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What telescope and other equipment are you currently using?
 

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I have a 4" reflector from the 1980s from some old japanese company. Its what I believe is called a "catadioptric" or hybrid as it has a spherical mirror and a correcting lens. Its not much, but it was my dads as a kid and after I moved out I claimed it as my own. With it I can just barley make out two red bands on Jupiter and I can see the rings of Saturn but not the cassini gap.

I had it out last night for the first time in a while since we finally had a clear sky. Checked out the waxing crescent. The moon is beautiful, I never get tired of looking at it even with just the naked eye.

I've been wanting a better one for years now, but they get real pricey real quick. I have an app that trolls craigslist for me in case a telescope comes up, hopefully I can score a relatively cheap 6 or 8 inch someday.
 
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My telescope is the Questar 3.5 inch Duplex with antireflective coatings and Zerodur mirror. It is portable, rugged, and I use it for both astronomical objects and animal/bird observations. A full sun filter gives me intimate views of sunspots and coronal activities. Close up focus of around 40 inches also provides a long distance microscope! Mine is over 25 years old and keeps on working.
http://www.questarcorporation.com/questar.htm

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I'm using a department store trash telescope. :( lol
It's unstable, provides fuzzy views, yet good for me.
I will surely buy a nice reflecting telescope someday.
 
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hi adjacent

yup, there are some poor budget ones out there. But you don't have to spend a fortune to get a decent scope
Yes the Celestron was a big buy for me AU$3200, but that 8" f5 dobo mount scope was only AU$650.
And that falls into the affordable range for many people :smile:

cheers
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hi adjacent

yup, there are some poor budget ones out there. But you don't have to spend a fortune to get a decent scope
Yes the Celestron was a big buy for me AU$3200, but that 8" f5 dobo mount scope was only AU$650.
And that falls into the affordable range for many people :smile:

cheers
Dave
btw, what is it doing inside? Trying to get a good view of that dustball on the ceiling? :)
 
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that 8" f5 dobo mount scope was only AU$650.
From where did you buy it?

Nothing ships to Maldives.that's so sad!
 
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btw, what is it doing inside? Trying to get a good view of that dustball on the ceiling? :)
hahaha,

the was its first day home from the shop ... see the big cardboard box in the background ?
It was ~ 2004 when I bought that. My first scope purchased after moving to Australia in 2000

adjacent..

you are in the Maldives ? WOW seriously out in the middle of nowhere.
Yeah, freight is likely to cost as much as the scope :frown:

The CPC scope I got from a company in Perth, WA, Australia ( see the link I put at the top of the other post ... free freight ( I'm in Sydney ... the other side of the continent)
The Newtonian I got from a local Amateur radio and telescope supplier here in Sydney.

http://www.andrewscom.com.au/site-section-10.htm

cheers
Dave
 
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Celestron 130. I bought it 6 months ago as my first scope. I have seen some amazing objects with it but am now looking for something bigger. I am lucky enough to live on a cliff top in Cornwall,Uk.There is nothing but ocean around me so light polloution is not an issue. My only gripe with the Celstron was the collimnation ( spelling ) process.It took me weeks of adjusting to get it anywhere near correct.Even now I still get the shadow of the plastic sight/rings,but I have learned to live with it. Excellent forum,keep up the good work :-)
Ian.
 
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Celestron 130 collimation procedure is on pages 27, 28, and 29 here:
http://www.celestron.com/c3/images/files/downloads/1219957574_astromasterinst.pdf [Broken]
You may want to purchase these as well:
Collimation Tool (# 94183) – Collimating your Newtonian telescope is easily accomplished with this
handy accessory which includes detailed instructions.

Collimation Eyepiece – 1.25” (# 94182) – The collimation eyepiece is ideal for precise collimation of
Newtonian telescopes.
Good observing!
Bobbywhy
 
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Thank you,Bobbywhy. The mistake I made when I first opened the box was the same that many of us males make....I didnt bother to read the instuctions.Doh! I loosened the screws on the end of the main body...which I have since found out are factory set for the primary mirror.Yeah,I know...nooby mistake.

I have seen the collimation tools on Ebay.I think that now may be the the time to purchase one ( or possibly 6 months ago ). Again,thank you for your reply.
Regards
Ian
 
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I use a Celestron Powerseeker 60mm AltAzimuth mount. I like it as a beginner. The only thing I feel bad about is the 60mm aperture being small compared to the mags it can give.
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It's got a 20mm ep, 4mm ep and 3x barlow. The eyepieces give 35x and 175x mags respectively.
I think atleast 70mm aperture should give a nice session. I use only 35x and 105x(20mm ep and barlow) mags. The others are blurry.
It's all about BAD luck when it get's to weather.. :(
 

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