16.5 inch f 5.3 Zambuto optics homebuilt Dob
8 inch f 8 homebuilt Dob
Fraser Valley Astronomers Society Director
12" Dob, 4" Mak, 3" APO, PST, bunch of green eyepieces & an understanding wife.
Quote:...looking at structures of galaxies...
Quote:...detecting faint (but reasonably-high-surface-brightness) galaxies...
Quote:...breaking own compact globulars...
Quote:...looking at more detail in the Veil...
Quote:...locating more planetaries...
Orion SSAG/50mm finder
Antares f/6.3 FR/FF
TV 32mm Plossl
"I have been paddling in the shallows of a great ocean of knowledge." - Sir Isaac Newton * * 15" F4.55 Starsplitter Dob & a Denk II binoviewer * * http://peaceofsky.wordpress.com/ Pacheco State Park Fremont Peak
RASC Member (Okanagan) Home built 15"f5 Obsession clone 8"f6 Antares Dob Celestron Skymaster 15x70 Howie Glatter laser pointer/Blug Lumicon 2"OIII 2"UHC Eyepieces 31mm Nagler,21mm Ethos,13mm Ethos,10mm Ethos,8mm Ethos,6mm Delos,2X Barlow, Antares 1.6X Barlow,TV Paracorr Type1
Quote:I've found the bigger my scope, the farther and darker I want to take it. Farther as in deep sky objects and farther in distance driven. Darker as in fainter objects and darker in sky quality. I no longer observe from my red zone backyard.
Quote:Driving to a dark site is worth it as it offers so much more. Your eyes, your eyepieces and your telescope will work so much better under dark skies...An hour's drive is practically next door!
Quote:Keep the dob. Get the big scope. Use the 'little' scope from home when time is tight or the weather is iffy.Use the big scope from home for planets, clusters, and bright extended object. Take BOTH scopes to a dark site whenever possible. Why both? That gives you OPTIONS if, after having driven several hours to get there you just don't have the energy to set up the BIG scope (or the weather is really iffy), but the little one sets up in just two minutes. Plus maybe there's someone else there with you?
Quote:+1 for what Tom said. 10" scopes frequently tend to beat the seeing on poorer nights. I have 10", 12.5" and 20" Newts and they all serve different purposes on different nights.
Quote:I have a 15" and I live in an orange to red zone transition area.
Quote:I am so glad I got this scope! Everything is more detailed, I am seeing huge numbers of galaxies all over Ursa major, Leo and Virgo.
Quote:The moon, open clusters, Jupiter and globs are just wonderful and bright.
Quote:I'd say consider this: have you attempted and (for the most part succeeded) to observe those objects through your 10" at your home site?
Quote:Have you found that enjoyable?
Quote:Something like an Obsession 15" is quite portable (IMHO), and fairly easy to set up. That means you most likely wouldn't feel its too much trouble to set up and observe with it from your home site on a regular basis, and it would be transport friendly for those rare dark sky trips.
Quote:Quote:...looking at structures of galaxies...A little bit, with select targets and a lot of practice.
Quote:I, too, would say *yes*- go for it! The additional light-grasp equates to seeing deeper, sure, but it'll equate to MORE than that:1) likely better, brighter, & more detailed planetary+Lunar2) increased resolution of globulars3) increased grasp of detail in nebulae.. from where EVER the scope is used!
Quote: I understand everyone is different, but the two posters above must be living a different lifestyle from my own. I work at a full time job, spend an hour working out 2 - 3 evenings per week at the gym, volunteer at several different activities, and do a lot of hiking, camping, etc. with my husband. This doesn't leave a whole lot of time for observing, and my typical observing session is no more than one hour per night (but I observe on many nights). If I'm not in bed by 11 PM, I have trouble getting up for work the next day.
Quote:For *me*, a big part of the "solution" has become a "Telegizmos" cover- i can keep the 15" Dob set up on the rear patio for days at a stretch, which opens up the opportunities notably.
Happy owner of--
A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball
A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform
A PST Double Stack
Quote:You want a 15 incher, you can afford a 15 incher, you can use a 15 incher either at home (Mag 4.5 skies aren't great, but they aren't horrible either, like my Mag 3 skies here in San Antonio)or you could haul it to a dark site. I think you have answered all the important questions--go for one!
Rob 18" f/4.3 Starmaster 8" Meade LX200 Classic Celestron 15x70 Skymaster Binoculars
Quote: I won't be moving on this right away...