Vlad. Zhumell Z8 8" f/6 Dob Meade DS-2090 90mm f/9 on EQ1 mount (modified) Olympus Trooper 10x50 DPS I bino Quantaray Dakota 9x40 bino
Orion Optics 14" f/4.5 Orion Optics 10" f/6.3 Research Grade lambda/10 Orion USA 10" f/4.8 Equatorial Reflector EQ6 Skywatcher 120 ED Coronado SolarMax 60mm Skywatcher 80 ED + Herschel wedge Radians ,Pentax XLs, Orthos , TV plossls , Hyperions...and many others to experiment with.
Living at a dark site, I make scope when I have the inclination. I also do woodworking, cycling and other outdoor activities
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modded Ultima LX 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL
Quote:To answer your question, even two zooms can do the trick here, so long as one of them is the NZ 3mm-6mm.
The Lunt and the like come in 7.2mm-21.5mm.
We mostly come out at night... mostly.
GSO Z8 Degree Circle & Digital Level
Celestron 4"(102mm) SLT 660mm f/6.47
2" 30mm GSO WideView
9mm GSO Plossl
ES 82's : 4.7mm, 8.8mm, 11mm, 18mm
BGO's 5mm, 6mm, 9mm
2" 2X ED Astronomics Barlow & GSO 1.25" 2x Shorty
8-24 Baader Zoom III
Baader M&SG, Semi-Apo
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
C10NGT, Z8, 150 Rumak, XLT 150, C6, C5, SW5 Newt, 4.5 Ball, C102GT, C90, ST80, A70LF; 15x70, 25x100; Burgess BV; Paracorr II; T6 2.5, XO 2.58/5.1, Ethos-SX 3.7, Delos 4.5, TV Plossl 7.4-26, BCO 10, Hutech HC 12.5, Sterling 12.5-25, ES100 14, CZJ H 16/25, CZJ O 16, M5k UWA 24, T5 31, Ultrascopic 35, Titan-II 40; Bino Pairs M5k UWA 6.7, Baader Zoom 8-24, M5k SWA 24, TV Plossl 26, RKE 28.7; Zooms NZ 2-4, NZ 3-6, Leica ASPH 8.9-17.8, Baader 8-24; Baader Zoom Barlow, VIP Barlow
Dob guy for sure
Quote:Hey Starman, whassup with your clear skies chart? Is it really that bad?
Quote:When did eyepieces become finders? I have my two finders attached to the side of my scope's OTA. My optical finder, Telrad and SkySafari Pro on a 10" tablet are all I need to find anything in the sky.Mike
Quote:Obviously, we mean "Eyepieces with >1 degree true field of view, for finding the observing field with the help of a Telrad, Rigel or optical finder, and then centering the object before changing to a zoom or shorter focal length eyepiece that frames it for observation and study". Please, don't make me write the whole sentence every time, just let me say "finder" instead.
Quote:Quote:When did eyepieces become finders? I have my two finders attached to the side of my scope's OTA. My optical finder, Telrad and SkySafari Pro on a 10" tablet are all I need to find anything in the sky.Mike At least 50 years before "SkySafari Pro on a 10" table" came on the scene.Some of us poor folk had to learn to star hop with out all them fancy finders and computers
Quote:"When did eyepieces become finders?"
I hear ya Mike - Back when I was starting out a finder was a little 6x refractor, with a set of little wires in it's eyepiece. - You really don't need the wires:-)
Quote:I have had the 56mm Meade, the 55mm TV, the 41mm Pan, and most all of it's 40mm competitors (including the U/O 7/70), but I never called any of them a "Finder Eyepiece"
Perhaps it has something to do with Go-To? - Something else I have never had.
Quote: Oh wait! - Star hopping! ... Did I get it right:-)
Don't mind me; I'm just Old...
“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:Quote:Quote:When did eyepieces become finders? I have my two finders attached to the side of my scope's OTA. My optical finder, Telrad and SkySafari Pro on a 10" tablet are all I need to find anything in the sky.Mike At least 50 years before "SkySafari Pro on a 10" table" came on the scene.Some of us poor folk had to learn to star hop with out all them fancy finders and computers Before SkySafari Pro on a 10" table I consulted those ancient devices called "star atlases." Still no "finder EP" necessary.Mike
Quote:Why the 35mm Pan rather than an 31mm T5? Simple. No human eye can detect stellar image quality differences save for extreme off axis at such a ludicrously low image scale. It makes sense, IMO, to go cheap on your low power *finder* eyepiece. Regards,Jim
Quote:It's just that I'm always a bit surprised when I see it taken for granted that every observer uses a "finder EP" to locate objects before going to moderate or higher power eyepieces. I find that a finder EP is not necessary if the main scope is closely aligned with the optical finder and Telrad. I can go straight from these finders to the best eyepiece for the specific object. No finder EP is necessary.