Jimmy Celestron 1100 CPC f/10 SCT Celestron 150mm f/8 Refractor on CG-5 mount Celestron 130mm f/5 Newtonian on Lxd55 mount Orion 120mm f/5 Refractor Meade 80mm f/11 Refractor Orion Short Tube 80mm f/5 Refractor Lunt 60mm double stack on IOptron Coronado PST double stack on IOptron mount Mallincam Xtreme, Mallincam SSI, Samsung 2000, Celestron Skyris & Meade DSI II color cameras
Quote:A Bogen tripod with a fluid head would indeed work well. As Jon says, the mount affects portability the most, which is why I suggested the AZ-4 as the lightest mount I know of that has slo-mo controls.But OP only mentions EQ mounts, so maybe he's not interested in altaz. Which is absolutely fine, except it belies the statement that portability is top priority (as it would be for me, were I to take a scope on a bus).
Quote:What camera did you use to get such great photos?
George You know you're getting on when the equipment you farmed with is showing up as suburban lawn ornaments.
Quote:I put 16 pounds of object (the scope and the EQ1 in a gym bag, and walked around with it in the street. Much heavier than I thought! In fact, not realistic.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:Quote:I put 16 pounds of object (the scope and the EQ1 in a gym bag, and walked around with it in the street. Much heavier than I thought! In fact, not realistic.Possibly not -- nor would you be happy trying to balance all this on your nose.You're using the wrong container! Carrying 16 pounds in a good daypack with a hipbelt is a piece of cake. In fact, I routinely hike 20 miles a day over exceedingly steep, rough trails with twice that much weight.
Rob Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another..... Plato
Quote:How about this one with free shipping and a ra motor included.http://www.opticsplanet.com/celestron-powerseeker-80eq-telescope-package-2104...Not quite a short tube but will have less color...and cheap, with warranty. wc
Quote:Now that I will probably use a much lighter weight, this model is back on the list. It all boils down to the total weight.What do you mean by less color?
Quote:Good news! I've found a nice place for astronomy. I took my bike tonight and headed North after I realized that starting just across the street, it is a much less populated area, so in theory, a less light polluted area. I was right. Just 10 minutes from where I live, there is a City park where there is no light at all. I could hardly the ground in front of me when I was walking, so I had to be careful. There are some street lights in the street after you pass the park, but it is not that bad. So that would be my sky watching spot, unless the cops come over and tell me that I cannot stay there at night. I think I will call the City just to verify. With that newly found location, portability is no longer a problem in choosing a telescope and tripod. I have a bicycle rack to put my equipment on. Depending on the City park policies, I am ready to upgrade to a 90mm or 102mm model. Even if they say it is forbidden, there was never anybody walking in the park. I will try to stay as invisible as possible.
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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1987 Meade LX3 2120 10" SCT on hypertuned EQ6 Pro Baader Self-Mod Canon XS_CLS Clip Filter DSI color_Orion ST80 Coulter 10" Compact Odessey Dob http://www.astrobin.com/users/shawnhar
Quote:Shawn that is painfully beautiful
Quote:So the mount is the #1 factor for beautiful deep-sky pictures.
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
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.
Quote:You just need reliable tracking and excellent polar alignment (which is a pickle in your situation), the ST80 is a FANTASTIC scope for 100 bucks. You have to learn to deal with the purple fringing though...
Quote:In case anyone is interested after viewing those beautiful photos... I tried to order the Celestron Astromaster 90 AZ on Amazon, and this is what I get. I am in Canada.
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