AL MasterObserverC #24
Every week I do something new to reduce light pollution. Eyes on the Sky is at 600,000+ views so far; more views = more awareness. Please consider sharing with others.
Thomas Watson - Author of Mr. Olcott's Skies. Available in paperback and ebook formats. Weblog: Under Desert Stars "And Now a Word From Our Sponsor"
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
Brian S. Johnson
All Terrain Z10 http://tinyurl.com/ouxfsyu with refigured primary, 63mm Protostar secondary.
Chip - XX14i, ETX-125PE, 10" LightBridge, SolarMax II 60, Canon 12x36 IS, AVX with 8” EdgeHD And Other stuff! http://chipviv.com
Quote:I try to bring along an Orion 6" XT dob on all of our city skywatches. The views of the planets and Moon are fantastic and people are amazed they can own one for less than $300.
Coordinator, Fox Park Observatory
A 50mm Edu-Science refractor started it all...Thanks Mom and Dad!
Celestron CGEM; Various OTA's Various eyepieces; Modified Canon XS; Orion SSAG
My Astrophotos on Flickr
The Cheapest Astronomer in the World gets excited by Jupiter. Builds dob, builds eq platform, arranges to borrow webcam...
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes living with misery a lot easier!
Nine telescopes of a diverse nature. My Web Site Cosmic Cat: a children's book about astronomy for iPad. English Lessons for Amateur Astronomers
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
SCOPES: CPC1100; AT66ED; EdgeHD 8";SVR90 RAPTOR MOUNTS: CGEM; Vixen GP2; iOptron Sky Tracker; Celestron AVX CAMERAS: Canon 60D;Lodestar EYEPIECES:31T5;D14;D8;P20;P25;P32;TMB9 The Lord sits enthroned above the circle of the earth...He stretched out the heavens like a canopy.
Quote:I love my CPC0800 as well. Same thing Patrick said - nothing is going to move it - not even a little kid yanking on the eyepiece. It tracks very accurately so I don't have to continually keep checking to make sure the object is centered.I tried outreach before with a 5" reflector on a manual alt/az tripod, and it was kind of a trainwreck.I prefer full go-to for these types of events.
Quote: As I said, I think it mostly depends on what scopes you are most enjoy as well as what aspects of the hobby you are hoping to share. With a simple alt-az mount, there is the possibility of teaching someone how to use it. It takes a little time, it's not always possible but it's a big thrill for someone when they find their first object and they walk way knowing they too can do it. That is empowerment.We all do it differently.
Quote:Wow, Jon, I like your position on this, but I guess I feel more like Tina and Patrick, kind of. What I want the public to see is the astronomical beauty in all its glory, with the person unencumbered by the basic physical reality of a rotating earth (magnified 50+/- times) and then having to make the person further aware of tracking via a mirror reversed or completely inverted point of view. These are not insurmountable things, something I managed on my own in the mid-seventies in 4th grade, so hardly rocket science, but .... Given my recent experiences, especially, I love the idea of a 10" dob. Still, I'm thinking I might sell my beloved AT80ED to buy a Celestron NexStar 4se, not because it's better, cause it's not, but just for the tracking. Since I have a 102mm ED, I should be good, but it'd be nice to have a tracking, easy to configure setup. I have an EQ-3 with clock, but at many outreach locations, Polaris is not visible. StarAlign's 3 star business and alt-az tracking sure would be welcome. The 10" dob would be for more 'familiar' crowds, but a 4se may be just the ticket for the unwashed masses.It's nice to teach people about the rotating earth, its axis, and the fact that the ENTIRE sky, sun included, is rotating around the Norh Star. Still, the non-binocular tracking takes some getting used to. Especially without knobs, which is mostly what I have now (6" dob or 102ED on AZ-4).
Quote:I don't use 100* eyepieces, I look through my plossl...twice.
David W. Knisely . . . . . . "If you aren't having fun in this hobby, you aren't doing it right." Hyde Memorial Observatory http://www.hydeobservatory.info Prairie Astronomy Club http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org