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;
Carol Lakomiak, Tomahawk WIWriting Sky at Night magazine's astrosketch page since June 2009Moon Sketch TutorialSun/DSO Sketch TutorialCN GalleryPhoto Gallery
14" f/4.5 dob. 6" f/8 dob.
Wife, kids, dog.Views with glasses: astigmatism and major floaters.Orion StarMax 90mm Mak-CassPorta II45mm 35° | 40mm 43° | 35mm 49° | 28mm 45° | 25mm 50° | 15mm 58° | 11mm 82° | 10mm 50° | Shorty Plus 2xVestil CPRO-800LP observing chairVarious binoculars in the "bang-for-buck" category
Meade LS8 ACF Meade 2" Diagonal Apetura 10" Tweakers Package Meade ETX-125, ETX-90 for Solar Celestron 80mm APO PST Meade SWA - 34mm,28mm,24mm,20mm Brandon 32mm, 16mm Vernonscope 40mm Erfle 2" ES 14mm,11mm,6.7mm 8.8 Nagler 13mm T6, Pan 19mm Meade 12.4 Pl,9.7mm, 15mm SP Meade 2x Shorty Barlow Powermate 2.5x WO Bino Viewer, 20mm 66* pair Denkmier 2 Super System Meade Nebula Filters Meade 9x60 Bino Vivitar S1 8x42 Bino Canon T2i, 18-55mm, 50mm 1.8, 55-250mm
CPC1100 w/ Denk S2 power switch (IVB).
Denk Binotron-27, 2x D21 eyepieces
TV 55mm Plossl AT 38mm Titan 8, 13, 17, 22mm AT AF70 eyepieces
iPad w/Skywire/Skysafari+ StarSense
NexStar 5SE w/associated goodies
80mm refractor & manual GEM
Quote:Just curious what finder you use? Is it a finder scope like the 9x50 RACI? Is it a refractor mounted? Or do you simply use an eyepiece? I am leaving the 9x50 for just the Telrad and the wide field eyepiece which I am finding easier on faint stuff. So what do you use? Thoughts on the eyepiece alone approach?
Orange tube C-8, SV Nighthawk, Tasco 76.2mm x 1200mm, Vixen RS150
Orthos, Plossls, RKEs, ES82s, ES68s
Voyager Mount, CG-5
Curator, BSU Observatory www.bridgew.edu/observatory
Starsplitter 20" Dob
Celestron 11 GPS
AstroZap 152mm Achro
Sears Discovery 80mm Achro
12 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian (coming soon, two more days, be here Tuesday)
Celestron C102 HD " Carl"
Scope brand 60mmx 700mm " widger scope"
Celestron Comet catcher(orange tube)"Scott"
60mm Telescope Club
Present gear: 16-inch f/4.5 Dobsonian 50mm straight through-finder Green laser pointer 26mm, 32mm, and 38mm 70 degree field EPs 4.7mm, 14mm and 18mm 82 degree field EPs 8mm, 17mm, 21mm 68 degree field EPs 2X 2" Barlow Tirion star atlas (white stars, black background) hand-laminated Megastar Editor & co-founder Las Vegas Astronomical Society Observer's Challenge To nudge or not to nudge, that is the question www.fredrayworth.com
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
Clear Skies, TonyScopes: Celestron 150mm SCT, ES 102mm refractor, 114mm Newt, Circle T 80mm refractor, Cel./Vix. 60mm refractor "the Brute" EP's: Various and sundry along with barlows WO and ES Dielectric Diagonals Filters: DGM Optics NPB, Orion SkyGlow Filter, color and longpass AstroZap Dew Shield, Vibration Pads etc... AstroPlanner V2.1, SkySafari 4 Plus, Vortex 8X42, 60's 7X35 Binocs Astronomy in the Orange Zone! ...73 de KM5JH...
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
"He counts the stars, and calls them all by name." Ps. 147:4 (NLT)
Celestron CPC 925
Celestron NexStar 8SE
NW Mass, inches from Vermont
(well....it used to say that.....)
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
Quote:Of course, it should go without saying that one should always use a low power ep during the finding phase but there--I said it anyway.
C10NGT, Z8, 150 Rumak, XLT 150, C6, C5, SW5 Newt, 4.5 Ball, C102GT, C90, ST80, A70LF; 15x70, 25x100; Burgess BV; Paracorr II; T6 2.5, XO 2.58/5.1, Ethos-SX 3.7, Delos 4.5, TV Plossl 7.4-26, BCO 10, Hutech HC 12.5, Sterling 12.5-25, ES100 14, CZJ H 16/25, CZJ O 16, M5k UWA 24, T5 31, Ultrascopic 35, Titan-II 40; Bino Pairs M5k UWA 6.7, Baader Zoom 8-24, M5k SWA 24, TV Plossl 26, RKE 28.7; Zooms NZ 2-4, NZ 3-6, Leica ASPH 8.9-17.8, Baader 8-24; Baader Zoom Barlow, VIP Barlow
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
Quote:If you properly align your finder to the scope, you can use a medium or high power eyepiece and the object will be in the scopes FOV. I've done it with 7mm orthos in my dob and refractor. And, to be truthful, it doesn't take long to align a finderscope. A properly aligned finder can make the difference between a great night and a frustraiting one......
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:Randy,Quote:If you properly align your finder to the scope, you can use a medium or high power eyepiece and the object will be in the scopes FOV. I've done it with 7mm orthos in my dob and refractor. And, to be truthful, it doesn't take long to align a finderscope. A properly aligned finder can make the difference between a great night and a frustraiting one...... I have the suspicion that many if not most observers don't take the time to align their finders accurately. I find that what helps immensely is to put a crosshair eyepiece in the focuser of the main telescope while I'm aligning the finder. Position Polaris behind the crosshairs of that eyepiece and then adjust the Telrad and your optical finder. This extra bit of effort will pay you back manyfold when star hopping to objects.Mike