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;
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
-DannyMy warehouseMy Channel
Equatorial Newtonians, 20" and 14" "The purpose of life is to be defeated by ever greater things." - Rielke
-R.J. Discovery DHQ 8" Celestron C4-R on LXD75 ZenithStar 66 ED Triplet Hardin DSH 6" Orion Transporter 70 Sears 60/900mm 10x50's & assorted other binos
Jeff Morgan - Wile E. Coyote School of Telescope Making
Quote:Now on to what I hope is discussed here. What do you use to transport your self and equipment to a dark site? Does the cost of gas or has the cost of gas made you rethink what your doing? If you could have any vehicle to transport what would it be and why? Please realize that for me, a car just doesn't it cut based on where I go to observe.
Quote:I use a Sprinter Van to carry my 24" which I can wheel down ramps out of the side slide door. (Visible in the picture) As it is also a Class B RV it provides a comfy bed, air conditioning, electrical power as needed, cooking, cold drinks in the fridge, and a bathroom. It is also a diesel and does 20 to 22 mpg so quite economical for a hotel on wheels.Chris
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
Quote:Here is how I travel with the 16" with the UTA assembled in a Dodge Grand Caravan. The back seat has been removed since this model was before "stow and go" seats.
Meade 16" LX200GPS (Hitch 'n go) Meade 14" LX200R (in permanent ROR observatory) Meade 10" LX200GPS (Grab 'n go) 16" Dob with GSO optics (Fold 'n go) 12" F15 Cassegrain, Stellarvue AT-1010 Skywatcher 6" f5 refractor Towa 339 Too many bits 'n pieces to mention
Homemade 14.5" f4.3 Truss Dobsonian
"I'd like to remind you at four in the morning my world is very still, The air is fresh under diamond skies, makes me glad to be alive." Randy Bachmann "Blue Collar"
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.” ― Frank Zappa
“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
12" DSH 8" f/4 Vega MakNewt
Quote:+1 for wagonsI use my wife's 2010 Subaru Outback. Admittedly, I don't carry much more than what fits in the rear cargo area floor, but it has a lot of head room back there and the rear seats fold flat for more space. My eyepiece case(s) go on the floor behind the front seats where they won't slide around when braking for deer. The Outback gets great mileage and the all wheel drive gets me up the hill to the dark site with ease in the winter. You can turn off all the interior lights and leave the rear hatch open. I set my eyepiece case(s), notebooks and snacks on the rear cargo floor and the open hatch keeps the dew off everything in the summer.
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
Rob 18" f/4.3 Starmaster 8" Meade LX200 Classic Celestron 15x70 Skymaster Binoculars
Quote:Howdy Jay.I'm a Subaru guy. Love 'em. Indestructible, reliable, durable, capable, capacious, reasonably fuel efficient for AWD vehicles, and they hold their value well. I have two of 'em currently. A 2007 Forester with ~140k miles on it and a new 2013 Outback. I couldn't part with the Forester even though I bought the Outback. It's just too darned useful. It has become our "truck" for nursery and hardware runs and I use it to haul my kayak to and from the river. Best of all, Subarus drive like cars.Here's the Forester in June at 11,500 feet:You can see the rear of the new Outback here:The Forester handles better (sharper, almost sporty) but is noisier and less compliant. The Outback is smoother, quieter, holds more cargo and actually gets a bit better fuel economy.Regards,Jim
8"ACF, AR152, ED100, ST80, EQ6Pro, Duo-T, AZ3, EQ1
Quote:Third one down VW Beetle. I had two VW Beetles, the one with a supercharged VR6 has a blown tranny.
Quote:Quote:Third one down VW Beetle. I had two VW Beetles, the one with a supercharged VR6 has a blown tranny. I was waiting for a picture showing all the clowns getting out Seriously, you deserve some sort of award for most enormous scope in a small car -- Chris
Orion 8" f3.9 Newtonian, Atlas EQ-G Cooled Canon 1100Da SSAG on 50mm Finder pocketrubbish.com