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fred8615
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What is your favorite equipment to observe with?

Post by fred8615 » May 4th, 2010, 7:58 am

What you do you like to use when you go out observing?
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Christopher K.
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Re: What is your favorite equipment to observe with?

Post by Christopher K. » July 18th, 2011, 4:25 pm

The Orion Skyquest Dobsonians are nice; I've had the pleasure of looking through Skyquests of three (?) different sizes--6", 10" and 12".

10x50 binoculars are nice for the Moon. Without a mount, 10x is really straddling the line between magnification and steadiness; Wally never recommends anything unmounted stronger than 7x or 8x. 10x50s on a Sky WIndow can be good to lessen the hassle.

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Re: What is your favorite equipment to observe with?

Post by Christopher K. » November 1st, 2011, 11:55 pm

We've recently had the pleasure of acquiring a used Orion Skyquest XT10 Intelliscope. The readout capabilities quickly went bad (at least for now). The optics are first-class, however. The Moon is really nice up to even 120x (though the view gets rather dim at that magnification). Jupiter looks good, too. See "Orion Skyquest XT10 Intelliscope" in the Binoculars & Telescope section for earlier comments.

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Re: What is your favorite equipment to observe with?

Post by Christopher K. » June 16th, 2013, 10:58 pm

I had the pleasure on several occasions to utilize Edmund Scientific's Astroscan. It's an awesome device for those hard-to-obtain magnifications (15x to 45x).

Although the device comes with its own cradle, I've been using a homemade ring-built-into-stool affair. I don't know if Wally Pursell or Frank Conrad built it. The new Plus version comes with a red dot finder; however, the older model BRAS has came with a skeletal dark metal frame that hooks onto one of the knobs that retain the carrying strap. The end of the frame has a circular 1x sight with a thumb tab to hold it flush alongside the eyepiece holder. Centering a bright object in that circle usually works well.

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Re: What is your favorite equipment to observe with?

Post by Christopher K. » June 25th, 2018, 6:32 pm

The "Wonders of the Summer Sky" lecture is offered to the public every July--but this will be special July due to the Great Martian Opposition! Amy Brouillette will devote a good portion of the talk to the planet garnering everyone's attention. The lecture is on Friday 13 July from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. There is no admission fee and the talk is aimed at a general adult audience...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/friday.html

Current information on viewing Mars:
https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observi ... s-changes/

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