.......Curtis MallinCam Extreme 2 + AT8IN + CGEM + Miloslick = WOW WO Binoviewers + Siebert OCA 1.25x-3.5x 10" OPT Starhunter (flocked & upgraded focuser) Celestron FirstScope 10x50 & 15x70 Celestron Bino's 2" 2x GSO Barlow
Quote:Thanks for the info. How well does the tef pads work compared to the bearings?
Everyone knows that the universe is expanding. This is why we constantly need to buy bigger scopes!
Orion 10x50 binos, 25x100 binos
Coronado Solarmax 40
Orion 102mm ED refractor
B&L Criterion 4000
Orion 120mm f/5 refractor
Celestron Omni XLT 150
AT 152mm f/5.9 refractor
Levenhuk 8" f/4 reflector
Meade 12" Lightbridge
WO Megrez 120 ED on GP Mount
WO ZenithStar 80 ED II on Porta II
10" Meade LightBridge/Paracorr
Orion ED 100 on Polaris Mount
Astro-Tech 8" f6 Dob
Bushnell Ares 5
Meade 226 2.4" f11.7
SpaceScope 2.4" f15
"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori
Quote:My 12" Meade Lightbridge is far ahead in terms of smooth motions than the Sky-Watcher dobs I've seen, but the best I've seen is still an Obsession. OK, so it was a 20" and it was 40 times as expensive, but I just wanted to mention it... With my 9mm ES100, barlowed to 340x, I have no trouble whatsoever tracking any object anywhere in the sky with my 12" Meade, even the zenith. Clear skies!Thomas, Denmark
Meade 12.5" F/6 Research Grade
1971 Criterion RV-6
Orion Observer 70mm Refractor
Homemade 4" f/12 reflector (being rebuilt)
Quote:Will the Orion 9*50 fit the factory finder scope mount for this scope (Light Bridge)? I am thinking of ordering one for my XLT120 and it would be nice to use it on both.
Quote:The finder shoe on my 12" takes the ubiqutious 8x50 finderscopes without problems. I've tried a Telrad on my 12", but find that I prefer a 50mm straight-through optical finder. Even a 8x30 works better for me than the Telrad. This is of course a personal opinion. Clear skies!Thomas, Denmark
Quote: If the skies are dark, I can find most objects using the Telrad's rings to point the scope relative to the starfield.
Quote:This worked very well with big and easy objects, which I could sweep up in the main scope, but I very often observe very faint, small and obscure objects far, far away from any easy guidestars.
François C8 f/10, lunt 102 mm f/7 ED. SkyWatcher 12" f/5. pentax XW 40, 30,10 delos 14, 8, 6, 4.5. Vixen lvw 22 Brandon 12, 8 TV 2x barlow Closer and closer to the ideal eyepiece collection, but never reaching perfection
Quote: there wee several posts on cn complaining of the quality of mirrors on the lb. my dealer never had a return if a sw dob or any complaint on the mirror.
Quote:But the Meade LB is far from perfect. The biggest drawback is that it has quite small altitude bearings and is quite sensitive to balance.
Quote:Hi JonOh, I didn't mean to imply that a Telrad was never effective for anyone hunting faint objects, just that *I* found a 8x50 finder generally more useful. I do have dark skies, but I can find the objects faster with the finderscope than the Telrad. Just a personal thing, a bit like preferring auto or stick shift gearbox in a car. Very personal opinion, but they both get you there. Clear skies!Thomas, Denmark
My equipment: AT8IN AT6RC AT72ED CGEM-DX GARY HONIS BAADER MODIFIED CANON T3i ORION AUTOGUIDER AT50gs ORION TOAG ASTROTECH COMA CORRECTOR ASTROTECH FIELD FLATNER LOTS OF EYEPIECES AND FILTERS http://www.astrobin.com/users/Stargazer78/ IF YOU DON'T STAND FOR SOMETHING....YOU WILL FALL FOR ANY THING
20x90 Bino 12" Lightbridge + Stellarvue F50 TV Ethos, Pentax XW, Meade UWA 5k, ES 82°, Hyperion, AT Titan