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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 19, 8:53 AM
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Re: any telescope people out there?

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I started my astronomy hobby about 20 years ago when my wife surprised me with a Meade ETX-70 for Christmas. A few years later I upgraded to a Meade LX90 8" SCT which I enjoyed for about 10 years. I then sold it and purchased an Obsession 12.5 Dob, and added a Stellarvue 105 refractor. My wife and I attend the Golden State Star Party every year, and the Oregon Star Party every 3 or 4 years. I agree with what ZZ69chevelle said about cheap department store telescopes. In our astronomy club we refer to those as "hobby killers". With their cheap wobbly mounts they can be very frustrating to use. Starting with good binoculars is wise advice.
The 5" SCT I have to me is a tease. It is just good enough to be usefull, and make you wanting more. It does have a pretty solid tripod, which is a MUST. Also it has a tracking motor (no computer/finder thing) so objects don't move out of view in seconds.
I could see spending the money on an 8" but would I wish I went bigger? All I really want to see and do is photograph some nebulas and galaxies. Maybe get better pics of Jupiter and Saturn.
That night when I first saw Saturn's ring was amazing to me, I still remember it.

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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 19, 11:21 AM
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You can get some really "stellar" pics of those things with an 80mm or a 102mm apo refractor and if your mount can handle a 5" SCT, you can reuse it. For visual, my C8 is right there with my 10" dob, but the most breathtaking views I've had was with my 127mm ES ED triplet. It shows lattice structure in the Orion nebula, and color on Saturn and Jupiter. It's pretty big though once set up on an AVX mount. Most nights I sit out with an 80mm Barska Magnus apo or an Orion 120ST F5 acro on an ES Twilight 1 mount and just wander the sky. The best telescope is the one you use most, and small light weight scopes are a lot easier to set up and use more frequently IMO.
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I could see spending the money on an 8" but would I wish I went bigger? All I really want to see and do is photograph some nebulas and galaxies. Maybe get better pics of Jupiter and Saturn.
That night when I first saw Saturn's ring was amazing to me, I still remember it.
An 8" will give you great views of the objects you wish to see. I had a Meade LX90 SCT for about 10 years, and finally succumbed to "aperture fever", so I sold it and bought a 12.5" Obsession dob. Be careful that aperture fever doesn't get out of hand though. Some people end up with large scope capable of fantastic views but are so large and cumbersome they don't use them much. As the saying goes, "the best telescope is the one you will use".


Here are some photos I took holding a point and shoot digital camera up to the eyepiece of the Meade LX90 SCT.
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Jealous...very jealous.

I would love to see Saturn even if its through a telescope.


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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old May 1st, 19, 12:18 PM
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Jealous...very jealous.

I would love to see Saturn even if its through a telescope.

Lots of local astronomy clubs have outreach parties where the public can go and view through their equipment. You can see if your area has one. The problem is the weather and timing of the planets. I have had about 5 good nights of viewing in the last 8 months. At least a Chevelle can still work in the rain, but a telescope doesn't.
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post #21 of 21 (permalink) Old May 6th, 19, 8:18 AM
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An 8" will give you great views of the objects you wish to see. I had a Meade LX90 SCT for about 10 years, and finally succumbed to "aperture fever", so I sold it and bought a 12.5" Obsession dob. Be careful that aperture fever doesn't get out of hand though. Some people end up with large scope capable of fantastic views but are so large and cumbersome they don't use them much. As the saying goes, "the best telescope is the one you will use".


Here are some photos I took holding a point and shoot digital camera up to the eyepiece of the Meade LX90 SCT.
Thanks, that info and pictures helps a lot. I would be plenty content with something like that I think. I love that Saturn photo, I hope to do some more work with my scope and camera soon.

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