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#26 ChancesFate

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 07:23 PM

All the smart people have spoken so I will just let them handle the hard questions.   When I first started this hobby I came in head hanging down saying I’ll never see anything.   I was trying to see Saturn but couldn’t resolve it at all it looked like a star.   I moved my cheap scope to the front yard and tried again and behold there she was in all her glory.  I was looking at those beautiful rings.   Scratched head wondering what did I do different.   Hmmm first time I was looking at a star when I moved to the front I didn’t have to look over a tree.  So I was looking in the wrong spot.  Practice a lot.   Don’t always wait for a perfect night, those are far and few between for most of us.   Make friends with the moon when it is out we tend to overlook it or hate it for spoiling our darkness.   Be cautious getting advice from where you buy things unless it’s one of the big companies.   These boards are a wonderful resource.   Good luck.



#27 tony_spina

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:02 PM

It's in the OP's first thread, looks to be a generic inexpensive prism, like an unmarked Celestron

 

 

.https://www.cloudyni...p/#entry9555478

I didn't see the picture in that thread but I looked at another thread in which she posted 5 pictures.   The diagonal looks really low end. Looks to be all plastic.  These type of diagonals will degrade the view.  

 

You don't need to spend a lot, but I recommend getting something better

 

Here is an example from Ebay.   I have a couple and are all metal

 

https://www.ebay.com...redirect=mobile



#28 Mike W.

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:49 PM

yeah, I linked the wrong thread, but no matter, I was thinking maybe a GSO or Orion Dielectric mirror.



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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:52 PM

yes I agree Mike. 



#30 Mike W.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:57 AM

Also the eye relief thing, plossl's aren't really known for their eye relief.

 

I read an article a short time ago about the southern night skies, I think we got the hand me down half of the universe to view here,,,,,,,,

 

Stare cluster's with literally no dust or pollution to dull the view,,,,,,,,,, that 120 and Televue Nagler 7 T6 or 5.T6,

 

Then TV UHC and go Nebula hunting,,,,,,,,,,

 

Something like that could take almost a lifetime,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

 

I mean really, all you need is money shocked.gif


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