These days I think a lot about upgrading the size of my telescope. I used a 8" Newtonian for almost 4 years now and I am still amazed, I am capable of finding some very faint targets and have great results with averted vision. But.. a 12" mirror would help me so much, I dream about that extra light gathering to reveal more of the DSOs.
But the more I think about the details of such project, the more I realize it's not just a matter of buying a 12", the tracking issue is bothering me quite a bit as I currently use a very effective GEM to track and sketch all the time.
With a 12" manual Dobson based Newtonian, the equatorial platform is mandatory and the Chinese melamine dobson base with tracking won't cut it for me even if the technology is amazing. My idea would be to get a manual 12" dob with a home made EQ platform, perhaps like the Explore Scientific 12" trust dobson that looks small enough to fit on the back seat of my Honda Civic once dismantled. It looks much smaller then the heavy Skywatcher Synscan base as well as the Orion goto heavy bases for their solid tubes.
My main problem is with the EQ platform, my observation spots, most of them, the ground is uneven or with rocks, so I wonder if anyone invented a way to level the equatorial platform on uneven terrain. I can browse the Internet and look at a multitude of similar equatorial platform but none of them can be used on uneven ground, they are meant to be used on a cement slab, I don't have such luxurious terrain unfortunately.
Anyone having the same issue and have ideas to install the EQplatform on uneven terrain? An all terrain equatorial platform
Edited by N3p, 26 April 2019 - 12:08 AM.