* 11mm, 18mm 2" ES 68* 24mm
6mm, 25mm Ortho. EP
Televue 3X Barlow
Filters Baader Continuum, UV/IF cut, Lumicon UHC, DGM OIII.
SkySafari T-Ring and Adaptor for Olympus E-510 Oly sz-14 SteadyPix Deluxe iOptron SkyTracker 7.7lb Electro Dot Sight RD400X
Quote:I build dobs, I love dobs, but I wouldn't do a dob without knowing who it was going to. If you don't want to do binos then a small refractor.
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Quote:The Dob will definitly be easier to view thru then a refractor, where they'll end up in some uncomfortable positions.
Quote:What a great thing, David I'll also agree with Tony. To sweeten the deal you have my permission to throw in a free membership to Cloudy Nights!
Quote:Quote:What a great thing, David I'll also agree with Tony. To sweeten the deal you have my permission to throw in a free membership to Cloudy Nights! How about talking to your local Astronomy club to see if they will throw a free year membership in with the scope also?
Quote:What do folks think of the Starblast 6 inch? I see that is just under $300 and pretty portable. Even kid height. Just curious!Ken
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Quote:Quote:What do folks think of the Starblast 6 inch? I see that is just under $300 and pretty portable. Even kid height. Just curious!Ken Ken:I am not a big fan of Table top mounts, they seem like they would be cool but a solid table that also allows one to view comfortably is represents an investment all by itself. An 80mm F/6 or F/7 achromat on a reasonable alt-az mount is pretty sweet, it's got a wide enough field of view for terrestrial viewing and for finding one's away around the sky. It provides decent views of many easy objects. "It looks like a Telescope." John Kuroaka's 90mm Mak is nice and handy too, the field of view is pretty narrow which can be frustrating. In any case, the mount is at least as important as the scope.It's a difficult problem. When I donate equipment, it's equipment I already own. Jon
Quote: I doubt anyone will bid the actual worth(price) of whatever you donate.
Quote:What do folks think of the Starblast 6 inch? I see that is just under $300 and pretty portable. Even kid height.
Quote:Quote:What do folks think of the Starblast 6 inch? I see that is just under $300 and pretty portable. Even kid height.The 6-inch Starblast is too low for anybody older than a toddler. On the other hand, it's a bit too high -- and probably too heavy -- to use on a standard folding table.The 4-inch SkyScanner works great on a card table -- as well as mounting to a standard photo tripod. And the 4.5-inch StarBlast isn't so bad on a card table, either, as long as you don't want to use high power.But the 6-inch StarBlast is enough of a scope so that it really seems to want a custom-built support. Either that or use it sitting on the ground.
Orion FunScope Bushnell "Sky Chief I" D=60mm F=700mm w/ Antares hybrid .965"->1.25" diagonal Orion XT6i Orion EPs - 20mm, 10mm & Orion Expanse 9mm Celestron EP/Filter Kit: Plössl EPs - 32mm, 17mm, 13mm, 8mm, 6mm & 2x Barlow Meade Series 4000 8-24mm Zoom Vision Master 7x35 binoculars
Quote: With a Alt-Alz mount tripod could make a nice grab and go for someone not wanting a full size dob.Thanks Tony