I just scored a great deal on a beautiful condition Orion XT8 Dob, and the only lens with it was an Orion 35mm DeepView multi-coated 2”. We’ve been having some fierce winds here since getting this scope (thanks Telescope gods - a sacrifice is planned).
So in the mean time thanks to all I’ve read here on CN: I’ve collimated the mirrors (Svbony next generation Laser Collimator came with scope), aligned the Orion 6x30mm Correct-Image Rt. Angle (also included) to the OTA, From the reading I’ve been doing here I know I’ll will need some other “get started” started lens(es). I plan to go slowly and use basics, until I learn how to star hop, and figure out what other lenses I may or may not want.
Yes I bought a copy of Turn Left at Orion, and my copy of Nightwatch should be arriving shortly. Yes I’ve wadded through a gaggle of beginner threads!
I live in the hillside suburbs of Los Angeles (burbank) with Bortle c5 skies. I can get to 3 or 4 areas within an hour or two drive. I’m recently retired, and getting reacquainted with my old uneducated Astronomy hobby. I had a Celestron 4” Reflector on a clunky wooden tripod, back in the before smartphone/internet era of the 80-90’s, for a dozen or so years.
Now a couple of questions:
1) what will the 35mm DeepView lens be best for viewing?
2) Looks to me the Alpine Astronomical Baader Hyperion 8-24mm Mark IV Zoom Eyepiece (1.25"/2") with 2.25x Modular Barlow Lens, would give me a lot of quality/experimentation “bang for my buck” for the next year+/-. Is this correct thinking or is there a better way to go? Money and my agreeable wife are not big issues. I wear glasses and have Rt eye severe impairment.
3) I believe I need a moon filter, but I get a bit lost on all the conflicting & highly technical lens/filter discussions and varied views in the many filter/thread CN threads - suggestions based on my situation below would be great!
4) I want to view DSO, Planets, and things that go woosh in the night. I know I will need darker skies to be wowed, but I’m going to be mostly viewing locally, until I have enough knowledge, experience, and sky buddies to be fully addicted. What filters and or lenses would make my viewing more enjoyable/rewarding to star in the next year?
5) I’ve tried (not too hard) to connect with local Astronomy clubs, but have not had success in getting responses. Is there a good way to approach this? **** this virus!!!!
Thanks for being here, your wise offerings that I’ve already gleaned from CN, and offering any direct suggestions!