Brian S. Johnson
All terrain Z10 http://tinyurl.com/ouxfsyu with refigured primary, 63mm Protostar secondary.
Quote:I remember being frustrated at not being able to find the horsehead with my 3" reflector way back then. In looking back, I am somewhat ashamed as interested as I was in 1971 in astronomy, that I let high school, girls, college, med school and post doctoral training get in the way of astronomy for so long. I didn't even know what a Messier object was until about 1996! I know that comet Hyutake(sp?) was what got me going again. I think I blundered into an issue of Astronomy or S&T at the local Barnes and Noble, and that was how it got started again for me. I am still not where I want to be in observing and describing what I see to share with others. I really appreciate this message board and those that contribute to it.Keep it coming.
Refractors Reflectors Two Cats A few eyepieces
• SW120ED, 8SE, Z10, ST80 •
• AVX, Porta II (MM) •
• Astrobin •
[August 21st, 2017]
Quote:I have to start at he beginning. Studied astronomy first at age nine. Got a 3 inch reflector from Kmart when I was 10. Technically it was a Newtonian, but that is a smear on the man's name! I did observe Saturn with it which planted a seed in me that germinated with the first bright comet in the mid nineties. Bought a cheap 465 power refractor which was a disaster. Rescued myself with a CG-11. Quite a leap, but I did survive the learning curve. That thing was hard to point for a late 30s beginner with its focal length around over 2200 mm. Frustration ruled my first few outings until one night star hopping in fairly light polluted skies I was just begging the DSO gods for a glimpse of M 51 when I realized I had been staring at it or several minutes. An accidental bump of he scope made it move so that I could see it. Wasn't long before I learned to use the setting circles and then bought some encoders and a celesta on advanced astromaster.That is my story.
Chris Small telescopes, some medium size, a smattering of eyepieces and filters. The human brain-a 3 pound, 30 watt, self-programming supercomputer that can be mass produced by unskilled labor. Member IDA
Cheers and Clear Skies! Larry If blocks are blue tonight, I'm probably not online Celestar C8,Celestron G5 40mm and 7.5mm Celestron Plossls, 25mm Celestron SMA 12.5mm, 9mm and 6mm Astro-Tech LR 24mm, 20mm and 16mm Explore Scientific 68* Celestron 2X Barlow, ES 3X Focal Extender Celestron 15X70 Porro Prism, Pentax 8x42 Roof Prism two eyes, 1/2 a brain!
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
Z8 | C6 | C102 | C90 | ST80
Dobson | CG4 | DwarfStar & Manf 055XDB | Manf 3232 Swivel Tilt & Oben ACM-2400
C Skymaster 8x56 | Z Emerge 7x30 | Bushnell Xtra Wide 5x25
ES 68º series complete 2x ES Barlow WO Bino's NPL 30 RKE 28 SWA 20 15 WA 12 pairs 150 f12 Istar Achro f4.8 Orion Optics (UK) VX 10" Newt NEQ6
Astro-Physics 130 GT Half Hitch Nova 5mm Tak LE 18mm Tak LE 27mm Pan
Meade 12.5" F/6 Research Grade
1971 Criterion RV-6
Orion Observer 70mm Refractor
Homemade 4" f/12 reflector (being rebuilt)
EdgeHD 9.25, TSA-120
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
Canon 60Da Losmandy G11 Stellarvue 115 mm Orion SSAG 80MM Dob 8"
Zhumell Z10 34 ES 68° 24 ES 68° 13 T6 8.8 ES 82° 6.7 ES 82° 4.7 ES 82° 8-24 MkIII Baader Zoom (plus Zoom Barlow) (35 Ultrascopic, 28 RKE, 26 TV Plossl, 20 Sterling, 18 Paradigm, 3.8 Parks Gold, Celestron 8-24 zoom2.5x (~2.2x) GSO Barlow, . Hardin DSO6, Orion 90 Mak, Astroscan, Celestron 90AZ) *GONE* [for now?] Bigger Dobs, refractors, Naglers, XWs, UWANs, etc, etc