Quote:Quote:I wouldnt take a Questar to central park in the middle of the night. Just saying.... How could you, living in Massachetts?
Quote:I wouldnt take a Questar to central park in the middle of the night. Just saying....
Quote:There are people who set up in Central Park, with telescopes, at night on a regular basis.
The mayors girl friend walks her dog there by herself at night.
New York, I think, is very different from what people remember it being. It is the safest big city in the US.
I myself walk through the park often on my way home.
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
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
Zeiss 10x50B T*
Dwarfstar Alt-Az mount
Quote:The C90 compares well to the Questar and schpanks the ETX 90.
Quote:Rich: Thank you for sharing your experiences with the c90 and C5. I did a price caparison to find out which would be the best deal to get me started right away(in the future I can replace the bits with better stuff.) I also decided to to start considering up to 5" diameter. I would like to see them in person though, as I would like to keep it small and portable.Since I will need accessories and a mount that adds to the price. The best deals seem to be: -Orion StarMax 90 @$200-Celestron NexStar 90 SLT (90mm MCT) @ $306-Celestron NexStar 127 SLT (125mm MCT)@ $425-Celestron NexStar 4SE (102mm MCT) @ $449 Here are for the à la carte spotting scopes. I need to add a UA DwarfStar, eyepieces and a diagonal which is at least $350.-Orion C90 $150+350 =$450-Celestron C5 $425+350=$815Perhaps I am over thinking this!~Rafael
Kmart 40mm-Thanks Mom|Jason60mm-Thanks Dad|C80SS-Thanks Wife|C90|C102|C6XLT|AP130EDFGT|C-11XLT EQ-2|EQ-3|CG5GT|Mach 1 & Eagle "For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return".-Leonardo da Vinci "We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."-Oscar Wilde ~RIP Dad, you were my best friend...Godspeed!~
Quote:Does anyone find that the finder is in an odd position when mounting these spotting scopes sideways on a Dwarfstar type mount?
Quote:So I have decided on the C90. It comes with a 32mm Celestron plossl. I need to replace the diagonal right away for astro viewing. I may replace the finder in the future. This is what I am thinking so far:~Dwarfstar mount(can be used with C5 in the future)~GSO 1.25" 90-deg 99% Dielectric Mirror Diagonal~GSO 1.25" Plossl Eyepiece - 15mm~GSO 1.25" 2x Achromatic Barlow LensAny other accessory suggestions? Thanks!Rafael
Manuel XT10i, flocked, Moonlite focuser Astroscan 38mm Agena SWA; 30mm Rini; 28mm RKE; 25, 20, 15 & 10mm plossl; 30, 18, 11 & 6.7mm ES 82° N2; 6mm Agena EWA. Garrett Classic 10x50 binoculars. "Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom." - Death "Only the night knows I walk hidden within my own shadow." - Vicente Gerbasi "COLLIMATE! COLLIMATE!" - Astronomer Dalek
Quote:The recent spat of threads about the C90 made me pull the trigger today on one for myself (it will technically be a Christmas present from my wife ).
TSA 120 / Starstructure 14.5" f/4.42 with Terry Ostahowski's All Quartz Optics
Quote:Why get a 90mm Mak when, like LateViewer, you can get something like the TMB 92 refractor? More aperture, more clear aperture, capable of high power AND wide fields (which will be especially useful since open clusters are among the best targets for city observers), and faster cool down than the Mak (which is important in the Northeast). I'm a former Manhattanite who enjoyed a wide field 4" refractor there for many years.
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote: The C90 is 150 bucks with very good optics ... Unless you are planning on imaging with it, ... outstanding optics.
Quote: Until the OP's recent post I wasn't aware of his budgetary concerns. In the opinion of this old boy, a longtime, but no longer, Manhattan dweller well acquainted with the OP's observing conditions and constraints as well as the former and present owner of several refractors (including a lovely Pronto that I sold for a price within the OP's now-stated price range), I know for a fact that a good refractor makes a good city and travel scope, and that it can do things (like cool down quickly and provide wide field views) that a Mak can't. And how will that C90 behave 10 years from now? And what will it be worth? The Traveler that I bought in 1996 after a long six month wait (those were the days!) performs exactly the way it did back when Monica Lewinsky wasn't even a gleam in Bill Clinton's eye. And although I'm not sure, I believe the scope may be worth just a little more on the market than the $1900 I paid for it when it was new.
Quote:... 90mm Maks. ....15x70 binoculars ...
Quote:I personally haven't been impressed with the 90mm Maks. Not enough aperture to be better than 15x70 binoculars IMO. Maybe get some opinions on the 102mm Mak?
Quote:I picked up the C90 today at B & H. They have an amazing binocular department!I am figuring I can start here and transfer the equipment over if I decide to get a 5" or 6" in the future. I can keep the c90 for travel. Now I have to get all the assorted bits and bobs to go along with it. Maybe a zoom eyepiece?
Black Creek Observatory C11 EdgeHD C8 AT6RC Eon80mmED
Quote: And how will that C90 behave 10 years from now? And what will it be worth?
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