Richard 1977 C8/Orion 180mm mak on AS-CG5 mount
Orion 127 mak/C80ED on modded Celestron SLT
Garrett 20x80 binoculars/WO binoviewer
Canon XSi/Neximage 5/SPC900NC
Solar filters/various eyepieces/barlows/flip mirror
Ted Blank Hampton Beach, NH: ----------------- Celestron C8 XLT 2000/10 WO ZS 80ED 545/6.8 ES 127 952/7.5 (at Granite Gap) Starmaster 18" f/4.5 (at Granite Gap) iOptron 150mm Mak-Cass 1800/12 Orion XT8i 1200/4.5 Lunt LS60Ha CGEM iOptron Minitower Vixen Portamount II Orion ST80's and ST120's for occultation work Bunch of EPs Stardust observing chair
Orion XT10 Orion Short Tube 80mm Coronado PST Celestron 76mm Firstscope 11mm, 15mm Televue Plossls 18mm University Optics Ortho. 20mm Parks Silver Series 10mm, 25mm, 32mm Orion Sirius Plossls 10mm, 20mm Kellners
Quote:I have a couple of grandsons in this age range and I was wondering what thoughts or suggestions you might have for a first observing tool. I received my first telescope at the age of 10 (a Mayflower reflector) but am wondering about something for younger folks.Thanks for reading and your ideas!
Antares 12" Dob Stellarvue 10*60 finder Telrad Meade 25mm Plossl, Orion 10mm plossl, Celestron 6mm plossl, Paradigm 18mm,15mm,12mm, 8mm, Knight Owl 20mm, Shorty 2x barlow, Celeston Ultima 2x Catseye Triple Pack Collimation 4.5" Tasco 11TR Frankenscope 60mm Tasco 9TE-5 60mm Tasco 7T Oberwerk 12*60 binos
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
-Gary C11, C8, ED80, TV-85, SW120ED, 6"Cave F/8, Solarmax 40, DM-6, Losmandy Titan 50 GEM, 7x50 Nikons, 15x70 Astrophysics, 16x70 Fujinons, 22x100 Oberwerks, Sim Picheloup CPT, Canon 40D, SXV-H9, DMK 41AU02, DBK 21AU618 Fairview, Texas "There is only one constant in our infinite universe; it is change."
12.5 & 10" Dobs, 6 Small scopes, 2 Classic Scopes (Sears 60mm, Tasco 60mm), 8x40 10x42 10x50 12x50 15x70 Binoculars
Job 9:9 He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
Psalms 147:4 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
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?)
DAS Dark Site
Celestron CG-5⁴, CGEM², C6-N, C6, C8, Nexstar 8SE, 6SE, ONYX 80 EDF, Orion ST 80 A Vixen R130SF w/Porta II mount William Optics ZS110 ED APO, FLT 132 Triplet APO, SV70 ED SV115T20 Wicháhpih'a
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei Celestron
Meade LX200 10" f/6.3 Classic
Celestron Nexstar 8SE
Celestron 90mm Mak
Meade 90mm f/8.8 Refractor
Celestron CR-150-HD6 ,6" f/8 Refractor
TASCO 60MM X 900 MM Refractor (My first scope that my wife gave to me for Christmas in '91 , still have it.
Celestron CG5 Advanced Mount
Celestron Bino Viewer
Orange Zone 10'X12' Roll Off Roof Observatory Southeast, South Dakota
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:Quote:I have a couple of grandsons in this age range and I was wondering what thoughts or suggestions you might have for a first observing tool. I received my first telescope at the age of 10 (a Mayflower reflector) but am wondering about something for younger folks.Thanks for reading and your ideas! My neighbors have several kids that are all between 6 and 10 years old. They all seem to prefer the small refractors when they stop by for my "driveway star parties." I have several scopes set up but they always like to use the ST-80. It's easy for them to use, to focus, and manually move. obin
Binoculars: 10x50 Simmons
Telescopes: Galileoscope, Tasco 6TE-5, iOptron f/5 80mm
Eyepieces: 5mm TMB Planetary, 9mm Burgess SWA, 17mm Sirius Plossl, 32mm TV plossl, 40mm Celestron plossl