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Scopes: Celestron 9.25, Orion 80MM and 120MM EON Apo Solar: Lunt LS60THa/PT/B1200/50DS Binos: Canon 15X50 IS Mounts: CGEM and LXD75 Eyepieces: Explore Scientific, Meade & TeleVue Camera: DMK 41, Canon 6D, SBIG STT-8300 Messier Certificate # 2508 My Images: http://www.astrophotogallery.org/u342-hfjacinto.html
“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
Quote:Call be crazy (or masochistic) but I enjoy DSOs with an 80mm Triplet. Less aperture presents an interesting challenge and wide field context. Charles Messier certainly did a lot with small refractors.
Keep on looking up...
Meade 60mm f/11.7 achro refractor
Vernonscope 94mm f/7 Brandon triplet APO (A-P Optics)
Orion EON 120mm f/7.5 ED APO
8" f/6 Newtonian (Mike Spooner mirror)
Meade 10" f/10 SCT
12" f/5 Meade LightBridge Dob/Newt
Many eyepieces and accessories
Always lusting after large MCT, but never buy one
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Quote:I don't know if Charles Messier is a good example everything is his catalog is supposed to be comet like, I guess he needed a larger scope to see that none of his objects look like comets.
ATM Nut. My builds: 6" f15 Refractor Big GEM mount 12.5" Homemade Newt Projects in the works: 16" F7.2 Reflector
Celestron C11 Orion 8" Newton Astrograph Orion 180mm MCT Explorer Scientific AR152 Celestron NexStar 8SE Orion ST80a Orion StarBlast 6i IntelliScope Orion BT-100 Celestron CGEM Stellacam II (video) Stellacam III (video) Samsung SCB-2000 Modified Astro-Video Systems Advance MKII Video Camera Orion G3 Color CCD Canon 6D DSLR for astro imaging
7x35 and 10x50 sears tower binocs, 3" f/10 edmunds reflector, 2.4" f/11.7 manon refractor, 6" f/8 jaegers refractor, 10" f/11 R30 Istar refractor, 3" f/15.8 sans&streiffe refractor, 3.1" f/15 selsi refractor(towa 339), 2.4" f/15 sears refractor, selsi 30x30mm spyglass, criterion 5-draw 25x45x75x spyglass(1957), 4.25" f/14.8 tasco 20te.http://cleardarksky.com/c/OmahaNEkey.html
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Quote:Do many out here use refractors for deep space observing? Over the years, I've started to move away from my largest scopes in favor or smaller more portable (somewhat) scopes for deep space hunting. These scopes almost always end up being refractors because I love the pin point stars they offer and wide field views. Of course there are still times when the skies are very dark and I take a journey to my dark site location, then I have to set up my biggest SCT, but generally, I find myself moving more toward using my refractors even for deep space observing. My 150mm and 180mm refractors are very fun to use, and still have plenty of aperture for deep space hunting. Maybe unlike most, I find myself more challenged looking for dim objects in my smaller scopes than finding the urge to want larger and larger scopes to dig out distant galaxies. That seems to be my latest approach to this hobby. One of my friends calls it "The less is more" mentality. Though my 180mm Refractor is quiet a beast, its still a feather weight compared to my 11 and 14" SCT's. Do others seem to enjoy this approach to astronomy also?...Ralph in Sacramento
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Quote: And you really can see plenty with them; whether anyone chooses to believe me or not, I've observed Stephen's Quintet with my 4" on two occasions, both very transparent dark nights.
Quote:An odd topic. Why would anyone NOT use a refractor for deep sky observing? Even a small refractor can show a lot under reasonably dark skies. And one with a short focal length will provide wide true fields not attainable in most other types of instruments.Clear skies, Alan
Quote:Agreed. That pretty much mirrors my thoughts & experience.
17.5" Dob "Beta Version"
NP 127 on a CG-5 and CGEM DX
25x100 and assorted other binos
Naglers, Ethos and various others.
Regards, Clay "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalms 19:1
Quote:But if you really want to cruise the Veil, or get fantastic views of deep sky objects, it's impossible to beat a 28"+ telescope with any commercially available refractor.Clear skies, Alan
Quote:Quote:But if you really want to cruise the Veil, or get fantastic views of deep sky objects, it's impossible to beat a 28"+ telescope with any commercially available refractor.Clear skies, Alan Alan:If it's clear this weekend I will be rolling out the 25 inch and giving it some work. By early morning, before astronomical twilight, the Veil should be well placed and we'll give it a look, it is pretty impressive. But the Veil in the NP-101 and the 31mm Nagler is also impressive, just in a different way. But that said, those faint galaxies just do kind of pop-up all over the place with a larger scope.Jon
Quote:Most of the real "WOW" moments I've experienced with DSO's in this hobby were with my refractor. Using it isn't easy but when it pays off, it pays off big! I can still close my eyes and see the detail in the Whirlpool from my view at the Bootleggers star party 2010. I was on my back in the grass with a too-friendly ant crawling on me...
Quote: A 5" refractor is ALOT more portable than a 30" Dobsonian!
Quote:I've just started with my setup. True I don't see any detail but then again I'm under a milky suburban light bubble too. A few of the DSO I've seen of late. Messier objects M65-66-95-96-51 and NGC's 205 and 2309. Thank God my refractor darkens the sky enough I can see them heck if I had a reflector no way Jose' they would be lost in the milky white field! Mike