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#1 Deep13

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 03:50 AM

Here are some reasons why reflectors are the best telescopes:
-mirror aids in high-magnification shaving.
-cats enjoy sleeping in the tube
-sonotube scopes make good push-pin message boards
-rotating dob makes a great merry-go-round for children
-truss dobs make good daytime bird habitat and feeder location
-collimation is such fun!
-big Newt is excuse to buy long-desired minivan
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 04:34 AM

I refer you to your avatar quote.   smile.gif


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 04:36 AM

  • Trunnions make them look like cannon.
  • They are effective at blinding novices who gleefully ask to look at the enemy Moon.  flame.gif
  • $500 buys a scope that will blow the doors off a $5,000 refractor set up for visual. 
  • One doesn't need financing just to buy the mount that will hold it. 
  • Observing 17th mag galaxies and 18th mag stars is exhilarating...granted this is for a large reflector.
  • 15th magnitude objects are often recorded as "bright."
  • The only battery needed for most of the year is connected to a fan. 
  • A Telrad doesn't look oversized or out of place on a reflector.
  • You enjoy counting how many times you hear, "Oh my God!" during public outreach when someone looks at M51 or Saturn or Jupiter or a number of other "bright and beautiful" objects.  ubetcha.gif
  • It is fun to show experienced observers things they have never seen before, or didn't realize were visual objects.

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 05:50 AM

The pleasure in paraphrasing Crocodile Dundee, confronted by a punk flaunting a 6-inch apo; typical dialogue goes something like this: "That's not a telescope... That's a telescope!" ... [punks run off in panick and shame]... "Just kids havin' fun! ... You alright?"  "I'm always alright when I'm with you, Dey!"

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 07:16 AM

The large ones fit that space where no other furnitures seems appropriate. 


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 08:13 AM

AND you get to have something big in glistening carbon fiber RIGHT in your livingroomwaytogo.gif



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Posted 14 February 2019 - 08:17 AM

They're a lot easier to move around the yard dodging trees and houses than refractor on a good sized EQ mount.
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 09:13 AM

lol.gif  Did someone get lost? This is the reflector forum, right?


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 01:37 PM

The pleasure in paraphrasing Crocodile Dundee, confronted by a punk flaunting a 6-inch apo; typical dialogue goes something like this: "That's not a telescope... That's a telescope!" ... [punks run off in panick and shame]... "Just kids havin' fun! ... You alright?"  "I'm always alright when I'm with you, Dey!"

Nice paraphrase Tom!

And to continue with Crocodile Dundee II for your scope...

 

Leader of a gang says,"What are your odds of observing tonight?"

Dundee,"Fair."

Gang member " Yeah, but what are the odds of seeing an 18th magnitude star?"

Dundee,"Better than average."

Dundee throws an eyepiece at the gang member, parting his hair as it sticks into the wall !


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 01:51 PM

They're a lot easier to move around the yard dodging trees and houses than refractor on a good sized EQ mount.

ubetcha.gif  "They see me rollin', they hatin' " rockon.gif

 

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 02:20 PM

Trees?  What might they be?

 

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 02:29 PM

 

Trees?  What might they be?

 

 
 
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Unprocessed telescope raw material. 

 

 

Clear skies!
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#13 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 02:51 PM

Unprocessed telescope raw material. 

 

 

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You mean sand?  We have plenty of that.. 

 

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 04:22 PM

Apparently in Dobsonian form and left pointing at the zenith the average dog considers then in almost immediate need of scent marking. shocked.gif shocked.gif shocked.gif


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 05:24 PM

Apparently in Dobsonian form and left pointing at the zenith the average dog considers then in almost immediate need of scent marking. shocked.gif shocked.gif shocked.gif

As do male cats. 

 

 

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 12:04 AM

The ultimate proof reflectors are best;

There are half as many pages of ads in CN classifieds for reflectors compared to either Cats or Refractors. Seems to me people buy reflectors and keep them. Reflectors must have higher customer satisfaction.

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 03:15 AM

Climbing ladder to reach the eyepiece is great practice for climbing Mt. Everest.
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Posted 15 February 2019 - 10:06 AM

For viewing free of false color, you need state of the art lenses made of exotic materials, coated for maximum transmission, ray-traced baffling, just the right focal length...or, you know, a bigger scope with mirrors instead of lenses for a tenth the price.
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Posted 15 February 2019 - 10:49 AM

 

Trees?  What might they be?

 

 
 
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Ha ha!  Lucky dog.

 

So Jon, how many times has that power line been right,smack in the middle of way when you want to view something towards zenith? grin.gif

 

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 11:09 AM

Ha ha!  Lucky dog.

 

So Jon, how many times has that power line been right,smack in the middle of way when you want to view something towards zenith? grin.gif

 

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Jeff:

 

The power line is rarely an issue.  The power line is probably only a couple of inches in diameter.  With the 16 inch, that's less than a 10% drop, not really significant.  The power pole gets in the way more often.  The power pole is about 8 inches in diameter which means with the 16 inch or the 22 inch,  I still see around it but the finder doesn't... that's the biggest issue.

 

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 11:50 AM

Reflectors are best because refractors can ride on them, and not the other way around. :)

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 12:02 PM

A few years ago, I was observing M13 with a TV101. Very nice. High contrast and sharp appearance. No diffraction spikes.

Decided to compare it to my 8" sonotube Dob. Huh, theres a really tiny galaxy next to M13.

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 01:24 PM

The ultimate proof reflectors are best;

There are half as many pages of ads in CN classifieds for reflectors compared to either Cats or Refractors. Seems to me people buy reflectors and keep them. Reflectors must have higher customer satisfaction.

Scott

Or nobody wants to box them up and ship them. 


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 09:22 PM

Metal tube Dobs look like hot water heaters, creating the appearance of that high falutin indoor plumbing.



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Posted 15 February 2019 - 11:39 PM

Or nobody wants to box them up and ship them. 

Hmm, okay you may have a point...




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