Johnny FS152 15" Obsession Classic w/ 14.5" f/4.65 Zambuto
Cactus Patch Observatory / 14" LX200
"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."
Quote:The 48mm is just amazing; if you can use a 2" eyepiece, that's a must-have IMO.
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.
ATM Nut.6" F15 Jaegers Refractor on Homebuilt EQ mount12.5" Homebuilt NewtProjects:16" F7.2 Reflector
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
Whenever I have come into large sums of money in my life, I always put half of it aside to spend on fast cars and the pursuit of loose women.
I put aside the other half to spend frivolously.
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Jeff Morgan - Wile E. Coyote School of Telescope Making
Quote:The 48mm is just amazing; if you can use a 2" eyepiece, that's a must-have IMO. It's replaced my 31mm Nagler for the bulk of my low power viewing.
Quote:I think the 12mm is the most Brandonish of all. Not too short, so as to avoid the whines and squawks about "too short eye relief", not too long as to be victim of the fussing and hand-wringing about excess eye relief and blackouts. It's the "Goldilocks" Brandon for first timers. It Barlows well, too.
Quote:I've got a 12mm Brandon that sits in my eyepiece case while I use Radian's instead. I haven't seen anything yet that the Brandon does that the 12mm Radian doesn't. The tone doesn't bother me in the least. The Radian is however, sharp to the edge in my f-6 scopes. The Brandon is not. I can't see any thing in the Brandon on axis that I don't also see in the Radian. I may sell the Brandon soon.
Orion Optics 14" f/4.5 Orion Optics 10" f/6.3 Research Grade lambda/10 Orion USA 10" f/4.8 Equatorial Reflector EQ6 Skywatcher 120 ED Coronado SolarMax 60mm Skywatcher 80 ED + Herschel wedge Radians ,Pentax XLs, Orthos , TV plossls , Hyperions...and many others to experiment with.
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote:To fund a working scope and, perhaps, some Lasik, I suggest!- Jim
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
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?)
DAS Dark Site
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
Quote:I'd consider changing my name to "Nagler", mabe even "Ethos" or "Delos"...."Pan" is already taken by some weird guy named Peter....
Meade LS8 ACF Meade 2" Diagonal Apetura 10" Tweakers Package Meade ETX-125, ETX-90 for Solar Celestron 80mm APO PST Meade SWA - 34mm,28mm,24mm,20mm Brandon 32mm, 16mm Vernonscope 40mm Erfle 2" ES 14mm,11mm,6.7mm 8.8 Nagler 13mm T6, Pan 19mm Meade 12.4 Pl,9.7mm, 15mm SP Meade 2x Shorty Barlow Powermate 2.5x WO Bino Viewer, 20mm 66* pair Denkmier 2 Super System Meade Nebula Filters Meade 9x60 Bino Vivitar S1 8x42 Bino Canon T2i, 18-55mm, 50mm 1.8, 55-250mm
Quote:Buy used. Saint Chester's Psalm #134: "It is not Sin to be Cheap."My favorite is the 6mm. Then the 8mm. Then the 12mm. Then the 32mm. Then the 48mm. Then the 16mm. Then the 24mm.The 24mm is the least "Brandonesque" of all Brandons. It has a larger AFOV than the rest and suffers off-axis astigmatism in faster systems.I think the 12mm is the most Brandonish of all. Not too short, so as to avoid the whines and squawks about "too short eye relief", not too long as to be victim of the fussing and hand-wringing about excess eye relief and blackouts. It's the "Goldilocks" Brandon for first timers. It Barlows well, too.Regards,Jim
StarStructure 24" f/3.3 | ServoCAT/Argo Navis
Astro-Physics 175EDF | AP1100GTO | ATS Portable Pier
Psalm 19.1 - A Psalm of David. "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork".
Quote:I ended up deciding to start with the 16mm Brandon, and just placed an order with Astronomics.
14" LX200GPS-UHTC (on ScopeBuggy which is terrific) 10" LX200R-UHTC (also on Scopebuggy and equally terrific) ETX-90-RA ATM'ed-8"f/8 & 4.25"f/10 planetary Newtonians Brandon eyepieces: 48mm,32mm,24mm,7/8",12mm,16mm,8mm,6mm,4mm (a special build in 1985 from 1960 optics) Double set for binoviewing Dakin 2.4x Barlow Vintage ep's: Gailand 7mm WF, 16.3mm (THE Galoc), Bertele 18mm Siebert Optics: Black Knight BinoViewer, 0.6x-1x-2x Power Wheel, 4x-8x telecentric zoom barlow
Quote:A 4" long focus achromat does *everything* well. Let's not stereotype, what say.
C10NGT, Z8, 150 Rumak, XLT 150, C6, C5, SW5 Newt, 4.5 Ball, C102GT, C90, ST80, A70LF; 15x70, 25x100; Burgess BV; Paracorr II; T6 2.5, XO 2.58/5.1, Ethos-SX 3.7, Delos 4.5, TV Plossl 7.4-26, BCO 10, Hutech HC 12.5, Sterling 12.5-25, ES100 14, CZJ H 16/25, CZJ O 16, M5k UWA 24, T5 31, Ultrascopic 35, Titan-II 40; Bino Pairs M5k UWA 6.7, Baader Zoom 8-24, M5k SWA 24, TV Plossl 26, RKE 28.7; Zooms NZ 2-4, NZ 3-6, Leica ASPH 8.9-17.8, Baader 8-24; Baader Zoom Barlow, VIP Barlow
"He counts the stars, and calls them all by name." Ps. 147:4 (NLT)
Celestron CPC 925
Celestron NexStar 8SE
Quote:I like the matched 2.4x Dakin, but also the Orion 2x Deluxe (full length, made in Japan) Barlow with them. Also, the Takahashi 2x Barlow isn't bad. I do not like the 2.8x Klee Barlow or the 2x Celestron Ultima Barlow as well as the others. The Klee seems to darken the edges of the 24mm and the Ultima seems to produce more magnification than it's 2x putative amplification suggests (it's closer to the Dakin at 2.4x in image scale than the 2x Orion or Takahashi).
Carton 60mm f/16.7,crawmach focuser+tube rings, SV M1 C8, SV M2 Apogee 80mm f/5, Porta II, Manny's panhandle,focus knobs Borg eyepiece turret 28mm RKE 48,32,24,16,12,8,6mm Brandon Denk binos,32,26,9.7mm Plössl pairs 27mm Panoptic Astro chair SkySafari pro