I'm in line to get an AD10, but I've already started thinking ahead about what accessories I may want now and later.
Overall, my goal is to maximize quality of life and utility of existing tools before branching out into fancy new toys and eyepieces. That means, a way to carry my scope to my dark site and a place to sit once I get there; the tools needed to collimate my scope (laser for main, cheshire and knobs for secondary); a reticle to augment my "learning the sky"; and a barlow to aid laser collimation and get more mileage out of the supplied eyepieces. I think the BHZ will be a "soon" purchase, but not immediately for budgetary reasons to cover my mid-high power range. I'll then sit on that setup for a while, unless it's recommended to pick up some filters or get a better wide FOV/low-power EP for DSO.
Below are two lists, in terms of (what seems like) priority.
- Apertura AD10
- Orion Padded Case
- Bob's Knobs/Apertura secondary knobs
- Cheshire collimator
- Telrad (with mirrored dew shield?)/Rigel
- Starbound/CPRO-600 chair
- 2" GSO/Apertura Barlow
- Baader Hyperion Zoom mk IV
- Flocking paper
- UHC/H-Beta/OIII/Solar filter(s)
- Ed Jones/Tom O/Homebuilt EQ platform
The questions I have are numerous, but not overly complicated (I hope). Here they are, once again in order of priority:
- Are there special considerations on Cheshire collimators for a 10" dob? What's the difference between long and short ones? Do I actually need Glatter gear?
- Is there any advantage to Bob's Knobs over Apertura's secondary collimation knobs? They both seem to have the plastic head and similar design. And, are Bob's Knobs mirror springs really necessary, or is it just marketing?
- I read a lot about dew problems on Telrads, so it seems the mirrored dew shield would be a no-brainer. However, I'm also attracted to the idea of using the mirror for 90° finding, since I already have a RAIC with the AD10. Is this practical thinking? Or, should I just cheap out with the Rigel and make use of the increased clearance above the OTA?
- Starbound seems like the one to beat, but is it REALLY that big of a dump risk? Is there a cheaper option that works better with a 10" dob, since I probably don't need a chair that adjusts down to the ground?
- I thought Apertura basically WAS GSO, so why do their Barlow pieces unscrew for 1.5X (GSO) and 1.3X (Apertura)? Are they actually different? Sure look and cost the same...
- Should I go ahead and flock? What's the best flocking paper?
- Why are Ed Jones EQ platforms a fraction of the price of Tom O? They both offer dual-axis functionality, no? Would Ed's platform be less suitable for EAA/AP (such as it is on a dob)?
Hopefully this wasn't too much of a ramble. I greatly appreciate any advice!
Edited by thecelloronin, 29 December 2020 - 02:42 AM.