Quote:I wouldn't set up directly on the beach if there's any wind blowing due to wind blown grit and salt spray.
Nick M.Orion ST-80A on an EQ-1Celestron 15x70 Skymaster binocs
Vixen Custom 80M
Sans & Streiffe No. 612 76.2mm x 1250mm
Coulter Odyssey 13.1"
SkyWatcher 8" SCT
Criterion Dynascope 10
1967 Scope Orbit 60mm X 700mm
-- 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)
12" Harden Optical "Bubba"
16" Meade Lightbridge "Beached Whale"
70mm ETX-AT "Peashooter"
& a slew of EPs
...It is better to know the value of your equipment than the price of your equipment.
4.5", 6", and 10" Newtonian astrographs.
2 ST80s; ED80; 3 CCD cameras; 5 EQ mounts: all polished, tuned, and modified.
The rule of telescope features: aperture; equatorial tracking; or low cost. Pick any two.
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:
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Celestron CG-5⁴, CGEM², C6-N, C6, C8, Nexstar 8SE, 6SE, ONYX 80 EDF, Orion ST 80 A Vixen R130SF w/Porta II mount William Optics ZS110 ED APO, FLT 132 Triplet APO, SV70 ED SV115T20 Wicháhpih'a
Quote:I almost mentioned that myself... My father inlaw who lives at said beach is a birder so on Christmas I showed them all Jupiter and did some observing with his spotting scope , and hey.. Not bad! Had a good quality zoom on it too
Quote: Spotting scopes are capable of some really good low power sky views. That is why I used one for so long before getting a "real" telescope. I am amazed at how many people shy away from em for "grab and go" stargazing in rugged environments.Specifically for the beach I would suggest something like this:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Meade-20-60X60MM-Waterproof-Zoom-Spotting-Scope-tripo... />
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
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary/Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts