Quote: I have the Sky Atlas 2000 but hardly ever use it. It gives slightly more detail and has a plotting transparency which allows me to double check a location occasionally. I am sure the 2000 is fine in an observatory but in the field I find it aggravating and impractical.
. . . The pocket atlas is good but I find it doesn't translate well to the sky, there is some distortion or something in the representation, a word exists for this but it escapes me at present. Using SA2000 presents a nice scale for observing while the Pocket Atlas, a cut up scaled down version of the same atlas, makes me feel like there ought to be more stars or finer details. They zoomed in and removed some material.
Quote:The pocket atlas is good but I find it doesn't translate well to the sky, there is some distortion or something in the representation ...
Quote:Using SA2000 presents a nice scale for observing while the Pocket Atlas, a cut up scaled down version of the same atlas, makes me feel like there ought to be more stars or finer details.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Telescopes: Meade ETX-125 w/ Autostar II, Meade LX-50 8" w/ Magellan II, Orion ShortTube 90, Celestron Firstscope 114 Binocs: Celestron 15x70 SkyMaster Meade 10x50 WA Travel View JC Penny 10x50 Marine Cameras: SBIG ST237A, Canon 10D DSLR
12" Dob, 4" Mak, 3" APO, PST, bunch of green eyepieces & an understanding wife.
C10NGT, Z8, 150 Rumak, XLT 150, C6, C5, SW5 Newt, 4.5 Ball, C102GT, C90, ST80, A70LF; 15x70, 25x100; Burgess BV; Paracorr II; T6 2.5, XO 2.58/5.1, Ethos-SX 3.7, Delos 4.5, TV Plossl 7.4-26, BCO 10, Hutech HC 12.5, Sterling 12.5-25, ES100 14, CZJ H 16/25, CZJ O 16, M5k UWA 24, T5 31, Ultrascopic 35, Titan-II 40; Bino Pairs M5k UWA 6.7, Baader Zoom 8-24, M5k SWA 24, TV Plossl 26, RKE 28.7; Zooms NZ 2-4, NZ 3-6, Leica ASPH 8.9-17.8, Baader 8-24; Baader Zoom Barlow, VIP Barlow
Quote:I use SkySafari Pro, great software for planning and creating presentations, but tablets and computers in the field don't work well since by the time I reduce the brightness down to a level that does not interfere with night vision it's too dim to be used easily inducing headaches.