Vixen/Orion 102ED * Celestron C-11 * Unitron 114 60mm * Mayflower 816 80mm * Swift 831
Quote:Because it's not what you have, it's how you use it.
Orange Tube C8, Tasco 7te-5, 4" Criterion Dynascope, Jason/Towa 313
Nikon Action Extreme & Pentax WPii Binoculars
At my club, everything one could want up to 18"
Quote:I just don’t understand why others don’t see this???
Harper Bruce (A6Q6) Quantum 6 by OTI, Clave plossl 5,8,12,16,20 and 25mm.
Quote: I can give similar examples for my RV6, my C8, and my Sears 76/1200 #4…I just don’t understand why others don’t see this???
~ JW ~
* On Active Duty: Sears 6366 (Royal Astro) / Tasco 999VR (Diamond Z) / Monolux 4380 (Cursive HOC)
* Long Time Gone: Bushnell Banner 1000 / Meade ETX-90RA (Flower Pot) / D&G 5" f/10 Refractor / Tasco (Towa) 80mm Refractor / ATM 8" f/4.5 Newtonian / Sears (Towa) 60mm Refractor
Quote:Why do I like classics?Quality, craftsmanship, & simplicity. And, nostalgia.
Classic refractors; visual observer, old school.
"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
Quote:Quote:Why do I like classics?Quality, craftsmanship, & simplicity. And, nostalgia. Moreover, I feel that I am much more one with the sky, using traditional, non computerized, no-go systems. I feel that there is a zen to being a visual observer with a traditional refractor that affords me an experience like no other. I love knowing the sky and navigating my way to an object using time-tested means.
Quote:Joe - all my scopes have dual axis drive control and a hand controller, but the box was built in the early 80's. No goto or RS-232 ports for any of them, just On/Off
Quote:Not all Go to scopes work like that Joe. Just those one arm bandits that Celestron and Meade sell. Most decent go to mounts have cluthces that allow one to push the scope if needed. There are many nights I do not use the Go TO feature of the CGE or the Losamandy and I just push the scope where I want to look. However, it sure is nice to have those motors on both axis when you want to keep an object centered when that polar alignement was not done when you set the mount up. The GO TO feature of these mounts have allowed me to see more of the universe in one night then I have ever done before in many nights of star hopping.It is simply amazing. If you have never tried it you are in for a real treat.
"You would think that I am wiser after traveling around the Sun 62 times."
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12" DSH 8" f/4 Vega MakNewt
Binoculars: 10x50 Simmons
Telescopes: Galileoscope, Tasco 6TE-5, iOptron f/5 80mm
Eyepieces: 5mm TMB Planetary, 9mm Burgess SWA, 17mm Sirius Plossl, 32mm TV plossl, 40mm Celestron plossl
Quote:oh oh back to cars again
Inventor of the Herschel Wedgie. Watch your back.
Astronomy - The World's Second-Oldest Profession.
"You don't know Swift from Astrola." -C.H.-