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What did you NOT observe with your classic telescope today?

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#101 mpsteidle

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Posted 29 April 2021 - 08:48 AM

I wish my 12.5" portaball was easier  to move.

I can taste the irony.


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Posted 29 April 2021 - 09:14 AM

I can taste the irony.

People have always had trouble moving their portaballs. One of the main reasons for not observing tonight with my classic telescope. lol.gif


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Posted 29 April 2021 - 09:24 AM

This is making me wish I still had my 12.5” f/6.3 with its specially selected Coulter full-thickness mirror. I wonder where that mirror is now. If I had it, I bet I would have observed something last night. 

Now it would be a trial getting that downstairs, unless.....

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Posted 29 April 2021 - 09:41 AM

LOL!  Exactly. I picture Laurel and Hardy moving the telescope - Acme Telescope Movers.


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Posted 29 April 2021 - 12:36 PM

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Posted 29 April 2021 - 06:11 PM

People have always had trouble moving their portaballs. One of the main reasons for not observing tonight with my classic telescope. lol.gif

I guess there is no way to use handles randle like a normal Dob. If i had to lift it i would never use it. At least i can roll my Obsession.



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Posted 29 April 2021 - 07:23 PM

I guess there is no way to use handles randle like a normal Dob. If i had to lift it i would never use it. At least i can roll my Obsession.

they do have handles and also a uniwheel cart to put it on.  They are easy to move unless there are stairs involved.   Any large scope is hard to use when stairs are involved.


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Posted 29 April 2021 - 07:25 PM

Well i don't have stairs. Just narrow doors and i want a 20" F/6 Dob like a silly slob.



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Posted 29 April 2021 - 07:35 PM

I have stairs! Ugg! That’s why a have to limit the size of scopes I have.


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Posted 29 April 2021 - 07:36 PM

https://astromart.co...rror-thanks-joe

 

this old listing shows the cart than comes with the portaball


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Posted 29 April 2021 - 07:39 PM

I have stairs! Ugg! That’s why a have to limit the size of scopes I have.

It does have its drawbacks.  my house has gotten more civilized since I got married so the portaball was exiled to the lower level.  


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Posted 29 April 2021 - 07:40 PM

Well i don't have stairs. Just narrow doors and i want a 20" F/6 Dob like a silly slob.

you need an accordian 20" dob


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Posted 29 April 2021 - 09:25 PM

That Portaball looks very cool. It looks doable from the condo.


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Posted 29 April 2021 - 10:44 PM

No Porta-Ball for BB.  What I need... is a quality 10" / 12" Cass on the Tinsley EQ.  I'd have to use pulleys & ropes to get it on the mount, but wheeling it out of the shed would be easy-peasey.


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Posted 30 April 2021 - 01:52 AM

https://astromart.co...rror-thanks-joe

 

this old listing shows the cart than comes with the portaball

I just used my telescope cart the other day, but didn't know that's what it is.

 

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Posted 30 April 2021 - 03:15 AM

Really wanted to take a look at Coma Berenices yesterday evening but, alas, living way up North at 57* means that we're hitting the astronomic twilight whereby it hardly gets dark between now and Late August. Still have the moon and planets, but observing most stellar objects will be curtailed for a while. Antares shines in the twilight but no sign of the Milky Way.

 

On a positive note, we're heading into Noctilucent Cloud season.


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Posted 30 April 2021 - 07:07 AM

I just used my telescope cart the other day, but didn't know that's what it is.

 

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LOL


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Posted 30 April 2021 - 09:24 AM

I just used my telescope cart the other day, but didn't know that's what it is.

 

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I have one of those! I always wondered what it was really for? Thank you! :lol:


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Posted 30 April 2021 - 10:38 AM

Aperture can be a pain

Harbor Freight to the rescue !

13.1 inches of Grade A Prime.

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Robert

 

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Posted 30 April 2021 - 04:39 PM

Really wanted to take a look at Coma Berenices yesterday evening but, alas, living way up North at 57* means that we're hitting the astronomic twilight whereby it hardly gets dark between now and Late August. Still have the moon and planets, but observing most stellar objects will be curtailed for a while. Antares shines in the twilight but no sign of the Milky Way.

 

On a positive note, we're heading into Noctilucent Cloud season.

Great reason for not observing. I can’t use that one in FL. frown.gif


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Posted 30 April 2021 - 06:07 PM

Great reason for not observing. I can’t use that one in FL. frown.gif

Only when a ship takes off. Saw some of them clouds last week and they are pretty.



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Posted 02 May 2021 - 06:18 AM

I just used my telescope cart the other day, but didn't know that's what it is.

 

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you just take off that silly thing on top and you got a portaball cartlol.gif


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Posted 03 May 2021 - 05:43 AM

Took out the 18" Obsession for the planets and total mush. Hard to collimate at nite as my laser is way off.  Where i view the fence is in the way as the planets are so low in the south.   Much better to set up before sundown and collimate with my Tectron tools.  Just a tiny bit out of collimation at F/4.5 and you can forget any good views.  I hit a bump at my door when i take it in and out and is enough to throw things out.

 

I need a real laser.


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Posted 03 May 2021 - 08:41 AM

I did not observe anything because of the cloud cover.  However, the day was beautiful yesterday.   Should have taken my Alpha scope out.  Understand the sun has been really active.


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Posted 03 May 2021 - 08:45 AM

Waiting on my ADM Polaris Dovetail saddle to come in so I can mount my Classic C5.  Fortunately it has been cloudy so I haven't missed much...


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