--Dawg, the Russell "Akita mani yo." Observe everything as you walk. (--Lakota) Celestron Celestar 8 Standard SCT, f10 Celestron C80ED ref., f7.5 Celestron 80mm Wide View ref., f5 Orion 120ST ref., f5 Criterion RV-6 Dynascope, Newt., f8, (c. 1962) Sears Discoverer 60mm ref., f7, (c. 1973) Celestron Ultima DX 10x50 Nikon Action Extreme 10x50 Tasco 7x35 wide
"Starman" Dan Doyle
Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
Central Texas Astronomical Society
8" LX200GPS w/ST80 guidescope, Canon 350D+DSI Pro
150mm f/8 Sky Watcher Refractor
10" f/4.5 Homemade Dob RV-6 Criterion Dynascope http://www.darcstarobservatory.webs.com
Quote:If I pay $200 for the EQ-2, I may as well look for inexpensive telescopes that come with the EQ-2. For a few more dollars, I may get the EQ-2 with a second telescope.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:Does a cheap digital camera ($100) will give me pretty much the same quality image than a $600?
Quote:Is it realistic to consider long exposure astrophotography? I'm thinking of galaxies, nebulae.
I think you can manage with an EQ-1, especially if you use it in alt-az mode and don't attempt to use it as an equatorial mount.
Quote: Portability is my top criteria at this time.
4.5", 6", and 10" Newtonian astrographs.
2 ST80s; ED80; 3 CCD cameras; 5 EQ mounts: all polished, tuned, and modified.
The rule of telescope features: aperture; equatorial tracking; or low cost. Pick any two.
NexStar 8SE; Stellarvue SVR90T; Celestron 102GT; Orion ST80 Orion 9x63, Oberwerk 15x70 binos And there they still stood, obscurely commemorating man's triumph over time and matter and the triumph of time and matter over man. -- Aldous Huxley, on the Mayan stelae at the Quirigua ruins
Quote:Just noticed the model they sell has an EQ-1, so I would need the telescope without the EQ-1, and then get the EQ-2.
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:I will buy the EQ-2, then. I see it for $200 on Amazon. None is for sale on Ebay. Do you know a place where I could pay much less? Will the shorttube fit perfectly on it, or do I need an adapter? Thank you.
Quote:Quote:Just noticed the model they sell has an EQ-1, so I would need the telescope without the EQ-1, and then get the EQ-2. Just remember there is a tabletop version of the EQ1. I put a link to it in my first reply. As long as you have access to a table you can mount the little SV50 (or for that matter the ST80) to it. The total weight of the SV50 and the EQ1 is UNDER 10 lbs. The EQ1 is rated for a scope 3x heavier than the SV50. This whole setup would fit in a backpack and it would work for astrophotography.obin
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Quote:You'll get much less false color and abilty to use higher magnification with a 90mm Mak.
Quote:Will a camera tripod be appropriate to view Saturn? Will I have to keep adjusting, causing a lot of vibrations?
Brian S. Johnson
All Terrain Z10 http://tinyurl.com/ouxfsyu with refigured primary, 63mm Protostar secondary.
Quote:The model I am looking at is equipped with an EQ 1 tripod.I have a few questions to you:1. I read the tripod is wobbly. Do you know if it wobbles? If it does, what EQ tripod prevents the wobbling? You can make changes or modifications to "tighten up" a small, weak tripod. I did it with my first 60mm EQ-1 scope. The best mod is to replace the legs with something heavier, or perhaps a fixed non-adjustable leg. The EQ-1's that I have used would be fine for visual viewing with a Short Tube 80. 2. If I have to add weight to the tripod, how much would I need? I have to account for that before I head to the bus. I would try to tighten the tripod first by using screws, grommets, wedges, etc to tweak out all the loose connections & pivot points. It just takes a little tweaking. 3. Does a cheap digital camera ($100) will give me pretty much the same quality image than a $600? Forget imaging with this setup. Just enjoy it visually. 4. What adapter do I need to use a camera on it? I guess it depends on the camera that I use as well.4. What filter should I buy right away? Moon filter? When you can afford it, this is the only filter I would recommend:http://www.adorama.com/AA2458370.html?gclid=CO-P-Nyx9bYCFeU5QgodI2MAsg5. Is it realistic to consider long exposure astrophotography? I'm thinking of galaxies, nebulae. No
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:The ST80 is a poor planetary scope. It just isn't capable of decent enough magnification. At its best, Saturn will be a small bright dot with a ring. Jupiter is a slightly bigger bright dot with a couple dark bands, if you are lucky.
George You know you're getting on when the equipment you farmed with is showing up as suburban lawn ornaments.
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Rob Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another..... Plato
Quote:This scope from another post might be worth looking at:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Celestron-PowerSeeker-80EQ-Refractor-Telescope-Packag...