First post in quite some time… Have had a pretty long lapse in my astronomy passion. Getting everything back out of storage boxes, dusting off the books and atlases and getting going again. I'm retiring at the end of the month! I own an Orion 10XTi now. It sits in my bedroom corner and has started whispering to me as I slide into bed each night. Bought a set of Oberwork 17X50’s and mounted them on my Bodkin tripod setup to start looking up again. Gives the wife a toy to use too when I’m observing.
Spent most of my observing years in SE Alaska. Astronomy in a rain forest for 20 years. Sometimes I have trouble catching on….
I’m thinking of buying a refractor to travel with. We take frequent long drives pursuing my other passion, chasing trout with my flyrod. I want a simple setup that will pack into the truck without taking up too much room.
Up in AK I owned an 8inch CAT. I still have a nice Feathertouch Focuser and an AT diagonal and a good full set of premium eyepieves. My first leaning, after lurking for and reading here for a month now, is a AT102ED and a AT Voyager II. I can put my diagonal to work, but not the focuser. So I’m thinking maybe I should be considering other refractor tube options since I already have this equipment and can put it to use.
I don’t mind paying for quality. Just as important as good visual quality is compactness for traveling and ease of setup for a grab and go when I’m not heading out to the glades with the DOB. I live in very light polluted skies. I think I would make the 45 minute drive to dark skies more often if I did not have to look forward to being a pack mule each time.
I will mention my most memorable observing nights with the 8 inch CAT had me turning the equatorial gears slowly, star hopping with a Teldrad and atlas. The Goto never seemed to live up to the “ease of use” claims. At least for me. I do also have a 9x50 RACI finder that I use with the DOB. Would be nice to be able to use it on the refractor too if that’s possible.
Anyway… any experienced observer think of a 3 to 4 inch refractor mount combo that makes sense for all the babbling I just put out there. I’m thinking why pay for a focuser when I already have good one. Appreciate any ideas to ponder.
Our next trip is early spring to NE Penn, near Cherry Springs. Made the cabin rental with trout in mind, not stars, but hey....
Edited by RBTinFL, 01 December 2020 - 04:42 PM.