“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
"A telescope is either good or cheap, not both" - but sometimes you get lucky!
Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
"To boldly go" is a split infinitive ... Basic observing equipment: 6" f/6.7 Omcon Newtonian (Circa 1985) with a Sky Instruments conical mirror by Paul Jones. AR5-LXD75 achromatic refractor, f/9.3 Celestron 80mm f/11.4 Firstscope Eyepieces and diagonals are a mixture. Dedicated second-story observing deck and closet to store scopes and equipment. It lifts me up closer to the stars... and above the bugs.
Jeff Morgan - Wile E. Coyote School of Telescope Making
Tal 200K Klevtsov, Tal 2M, Tal 1, Tal M, Tal Alcor, Burgess 90mm Fluorite, PZO T50x70, Carton 60/1000. Too many eyepieces and mounts.
Quote:Another nice job Neil, well done. It's surprising why this highly desirable Tal refractor hasn't made it into full-time import into the UK.
Quote:Fraunhofer doublet - the first lens has positive refractive power, the second negative.