First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Paul B. Jones http://www.astrobin.com/users/bunyon/
NW Mass, inches from Vermont
(well....it used to say that.....)
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
Webster/Zambuto 14.5" f/4.3 truss dob
Tele Vue-102, Gibralter mount
Tele Vue-76, Tele Pod mount
Canon 10x30 & 15x50 IS binocs
Friends call me Duane. Compustar C14, Leo Henzl's Custom C8, 6" Refractor Adv. GT mount, 6" F5 Omni XLT Newt., LXD-75 F4 Imaging SN8, Meade 8" F6 Newtonian, EX Dynamax DX6, RV-6 ETX-90 Astro, Meade 2045 4" SCT, B&L 4000 Vixen/Celestron 80mm F11 JC Penny 60mm AZ/ALT Refractor Binos 25x100
Quote:When I was a kid I wasn't brave enough to be in a Cemetery at night. Probably still am not.
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Quote:A 15 acre coral lump called Aiku Island in a remote area of the Pacific called Johnston Atoll, which was a 4-island Air Force and Coast Guard base (26 CG on Aiku) populated only by male military personnel.....where I was stationed for 14 months. Weird is an understatement.....Russ
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Quote:My current favorite observing site in central Kansas.
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes living with misery a lot easier!
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12" Harden Optical "Bubba"
16" Meade Lightbridge "Beached Whale"
70mm ETX-AT "Peashooter"
& a slew of EPs, Baaders, Meades,a lonely Nagler ,Star party specials-GSO's and TMB's
...It is better that my wife knows the VALUE of my equipment than the PRICE of my equipment.
Tom Polakis Tempe, AZ Visual observing, DSLR photography, lunar & planetary imaging http://www.pbase.com/polakis/
“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” ― Werner Heisenberg
12" LX200 GPS
10" LX200 GPS
4" Unitron 150
4" Bosma refractor
Denk Binotron 27, D14's and D21's
Galaxy Note 8 running SkySafari Pro via Bluetooth
Wireless Autostar II
Quote:A mosquito infested swamp......didn't view long, packed up and got outta there.....
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
Few astronomical observations have really changed our perspective on earth's place in the universe. Those that did were made around 1610 with a 20x power, 0.3° field of view telescope, sporting a singlet objective stopped down to 15 mm.
I mostly use small, fast, and (ultra)portable glass: Bushnell Legend 8x42, Pentax PCF WP II 20x60, MiniBorg 60ED, ST-80, EON-80, ST-120, 6" StarBlast.
Orion FunScope Bushnell "Sky Chief I" D=60mm F=700mm w/ Antares hybrid .965"->1.25" diagonal Orion XT6i Orion EPs - 20mm, 10mm & Orion Expanse 9mm Celestron EP/Filter Kit: Plössl EPs - 32mm, 17mm, 13mm, 8mm, 6mm & 2x Barlow Meade Series 4000 8-24mm Zoom Vision Master 7x35 binoculars
Quote:If everything is lined up just right, I can view the Moon with binoculars through the skylight from the comfort of the couch in my family room. (downside is it shows that I need to get up there and clean it more often!)Also, I was impatient to see it, so I started watching the transit of Venus last year from the passenger seat of our minivan (my wife was at the wheel) on the way home from our son's doctor appointment, by projecting onto a piece of paper while holding my binoculars.
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