Orion XT10g Meade LXD55 AR6 SE6 OTA
Quote:Tom; Mr. Olcott's Skies , was a great read, I loved the book. And it would fit right in with this thread, lol.
Thomas Watson - Author of Mr. Olcott's Skies. Available in paperback and ebook formats. Weblog: Under Desert Stars
NW Mass, inches from Vermont
(well....it used to say that.....)
Refractors Reflectors Two Cats A few eyepieces
Both the man of science and the man of action live always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it. - J. Robert Oppenheimer
VISUAL -Orion XX12i -Orion 35mm Deep view, 26mm QC, 13mm Stratus -ES 9mm 100*
ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY -Nikon D700, too many lenses to count -Astrotrac -Atlas EQ-G
AT6RC; C6R; 8" R200SS; 10" SNT; RV6; PST Vixen GP + Starbook-S Warped LXD55 G11 Gemini-1 & DSC Gone! HGM-200 Gemini-2 Orion Starshoot DSCI2; DFK 41AF02 Sky Commander 4 SkyShed POD XL3 14.5" f5 folded Newt Finished. Now in storage. Mount for 14.5" Portable obs on 7ftx16ft utility trailer wi 8ft dome Trailer Plans Approved, Jig Built! http://cleardarksky.com/c/MCAOobMDkey.html
Quote:I'm 15 right now. I am using a 12" dob and a nikon D700 on an astrotrac for astrophotography. My interests are in the faint nebulae and galaxies, right now I am working on the Herschel 400. I am also getting into the science aspect such as spectroscopy and variable star observing.Being interested in astronomy has given me many new friends and volunteer opportunities. It has effected my future career decisions and schooling.Overall I am thrilled that I am involved in this wonderful hobby.
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
14" f/4.5 dob. 6" f/8 dob.
Quote:When I was a kid astronomer, to view the Milky Way we had to walk five miles uphill in the snow both there and back. Our telescopes were made of the cardboard tubing from a paper towel roll, with a magnifying glass stuck into the end. Astronomers today have it so soft compared to how it was when we were kid astronomers...
CPC 9.25 TV 76, 102, NP 101 Unitron 114 Gibraltar mount Half Hitch Mk III SolarMax 90 .7A/B15 Coronado PST Eyepieces from the sublime to the ridiculous
Quote:Edmund Scientific 3" reflector. Cost 30 bucks, an enormous sum to me at that time. I was 12 or 13 and really couldn't find anything except the moon, Saturn, and Jupiter. I also spent a lot of time looking at bugs circling distant streetlights. This took place in north central Wyoming and I sure wish I had those dark skies now!Bill
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
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
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
8" Zhumell dob 12" Zhumell Frankendob Celestron 4" refractor (Vixen) 7x50 binoculars
Jeff Huston Obsession 30" f/5 (#102) Obsession 18" f/4.5 (#264) Celestron C9.25 f/10 Losmandy GM8 Cave 8" f/6 Newt Orion 80 and 120mm f/5 achro Coronado PST Vixen Polaris
Remember, if the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.
I don't know how old I was when I was one.
"To the Moon!" Orion 127mm Mak-Cass Meade 60mm Refractor
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