AP 130 GT 8" EDGE HD AVX on AP Wood Tripod Canon T2i Olde Crow Observatory
Quote: Any suggestions with pros/cons would be appreciated....preferrably based on first hand experience but I'm open to all! Redirect me to good reading, comparos etc if you wish. Thanks! Tim
Quote:Tim:I use a star diagonal with it. The views are reversed left to right but that doesn't bother me at all.. in fact, since that's what I use at night, if I use an correct image diagonal, I tend to move the scope the wrong way when tracking a moving object...Jon
Quote:You might also want to check on Orion Short Tube F/5 80-T. That plus your favorite photo tripod would make a decent rig. Picture was taken at about 25 feet with a cheap point and shoot.
Quote:Maybe a used ETX-90 RA or C-90 with an erecting prism?
C11 Edge HD, C925 XLT TEC 140 (#352) w/ AT65EDQ Skywatcher 100ED w/ WO66SD ZenithStar, ES 80mm Apo Sirius, Atlas EQ-G, "Atlosmandy" Pro AZ/EQ-G, T-Rex Apex,Porta II DBK21AU04, DBK21AU618, DMK21AU618, DMK31AU03, ASI120mm/mc, Hutech 500DH Beaglehaven Observatory (BYO #168)
Quote:One concern is the availability of a good quality 45* erecting prism. I know allot of these Celestron Mak scopes came with an erecting prism but I doubt the quality matches that of the optics thanks, Tim
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:That makes sense Jon, and I like the idea of using what I already have[star diagonal] instead of buying another piece of astro gear Care to comment on "turbulence" when viewing terrestrially? I don't really notice it when using binos but it must certainly become a factor when you go up in aperture and magnification thanks, Tim
Quote:I use my ES 80ED on a Manny modded Porta II w/ Hands On Optics wood legs for both an astro Grab-N-Go and terrestrial scope. I can do wildlife digi-scoping with this scope or with my WO ZS66SD. It is a very portable rig with NO electronics or complicated mechanical parts that can malfunction...Clear Skies,Brian
Quote:I am much happier using a spotting scope for terrestrial viewing mounted on a strong tripod (Bogen 3011 used off e-bay) and video head (Manfrotto HD-501).I use a Celestron ED spotting scope. I find the 80mm objective the best option (although I own the 100mm).Price adds up in a hurry. Just like telescopes the mount is very important. But I also expect to use this for 10-20 years. Being able to quickly assemble and then store is important. Being able to get good, true color makes bird watching fun.I try to shop used. Seems to be harder now with some sketchy deals on e-bay and craig's list.
Quote:Quote:One concern is the availability of a good quality 45* erecting prism. I know allot of these Celestron Mak scopes came with an erecting prism but I doubt the quality matches that of the optics thanks, TimThere was recently a nice discussion about this in the eyepiece forum. You can mine that thread for recommendations.http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/6224960/page...
Quote:meade ETX 90 or orion starmax 90 tabletop mak. this was taken at about 80yd from car window with scope on a platform over the passenger seat. eyepiece was 40mm plossl and point and shoot digital camera.
Quote:Tim:Seeing is definitely at longer distances, it can be down right horrible and a major reason larger scopes don't really help much terrestrially. The best seeing can be viewing over water, here's a shot I took with a point and shoot camera of a Loggerhead Shrike that was mostly across water.. The scope was an Astro-Tech 102ED, the distance was probably about 1/3 of a mile. The image isn't the sharpest but considering everything, it's pretty decent for a 9 inch bird. Jon