scopes, cameras, mounts & time enough at last
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Dark Arts Observatory - Brockport, NY - Skyshed POD XL5 with iOptron iEQ45 Mount
Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90
Quote:And, you hear people complain about the high cost of astronomy, but you can buy a used C8 for $450 and the needed accessories and books for a couple hundred more. "Astronomy" does not require constant outlay, especially if you live where you can observe. "Buying things compulsively" is another matter. I'm not out to make anyone mad - I have been guilty myself. I don't have 78 eyepieces just by chance. GW
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Quote: I've always wanted a scope since my early teens but the cost was a huge put off, I'm not sure where the $450 comes from for the C8 but I don't think ebay has that many great deals.But I say for most the price is a huge turn off.
DreamCatcher Dobservatory/AstroTech 16" dob
ES 68º series complete 2x ES Barlow XW 10 7 5 3.5 WO Bino's NPL 30 RKE 28 SWA 20 15 WA 12 pairs 150 f12 Istar Achro f4.8 Orion Optics (UK) VX 10" Newt NEQ6
Rural central lower Michigan
Quote:I often pondered the cost of astronomy,, finacially,,, equipment, accessories & books + travel cost... (escaping to dark sites aka on the road).. I know I have been travelling on the road for 18 yrs to get to supreme dark skies as well as investing a minumum of at least 30K towards equipment over the past 18 years,,. is it just me, or does everyone want big better faster more?? (and darker)! so after having owned/owning at least 25 scopes and about 7 mounts as well as film/digital/ccd cameras and traveling more than 150,000 miles in that time to image/observe, I wonder how much money I would have,, or spent,,help my head is spinning.....Kev b
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
I can't hear well, but I can listen!
Takahashi TOA-150 B
Takahashi EM-400 Temma 2M
Handheld Algiz 7
Kagayaki IV Pro
Quote:It is the price of a very beautiful and nice luxe car, but after then years of use the car is old and ugly with low value!
14" Strut; 10"XT; 102ES; 22 in Process; 3.5,5,7,10,14,20mm Pentax XW; 17.3 & 12mm Delos; 27mm Panoptic; 20&24mm ES 68; 24mm ES 82; 30mm ES 82; 6&10mm BCO;
Quote:You can say that again...
Orion 190mm Mak-Newt iOptron iEQ45 - Modifications http://www.the3dwizard.net/index.php/astronomy/ieq45 Orion 80mm ST or 50mm Mini guider Orion StarShoot AutoGuider or QHY5L-II Canon 60D (modified by Brent Oliver) BackyardEOS, Sequence Generator Pro
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak
Jeff Huston Obsession 30" f/5 (#102) Obsession 18" f/4.5 (#264) Celestron C9.25 f/10 Losmandy GM8 Cave 8" f/6 Newt Orion 80 and 120mm f/5 achro Coronado PST Vixen Polaris
Quote:1) It's my hobby, my profession, and my passion.2) I can't take it with me.3) The people in the industry are generally so nice......4) I enjoy the buying experience and getting new toys--don't you?5) Because I travel to observe, I probably have paid more for gas over the years than I have for all the equipment I've bought.Gas is more expensive now than 40 years ago, but my income is higher, too, so it probably evens out.That's an exaggeration, of course, but still! I went out last Sunday night and the 354 mile round trip cost me $52 in gas, and I have a small car.[My "close" dark sky site is a round trip of ~200 miles].Figure 12X a year for the last 35 years.......Nope. I've spent more than that for just eyepieces. 6) I've got to face it, I'm an addict. The 12 step plan to beat it entails....naw, who am I kidding? I don't want to be cured!And my wife is an enabler--after 10 purchases on eBay, she says to me, "Honey, don't you need a new eyepiece or something?"Life is Good.
-Roger Pitre- 1 X 7 binocular MN65, Nexstar 8SE, SV70ED, Lunt 60 PT EQ6 Pro, Vixen GP2, Canon 50D, Modified XSi, SBIG ST-2000XM, 70-200 f/4L, BackyardEOS "He's got shoulders on him like a smelt..."--Anonymous <a href="" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/pages/AJP-Observatory/462651307139970?ref=ts&fref=ts</a> http://ajpobservatory.is-great.org/
20x90 Bino 12" Lightbridge + Stellarvue F50 TV Ethos, Pentax XW, Meade UWA 5k, ES 82°, Hyperion, AT Titan
Quote:I just wish astronomy was my ONLY hobby.
Quote:I think this hobby would be a lot cheaper if it weren't for sites like this one convincing us that we need bigger, better, faster, more!!!!