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
Quote:Ok, you've got the scope hurricaine proofed...what about you????
• Celestron Ultima 8, f/10 • Zhumell Z12, f/4.9 • Intes MK-67, f/12 • Celestron C5 Orange Tube, f/10 • WO 80mm Fluorite APO, f/6.9 • Carton 60mm ATM, f/16.7 • a few Plössls, a few Orthos, a few Königs, an Erfle or two, a few SWA, a few UWA, a couple SUWA... • CG-5 ASGT, CG-5, & AT Voyager "It's amazing what you can see if you look... " Yogi Berra
Quote:... So why am I so frustrated? Have had winds here over 20 mph since the new year. This coming week we be warned... 25 -30 mph with "nail everything down" gusts.Time for naked eye astro I guess. Quinn
My gear: --Celestron 8EdgeHD & 11EdgeHD | 80mm F/6 Triplet | Modified Canon T1i | QSI683WSG-8 | QHY5L-II | Celestron AVX mount | iOptron CEM60 mount | iOptron ZEQ25 mount --- My skies:
Quote:Sound like a great time to buy a some new equipment! Jaimo!
Quote:Sound like a great time to buy a some new equipment! If the weather is going to be bad anyway...Jaimo!
Quote: Yea, walked into the scope store yesterday and ordered the motor drives for the CG4. Was able to break out the scope for an hour last night, wasn't really dark yet (6pm), the sun had just set. Tried out the RACI from my dob on the XLT, it fit and worked fine. One of those on the way too; while I keep hitting my head on both, that straight thru finder really put me into some real "Twister" positions (you young folk don't remember Twister, but hey, Hasbro convinced our parents it was a game). I raised the scope, those leg extensions don't add a lot of height, I may have to put a small pier on the mount. The scope only had about 20 minutes to cool down. Used the 25mm plossel that came with it to align the finder (which does a hedoublehockeysticks of a lot better job then the straight thru finder). Aligned on the moon as it the most convenient at the time. Swung around to Jupiter, little better seeing position then the moon. Still banging my head of the finder (did this with the old finder too). Just pulled it out to check out some eyepieces I got--I was not impressed with the orthos I bought. It wasn't the narrow FOV; it was hard to bring them into sharp focus, mayb a dual speed focuser (or custom built styrofoam knob extender)might help. At best only saw the two big bands and hints of a third. I'll give them another chance though as it was still very early and the scope had not had much time to cool down (came from indoors 70* to 45*). I did notice with the legs extended, it did take more settle down time (4-5 seconds) then when the are collapsed (1-2seconds). Maybe when the replacement finder comes in, I'll shove it all the way forward in its mount and see if that'll help keep my head from bumping into the finder (and quit wearing ball caps).
Rob Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another..... Plato
Quote:Time for binoculars.