Tom Karpf (tkarpf) Vice President, Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford www.asgh.org
- Selsi 60mm f/13 Lunt 35mm Solar Scope Stellarvue SVR70ED
- Astronomy Technologies AT6RC Home-built Dobsonian with home-made mirror -
- 8" f/6.8 Unistar Deluxe on a surveyor's tripod
Quote: New Moon Telescopes (new to scene, very nice looking scopes for a good price with all the amentities)
"I have been paddling in the shallows of a great ocean of knowledge." - Sir Isaac Newton * * 15" F4.55 Starsplitter Dob & a Denk II binoviewer * * http://peaceofsky.wordpress.com/ Pacheco State Park Fremont Peak
Astronomy educator/Sidewalk astronomer
Owner of Astronomy Delight franchise
18 inch f4.42 Dob on eq platform w ST120 f/5 finder
12 inch Zhumell Dob
8 inch f/6.9 home made Dob with Seevers optics
William Optics red 10th Anniversary 80mm FD
C8 XLT on Vixen GPDX
26lb eyepiece box
Cernan Space Center astronomer
Member of Northwest Suburban Astronomers
-DannyMy warehouseMy Channel
Homemade 14.5" f4.3 Truss Dobsonian
"I'd like to remind you at four in the morning my world is very still, The air is fresh under diamond skies, makes me glad to be alive." Randy Bachmann "Blue Collar"
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.” ― Frank Zappa
Joe Teeter 20" f/3.6 Nagler 31mm T5 Delos 17.3, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4.5, 3.5
Quote:I'm curious. Since New Moon is new, on what criteria are those listing it as a top three?And to the OP, what criteria are you seeking? Quality, quantity or some other value.
Quote:If you had to list (in order) the top three Dobsonian makers, who would they be? Also, the three top mirror makers, again in order?
StarStructure 24" f/3.3 | ServoCAT/Argo Navis
Astro-Physics 175EDF | AP1100GTO | ATS Portable Pier
Psalm 19.1 - A Psalm of David. "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork".
Fred StarStructure LE Series 18" f/4.3 (Zambuto & Nexus/ServoCat/Skytools3 Pro) Celestron 8" SCT w/Starlight Feathertouch Microfocuser; Celestron 102mm f/9.8 refractor Stellarvue SV80ST f6 Triplet APO Tele Vue & EarthWin binoviewers Enough Eyepieces and Accessories to put my Scopes to Good Use Free-Turn Q HalfHitch, CG5-ASGT(2), Astro-Tech Voyager mounts
20 inch f8 Chief Ed Jones designed and a 17 f9 Zanbuto Wide Band Chief Mike Jones designed .Both unobstructed telescopes .
Phyllis K LangAuthor of Deep-Sky Planner/SQM Reader Prohttp://knightware.biz
Quote: it'd be Orion
Home-built Dob 10 F6/Zambuto/Osypowski Platform Starmaster 7 Oak Classic- Zambuto Discmount DM-4 w encoders Stellarvue 80ED Stellarvue 70ED Stellarvue 60 Finder Tasco 50 refractor (1966 birthday gift) Orion 80ST Lunt 60 Double Stack Bogen with Dwarfstar mount AT Voyager mount Celestron SLT mount Astro Physics 15x70 Binos Orion Parallelogram mount
Quote:Zhumell, Astrotech, or equivalent. A good Dob and 4K in your pocket is tops on my list. Already spent the other 4K on a refractor.
Visual deep sky 18" f4.3 David Lukehurst dob 8" f/6 Dark Star dob 8x42 binos 100% visual observing...
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: I posed the question without criteria since so that each individual will supply their own criteria.
SyedTeeter STS 11 f/4.3 Zambuto | XT8i | XT8g | XLT 150 | C90 | EON 80mmAT Voyager and Nexstar SLT mountsEyepieces: Mostly TeleVue and PentaxDenk II BV'er, Earthwin PFS-SE, Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II
Quote: and Teeter just came out with the "Stark" line...
Quote: Perhaps we could exclude all opinions from posters who justify their purchase decisions by listing instruments that are in the telescope lists in their signatures
Quote: I have a 16" starsplitter II with a steve swayze mirror. Great sharp views. I know they don't make the starsplitter anymore but once in awhile they come up for resale. They would rate high on the list
Quote:Perhaps we could exclude all opinions from posters who justify their purchase decisions by listing instruments that are in the telescope lists in their signatures? Or at least comment on personal experience with ALL instruments listed.I can play too. A Lockwood / Tom Osypowski Spica Eyes is certainly the highest quality and most sophisticated custom Dobsonian or alt/az Newtonian available today. No bias at all.Chris
A 60mm department store refractor started it all....
Quote:Wow no mention of Obsession except by me. 5-10 years ago the name would have been all over this thread. I guess they have not changed much in the last couple decades. Interesting....
Chance favors the prepared astronomer. Yeah I have some stuff.
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
Webster 28" f4 Kennedy mirror Argo/ServoCat Plettstone 18" f4.2 Zambuto mirror Argo/ServoCat Light bridge 16" F4.5 Suchting mirror Argo/ServoCat Meade 12" SCT OTA Questar 3.5 Duplex BB Coronado 90 SII DS BF30 NEQ6 Pro Mount Ethos (all), Zeiss Abbe ii, Leica ASPH zoom Lots of Naglers TMB ES TV Paracorr I&II Zeiss 15 x 60 B/GAT binoculars Denkmeier binoviewer & 21mm eyepieces