Meade 10" f/4.7 Starfinder Dob(Modified) Orion SkyQuest XX14g f/4.6 Orion 25x100 and Zhumell 25x100 binocs, both on a full motion parallelogram mounts by Charles Funk Orion 10x50 binocs Tele Vue Paracorr Type 1 Howie Glatter Parallizer, Laser, and TuBlug Eyepieces; ES 30mm 82* 2" ES 14mm 100* 2" ES 11, 6.7mm 82* 1 1/4" Orion Stratus 3.5,8,& 17mm 68* 1 1/4" Orion Plantary 5mm Orion DeepView 35mm and 42mm 2" Meade 8/24mm Zoom Binoviewers w/ 15 and 20mm eyepieces
Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
Bryan Stone Past President, NSAAC (North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club) Visual Astronomer with: "GoldenEye" XT8 Classic, flocked, Moonlite CR2(Gold), Telrad, 1st Base mount Serial #001 "Night Hawk" SV 80mm f/7 Aplanat on M1/GNG TV 11NT6, 32P, 1.8xB, Pentax XF 8.5 ES 82 N2 6.7, GSO SV 30, UO KII 16 Lumicon OIII,Orion Ultrablock, Moon Filter, 4 color filters, 25mm Sirius P, 10x50 Explorer Binocs, Celestron broadband filter,Tectron collimation tools, Pelican 1500 Divider Case, StarDust chair
Meade 16" f/4.5 Lightbridge M42 w/Paracorr & "Crossbow" EQT-200 Equatorial Platform
Meade AR-6 w/10:1 Dual Speed Crayford Focuser
Meade ETX-125 Terabeam/Wegat
Orion ST80 w/single speed Crayford Focuser
CGEM Hypertuned by Deep Space Products
Quote:But I'm interested in seeing 'larger' views of the planets. Would a 6.3mm Sirius Plossl be a good idea?
8 f7.62 eq.
12 f5 Dob
Barly my 10 yr old faithful Bichon pup.
Quote:Thanks for the replies and advice, everybody. I went outside and found Saturn to be higher in the sky than I had expected (perfect for viewing). Absolutely amazing! I'm in love with this thing. I haven't gotten a chance to view the moon yet, though the moon filter I ordered with the scope hasn't arrived yet (Orion says they sent it with the scope, but it wasn't in the box when it arrived; a brief email exchange and Orion sent out a replacement) so perhaps it's worth it to wait. Obviously I have a lot of reading up to do before I invest in any eyepieces, since I still don't understand all of the terminology and such. But I'm interested in seeing 'larger' views of the planets. Would a 6.3mm Sirius Plossl be a good idea?
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
Quote:Would a 6.3mm Sirius Plossl be a good idea?
Binos: APM100 | Obie 20x80D3 | Resolux 15x70, 7x50 | Nikon AE 12x50, 7x35 | FMT-SX 10x50 | Canon 10x30 | Vanguard ED 8x42
Mounts: AVX | Orion Paragon | Tecnosky eLLe
Telescopes: XT8g | AT6RC | Onyx 80EDF | 102GT | ST80
1.25" EPs: Hyperion 8, 17mm | ES68º: 20, 24mm | ES82º: 4.7, 6.7, 8.8, 11, 14mm
2" EPs: Meade 5k 82º: 24, 30mm | ES100º: 5.5, 9, 14, 20mm
Quote:Thanks again. What do you guys generally think about eyepiece bundles, the type that usually come with a handful of Plossls, some filters, a barlow and a case? Can they be good deals or are they best avoided?
Orion XT8, Explore Scientific 8.8mm 82, Sirius 25mm Plossl, Meade 8-24mm Zoom, Meade 32mm 2" Plossl, TMB 6mm Planetary II Eyepiece, Highpoint 42mm 2" Plossl, Celestron Ultima 2X Barlow, Antares Twist-Lock Eyepiece Adapter, Wixey angle gauge, Bob's Knobs, and Dobstand
Quote:The XT8 is a great scope. I have owned one for 2 years and really love it. It will provide you with a lifetime of enjoyment. Along with the excellent advice. I would work on getting your collimation as good as you can. It's something you can do on a cloudy night or during the day. Read up on it and get help if you need it. Nothing will do more to improve your views than collimation. Even great eyepieces don't show well in an poorly collimated scope. The XT8 is tolerant of being off a bit being F5.9 but if you get it very close you will be rewarded with amazing views. Enjoy your new scope. Take your time and you will see amazing things. Clear SkiesKen