Chance favors the prepared astronomer. Yeah I have some stuff.
Jeff -----TEC 140, Stellarvue SVR90T, SV115T20 and AT65EDQ refractors,Webster D14, C11 EdgeHD Lunt LS60THa solar scope double stacked with LS60FHaTelevue Pan 41; Ethos 21, 17; Nagler 31T5, 9T6, 7T6, 5T6, 3.5T6; Delos 10, 12, ES25, 14, 9Astro-Physics 900GTO with Rob Miller Tri36M TripodDM-4 Mount-Extension-Tripod w/ Sky CommanderDM-6 Mount-Losmandy Adapter/Extension-Berlebach Planet w/ Argo Navis
<2 hour drive to gray/black zone “Contrast is not everything. Outside of aperture, contrast is the only thing” -Carl Zambuto
Quote: For me the "sweet spot" would be the largest diameter mirror I could get while observing near the zenith without a ladder.
Quote: I wished that I had just gone with a 20" scope since I am using a ladder anyway.
"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:Moving up in aperture, I have found that doubling your light gathering power will allow one to see significant differences so as to justify the step up. This would bring the aperture to roughly 18". Other considerations should include portability issues, the quality of your observing sites, and ultimately, what your goals are in making the jump in aperture. For me the "sweet spot" would be the largest diameter mirror I could get while observing near the zenith without a ladder.
Quote:Once your on a ladder, your on a ladder.
Celestron 8SE Dobstuff 13.1": Swayze refigured Coulter mirror, 6 pt mirror cell (2 pt edge support) and CF focuser board made by me StarBlast 4.5 ST80/PortaMount II Zhumell 20x80/Oberwerk 15x70 on a Seronik-style tripod boom mount Hubble Optics 18 inch F/4 mirror.
10" Sumerian, Webster D18, solar scope, small 'frac, Vixen Foresta 8x42 Take action against Light Pollution. Together we can make a difference.
Quote: I am also now in a position to buy a country home and can more access to dark skies and my telescopes.
16" F/4.2 Teeter/Zambuto Dob Tak Mewlon 250 SV130EDT Powerstar C8 1960s Bushnell 60mm f12 Refractor Nikon 8x30 A SkyMaster 15x70 Sphinx SXD CG5-ASGT UA Unistar Deluxe
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