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CPC1100 Nexstar 8i + GPS & Rays Brackets Denk S1 power switch Orion 100 mm Refractor Meade LXD 55 ...AR-5 127 mm Refractor Gerbring heated clothing in the winter Exploradome Observatory S.I.E. (Smiling Irish Eyes) 39*21'03" N 77*28'12" W The sky over my head....
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
Quote:Zippee,the feather touch is on my radar of upgrades. do you use the telrad as a replacement to the included spotter scope or in addition to? curious if it can work for all spotting duties.
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CPC 1100 with HD Pro Wedge with ETX-70 Finder Celestar C8, C80ED and PST Istar 150 Anistigmatic R30 on CGEM Jason 313 from 1975! Mallincam Extreme & Mallincam SSIc & Mallincam Micro DSI Pro, Orion SSAG, GPUSB, Nautilus Filterwheel JMI, Celestron and Orion MotoFocus, FCUSB1&2 Hyperion 5,13, ES 18, 30, OR 18, 25 TV 2.5x Powermate, WO Binoviewer with pairs: TV 7 Naglers, WO 20 and RKE 28
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CPC 1100, Celestar 8, Televue Pronto, ZEQ25gt Mount, Sky Safari/iPad
Quote:I'm definitely interested in the video/monitor viewing alternative. It would be an easy way for the whole family to see the same object easily. I'm curious how the over all monitor viewing compares to viewing through a quality eyepiece as far as clarity and perceived size. That, and if it can be done for a reasonable amount of money or would I need a multi $K ccd camera.
Quote:Check HD for the Husky case, I believe it has more interior room than the Stanley (I have the Stanley for an 800.) and is actually a little cheaper.I don't know if the FarrOut group is part of MOSI. They had a sight just a short distance from the Withalocochee site that St Pete uses. I stopped by one time when I was at the St Pete site.Brian
Quote:I hope to do most of my viewing at home if the street lights and trees cooperate, but wanted another alternative for some really clear nights or special viewing events. we have family up in the panhandle that has a nice wide open dark back yard and we head up there a few times a year at least, so when I was deciding to purchase a scope, I had their yard in mind. That was until I saw how big this thing is and that hauling it up there may not be so easy since I just sold my truck 6 months ago to get a hybrid. Talk about bad timing on my part.
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei Celestron CPC1100 GPS (w/Hyperstar) Celestron CeleStar 8" SCT (w/ Advanced Astro Master DSCs) - SOLD Orion XT6 Dob (my kids' scope, my grab-n-go and my outreach scope) - SOLD
Quote:I just picked up my new (to me) CPC 1100 back in April and have had a few nights out with it now the pollen season has died down. Prior to my CPC 1100, I used a Celestron Celestar 8. Most of my comments will be based on my experience with my Celestar 8 over the past 5 years and trying to get every little bit of performance out of that 8" aperture. DEW CONTROL:I always use a dew shield when observing with an SCT. Not only will it delay the formation of dew but it also helps block stray light as well as help protect the corrector for dust, pollen or other items floating around in the air. After about a year with an SCT and have a few observing sessions cut short due to dew, I decided to go with a more comprehensive solution, a Dew Buster controller with Dew-Not heater strips. What convinced me to go with the Dew Buster was the great reputation for customer service and the ambient temperature sensor that allows the controller to more efficiently heat by only heating up to a few degrees above the ambient temperature. Basically it's a set it and forget it. You will not over heat your corrector which drains your battery quicker as well as deteriorates your view (just like an OTA whose air inside the tube is warmer than the outside air - gives you views like poor seeing). As for heater strips, I recall hearing that Dew-Not strips we one of the most efficient so that's what I went with. They work great no complaints. If fact the very first accessory I bought for my CPC 1100 was a heater strip for the corrector. Ever since I've been running my setup as described above (which also ways includes not only be Dew Buster & Dew-Not strips but a dew shield), I have never dewed up even when dobs next to me had their primaries and secondaries dewing up. COMFORT:The last thing you what to do is tweak your back from leaning over your eyepiece all night long. An adjustable observing chair will extend your observing sessions, keep you comfortable and arguably improve your observations. It has been postulated that sitting instead of standing when observing is like adding an inch or two of aperture to your scope. The thought is you are much more stable / still and thus are able to observe finer details. I purchased mine from http://www.buyastrostuff.com/store/Metal-astro-chair-frame-page.htm A buddy of mine also bought one but he managed to mangle the mechanism that allows for multiple adjustments. Now I use my all the time, including all outreach event (so much easier to kids to see through the eyepiece sitting up high on a chair instead of their parents holding them) and it has held up beautifully. EYEPIECES:Nothing beats the views you'll get thru Naglers or Ethos eyepieces. However their price tag is quite daunting! One of those eyepieces cost what I spent on my entire set. I went with the Baader Hyperions. They are not quite a wide (only 68 degrees) as the Naglers (at 80) or Ethos (at 100). I've compared theses Televue EPs side by side to the same focal length Hyperions in my telescope and the Televues win hands down. But are they 3, 4 or 5 times better as their price tag would suggest? No way! The Televues are marginally better. If you are the kind of observer that demands perfection for your optics, go with the Televues. If you want improved wider views and better eye relief as compared to Plossls while not breaking the bank, the Hyperions are a solid choice!I purchased my set (21mm, 13mm, 8mm and 5mm) one by one on the used market over the course of a year. I also bought a new 38mm 72 degree EP from Agena Astro. The price new is about $85 and in our long focal length scopes the views are pretty good. It's been my experience that the outer 10% to 20% is hard to get focused in the same plane as the inner 80%. TRAVEL CASE:Around the house I typically use my son's 6" Dob because it is so easy to set up and move around. I have lots of trees around me. However the site my club users is only 15 minutes away so I travel back and forth a lot with my scopes so a case was a must. I picked up the Husky case from Home Depot. The CPC 1100 fits, just barely with some foam on ends. I'll have to post a pic in the case thread here on cloudy nights. POWER:I try to go to 3 or 4 star parties a year and many of them do not have power on the field. I need to be able to power my scope and accessories for at least 2 nights of observing before recharging so I needed a portable power solution. Check out some of these home-built options:http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Board=telescope...Here is my design: http://www.siriusastronomy.org/aboutme_Equip_Accessories.htm#powerWell that's my 2 cents worth.
Quote:Mike,I really like(d) my Celestron 8" dew shield, it held up really well; I lost one that came with my scope when I bought it in 2008; it was 10+ years old but I great condition. The one I bought for my 8" as a replace was the same flexible one from Celestron. They hold up well as are nice and lightweight. My CPC 1100 came with one already (astro zap aluminum version with the not lches and an opening for Hyperstar cables). It's a bit easier to put verses the Celestron flexible one with Velcro. But is that worth the $135 price difference, no. I'm in vacation with family sans any astronomy related equipment :-(. However when I get back in town, I snap some pictures of the case with the scope in it.-Mike
Astro-Tech AT130 Astro-Tech AT10RC Astro-Tech AT72ED Losmandy G11-G2 Celestron Cg5 CPC-"12" Newtonian Hubble 8" Newtonian Meade ETX-125 Orion ST-90
Quote:Hi Mike, I'm pretty quiet on these boards but I can say (living in the St Pete/Tampa area) that Dew Control and good chair are probably the best investments early on. You can upgrade eyepieces later on after looking through some at star parties etc... The DewBuster is a fantastic addition! (I used it along with a shroud when I had my C11) I found a used Stardust Chair that works great as well. A 33ah battery from Northern Tool with a simple 12v plug attached would serve for a couple nights and cost less than 50.00 (I got 2 on sale there for 39.99/ea)Congratulations on the CPC1100, I have the mount that I've converted for "other uses" (came with a broken OTA and just love tinkering) since they can handle quite a bit of weight!PM me if you have any questions...
Ron NS11GPS Pronto
16" dob Vixen NA140SS
127mm F9 Surplus Shed/Crawmach kit scope
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Scopes: CPC8, TV85+Voyager Binos: 40-70mm, GT80mm~45deg
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Quote:Mike,......I'm in vacation with family sans any astronomy related equipment :-(. However when I get back in town, I snap some pictures of the case with the scope in it.-Mike