No one stands so tall as when they stoop to help a child. ```````````````````````````````````````````````` "A child educated only at school is an uneducated child."- George Santayana
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
Quote: don't worry if there is much that you don't know about. Just enjoy the moment.
Happy owner of--
A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball
A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform
A PST Double Stack
Orion XT12g 12" f/4.92 GoTo Dob Orion 9x50 RACI - Green Laser Pointer Orion 4.5" f/4 EP: ES82 30mm, ES68 24mm EP: Hyperion 21, 17, 13, 10, 8, 5mm Various filters, including Skyglow, UHC, O-III Celestron Ultima 2x Barlow Celestron 12x80 binoculars & mount
SyedTeeter STS 11 f/4.3 Zambuto | XT8i | XT8g | XLT 150 | C90 | EON 80mmAT Voyager and Nexstar SLT mountsEyepieces: Mostly TeleVue and PentaxDenk II BV'er, Earthwin PFS-SE, Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II
Live Life Right. Aim High, Think High
Scopes: C9.25, SkyWatcher ED80
Mounts: CGEM, CG5
Guiding: Orion SSAG/ST80
Cameras: ASI120MC, Canon T3i (Baader Mod)
--Dawg, the Russell "Akita mani yo." Observe everything as you walk. (--Lakota) Celestron Celestar 8 Standard SCT, f10 Celestron C80ED ref., f7.5 Celestron 80mm Wide View ref., f5 Orion 120ST ref., f5 Criterion RV-6 Dynascope, Newt., f8, (c. 1962) Sears Discoverer 60mm ref., f7, (c. 1973) Celestron Ultima DX 10x50 Nikon Action Extreme 10x50 Tasco 7x35 wide
Celestron 11" EdgeHDAstro-Tech AT65EDQ ED RefractorCGEM DX Equatorial MountES 100's : 9mm, 14mm, 20mmES 82's : 24mm, 30mmCelestron .7x focal reducerCanon 60D
Celestron 8SE with some eyepieces. Neximage 5 Unmodded T2i/550D Orion Sirius EQ-G
Rob Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another..... Plato
My PixInsight Tutorial
Pointer to Other Useful Threads of Mine
DreamCatcher Dobservatory/AstroTech 16" dob.
Quote:I came to a realization years ago that I need to control my hobbies, I can't let my hobbies control me. They are for my relaxation and edification, not the other way around. In other words, they aren't a job and I should let them become a job with all the attendant stress and expectations.And for those of us who have had life threatening illnesses (in my case cancer), you have driven home that you don't necessarily have a tomorrow.
Teeter 15" Dob ReflectorSky Watcher Pro 120 ED RefractorCelestron AVX Equatorial MountExplore Scientific 82 deg N2 eyepiecesBinotron Binoviewer... Yeah Baby!Love my eyepatch when not binoviewing!
Stellarvue SV70ED, UA DwarfStar, Oberwerk / AstroTech AT80EDT, AT Voyager / Celestron C6XLT, AT Voyager / Meade 8" LightBridge / Vixen VMC 110L (Baader Solar Film), Porta II / Celestron Nexstar 102GT, ES Twilight I / Oberwerk 20x80 DIII, Orion 10x50 Resolux
Celestron EDGE 11/CGEM | Stellarvue SVR90T-25FT20MM ES100 | Televue 31MM Nagler T5 | Televue 11mm Nagler T6 | Televue 2X PowerMate Sky Safari 4 | SkyFi
SteveCarpe NoctemBushnell 10x50 Seymour solarized binoculars.Bushnell 12x32 moon and terrestrial binoculars.Celestron: 102-GT Refractor OTA on a CG-4 GEMAstro-Tech Value Plössl 32mm, 20mmZhumell Z series 14.5mm, 9mm, 5mm+42° 18' 37.39", -122° 52' 3.76"
Never argue with a fool.Onlookers often can't tell the difference.
Quote:I wish I could relax and just observe, but I can't. I have to record the transparency/seeing/temperature and how each fluctuated roughly throughout the evening. Then at some point, take out the SQM (even if I'm not at a dark site) and take the reading just for the record. Then I have to remember to save the image of the Clear Sky Chart for the location that I observing at that night. Those are all for the observing report that I write after my session, whether the session was 30 minutes or 3 hours. Then during the session I have to remember all objects viewed (not too hard) and also all eyepiece/magnifications that object was viewed at (a little harder) and which view was best (ok, now that can be a bit much). To help with this, I sometimes use a voice recorder on my phone. In order to earn my AL stripes, I use my scopes but without goto or push-to, so I better have my smartphone out with the SkySafari or my iPad so I can map out each star hop. If I wanted to do some eyepiece comparisons I have to fit those in as well and be sure to record my observations. And the list goes on...
Quote:I thought I heard the Eagles song "Take it Easy" in the background when I read your post, Frank.
Quote:Quote:I thought I heard the Eagles song "Take it Easy" in the background when I read your post, Frank. Would you believe--I don't remember hearing that song nor have I heard of the band. The music I grew up with was in the late 40s and early 50s. So just for the heck of it, I got on Google and listened to the song. I really liked it and I like the group. I just might get a CD. If I do it will sure surprise my grandchildren.
Tom Karpf (tkarpf) Vice President, Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford www.asgh.org
Nextstar 6SE Baader Hyperion 8, 13, 17, 21 I WOULD RATHER BE ABLE TO APPRECIATE THINGS I CANNOT HAVE THAN TO HAVE THINGS I AM NOT ABLE TO APPRECIATE. TOO MANY PEOPLE NOWADAYS KNOW THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING AND THE VALUE OF NOTHING. ***** ELBERT HUBBARD *****
-- Matt -observing since fall 2012 16" F/4.5 truss DOB / EON 120mm ED / 10" F/5 strut DOB Paracorr (T1 tunable),telrad, RACI finders, AltAz Tripod mount ES 82° 4.7,6.7,8.8,30mm AT Paradigm 60° 25,18,12mm Pentax XW 70° 20,14mm , Baader zoom observing list/notes.. beginning dslr astrophotos (moon/widefields)