I’m dipping my toe into the world of viewing with the kids. Between looking and star charts and looking up into the sky and even having them becoming more aware of the weather, cloud cover, and moon phases it’s been already pretty rewarding. They’ve been pointing out Jupiter and Mars to anyone who will listen to them all summer, and now mars too.
Sooo i picked up a 6” dob mounted on an equatorial mount off Craigslist.
I realize the equatorial mount is a bit more challenging, but I’m never one to shy away from that and I wanted the motors so I could line stuff up and then be able to let the kids look in for longer times without me having to keep realigning it between each of them. It was also in my budget- a big plus when dealing with new hobbies and my better 3/4ers here in the home front.
ive got a 26mm pollosi lens and a really (really) cheap 8mm that was able to draw out a bit of detail on Mars last weekend, no ice cap but definitely the shading across the main areas.
no barllows yet.
I need to get a Collimation tool and was looking at getting the Orion Cheshire and steer clear of a lazer for now.
Ive got a bit more money I could spend.
I was thinking about getting the Orion 9x50 lighted right angle view finder to upgrade from the narrow field 6x30 that I’m assuming is the standard finder that came with it.
does that seem like a good place to invest a bit of cash or should I be holding out for eye pieces and filters?
thank you for the advice in advance