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
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Quote:I think Spaced gave you some of the best advice: And a final recommendation: Get a pair of binoculars, reclining lawn chair, red light or headlamp, and a handheld sky chart such as a planisphere or Sky Safari on your phone or tablet. You might be amazed how much there is to be seen with binoculars and it's a fabulous way to learn your way around the constellations. There's are great things about the 10" dob and the 8" SCT. I own both. Collimation on the 10" dob is a cinch once you learn how to do it. The 8" SCT will get you moving around the sky quickly as the modern ones all have go-to and tracking, of course. No matter what basic dob you get you will have to learn to nudge, nudge, nudge while using it. My thoughts after many years of sharing with new folks in the hobby is to learn the sky and play with your 127. THEN, and I heartily recommend this, get out to a place with other observers and try their scopes...talk to them and learn the positives and negatives (all scopes have them) of each kind. Until you get hands on, you'll never really know what the best bang for YOUR buck will be.
Quote: sky condition ... clear tons of moonlight. and i went outside my city about 5 miles on a hillside. so the city bubble wasnt to bad ..
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:but in general .. yeah no goto or point click scopes for me.. i love the hunt . to me that is half the fun of this hobby.. and to just look around ..
Typical 10" dobs like the SkyQuest XT10 have a 1200mm focal length. With a 55mm plossl, you get 2.3 degrees!