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    Default Re: I don't need anymore telescopes. Do I?



    Quote Originally Posted by DeanD View Post
    These bino scopes look awesome (if you have a deep wallet!), but what about easing in to a binocular scope with the 70mm versions from Garrett? https://www.garrettoptical.com/category-s/58.htm
    They come with matching eyepieces and you can add any you like. Has anyone used these?
    - but then I guess you will want to graduate to the 150mm versions!!!

    On the original comment from Alex: I decided to rationalise by selling two of my scopes: a 90mm ETX, and a Vixen 102M. I discovered that I could realistically only use 2 scopes at a time... (normally my Tak and my 12" dob- I generally use my 8" CPC for public nights). Mind you, I have been known to set up 3 scopes at once- you have to compare the views after all!

    Then I found I needed an easily carried wide-field refractor that could take a bit of magnification when required so I got the 70mm Stellarview and made a solar filter for it (with Baader film). This has been fantastic when travelling (and even airport security like it!)- although I think I really need the Tak FS60 instead!!!

    Also, regarding the size of the 8" dob: my home-made 12" is the smallest scope I have in terms of carrying it around (apart from the 70mm). The box for my Tak TSA and the Celestron CPC are much bigger! The 12" is the size of a small esky, and I can set it up in under 5 minutes...

    So, in summary Alex: I think you need a quality widefield refractor (60mm-80mm) for easy travelling, with a solar filter, some good binos, and an easily portable bigger dob!

    (However, what you have already sounds great, and the best telescope is the one that you can easily and quickly use, no matter the size!)

    This thread has obviously touched a nerve with all us equipment geeks out there: we can always dream, can't we!

    Happy viewing folks!

    - Dean
    Hello Dean,

    thanks for putting the dreams into a realistic perspective.
    I could certainly add one or another scope, or binocular, to my equipment, but I have somehow found a way of doing this hobby with a maximum of comfort. And the achieved level of comfort is what counts, from my point of view.

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    Default Re: I don't need anymore telescopes. Do I?

    re: "I've got enough telescopes now"...

    That could happen to me if my wife somehow managed to hypnotize me.

    I wonder if any astronomer spouses have tried an endless loop recording playing "I've got enough scopes now" while their spouse is asleep.
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    Default Re: I don't need anymore telescopes. Do I?

    If I count 1 point for each of my accessories i.e. 8 eyepieces, 2 barlows, 1 Rigel, 1 Star atlas, 1 car jump starter, 3 telescopes, 2 torches..........you get the idea, my total of 28 pieces still doesn't equal the number of pairs of shoes my other half has.

    Just sayin'

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    Default Re: I don't need anymore telescopes. Do I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alec in France View Post
    my total of 28 pieces still doesn't equal the number of pairs of shoes my other half has.
    ... but if we were to convert your accessories vs. her shoes to currency...
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    Hi !
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    ... but if we were to convert your accessories vs. her shoes to currency...
    But with a dozen of these ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBrady View Post
    ... but if we were to convert your accessories vs. her shoes to currency...
    ... if she wears shoes from Prada?

    Best,

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    Default Re: I don't need anymore telescopes. Do I?

    Boy this thread is getting long, and off the track!!!

    Actually folks, I resolved a lot of my equipment issues by making Astronomy my business: that way I get paid (sort of!) to show people the sky and run them through my portable planetarium: and the tax-man helps me buy new equipment! I still have to be realistic of course because I am never going to get rich doing this, but it is nice to be able to justify that latest purchase by saying "I need it for my business"!

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    Back to the original question... yes.
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    Default Re: I don't need anymore telescopes. Do I?

    The need for boys to have new toy's to play with seem's to be an essential issue very deeply engrained ---do we ever grow up ?

    can't see nothing wrong with improving the view if it,s improvable --at reasonable costs

    upgrading is just one of the great pleasures of astronomy ---just ask the professional big boys !

    Oh! and the entertainment factor mustn't get stunted or the interest might just die a little --

    you now have a licence to acquire more ---



    growing up Dan

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