I have an 8" SCT, portable pier, Atlas mount, camera adapters, software, cables, and all sorts of doohickeys to attach. The problem is that it is such a process to set everything up.
I also have an Orion 102 ED that I only used once (I think). Sorry, it has been so long since I have set everything up (or even the scope). I think I bought the 102 as a guide scope and potentially a portable/viewing/photo scope.
I would like to use the Orion as a terrestrial scope with the ability to do some night time observing. This would be for vacations near the beach. I can see out on the ocean and we look for whales, boats, etc. My bino's are so-so and I would like to put the Orion up on an Alt/az mount.
I am going to get a 45* erect image diagonal for daytime use. For ease of use, I would also like to get a zoom eyepiece. This is all for day use when my kids (teens) might want to look through it. I am also trying to get them to look at something besides screens. I see different ( but similar) eyepieces. i.e. 8-24, 6.5-21, etc. Any recommendations? I prefer to spend under $100 for this one.
Now, for night time, I have a Dielectric mirror diagonal with 2" eyepieces. Can I get a couple of recommendations for the moon and brighter objects? I bought some eyepieces for my SCT without knowing what I was doing (nor asking questions) and ended up with some mistakes.
Not sure what else I will be able to see from the coast. Lots of atmosphere to look through and water vapor I assume...
2" eyepiece opinions for lunar/planetary?
714mm focal length F/7.