Jeff Morgan - Wile E. Coyote School of Telescope Making
"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: I've seen several cases where someone went from a 10" to 12" and realized that the views weren't much different.
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Quote:Thank you all for the responses! You've certainly given me some things to ponder.I won't have to move the scope very far. I have a shed and plan a platform of some sort and maybe with a dolly it'll be a simple move.I haven't ruled out a roll off roof down the road but the only thing that keeps me from doing the roof now and going berzerk on a mega scope is my age. As panhard said I need to ask myself will a bigger scope be ok 10 years from now.I do like nearly doubling my light gathering if I go to a 14" and I did a quick look on youtube to get an idea of it's size, and more importantly to me, the height of the eyepiece at zenith. Ladders are not in my cards due to some injuries years ago. A 14" would be max for me.So off I go to ponder life and the excellent ideas you've all provided!Clear Skies!Paul
Quote:"If you plan to have something near your shed, I would suggest a concrete or grass pad (grass is better) that is level and the effort to deploy a large scope is essentially a non-issue."I have a little bit of a slope to deal with and a pad is not practical. I was thinking of building a platform big enough to to hold the scope and then surrounding it with decking large enough for me to move about safely in the dark! The platform and decking would be isolated from each other so my movement would not create vibrations in the scope. All of this would be level with the entryway so I could roll it out and not have any lifting or twisting to contend with.I do have level areas in the yard but where I have the shed placed allows for greater sky area for viewing.Do you think this plan is viable?