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rnc39560
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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: rnc39560]
      #5992836 - 07/27/13 11:35 AM

I meant z8!! Sorry. Lol...

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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: rnc39560]
      #5992840 - 07/27/13 11:37 AM

I meant z8! Sorry... Lol...

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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: rnc39560]
      #5992862 - 07/27/13 11:50 AM

lol, it won't be your only purchase, that's for sure. Some good eyepieces down the road will be the next thing to buy. Most important thing is to get time behind the EP, learn your scope and the night sky. A pair of binos work great too. I use cheap Walmart 10x50 binos to learn new constellations and star hop.

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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: rnc39560]
      #5992864 - 07/27/13 11:52 AM

You are one lucky hombre! Very dark skies and a willing spousal unit. You are going to love the DSOs. Plan on buying a good O-III filter. The views of things like the Lagoon, Trifid, Omega, and Veil Nebulae will blow you away.

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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: AstroTatDad]
      #5992875 - 07/27/13 12:02 PM

Sorry to but in, good informative reply's and also gives me some new targets.

So Jeff, you saw the ISS through your scope and a Dob at that...Wow. Did you see any shape to it? I sure would like to try that in my 8" SCT. I think it will track it to, so need to look into it.

Bob


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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5992919 - 07/27/13 12:25 PM

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it won't be your only purchase, that's for sure.




So true. I started out with binoculars to "test the waters" and see if I would actually like astronomy. It wasn't until the Total Lunar Eclipse on Dec 21st, 2010 that I realized I really wanted a telescope. I talked myself into an Omni XLT 102 after a while, and I learned a LOT with this scope. I learned that I am very sensitive to CA. I also discovered how fun the pursuit of the Messier objects are, so I bought a 10" Dob. Then comes the filters, the eyepieces, the solar film for my refractor. As you discover your habits and favorite objects, you'll begin personalizing and buying to fit your needs. After all I have, i'm now in the market for a 4" APO for Grab and Go and quick peeks; there's always something to buy.


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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: rnc39560]
      #5993219 - 07/27/13 03:55 PM

One piece of advice I don't see mentioned yet: Get a Telrad!

I am a beginner w/ a Z8 and a very dark home base. I opted for the $600 bundle mainly for the Z100 eyepiece, which I do probably use more than any other EP. But the Telrad that came with the bundle is essential for me. I fumbled with just he RACI finder for the first few nights of viewing, not understanding what the Telrad was going to do for me. When I finally stuck the Telrad on the scope, my ability to find DSOs went up 1000%. I seldom use anything else.

Hayneedle sells the Telrad for about $40, and there is at least one other similar product that does about the same job. Information is pretty to find on laser finders here and elsewhere.


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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: Usquebae]
      #5993473 - 07/27/13 07:02 PM

Lol... I've heard that from another on here who highly recommended that.I will be sure to check it out and do so.I love being able to get experienced input without having to do trial and error too much! Thank you...

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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: rnc39560]
      #5993494 - 07/27/13 07:26 PM

I could not survive without my Telrad.

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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: Billytk]
      #5993595 - 07/27/13 08:29 PM

+1!

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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5993737 - 07/27/13 10:01 PM

Watched the demo on YouTube. Looks really good! I like it.

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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: REC]
      #5993777 - 07/27/13 10:32 PM

Quote:

Sorry to but in, good informative reply's and also gives me some new targets.

So Jeff, you saw the ISS through your scope and a Dob at that...Wow. Did you see any shape to it? I sure would like to try that in my 8" SCT. I think it will track it to, so need to look into it.

Bob




Hey Bob,

Oh yeah.. ISS looks pretty good, depending on it's pass. You can see the solar array panels and everything. it takes some practice do it manually. But I find it easy to do with a Dob, years ago I use to use my classic LX10 Meade 8"sct with a video camera. I used a PVC pipe attached to the OTA to guide/follow lol. The footage wasn't the best, very shacky, but I was able to capture some freez frames. Unfortunately those images are gone due to my apartment being broken in too, they took my laptop back 2007.

There is a few programs out there to use on goto scopes, but I think your LS8 has that built in?

Pretty fun viewing satellites, iss and hst.. I have a lot of apps and software and online sites I use but lately I just been using Satellite Safari, great app by the way.


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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: Billytk]
      #5993789 - 07/27/13 10:35 PM

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I could not survive without my Telrad.




wow can't believe I didn't mention the Telrad yep yep.. Telrad is great.


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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: AstroTatDad]
      #5993978 - 07/28/13 12:54 AM

You can see the ISS with the 8" dob?

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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: rnc39560]
      #5993987 - 07/28/13 01:01 AM

Also, in my searching the websites for info and pricing, I see a "focus mask" is it just for AP? What is its purpose? Just curious.

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Re: Zhumell z8 [Re: rnc39560]
      #5993990 - 07/28/13 01:04 AM

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Also, in my searching the websites for info and pricing, I see a "focus mask" is it just for AP? What is its purpose? Just curious.




Indeed, it's an AP toy. You can read more here if you're curious how it works.


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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: StrangeDejavu]
      #5994049 - 07/28/13 02:03 AM

Thank you, Mitch.

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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: AstroTatDad]
      #5994475 - 07/28/13 10:30 AM

Hey Jeff,

Cool that you can see panels ect. I believe my LS8 does have a satellite tracking mode and will even set off an alarm to start tracking it. I'll have to do some research on this so I can find some. The ISS moves pretty fast across the sky. What overall EP and power do you use? I would think medium to low with a wide FOV might help?

Thanks,

Bob


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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: REC]
      #5995426 - 07/28/13 08:27 PM

Hey Bob,

I'm not familiar with the LS and yes depending on altitude of Satellites they can move pretty fast. I was tracking a R/B "space junk" a few nights ago it was moving along very slow. It's really fun, there is s lot of Satellites and space junk up there, give it ago test it on some satellites that way when you get a nice ISS pass you will have it down.

Lately I have been using my Hyperion zoom 8-24mm EP, that took a while to get use to as well. I would have it at 24-20mm to get the objects in view and with one hand on the tube I would guide/follow and with other hand zoom in and out with the Hyperion. Trust me it's harder at higher magnificents lol. I have had it at 8mm "150" on the ISS and get awesome view of it, but it's easy to lose it at that high of mag. But I will just zoom back out to get it back in my view, what I do before chasing objects I will set my focus sharp as I can get it at 8mm "150" that way when I'm zooming in and out it will be in close focus.

Edited by AstroTatDad (07/28/13 08:29 PM)


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Re: Zhumell z8 new [Re: AstroTatDad]
      #5995636 - 07/28/13 10:16 PM

Welcome to CN!

thats a good trick jeff with the zoom ill have to try that!

regarding the focus mask, its not just for astrophotos. Sometimes it can be difficult getting perfect focus especially on certain objects or if your scope has a longer settle time (time it takes to stop shaking after you touch it). Been meaning to get or make one sometime!


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