22" f/4 Sayre Monocular Tom Osypowski Equatorial Platform (since 1995) Assorted small telescopes, 76-152mm; 25mm ES100°, 20mm ES100°, 13mm Ethos, 9mm ES120° (serial #18), 9mm ES100°, 8mm Delos, 6mm Ethos, 4.7mm Ethos, 3.7mm Ethos SX, 2.5mm Nagler Type 6, 2" 2X Powermate, 2" 1.5X Proxima Barlow, 2" GSO Coma Corrector, 18mm BCO, 10mm BCO, 6mm BCO and other 1.25" eyepieces. Zhumell 8x42 Nova Phase-coated ED Binoculars Burgess 25x100 Binoculars
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CPC 1100 with HD Pro Wedge with ETX-70 Finder Celestar C8, C80ED and PST Istar 150 Anistigmatic R30 on CGEM Jason 313 from 1975! Mallincam Extreme & Mallincam SSIc & Mallincam Micro DSI Pro, Orion SSAG, GPUSB, Nautilus Filterwheel JMI, Celestron and Orion MotoFocus, FCUSB1&2 Hyperion 5,13, ES 18, 30, OR 18, 25 TV 2.5x Powermate, WO Binoviewer with pairs: TV 7 Naglers, WO 20 and RKE 28
Quote: traveling more than 150,000 miles
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
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
Quote:yes 150,000 miles!50+ trips yearly to a dark site 40 miles away + annual trips to flordia wsp and arizona over 12 times and death valley too from the mid plains stretched over 18 years tends to add up on the odometer,,,kev b
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!!!!
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
Quote:The true cost of Astronomy is nothing compared to the cost of my 12 year old daughters ballet classes over the last 5 years
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
"My GOD, It's Full of Stars!" For the Obser: Atlas EQ-G w/moded SN8,JMI moto-focus, flocked tube,custom mirror cell.ED80 w/ACCUFocus,SSAG,DSI,EZ Guider. Modded Canon T1i,Pentax K-5II. For the field:14" Orion 14xxi,Flocked Tubes,Custom Paint,6 Fan Cooling,LED ground board lighting. Celestron CG5GT for film/digital photos w/EZ Guider, Atlas EQ-G w/an ES102ED/AT72 Piggy backed,EZ Guider. Various 1.25 & 2" Eyepieces.
Quote:Quote:The true cost of Astronomy is nothing compared to the cost of my 12 year old daughters ballet classes over the last 5 years Matt My other serious hobby than astronomy provides a wonderfully illustrative example. This past weekend, I made roughly $300 refereeing competitive-level U16B soccer games in a huge three-day weekend college showcase tournament, where teams from all over the eastern half of the country came to Raleigh. For example, one of the games I worked was between a U16 team from Houston, Texas vs a team from Kentucky, and there were many teams here from Florida or north up to New York. Soccer teams at this level travel to two, three or more such tournaments each season, in addition to traveling around their local region for regular-season league games. If you are the parents of a serious competitive-level soccer player, now THERE'S an expensive vicarious hobby, and many of the parents also paid to travel with their player to watch the games. Let's see: motel room for three nights, travel costs (really long car trip or flight), meals out, and we haven't got to fees for the soccer-club, tournament entry fees, training fees, etc.This past weekend alone probably cost an Ethos or two per player. I'm happy that some of that money is flowing downhill into my pockets to finance my astro-equipment and other indulgences. It's even worth getting barked at by surly 16-year old boys and surly coaches with English accents and parents who think they've paid for the privilige of complaining about the refs.
Quote:The true cost of Astronomy is nothing compared to the cost of my 12 year old daughters ballet classes over the last 5 years Matt
I'd rather be driving my .
Astronomy compels us to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
CPC1100 NexStar 8SE E.Ps:-1.25"..6.3mm 15mm 25mm & 40mm 2" W.A..26mm 30mm & 38mm Zooms:- Baader 8 x 24mm & AE 8 x 24mm Finders:- RACI 9x50, 8x50 & GLP Filters:- 2" Polarised, UHC & OIII + Solar Bits&Bobs:- 2" X2 Barlow, Dew Shield, Motor focuser, 0.6 Focal Reducer, 17Ah power pack. SkyShed P.O.D (Dream-Maker)
Quote:I'm not so sure about the cost, but the value is tremendous.
Quote:The cost: less then a few counseling sessions.The views: Priceless; and also result in not needing counseling sessions....
Ed Thomas Deep Space Products www.deepspaceproducts.com
Quote:Astronomy is like camping. You start off with a 29.00 tent and a garbage bag full of blankets. 20 years later your pulling a fifth wheel with your big @ss truck. Its a journey.
Quote: Its human nature to want what you can't have, but this only happens when you read or see how well others have it.
Kmart 40mm-Thanks Mom|Jason60mm-Thanks Dad|C80SS-Thanks Wife|C90|C102|C6XLT|AP130EDFGT|C-11XLT EQ-2|EQ-3|CG5GT|Mach 1 & Eagle "For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return".-Leonardo da Vinci "We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."-Oscar Wilde ~RIP Dad, you were my best friend...Godspeed!~
Quote:The cost: less then a few counseling sessions.....
Rural central lower Michigan
Quote:is it just me, or does everyone want big better faster more?? (and darker)!
Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
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