Ken Fiscus Stargazing since 1980 Now observing from a green zone. Z12 on custom mount, Atomic EQ platform, 100% flocked, OMI primary, Astrocrumb filter slide with O-III, NPB, Skyglow filters. Focuser & spider rotated 45 degrees, new springs & Bob's Knobs, Telrad & 9x50 straight finder 35 & 24 Pans, TV 13,7,5 T6s Custom Orion XT10 with piggyback XT4.5 Round Table EQ Platform
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
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
You know you are there when you start thinking in terms of EXIT PUPIL rather than Magnification..
Quote:I've noticed on different websites that tell what's in the sky for the month say that the object is view able in binoculars or small or large telescopes. I was wondering what size is a small telescope or a large telescope? What size would my Orion XT8 be? or even my 10x32 binoculars? Thanks!
Skill counts for a huge amount. Experienced observers like Sue French and Steve O'Meara have seen things in their 4-inch scopes that elude me in my 12-inch. And I routinely see things in my 3-inch refractor that would challenge newbies with 8-inch scopes.
So I often prefer to be vague, and use term like "big" and "small." When I use them, I think of 4 inches and less as being small, and 12 inches and more as being big. Where that leaves 5 to 11 inches is up to you.
As for binoculars, when used without qualification that means normal, hand-holdable binoculars. Your 10x32s definitely qualify.
Quote:I find it curious that large tends to be qualified into very large in such discussions, but that never seems to happen with small telescopes.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:a 12.5" Newtonian was considered a giant telescope but by today's standards, thanks to Mr. Dobson, it's not very large at all.
Rob Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another..... Plato
Quote:Wait. What? That big scope is clearly two feet taller than you. How in the world do you use the spotting scope when it's mounted so near the front lens???
Quote:That’s a wholesome scope but I would wear slippers
Orion XT10g Meade LXD55 AR6 SE6 OTA
Quote:Slippers on a metal-rung ladder would be a really bad idea. There's a reason they're called slippers, you know!Bare feet always give the best grip, except on ice and snow.
Quote:However any kind of foot wear that gives support is generally a good idea for lengthy use of ladders no matter the weather and also as often advertised in here, a comfy observing environment calls for better views.
Quote: Quote:a 12.5" Newtonian was considered a giant telescope but by today's standards, thanks to Mr. Dobson, it's not very large at all. To you and me, a 12.5 inch Dobsonian may seem relatively small and certainly in comparison to an equatorially mounted 12.5 inch of days of yore, the Dob is much more compact and manageable but it is still a large telescope that requires planning and effort... Jon
Quote:I'm looking at the spectrum of apertures that are available to today's amateurs, not ease of use or other factors. At most any major star party, an 18" truss-tube Dob hardly draws any attention any more ...
Quote:Quote:I'm looking at the spectrum of apertures that are available to today's amateurs, not ease of use or other factors. At most any major star party, an 18" truss-tube Dob hardly draws any attention any more ...True. However, star-party attendees aren't necessarily typical of amateur astronomers in general. When writing an observing article for the broader public, I feel safe in calling a 16-inch scope big.
Quote:At a star party an 20 inch or 25 inch might be common place but that star party might be the only time during the year that the scope actually sees the night sky. People show their equipment at star parties but it is likely they do not have the opportunity to use a such a large scope at home.
Quote:Quote:At a star party an 20 inch or 25 inch might be common place but that star party might be the only time during the year that the scope actually sees the night sky. People show their equipment at star parties but it is likely they do not have the opportunity to use a such a large scope at home.I'm inclined to agree with David Mitsky on this one. I know a fair number of people with scopes in this size range, and all of them use them regularly. I find it hard to imagine anybody splashing out that kind of money for a scope that's only used at star parties.But just as people who attend star parties aren't necessarily typical, the people that I know aren't necessarily typical.