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
Who you jivin' with that Cosmic Debris? "all science is either physics or stamp collecting" -- Lord Rutherford
Andy Miller 12 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian (coming soon) Celestron C102 HD " Carl" Scope brand 60mmx 700mm " widger scope" Celestron Comet catcher(orange tube)"Scott" 60mm Telescope Club
Quote:...Pushing telescopes on the untrained public, where comets are concerned, is actually something of a disservice.
Quote:...a bino is still a better bright comet instrument for John and Jane Q.
Tele Vue Pronto, Teeter STS27 w/10" Royce conical mirror. EPs: Pentax, Russell Optics, WO, TV
Quote:Did the back to back pair of spectacular (!!) comets Hyakutake and Hale Bopp do anything of the like? And this leads to my contention that for the big, bright comets, binoculars are generally the better instrument. Most any telescope will be good only for teasing out near-nucleus details. The coma and tail(s) are far better appreciated with binos, and even the unaided eye.
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Pushing telescopes on the untrained public, where comets are concerned, is actually something of a disservice. Yeah, I know, hopefully the bug will bite and that scope will continue to be used on the night sky. But a bino is still a better bright comet instrument for John and Jane Q.
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AT6RC; C6R; 8" R200SS; 10" SNT; RV6; PST Vixen GP + Starbook-S Warped LXD55 G11 Gemini-1 & DSC Gone! HGM-200 Gemini-2 Orion Starshoot DSCI2; DFK 41AF02 Sky Commander 4 SkyShed POD XL3 14.5" f5 folded Newt Finished. Now in storage. Mount for 14.5" Portable obs on 7ftx16ft utility trailer wi 8ft dome Trailer Plans Approved, Jig Built! http://cleardarksky.com/c/MCAOobMDkey.html
Quote: Some big commercial interests are concerned with the public's general welfare, some aren't.
"I have been paddling in the shallows of a great ocean of knowledge." - Sir Isaac Newton * * 15" F4.55 Starsplitter Dob & a Denk II binoviewer * * http://peaceofsky.wordpress.com/ Pacheco State Park Fremont Peak
Quote:My Comet Catcher is still going strong
Tom Polakis Tempe, AZ Visual observing, DSLR photography, lunar & planetary imaging http://www.pbase.com/polakis/