Nick M.Orion ST-80A on an EQ-1Celestron 15x70 Skymaster binocs
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Quote:I'd like a scope I can use from my LP'd (red zone, yo) driveway and also pack in an overloaded minivan on camping trips. I'm also a father of two kids just old enough to be curious about the stars and knock over large tubes. Eventually I'd like to get a light bucket for now I need something smaller. Here's what I've considered so far. * C8 NexStar SE - Top end of my budget. Seems too automatic for me. I like star charts and want to teach my wife and kids.* 8" Dob - I said CAMPING.
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Quote:* 8" Dob - I said CAMPING.
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Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:-NickBut really I think I just want sympathy at this point.
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-- 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)
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Orion XT8i Meade 4000 plossl 6.4, 9.7, 12.4mm
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Orion Stratus 21mm, 13mm
Orion 13% moon filter
TMB planetary 9mm, 7mm, 5mm, 4mm, 3.2mm
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Rob Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another..... Plato
--Dawg, the Russell "Akita mani yo." Observe everything as you walk. (--Lakota) Celestron Celestar 8 Standard SCT, f10 Celestron C80ED ref., f7.5 Celestron 80mm Wide View ref., f5 Orion 120ST ref., f5 Criterion RV-6 Dynascope, Newt., f8, (c. 1962) Sears Discoverer 60mm ref., f7, (c. 1973) Celestron Ultima DX 10x50 Nikon Action Extreme 10x50 Tasco 7x35 wide
Quote:For what it's worth, I really don't understand how a SCT is substantially more compact than a dobsonian. Once you add a tripod, a SCT is really not much more compact.
Quote:This is a dangerous road you have found yourself on. I bought an 8" Celestron back in October. The fever hit hard and I sold it in February so I could get the stuff below. There is no turning back once you've seen the stars.
Quote:...I realize I do need a bigger scope.
Quote:Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
Sounds like a good problem to have
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Mounts: AVX | Orion Paragon | Tecnosky eLLe
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2" EPs: Meade 5k 82º: 24, 30mm | ES100º: 5.5, 9, 14, 20mm
Quote:I think the best suggestion I can make is to join your local astronomy club. You don't need your own scope and frequently clubs have loner scopes and will give you some lessons on how to use them. Also, a lot of clubs have star parties and outreach events and these are great opportunities to ask questions, see what types of equipment people are using and get to peek through their eyepieces. This will really help you form an opinion about what you want to view and what equipment might work best for you.
Quote:Have you considered a 6" Star Blast?
Quote:If a used DOB isn't your cup of tea you will lose practically nothing and can try the next option, without using them you just don't know what's going to work for you. You may end up really preferring one of the bulkier setups and have to get a roof rack for one of the kids to ride on.
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150mm F5 Newt on EQ5, 127mm Mak Cass on AZ4
Oberwerk BT70-45 and 15X70 SkyMasters
Quote:Welcome Nick. I was in the same place you are now...um, I still am..lolLots of good choices. I'd go with either an ETX,SE or even an Orion 80st with vixon alt-az mount. All would give good views if the camp site is dark. Then the money saved can go toward the lightbucket for at home.
Ted Blank Hampton Beach, NH: ----------------- Celestron C8 XLT 2000/10 WO ZS 80ED 545/6.8 ES 127 952/7.5 (at Granite Gap) Starmaster 18" f/4.5 (at Granite Gap) iOptron 150mm Mak-Cass 1800/12 Orion XT8i 1200/4.5 Lunt LS60Ha CGEM iOptron Minitower Vixen Portamount II Orion ST80's and ST120's for occultation work Bunch of EPs Stardust observing chair
- Dan Zhumell Z8 Dobsonian (A.K.A. "The Cannon") Zhumell 30mm, 2" Wide Field Zhumell 9mm 1.25" Plossl Custom made setting circles and a Wixey digital level
Quote:Quote:I think the best suggestion I can make is to join your local astronomy club. You don't need your own scope and frequently clubs have loner scopes and will give you some lessons on how to use them. Also, a lot of clubs have star parties and outreach events and these are great opportunities to ask questions, see what types of equipment people are using and get to peek through their eyepieces. This will really help you form an opinion about what you want to view and what equipment might work best for you.Wise words! I'm checking out the local club, looks like they have a star party in May. Also, your astrophotos are awesome.
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I don't know how old I was when I was one.
Quote:...also pack in an overloaded minivan on camping trips.
Quote:...Here's what I've considered so far. * C8 NexStar SE - Top end of my budget. Seems too automatic for me. I like star charts and want to teach my wife and kids....
Quote:Quote:Have you considered a 6" Star Blast? I had not...looks interesting, though I wonder about the lack of a tripod...
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
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You can, with an iPad for example, learn the sky AND drive the SE. Kids love to point at the sky, then take the iPad and point it at the sky (SkySafari follows the movement), then tap the screen and the scope slews to the object. Then, for many objects, there is a screen to read with info about that object.
Quote:Three weeks ago I bought a pair 15x70 binoculars. You know, the cheap ones from Celestron. All it took was Jupiter's moons and M44 and I haven't been the same since. I'm hooked and I'm convinced I need a telescope. To live.
It was a 20x power, 0.3° field of view telescope, sporting a singlet objective stopped down to 15 mm that profoundly changed our perspective on earth's place in the universe.
I mostly enjoy small, fast, and (ultra)portable glass: Bushnell Legend 8x42, Pentax PCF WP II 20x60, MiniBorg 60ED, ST-80, EON-80, ST-120, 6" StarBlast.
Quote:One more case (and counting) of the SkyMasters getting yet another person hooked. Enjoy your new hobby!