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
Nytecam 51N 0.1W Meade 30cm LX200 astrograph+C8+Ha+CaK PSTs+spectrographs SX M9+Lodestar-C+M CCDs/Canon 1100D DSLR My Meade astrograph-colour deepsky My supernova discovery My dome build/spectroscopes/DSO images/Lodestar colour images & videos
Equatorial Newtonians, 20" and 14" "The purpose of life is to be defeated by ever greater things." - Rielke
14" Strut; 10"XT; 102ES; 22 in Process; 3.5,5,7,10,14,20mm Pentax XW; 17.3 & 12mm Delos; 27mm Panoptic; 20&24mm ES 68; 24mm ES 82; 30mm ES 82; 6&10mm BCO;
"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: For me, the investment of 15 minutes to set up my C14 for three hours of observing seems like a decent value proposition.
Scopes: Celestron 9.25, Orion 80MM and 120MM EON Apo
Solar: Lunt LS60THa/PT/B1200/50DS
Binos: Canon 15X50 IS Mounts: CGEM and LXD75
Eyepieces: Explore Scientific, Meade & TeleVue
Camera: DMK 41, Canon 6D, SBIG STT-8300
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Quote: I think scope choice depends on our observing habits, how often we observe, how long, what are the conditions.
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
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Shane in black-zone New Mexico
Quote: Agree that my 10" Dob is actually easier to set up and be using then the 4" frac/EQ Mount.
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
Quote: Quote: Agree that my 10" Dob is actually easier to set up and be using then the 4" frac/EQ Mount. I think it depends on the scope. A short focal length 4 inch can be hauled out the door on an EQ mount in one piece. A long focal length 4 inch probably needs to be carried in two pieces.Part of the difficulty is that a long focal length scope needs to have the tripod legs extended so that the eyepiece height at the zenith is workable. This can mean more time to setup.Jon
Quote:Back in the 60's a 6" reflector and 3" refractor was probably the average scope people would own,but now the sky is the limit it seems. My 10" Dob is getting to be average with star-gazers.Jim
12.5" Home built F-4.8 Eq Newt. Lightholder Optics mirror 12'x12' roll-off roof observatory 6" Home built f-6 Newt. w/Dick Wessling mirror on CG-5 Eq. mount. 4.5" Orion Starblast My equipment philosophy... If it ain't broke, fix it anyway.
Quote:I see a lot of 4" apochromats, 6" maks, 8" SCTs, 10" solid-tube dobs and 12" truss dobs. And for good reason, I think. All are in a sweet spot for their respective types, both performance-wise, but also price. Clear skies!Thomas, Denmark
SLAP Observer --- TMB130SS, SV102V(LOMO Lens), SV80ED Deluxe "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke. "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell "The measure of a man’s greatness is not determined by what he accomplishes for himself, but by what he accomplishes for others.” -- Some Bald Guy
Jeff -----TEC 140, Stellarvue SVR90T, SV115T20 and AT65EDQ refractors,Webster D14, C11 EdgeHD Lunt LS60THa solar scope double stacked with LS60FHaTelevue Pan 41; Ethos 21, 17; Nagler 31T5, 9T6, 7T6, 5T6, 3.5T6; Delos 10, 12, ES25, 14, 9Astro-Physics 900GTO with Rob Miller Tri36M TripodDM-4 Mount-Extension-Tripod w/ Sky CommanderDM-6 Mount-Losmandy Adapter/Extension-Berlebach Planet w/ Argo Navis
Quote:Lust factor: bigger than what you currently have.Old age factor: something you can still set up when your retired.I have been hauling around our club's Obsession 20 inch F5 for about 4 years. If I ever buy a big dob, it will be a faster 16-18 inch version that can be used without a ladder. I don't like having to use a ramp to load the 20 inch into my SUV. I prefer a 2nd person such as my wife to help me lift it instead. I think a 16-18 inch scope will be easier to lift as we get older.
Orion Xt6i, Orion Xt8i, Sky-Watcher 10
Quote:Of the 60 plus scopes I have owned the most popular size is 8" by far, next is 4" and 10".
Orion XT8i Sears 6333 Refractor Tasco 7TE
Celestron Sky Master 15x70 Binos Orion Sirius 10mm 25mm 32mm UO 7mm HD Ortho Expanse and Agena Astro EWAs 6mm 9mm 15mm Siebert 6.9, 9.9mm StarSplitter (SS) ES 4.7, 6.7 and 11mm 82° N2 Meade 20mm QX70
Quote:The 25 inch lives out where the skies are dark and clear, I only have to take the cover off, roll it outside.Jon
Quote:In can think of eight 8 inch scopes I have owned and only one 10 inch.But the 10 inch is the most popular... because all but one of the 8 inchers have come and gone, the 10 incher has been here for more than 10 years and gets frequent eyepiece time.Jon