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    Default Final decision on telescope (thoughts?)



    After about three months of arguing, my parents and I have come to an agreement on what telescope I am getting. This setup will arrive by christmas, allowing me to observe all throughout winter break. The complete setup is below.


    Zhumell Z12 deluxe dobsonian $700
    Explore scientific 20mm 100 degree eyepiece $500
    Televue 2x Big Barlow 2" $190
    Starbound observing chair black $160
    Telrad finder $40
    Pelican 1400B case black $70
    Petzl E46 TacTikka 3-LED headlamp with red flip-up lens $30
    $1690

    I picked the Z12 because I don't want the "spring" style mount that the orion XT series has. The 'scope comes with a 9mm and 30mm eyepiece, so naturally I picked an eyepiece in between the two- before you raise an eyebrow, yes I realize I picked an EP that costs nearly as much as the telescope itself. The 2x barlow effectively lets me have another 100-degree eyepiece for half the price. The observing chair (of which I saw many at stellafane) allows me to spend hours observing without breaking my neck. And a few other sundry accessories complete the package.

    Now I need to know, is there anything -ANYTHING- else I need? In keeping the budget under $2000, of course (no 4" APO as a finder, thank you very much).

    EDIT: I just realized that my parents talked me all the way down from a 22" Obsession to this. Hah, well you can't have everything I guess.
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    Really the only way to find out if you need anything else is to actually start observing so you get to know your equipment and then you are able to determine what you could use to get the most out of it. I always keep a notebook with me so that way if I notice something I could use or improve on I could make a note for future reference.
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    That is a nice set up. You might be able to find a red led head lamp light in a store for half the price. A pirate's eye patch may not be a bad idea, I have one I salvaged from an old kids pirate play kit so I can keep my non eyepiece eye open but covered at the same time.
    You can also look for some finder charts made for Telrad, there are some links on this forum, I forget which thread exactly and print them off.
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    Definitely get the eyepatch and the chair. The eyepatch will run you a whooping $2.99 at a pharmacy.

    My 21 year old daughter gave me such grief about the eypatch until I took her our one night to look at Jupiter. A few moments of squinting she asked for the patch and warned me not to tell anyone under the pain of death
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tristantene View Post
    EDIT: I just realized that my parents talked me all the way down from a 22" Obsession to this. Hah, well you can't have everything I guess.
    It's amazing how much easier it is to talk someone down when you're the one holding the purse strings.

    That sounds like a very nice set, and it should give you some excellent views. Like people have said, a book of sky charts is always a good investment. Something like Uranometria would be valuable.
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    You are lucky to have such generous.......and wise, parents. I hope you show your appreciation often.
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    You'll get no argument from me on the telescope and not on the eyepiece either The chair I honestly would not have purchased I had one and it slips too easily ...StarDust will not!!

    What you will need is a 5 buck folding camping stool to act as a table to hold you eyepiece case and sky charts etc...

    Use the scope until spring BEFORE you start looking for extras ..by that time you should be aware of your wants as well as your needs...fill the needs first....

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    First, any chance you parents would like to adopt a 55 year old boy?

    Anyway, I'd get a copy of Celestial Sampler. It arranges observing sessions by the month. I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwsandy View Post
    First, any chance you parents would like to adopt a 55 year old boy
    This made me laugh,..,I am a 55yr old boy .,.,Growing older but not up.,.,very nice kit by the way.,.,I have a Z8 and love it.,.,Baby Zhuey.,.O+OPS,..now you have to change your signature
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