“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
"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori
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?)
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Quote:Fuel is king.
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Quote:Fuel is king.
NexStar 8SE; Stellarvue SVR90T; Celestron 102GT; Orion ST80 Orion 9x63, Oberwerk 15x70 binos
And there they still stood, obscurely commemorating man's triumph over time and matter and the triumph of time and matter over man. -- Aldous Huxley, on the Mayan stelae at the Quirigua ruins
Quote: Quote:Fuel is king. In my case, no. I'm quite content observing right here at home with SQM readings of averaging 21.50/21.70. I have no desire to observe elsewhere.
NP-101 on a DM-6
Teeter 11" STS/Waite Mirror
Zeiss, Fujinon, Nikon, Vixen binoculars
14.5" Starmaster with ServoCat and Argo Navis 1966 Unitron 4" Model 152 EQ Tec 140 TV NP101 f/5.4 APO Telvue .8 Focal Reducer FLI ML8300 and CFW-2-7 filter wheel Astrodon Gen2 RGBL 2" filters Baader 2" Narrow Band Filters Borg 50mm Guide Scope/ATIK Titan Guide Camera AstroPhysics AP900 Losmandy GM-8 Gemini
Quote:Well, with the cost of my equipment, I will not quibble over a little gas. But I refuse to drive long distances to get a possible good night.I am fortunate enough to have a private club site 56 miles from home that I go to each month. Not the absolute best, but overall a good situation.Blueman
C11 Edge HD, C925 XLT TEC 140 (#352) w/ AT65EDQ Skywatcher 100ED w/ WO66SD ZenithStar, ES 80mm Apo Sirius, Atlas EQ-G, "Atlosmandy" Pro AZ/EQ-G, T-Rex Apex,Porta II DBK21AU04, DBK21AU618, DMK21AU618, DMK31AU03, ASI120mm/mc, Hutech 500DH Beaglehaven Observatory (BYO #168)
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Scopes: Celestron 9.25, Orion 80MM and 120MM EON Apo
Solar: Lunt LS60THa/PT/B1200/50DS
Binos: Canon 15X50 IS Mounts: CGEM and LXD75
Eyepieces: Explore Scientific, Meade & TeleVue
Camera: DMK 41, Canon 6D, SBIG STT-8300
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Quote:For more and more people, the video camera (Mallincam, Stellcam 3, and others) are or will be king.I live just outside Philadelphia, PA. It's impractical for me to travel to a decently dark sky. But my video camera allows me to not only continue to do deep sky observing (thank goodness) but to "see" objects and details that would require a huge telescope and very dark sky.I think my situation will become the norm for a lot of astronomers in the future.Bob
Quote:For best views, Fuel is king. But for frequency of viewing, 'tis Convenience who wears the crown.
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Quote:Perhaps it makes more sense to ...
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Quote:Quote:Perhaps it makes more sense to ... Move to a country that still has dark skies (like Australia), and retire to a nice town in the country far from a big city.
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Quote:Fuel is king.In these days of expanding light pollution and dwindling dark sky resources, the surest way to increase the performance of any telescope is to load it into a vehicle and drive to an observing site at least two darkness zones darker than your usual observing site.For the price of an Ethos the average astronomer in North America could fund travel for a dozen or two dark sky trips, provided he or she doesn't mind camping out.
Quote:a good lunar planetary scope does not require such excursions.
Quote: Quote:Fuel is king.
In my case, no. I'm quite content observing right here at home with SQM readings of averaging 21.50/21.70. I have no desire to observe elsewhere.
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
Quote:We know the Jet Stream well where I live, and indeed, there are only a handful of really good nights each year when the seeing is excellent. But the perfect dark sky nights are equally illusive. There is dew, haze, pollution, moonlight, all of which combine to make perfection rarely attainable. So I don't accept that seeing conditions are more of a limitation for Lunar and planetary viewing than other limatations are for deep sky viewing.JimC
4.5", 6", and 10" Newtonian astrographs.
2 ST80s; ED80; 3 CCD cameras; 5 EQ mounts: all polished, tuned, and modified.
The rule of telescope features: aperture; equatorial tracking; or low cost. Pick any two.
Quote:What equipment is king? The lathe and the mill. With one of each you are only limited by your imagination and skill.obin
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