*** I qualify as a carpal tunnel because my quantity always beats my quality *** Amateur astronomer - Sirius Hobbyist! Jackie Borg 125SD 6" achro w/ Jaeger lens 4" LZOS CF 105/650 DM-6 & Tri36L Ethoses, Pentaxes, BGOs, Naglers, Pans,etc Garrett 100mm Mk II
Quote:Wow, Emery, that's a lot of glass! I'm really curious about the Delos line -- I haven't looked through one yet. And I see you have a 41 Pan . . . that's big view of the sky; I love mine. ...
Quote:Kerry, do you still have that, uh, "item" you acquired for me, or did it become history (which I could well understand)? If you still have it I'd like to meet up with you.
Quote:On a totally unrelated topic, I am considering if my "handle" is appropriate anymore.
Quote:I might mention I am moving to Coupeville on Whidbey Island next spring. Anyone know of good public viewing sites over there outside of Deception Pass Park that would be safe?
Mike "Once in a while you can be shown the light In the strangest of places if you look at it right" - Robt. Hunter
Webster 14.5" f/4.5, "Sugaree" Televue NP 101 (name not yet apparent) Siebert Black Night BVs 8 X 42 Celestron Regals, 12 X 36 Canon IS II
Quote:Mike,Do I even have to put on a hat to cover my mohawk and take my nose and lip earrings off? That's would make me feel so hypocritical!Yes, that would be an awesome site. I can see Fort Casey from my Coupeville house as well as watch the ferry scoot back & forth to Pt Townsend. The only major drawback is that we are in the flight path of lowing flying Navy planes on training maneuvers that occasionally tend to rattle the house for a couple hours.
Mr. Stacy From: Seattle, WA Proud to be a Cloudy Nights Member since 9/15/02
* Celestron NS11 GPS - Stellarvue Raptor 90mm APO* Vixen Ultima 8X56 - Fujinon 10X50 FMT-SX - Nikon 7X50 ProStar - Vanguard Endeavor ED 8X42 - Nikon Action Ex. 7X35More cowbell please!
Quote:I don't think it's possible to change your handle here without starting over... Congrats on your new home Jackie! Sounds like a nice place. Maybe a small star party worthy?
Quote:I have acquired a nice 2" Thousand Oaks OIII filter. Can't wait for summer!
Astro-physics, Canon, Pentax, QSI, Rob Miller, Stellarvue, Takahashi, TEC, William Optics (Time to thin the herd) My astrophotos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/r...s/72157627136712042/
Quote:Thanks for the photo's Ram!!!That 24" is amazing!
Quote:Indeed...but with a 10~12" central obstruction..making it about a 13ish scope...in reality. What a trade off, for fast ratio and large aperture.
Modded C9.25, Vixen SP retrofitted with DS motors and Autostar My pics Stars light the world without, to give us purpose They light us within to give us reason We live in a well-lit abyss.
Quote:I had the opportunity to talk with Roland several times during the conference. His opinion was that a 7-8" APO would have tighter stars, larger field and higher real resolution than practically any other instrument including those beauties seen here when you take into consideration actual seeing in most places in the US.The only problem is that 7-8" refractors are becoming increasingly harder to get and when one becomes available, they are as expensive as a very nice car.
Quote:About aperture: I have to disagree with Roland somewhat. You can do great lunar and planetary work where seeing is of paramount importance with the most compromised design of all (the SCT) by using a webcam and the trickery of lucky imaging. People have done great w0rk with C9.25, C11 and C14.Ajay
Quote:Thank you Ram. If you have some time we should meet during the Christmas break and compare notes. I am sure you learned some cool tricks at the imaging conference.Ajay
Quote:Quote:Indeed...but with a 10~12" central obstruction..making it about a 13ish scope...in reality. What a trade off, for fast ratio and large aperture. Sorry, but the light grasp of that instrument would be far more than a 13" scope of any kind. Let's be realistic here...
Quote:Quote:Quote:Indeed...but with a 10~12" central obstruction..making it about a 13ish scope...in reality. What a trade off, for fast ratio and large aperture. Sorry, but the light grasp of that instrument would be far more than a 13" scope of any kind. Let's be realistic here... I'm sorry. 14" then.
Quote:If you read , you will understand why an SCT performs EXACTLY the same as a refractor of equal diameter on high contrast targets. On low contrast targets, the SCT or Newt performs the same as a refractor of EQUIVALENT diameter (ie, the diameter of the objective minus the CO expressed as a percent). So a 12" SCT with a 25% CO performs visually equal to (and many times will out-perform) a 9" refractor on low contrast targets.
Quote: Quote:Luckily i don't really need anything right now. Now I've heard everything.
Quote:Luckily i don't really need anything right now.
Quote:Quote:Thanks for the photo's Ram!!!That 24" is amazing! Indeed...but with a 10~12" central obstruction..making it about a 13ish scope...in reality. What a trade off, for fast ratio and large aperture.
Quote:I am now thinking that rereading the "song of ice and fire" series may be in the cards. I was so hooked on the world he created in that series that i read them very quickly so I think reading them again may be fun.
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:After quite a long break due to weather & schedule, I finally got out last night to catch some photons. I looked at Jupiter after it cleared some trees off my back deck where seeing is usually much better. Because I'm on a narrow deck, I use my 100 ED for it's light-weight and easy portability. This cheap little scope never ceases to amaze me. Jupiter stood out with very crisp detail, many bands showing including the polar bands. The SEB looks quite different this year. I was experimenting with Brandons & plossls through my Celestron prism diagonal. All views were CA free, and crystal sharp when seeing permitted. Unfortunately I was viewing through thin clouds that were passing by, and it got so bad I had to pack it in after an hour (it was late). Of course as soon as I got everything inside it cleared up!
Quote: Of course as soon as I got everything inside it cleared up!
Robert The more I learn, The more there is to learn! Orange Zone Dark Site 3 Mounts 4 Imaging Cameras 3 Guide Cameras OTA's = yes
Quote:Last night was totally clear here and Jupiter was amazing. It was calm and cold for sure. Looks to be the same tonight.
Quote:I've decided I now need an XW10!