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#1 Katydid.mc

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 05:39 PM

Hello,

 

I received a free telescope today but it's missing some essentials and I don't know how to find the parts that I need. I was hoping someone here could point me in the right direction. 

 

It's a Deep Space Hunter 6-inch f/8 Newtonian. I need to get an eye piece and a scope but am at a loss of where to start looking for them. 

 

Thank you in advance for the help! 



#2 vtornado

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 05:43 PM

A 32mm plossl and a 8-24 zoom gets most of your bases covered, with two eyepieces.


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Posted 16 January 2021 - 05:54 PM

32mm Plossl is good for low power. From there you could get a zoom or fixed eyepieces, like say Astrotech Paradigm 12mm and 8mm. Probably want a collimation tool also.

You say you need a scope? For your scope? Like it is missing the Finderscope?

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 05:56 PM

For eyepieces probably a 32mm, 20mm, and 12mm would be a good start

 

https://www.astronom...iece_series=482

 

When you say "scope" you mean a small finder scope?

 

https://www.telescop...ord=finder 6x30



#5 JtxBoar

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 05:59 PM

I use a 30mm and 20mm GSO Superview eyepieces before upping magnification with good results. 

 

Just like SeattleScott said, do you mean a finder scope? If so, I use a 8x50 RACI. 



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Posted 16 January 2021 - 06:01 PM

I have often found good used equipment here on the CN classified pages; give it a look.  You might want to use a red dot finder instead of (or in addition to) a finder scope. 



#7 Katydid.mc

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 06:17 PM

Wow, thank you so much for all of your quick and informative responses! I'm feeling more and more excited about this new venture. 

 

Sorry for using the incorrect terminology. I'm not sure what it's actually called, but it's whatever connects to rectangular part that's next to where the eyepiece goes. I'll try to upload an image!



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Posted 16 January 2021 - 06:21 PM

Wow, thank you so much for all of your quick and informative responses! I'm feeling more and more excited about this new venture. 

 

Sorry for using the incorrect terminology. I'm not sure what it's actually called, but it's whatever connects to rectangular part that's next to where the eyepiece goes. I'll try to upload an image!

Don't apologize for terminology.  We all started out the same way, and this is the most helpful and understanding on-line community I have ever seen.

 

Good luck getting it all together quickly.  You are going to enjoy that scope.


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Posted 16 January 2021 - 06:25 PM

Hello,

 

I received a free telescope today but it's missing some essentials and I don't know how to find the parts that I need. I was hoping someone here could point me in the right direction. 

 

It's a Deep Space Hunter 6-inch f/8 Newtonian. I need to get an eye piece and a scope but am at a loss of where to start looking for them. 

 

Thank you in advance for the help! 

Welcome to Cloudy Nights!

To answer your actual question, there are several places where you can find what you are looking for.  Here are a few but there are many more.  This short list is not all inclusive.  This list is in alphabetical order.  I’ll leave it to others for their recommendations on what to get. 
Agena Astro Products…https://agenaastro.com/
Anacortes…https://www.buytelescopes.com/
Astronomics (they are the owner of “Cloudy Nights”) …https://www.astronomics.com/
Cloud Break Optics…https://cloudbreakoptics.com/
Orion Telescopes & Binoculars… https://www.telescop...Orion/2160.home
OPT…https://optcorp.com/...CFdcZgQodezwBeQ
ScopeStuff…http://www.scopestuff.com/

 

I think you're going top have a lot of fun! waytogo.gif

Mark


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#10 SeattleScott

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 08:18 PM

Another option for a finderscope is Telrad or Rigel. Rigel is especially valuable if weight is an issue. Sure a 8x50 RACI would be nice but these old scopes weren’t designed for those so it could throw off balance. Something to consider anyway.

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 10:03 PM

If I remember correctly, that telescope has a 2" eyepiece tube. Buy a 2" kit that Celestron makes here. It will allow you to enter the world of different magnifications, filters for color and it includes a 45° adapter to make it easier to see things. The other simple thing I would suggest is a Telrad viewfinder as I think some others suggest. It is a simple plate that you look through but unlike a small scope it allows you to see "around" if you move your eye, kinda like a CQB combat eyepiece. Yes, it is expensive for the kit at $350 but you will get all you need. Ignore ANYONE that tells you that you MUST buy $$$$ optics(I still use 3 of these optics in the kit after 30 years). A question for you. Does this telescope and mount have an electric motor and an ability to find specific objects or is it a simple tripod??




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