Ken Fiscus- stargazing since 1980. Now observing from a green zone.
Z12 on custom mount, Atomic EQ platform, 100% flocked, OMI primary, Astrocrumb filter slide with O-III, NPB, & skyglow filters. Focuser & spider rotated 45 degrees. New springs & Bob's Knobs, Telrad & 9x50 straight finder 35 & 24 Pans, TV 13,7,5 T6s
Custom Orion XT10 with piggyback XT4.5 on Round Table EQ Platform
- Dan Zhumell Z8 Dobsonian (A.K.A. "The Cannon") Zhumell 30mm, 2" Wide Field Zhumell 9mm 1.25" Plossl Custom made setting circles and a Wixey digital level
Quote:Question 1: Orion XT8, is it easy to transport? I live in an apartment and would need move the telescope to a different location to use it.
Quote:Question 2: Could someone run down eyepiece/lenses in layman's terms. I am versed in cameras/photography so is it the same where the higher the mm the more "zoom" you get? Are there "must have" and "don't ever buy" eyepieces. And what is a Barlow? I wear glasses, does that affect eyepiece selection at all?
Quote:Question 3: How high up is the eyepiece on average when viewing. I'm 5'10", would I need to be sitting or bending over to view? I have a camping chair, but I don't know if it will be tall enough to use.
Quote:Question 4: Any thoughts on Orion's "Build a scope" to customize accessories VS getting the scope and accessories/upgrades separate? What about the Beginner Barlow Kit or the LE Bundles?
Quote:Question 5: Everyone talks about how easy a dob is to push around to find something. Can you tighten/loosen the mechanics? I think I am more worried about finding something and then accidentally moving the scope and losing it than not being able to move it at all.
Quote:Question 6: What will I actually see when looking at, say, a nebula? I know it won't look like Hubble images, but will it just look like a cloud, or will it be interesting. Anyone have photos that more closely represent visual experience.
You know you are there when you start thinking in terms of EXIT PUPIL rather than Magnification..
Orion XT12G Telrad Orion Q70 32mm ES 82* 8.8mm ES 82* 6.7mm ES 82* 4.7mm Baader Hyperion Mark-2 Zoom Orion Skyline GLP + finder bracket Astro-Tech 2x Barlow for 2" and 1.25" Orion Variable Polarizing Eyepiece Moon Filter Orion UltraBlock Narrowband Filter GPS An awesome wife that bought me the telescope! Apertura AD8 with tweakers package Celestron 15x70 Starmaster Binoculars with tripod Celestron Neximage 5 Member CFAS http://www.astrobin.com/users/billytk/
Quote:Order Placed! Went without the Barlow, but I do think I will be getting one. Just need to find the right one at the right place...
Quote:with ur f/6 scope for highpower planetary viewing I would recommend atleast one eyepiece giving u something around an 1mm exit pupil
Quote:Quote:with ur f/6 scope for highpower planetary viewing I would recommend atleast one eyepiece giving u something around an 1mm exit pupilOk so I understand Focal Length, Field of View and Eye Relief. What is the exit pupil?
Quote:With that I would have 40x, 80x, 100x, 133x, 200x, 266x. That would probably give me a good, even starting setup, right?
Quote:Would like to hear people's opinions of using weights on the OTA of an XT8. I may order a RACI and heavy eyepieces soon and suspect it will be top heavy. Magnets? Where to get? How best to attach? thanks, Clare
Quote:Anyone ever try this approach on a dob instead of adding weights? http://www.astronomy-shoppe.com/scope-gripps.htm?107,21