Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 17 of 17
Like Tree10Likes

Thread: Orion XT8-Plus, one downside (finder)

  1. #11
    freakynorm's Avatar
    freakynorm is offline Main Sequence
    Points: 3,264, Level: 37
    Level completed: 43%, Points required for next Level: 86
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    96
    Points
    3,264
    Level
    37
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 12x 7 Posts
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: Orion XT8-Plus, one downside (finder)



    I really love the 9x50 RACI and green laser combo. I found the included red dot finder tedious and uncomfortable to use. Now, I just turn the laser on, get it where I want to view and then I can use the 9x50 if needed. Super quick and hassle free. I am getting good enough to where I can just use the laser and get right on an object that I am used to viewing. I did it several times this week where I pointed it up at Lyra and had M57 in my eyepiece in a matter of seconds.

    raci.jpg
    Telescopes- Orion XT-8 Plus w/ GSO 8x50 RACI and Orion green laser pointer and Meade ETX-80AT
    EP's- Orion 10mm Sirius Plossl, 18mm ES 82°, 28mm Orion DeepView, 30mm ES 82°, 40mm Meade Super Plossl
    Other- 1.25" & 2" variable moon filters, 1.25" 2x Orion Shorty Barlow, 3x Tasco Barlow 2" GSO ED Barlow

  2. #12
    Davesellars's Avatar
    Davesellars is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 24,656, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Oxford
    Posts
    4,606
    Points
    24,656
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    856
    Thanked 1,484x 1,161 Posts
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: Orion XT8-Plus, one downside (finder)

    Rigel Finder + RACI. Awesome combination. I hate attempting to point an OTA without the Rigel finder. If you have no issue with aircraft then a laser is a possibility as well.

    I found the Telrad was good but when I changed over (because the Telrad is too heavy for my dob), I found that (imho) the Rigel is actually better with having a pulse operation and not being as susceptible to dew. The Rigel base (you get two of them) just stick on the OTA.

    The RACI finder just makes finding things a breeze (mostly) with the SkySafari app to refer to.
    Scopes etc: Skywatcher 12" Dob; Skywatcher 120ED, 80ED & 120ST; EQ5; Grab and Go Alt/Az; 60mm RACI & Rigel Quickfinder.
    Eyepieces: Tele Vue Panoptic 19/24mm, Delos 6/10/14/17.3mm; Pentax XW 5/7mm; ES Maxvision 28mm; ES82 6.7/11mm; Baader Classic 6/10/32mm
    Filters: Astronomik UHC and OIII; Baader OIII; ES H-Beta
    Herschel 400 (H1) Count: 162

  3. #13
    goldstar's Avatar
    goldstar is offline Bronze Supporter
    Points: 4,518, Level: 45
    Level completed: 79%, Points required for next Level: 32
    Overall activity: 9.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement5 Threads Achievement!20 Posts Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    plattsburgh
    Posts
    472
    Points
    4,518
    Level
    45
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 133x 99 Posts
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: Orion XT8-Plus, one downside (finder)

    I really could not agree with Freakynorm enough!
    I have tried a Telrad, a RACI finder, straight through etc etc .
    So far ? The best is a laser!
    The moon and planets are so easy once the laser is aligned correctly.
    Even for DSO's it's like looking at your star atlas and aiming that green beam around on the page.
    It is just so satisfying to aim that laser between the two stars Sulafat and Sheliak and look in to see M 57 in Lyra.
    Or to just point North and West of Mirach for M 31.
    For me the best aspect is that it's COMFORTABLE.
    No cricking of the neck, no lying on the grass.
    All you have to do is see that green beam leaping off into space. Sit back in your Captains chair and watch the view screen and ...
    Engage!
    CR 6 150 mm f8 refractor . AVX mount. 80mm guide scope with Nexguide. Canon EOS rebel 3 Ti DSLR. Canon Rebel XS DIY modified. I- Optron skytracker. Sky Watcher 8 inch collapsible Dob. 30 mm, 25 mm ,20 mm, 15 mm, 10 mm ,8.8 mm EPS plus plus plus. Cometron 12 x 70 binos plus a couple of 6X42 birders. Sky Watcher PRO ED 80 mm. UHC/LPR, OIII, UV/IR cut filters . Flip mirror. 5 mW green Laser pointer. Telrad(not used!). Lots of hope. Lousy skies.

  4. #14
    UlteriorModem's Avatar
    UlteriorModem is offline <-- Cat Scanner
    Points: 55,148, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 99.8%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!
    Awards:
    Reply Award
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Tallahasse Florida
    Posts
    12,385
    Points
    55,148
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    1,015
    Thanked 2,875x 2,526 Posts
    Blog Entries
    4
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: Orion XT8-Plus, one downside (finder)

    Setting Circles
    Ozman13 likes this.
    Scopes: Orion 130mm APO Triplet, Orion 8" f3.6 astrograph Mount: Celestron CGX-L Guiding: Orion 60mm f4 scope, Starlight Loadstar, PHD2 software - Cams: Planetary: ASI120mc, DSO:Atik 383L+, SGPsoftware Processing : Regisax, Deep Sky Stacker, Star Tools, Pixinsight Assistant: One very large cat
    ~ Put your money where your mount is ~


    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

  5. #15
    Ozman13's Avatar
    Ozman13 is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 19,179, Level: 95
    Level completed: 70%, Points required for next Level: 121
    Overall activity: 42.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement5 Threads Achievement!20 Posts Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Hopkinsville Kentucky
    Posts
    5,382
    Points
    19,179
    Level
    95
    Thanks
    132
    Thanked 1,512x 1,343 Posts
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: Orion XT8-Plus, one downside (finder)

    Quote Originally Posted by UlteriorModem View Post
    Setting Circles
    Exactly! Hardly even need to look in a finder. Push to the co-ordinates and it's in the EP. I do have a RACI on the scope, not used much.
    LX200 ACF 8"SCT(Supercharged), Apertura AD12, Celestron C6A SCT, ES 102CF Apo triplet, ES AR102, ST90, Apex 90mm Mak, ST80(modified), ETX60, Oberwerk 25x100s, 15x70s, 8x56s, Kasai 2.3x40s, Celestron AVX, CG4, SLT, LCM, Obie HD Parallel Bino mount, Canon T5, Meade DSI2 Pro, Phillips webcam, Explore Scientific 30mm, 24mm, 18mm, 14mm, 11mm, 8.8mm, 6.7mm 82 degree EPs, ES 24mm, 20mm, 16mm 68 degree EPs, Baader 9mm Ortho, Meade 5000 SWA EP set, many more various EPs, Baader Moon&SkyGlow, FringeKiller, SemiApo filters, Celestron UHC, Meade 4000 Nebular Filter, Kson OIII, DGM NPB and lots of astro stuff.

  6. #16
    freakynorm's Avatar
    freakynorm is offline Main Sequence
    Points: 3,264, Level: 37
    Level completed: 43%, Points required for next Level: 86
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    96
    Points
    3,264
    Level
    37
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 12x 7 Posts
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: Orion XT8-Plus, one downside (finder)

    I've got a makeshift setting circle set up as well. It's really helpful. Definitely easier for me to find stuff versus starhopping. Saves me a lot of frustration and gets me observing more and searching less.

    I don't have any issues with lots aircraft traffic in my area, but I always check the sky before firing up the laser. If I do see a plane in the sky anywhere, I wait for it to go out of sight. The laser was a $5 upgrade so that's pretty tough to beat for the convenience it provides. Plus, it definitely adds a coolness factor when you have spectators present.
    ProfEclipse likes this.
    Telescopes- Orion XT-8 Plus w/ GSO 8x50 RACI and Orion green laser pointer and Meade ETX-80AT
    EP's- Orion 10mm Sirius Plossl, 18mm ES 82°, 28mm Orion DeepView, 30mm ES 82°, 40mm Meade Super Plossl
    Other- 1.25" & 2" variable moon filters, 1.25" 2x Orion Shorty Barlow, 3x Tasco Barlow 2" GSO ED Barlow

  7. #17
    Axl Myk's Avatar
    Axl Myk is offline Main Sequence
    Points: 640, Level: 12
    Level completed: 80%, Points required for next Level: 10
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Location
    The Hartland of Michigan
    Posts
    60
    Points
    640
    Level
    12
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 6x 5 Posts
    Downloads
    7
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: Orion XT8-Plus, one downside (finder)

    I use my 9x50 finder exclusively. Get a star centered then look through the scope at it. Get that star centered in the scope, then align the finder to put it in the cross hairs.
    The focus is adjustable by loosening the ring at the objective lens, adjust the objective, tighten the ring.
    Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and laxative on the same night.

 

 
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Similar Threads

  1. Orion 6x30 finder
    By brettecantwell in forum Astronomy Classifieds
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-20-2015, 07:24 PM
  2. I want a new finder scope for my Orion XT8
    By rapidsequence in forum Dobsonian Telescopes Forum
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 12-17-2012, 10:13 PM
  3. Downside of early mornings
    By ppfilbert in forum General Stargazing Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-12-2011, 11:31 PM
  4. Barlows - There's Gotta Be a Downside
    By MW in forum Amateur Astronomy Forum
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 01-23-2004, 04:28 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.0
Powered by vBulletin®
All times are GMT. The time now is 08:32 AM.