Post by LudwigVonFender 2.0 on Jul 19, 2020 12:00:27 GMT -5
I have been contemplating acquiring a bino eyepiece for my Schmidt-Cassegrain scope for a while now but, unwilling to pull the trigger because I haven't been able to justify the cost ($500.00 ) of the one that I would get. It's an Orion. It's also the only one that makes sense to me. Of course, it must be accompanied by the pentaprism diagonal adapter which is another 200 smackers, again > which combined, is as much as I payed for my scope and the additional accessories that came with it. But, still, it would be a better solution for observing.
So, does anybody have any comments, experience or advice on this or a better solution to better viewing through a scope?
Post by LudwigVonFender 2.0 on Jul 19, 2020 13:27:17 GMT -5
Yeah, this hobby is expensive and for me, a seasonal hobby which means it's not visited as often as it should to justify the expenditure. But, I've been hooked on it for many years now and I guess over the years, the cost has been sort of neutralized. It's been a while since I put any money into it and so, I'm just trying to justify my 'mania'. I've been looking through my scope with one eye for so long that being able to use two maybe be a revelation. Got my finger on a very light trigger about this. Just haven't got bumped yet. My mount will easily handle the weight of this bino rig so, I'm not concerned about that and I have a good array of decent eye pieces to accommodate.
And it's not my intention to mainly talk about what I may be doing as much as it is about what you all are doing and maybe share some favorite accessories you have found useful and fun.
I may not be a rockstar but, it doesn't mean I can't have the gear
Post by NoSoapRadio on Jul 20, 2020 11:30:31 GMT -5
The only telescope I have left is a small APO refractor. I've had bigger scopes but rarely used them because my yard is surrounded by large trees -- if I have a specific target I want to observe I have to pack up and head to the beach. With a small refractor on an Alt Az mount it is fairly simple. Anything larger, especially with an EQ mount is just a hassle.
As far as accessories -- a year or two ago I bought a couple of 2" wide FOV eyepieces which have pretty changed how I use the scope. Naturally, I had to buy a 2" diagonal to accommodate the larger eyepieces.
For years I got by with a Manfrotto tripod and ball head to mount my scope. When I say "got by" I mean I didn't throw the entire rig into the ocean out of frustration. I finally broke down and bought a proper Alt Az mount and now all is right with the world.
Post by blindfingers on Jul 22, 2020 14:16:36 GMT -5
I recently purchased an Orion StarShoot mini 6.3 color cmos camera ($379). I still have a really old SAC 7 camera that needs a parallel port to make function. What's a parallel port? (jk) There are a few really great video software processing packages and even a free ones but since I'm starting out I'm running the Orion control software. I tried to take exposures of comet C/2017 T2 PANSTARRS but my skill needs improving. Then NEOWISE comes along and as mentioned, it's cloudy!