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Connor Walls
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What scope do you bring to star parties?
      #5458647 - 10/06/12 11:55 PM

I have a 12" Dob, but I think that I will just borrow a 6" Dob from the local observatory and bring it to the next star party that I attend. The 12" is great at home when I want to get some close views of the moon and planets, but for star parties (the 2 I attend are in blue zones), I find that I really don't need all that aperture, and that a 6" is more than enough. I think the 6" will just be much more laid back and casual. Just curious to see what types of scopes you guys usually bring along, if you switch it up, etc.

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: Connor Walls]
      #5458674 - 10/07/12 12:20 AM

i bring the biggest scope i have (16" dob). if i'm going to a dark site i will most likely be going after the dimmer objects that i cannot see from my home in the city - so i want all the help i can get from the larger aperature.

however, next star party i attend i will bring my new 5 inch refractor too. can't wait to get it to a dark site.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: Connor Walls]
      #5458715 - 10/07/12 01:31 AM

Quote:

The 12" is great at home when I want to get some close views of the moon and planets, but for star parties (the 2 I attend are in blue zones), I find that I really don't need all that aperture, and that a 6" is more than enough.




"...don't need all that aperature". Man, I don't get that. That's kinda like saying you're going moose hunting, but you're going to take a BB gun and leave your moose gun at home. Take the biggest telescope you can and use all of that aperature to take advantage of dark skies that you don't usually get to take advantage of. I take an 18" Obsession. My 4" refractor stays at home.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5458730 - 10/07/12 01:52 AM

Quote:

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The 12" is great at home when I want to get some close views of the moon and planets, but for star parties (the 2 I attend are in blue zones), I find that I really don't need all that aperture, and that a 6" is more than enough.




"...don't need all that aperature". Man, I don't get that. That's kinda like saying you're going moose hunting, but you're going to take a BB gun and leave your moose gun at home. Take the biggest telescope you can and use all of that aperature to take advantage of dark skies that you don't usually get to take advantage of. I take an 18" Obsession. My 4" refractor stays at home.




It's just that when I bring along the big scope, it feels like more of a hassle. I probably spend more time adjusting my observing chair and messing with the scope itself than anything. I do astronomy as a hobby, so the second it starts to become a pain, I have to rethink things. When I'm at home, I don't mind fiddling with things, adjusting the chair, and all the stuff, because I'm not on a time limit. When I'm in dark skies though, every second is precious. I can't tell you how many people I have seen at star parties over the last couple of years who spend the majority of their night simply trying to get their equipment to work properly, and barely any of it actually observing. I just never got that. If I do happen to develop aperture fever while I'm there, I'm friends with the guy who owns the big 18", so I can always steal a few peaks through his scope.

Edited by Connor Walls (10/07/12 02:02 AM)


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: Connor Walls]
      #5458917 - 10/07/12 08:07 AM

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I can't tell you how many people I have seen at star parties over the last couple of years who spend the majority of their night simply trying to get their equipment to work properly, and barely any of it actually observing.




the dark site is not the place to figure out how to use your equipment. do that before you (or the people you are talking about) get to the dark site. problem solved.

anyway, there is no right or wrong size scope; if you prefer / enjoy a 6" then that is what you should use. by the way, can i have your 12 inch? i am a scope ho.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: maltydog]
      #5459009 - 10/07/12 09:43 AM

Depends on what you mean by a "star party."

If I am going to an in-town star party for the public, I take a driven refractor or a small 8 inch dob. I usually also take a driven refractor equipped with a video eyepiece and 21 inch monitor to show off the moon.

WHen I am going remote to a dark sky, I take the 12.5 inch Dob.

I don;t get the "taking more time adjusting the observing chair, etc....." Yes, it takes more time to set up the 12.5 inch dob than the 8 inch, but even the 12.5 is ready to go in about fifteen minutes. And once ready, it runs all night--no adjustments needed.

Just remember the adage: The best scope is the one that gets used." So, take what you feel you will use. But, really, the time taken to setup and management of a 12 inch scope is not a whole lot different than that of a six.

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: Alex McConahay]
      #5459164 - 10/07/12 11:39 AM

My usual scope at home (downtown Toronto) is a 6" solid tube newt that is quick and easy to take outside, and well optimised for the Moon. Last summer I took both it and my 12" truss tube newt to a star party. Although the optics are superior in the 6", I found myself spending all my time with the 12". Truth is, for me at least, aperture rules. Of course, it also depends on the target. When I'm in dark skies, I like to look at faint fuzzies, so the light bucket wins.

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: Connor Walls]
      #5459192 - 10/07/12 11:57 AM Attachment (19 downloads)

I bring my 16" Lightbridge for observing at star parties. If I am going to my club's site I usually just setup the 17.5" that is stored there.
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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: bherv]
      #5459380 - 10/07/12 02:31 PM

I take my 16" and several binoculars. If I feel like taking in the big picture - I use the binos. If I want to see the faint fuzzies then I use the 16 (which I leave set up for the duration, covered when not in use). I had it set up for 3 nights at okie-tex.

Regardless, I usually take the above and leave the small scopes at home.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: Don Taylor]
      #5459445 - 10/07/12 03:18 PM

Hmmm, now you guys are making me reconsider lol

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: Connor Walls]
      #5459495 - 10/07/12 03:58 PM

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The 12" is great at home when I want to get some close views of the moon and planets, but for star parties (the 2 I attend are in blue zones), I find that I really don't need all that aperture, and that a 6" is more than enough.




"...don't need all that aperature". Man, I don't get that. That's kinda like saying you're going moose hunting, but you're going to take a BB gun and leave your moose gun at home. Take the biggest telescope you can and use all of that aperature to take advantage of dark skies that you don't usually get to take advantage of. I take an 18" Obsession. My 4" refractor stays at home.




It's just that when I bring along the big scope, it feels like more of a hassle. I probably spend more time adjusting my observing chair and messing with the scope itself than anything. I do astronomy as a hobby, so the second it starts to become a pain, I have to rethink things. When I'm at home, I don't mind fiddling with things, adjusting the chair, and all the stuff, because I'm not on a time limit. When I'm in dark skies though, every second is precious. I can't tell you how many people I have seen at star parties over the last couple of years who spend the majority of their night simply trying to get their equipment to work properly, and barely any of it actually observing. I just never got that. If I do happen to develop aperture fever while I'm there, I'm friends with the guy who owns the big 18", so I can always steal a few peaks through his scope.




Conner, why are you having to fiddle with your scope? It would be a good idea to check the telescope to make sure it is in good mechanical condition--nuts and bolts secure, secondary mirror centered, that sort of thing. Are you comfortable with your collimation technique? Practice your technique at home so that you're comfortable with it in the field.

I really don't mean to sound like I'm giving you a hard time about your choice of telescopes, but if you're having to constantly fiddle with your 12" telescope, then something is amiss. On the other hand, if you simply feel that the 6" telescope is more fun to use, then that is your choice. BTW, most of the rest of us practice astronomy as a hobby too.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5459563 - 10/07/12 04:45 PM

Collimation is fine. Aligning the intelliscope base is alright, but I can never get it to hit objects dead on, but it usually at least gets me in the general area. The hand controller is a pain in colder weather. After about 2 hours the screen on it is so dim that it is impossible to read. I've read stories about many others having problems with their intelliscope controllers doing this in cold weather, so I know it is a common thing, but it is still pretty annoying. I guess when it comes down to it, like I said earlier, I'm just more of a planet and moon person. I'm happy with just staying with the Messiers when doing deep sky stuff, never really felt the need to hunt down these elusive galaxies that some do.

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: Connor Walls]
      #5459596 - 10/07/12 05:15 PM

Rex brings up a good point that can apply to what you bring to a star party, in general.

Bring equipment with which you are familiar, is comfortable for you, and will simply work. If you aren't familiar, go to an observing site some night or weekend prior to a star party and do a shakedown of all of your equipment (including camping equipment, if you are camping). This makes the star party experience much better since you'll be fretting over the equipment less and enjoying the event more.

Also, it does not hurt to have a plan B in case something goes wrong.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: bicparker]
      #5460717 - 10/08/12 02:06 PM

I have a 5x8 trailer for hauling and sleeping so I bring several scopes. Some are for imaging and a couple for observing. For observing at a dark site I like a big dob and an APO refractor. The high contrast of a very dark site will make all your scopes work better.

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: JMW]
      #5460735 - 10/08/12 02:18 PM

I'd love to take out my new big bucket... but the haze/clouds which have accompanied each new Moon since I got it, seem to be hanging around still. I don't know if that phenomena is a function of aperture or what.

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: omahaastro]
      #5460783 - 10/08/12 02:56 PM

I bring all of mine Or at least it seems that way.

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: DeanS]
      #5461283 - 10/08/12 09:15 PM

For the past 2 years: 20-inch Dob *and* 5-inch APO on CG-5 mount, plus 20x80 binocs on parallelogram mount. Prior to that, just the Dob and binocs. That’s for a ‘visual’ trip. For imaging I take the RC10 and/or 5-inch APO, MI-250 mount, plus CCD stuff. PST and white-light filter for daytime solar. Handwarmers to keep me and sometimes eyepieces warm, plus dew/frost control heaters.

I often have an observing buddy who comes along with no scope, so he helps with set-up, etc, etc. We’ve had our share of “flakey equipment moments” needing some field repairs, but never enough of a problem to ruin an observing run. I too like simple equipment that just “gets out of the way” while observing.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: George N]
      #5461291 - 10/08/12 09:21 PM

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...... We’ve had our share of “flakey equipment moments” needing some field repairs.....




We've also had our share of "flakey astronomer moments" when someone hits a wrong button and the scope does what we told it to do, and not what we *wanted* it to do!


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: George N]
      #5461668 - 10/09/12 07:06 AM

it all depends on what I want to see-my goals- for the specific star party
(a one night local party for the public is very different from a week long star party under very dark skies)
but usually I have specific goals, sometimes just causal viewing
and I take the optics best suited for the job for the occasion

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5461800 - 10/09/12 09:39 AM

I bring the NS11GPS and a small step ladder (the kind with a grab bar at the top that you normally would use in a kitchen).

It tracks, it's normally low enough for most adults to use (the ladder is for seniors and kids), the diagonal can easily be twisted to the side to help with folks viewing, it has GOTO because I suck at that, and it's big enough to bring in some faint fuzzy details. I recently added Wi-Fi to it so I can control it from the laptop or iPad wirelessly; pretty amazing the wow factor for the public that gives you. Eye candy on the screen and a 007 kinda control on the scope. A lot of folks eat that up giving astronomy a cool factor that M13 seems to lack.

I tried the dob, with no tracking and too high of an eye piece I got few takers.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: rboe]
      #5462040 - 10/09/12 12:31 PM

Ron,
You are talking about what you take to public star parties, right?

What do you take out to the dark sites for your own observing?


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: rboe]
      #5463969 - 10/10/12 02:37 PM

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...... I tried the dob, with no tracking and too high of an eye piece I got few takers.




A non-tracking Dob is a bad idea for most public outreach, unless we are talking small groups that show up intermittingly. I’ve exhausted myself a few times going up and down a ladder for hours to re-center objects for the public. This is one of the major reasons I keep considering installing a drive on my 20-inch Dob.

However, I thought that this thread was about big star parties, like TSP, not public outreach. At such events you can expect most folks who show up to look thru your scope to know how to use a PushTo Dob.

My personal experience at Stellafane and Cherry Springs with a 5-inch APO and a 20-inch Dob: 90% of the people who show up want to look thru the Dob and the refractor mostly sits unused.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: George N]
      #5464174 - 10/10/12 05:36 PM

David; Alas; I now use the NS11GPS for non-outreach star parties as I can't lift the dob into the car without scratching the car all up. With luck I can rebuild it (I seem to be on the twenty year plan) and make it lighter so I can use it again.

My interest has been superceeded by motorcycles as of late so the occasional outreach is all I do. For Halloween I'll I'll have the SS-127mm refractor in the driveway.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: George N]
      #5566406 - 12/11/12 06:22 PM

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For the past 2 years: 20-inch Dob *and* 5-inch APO on CG-5 mount, plus 20x80 binocs on parallelogram mount. Prior to that, just the Dob and binocs. That’s for a ‘visual’ trip. For imaging I take the RC10 and/or 5-inch APO, MI-250 mount, plus CCD stuff. PST and white-light filter for daytime solar. Handwarmers to keep me and sometimes eyepieces warm, plus dew/frost control heaters.

I often have an observing buddy who comes along with no scope, so he helps with set-up, etc, etc. We’ve had our share of “flakey equipment moments” needing some field repairs, but never enough of a problem to ruin an observing run. I too like simple equipment that just “gets out of the way” while observing.




That sounds like the best of all worlds.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: Ziggy943]
      #5566895 - 12/12/12 01:33 AM

A few years ago, my wife asked me why I took my scope (10" F6 Discovery) to star parties. She had noticed that I would set it up and then not use it. I was too busy talking with other people and looking through their scopes. I said that I took it to show that I wasn't a scope moocher. She said that they know me by now and either they like me or they don't. Taking the scope won't change anything. So we leave the scope at home and haul more camping gear.
More gear means a better experience for my wife. I'd much rather have her at the star party than my scope.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: MRoedel]
      #5567073 - 12/12/12 07:27 AM

" If " I ever go to one again, lol....itll be my 16 inch f/4.5 reflector.

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: MRoedel]
      #5567606 - 12/12/12 01:40 PM

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A few years ago, my wife asked me why I took my scope (10" F6 Discovery) to star parties. She had noticed that I would set it up and then not use it. I was too busy talking with other people and looking through their scopes. I said that I took it to show that I wasn't a scope moocher. She said that they know me by now and either they like me or they don't. Taking the scope won't change anything. So we leave the scope at home and haul more camping gear.
More gear means a better experience for my wife. I'd much rather have her at the star party than my scope.




You might want to consider bringing a light and inexpensive pair of 70mm binoculars – or something similar. Adding a parallelogram mount and something like the Pocket Sky Atlas would be nice too. Binoculars of this size make for a great treat at summer star parties. You or your wife can just sit in a lounge chair and scan the Milky Way. You can even add white-light filters for daytime solar. Binoculars also are great on those nights featuring sucker holes that tantalize at dark sky sites, but don’t play well with a telescope.


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: George N]
      #5568521 - 12/13/12 12:27 AM

I like to bring the 16-inch Lightbridge and a 6-inch refractor, but might consider just bringing the 10-inch dobsonian instead of the Lightbridge. That way, if the weather is cloudy, I can still use the refractor for daytime terrestrial viewing. Dave

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: David L]
      #5570926 - 12/14/12 02:25 PM

I usually bring my 14.5" Portaball with an eq platform and a Borg 101ED on a CG5 mount. The refractor is nice for wide fields, and P-ball for everything else.

I usually show my kids and their friends some things through my scopes until 11 or so, then they go to sleep in the tent and I wander around the field socializing and looking through the other guy's really big scopes (usually some 24"-28" ones at most of the big star parties). If I didn't have the kids, I might consider leaving my scopes at home and just mooching off of the big boys.

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: DeanS]
      #5606895 - 01/05/13 04:10 PM

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I bring all of mine Or at least it seems that way.




LOL Dean! I'm with you!

I bring my C-11/G11 combo which has a 70mm triplet piggy backed on it, I bring my ES127ED refractor on a CG5 mount, and I bring my 80mm binos on a parallelogram mount. If I owned a bigger Dob, I would bring that too!

The only thing about bringing more gear is to ensure you have enough time to setup, experience to use the gear, a routine to follow, and enough rest to break it all down properly! I've often experienced equipment problems, and having lots of options allows you to make the most of great, clear, and dark skies!


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: kreegan99]
      #5611308 - 01/08/13 02:13 AM

If it's on of the local star parties I bring an 8" f/6 Dob. or even an 80mm refractor if there are no planets. At a big star party like Black Forest, I bring a 12.5" f/5 Dob. Unless I have to travel by air, then it's a 6" f/5 DIY strut Dob.

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: rboe]
      #5611456 - 01/08/13 07:47 AM

I always bring my latest homemade scope. For me observing is a solitary pursuit. I go to star parties to talk telescopes with other telescope makers and users; I like to give them something to talk about.

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: RossSackett]
      #5618544 - 01/12/13 07:39 AM

sometime it is nice to just set in an easy chair
and view the sky naked eye,
or with wide angle binoculars
many times I have taken large optics
and not used them

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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5631630 - 01/19/13 01:51 PM

My first choice would be any of Ross Sackett's gorgeous instruments. Since the 2008 Sky and Telescope article on his work, I've used pictures of his single arm works of art as a rotating screen saver. However, that's just a dream.

My answer is not cut and dried, since 90+% of my "star party" participation is public outreach. But, I'll give it a shot.

1. The only organized star parties for astronomers I used to attend were the yearly All Arizona Star Party and All Arizona Messier Marathon. These were both about 70 driving miles from home, and I would stay from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning. Due to a variety of reasons, the location changed a few years ago such that they are now held about 180 miles away, and for physical and work reasons I can't seem to break away any more. However, I usually took only an 18" Tectron and then the 18" Teeter, although I often took the 10" SCT as well to do satellite tracking and daytime solar white light work.

2. Public outreach at schools require the 10" since I can set it to accomodate the age group and let it track. Several times a year we have solar observing outreach opportunities, in which case I may take only the Lunt H-Alpha, or I might also throw in the 10" and/or the 90mm, both with white light filters.

3. Public outreach at "all comers" events such as on the University of Arizona Mall, F.L. Whipple Observatory open houses, special events at Kitt Peak National Observatory, or the Pima County Parks and Recreation events in the Saguaro National Park, or our periodic support of night sessions for the University of Arizona astronomy students, has me bringing the 18" for the better flexibility on views and, frankly, shock and awe.

4. Public outreach at our local Catalina State Park three times a year has me bringing both the 10" and the 18". My wife will use the 10" on double stars and planets (she taught astronomy in high school for many years, but has retina defects in both eyes that prevent her from focusing on eyepiece views at night).

5. For the Grand Canyon Star Party, I bring the whole arsenal. Last year I used the Lunt H-alpha during the day for solar, and set up the 18" for granddaughter Karina to run, the 10" for granddaughter Jessica, and the 90mm for grandson Stephen. Five people, four scopes, all the support and baggage, plus tables and rubylith and cardboard for windows and light blocks - I think Eisenhower sent less stuff to Normandy.

6. We have an upcoming outreach/star party sponsored by Astronomy magazine all day and night at Pima Community College.

Astronomy Magazine Public Star Party

Grandson Stephen will come down from Colorado Springs and help out. I know I'll bring the 18" and the Lunt for sure, and will try to finish his training on the 90mm and 10" the week prior to the event so I'll have one of those two as well.

7. For plain old monthly club star parties, just the 18".


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Re: What scope do you bring to star parties? new [Re: Skylook123]
      #5650961 - 01/29/13 07:08 PM

If you are talking about several day destination star parties, I bring the LOT!

I have a 5x8 cargo trailer I modified for star parties. I bring a 20F5 Obsession and TEC 140 for visual. I bring a SV115T, AT65EDQ and C11EdgeHD for imaging. It's nice having a variety of focal lengths for imaging different targets. I like a good triplet refractor to go along with a big dob for viewing. Some day I will get a faster big aperture dob that doesn't require a ladder.

For public star parties I will bring a dob and a refractor if the site is dark, otherwise I just bring the refractor. I have brought up to 3 scopes to a public star party but its a bit of work keeping 3 scopes on targets. Even more so if your are tending an 8 foot ladder for the public.


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