Results 1 to 9 of 9
Like Tree12Likes
  • 10 Post By MrShorty
  • 1 Post By Testgear
  • 1 Post By CSG

Thread: World's largest amateur telescope in Utah?

  1. #1
    MrShorty's Avatar
    MrShorty is offline Bright Giants
    Points: 8,140, Level: 62
    Level completed: 97%, Points required for next Level: 10
    Overall activity: 13.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Utah, USA
    Posts
    429
    Points
    8,140
    Level
    62
    Thanks
    123
    Thanked 279x 136 Posts
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default World's largest amateur telescope in Utah?



    This came across my facebook feed yesterday, and I finally found an non-subscription newspaper article for it: Utah Will Soon Be Home to the Planet’s Largest Amateur Telescope | Utah Family Magazine
    This has been a long time project (this article is from 4 years ago): Utah man builds largest amateur telescope on record - The Salt Lake Tribune
    The only problem with it could be the location in Stansbury Park -- too close to Salt Lake and in the middle of a growing suburban community so there is more light pollution than one might like (Jay's Astronomical Observing Blog: Mike Clements and his 70 inch Telescope ).
    An interesting project coming to fruition.
    Lola Bruce, Peppy2, Leveye and 7 others like this.
    Orion XT12 Dob, Orion XT6 Dob, Meade 4 inch Newtonian with a broken mount, Celestron 15x50 binoc's
    pictures are almost always taken afocally using my XT6 with a 25 mm eyepiece, 0.5x focal reducer, and a Fuji point and shoot camera.

  2. The Following User Says Thank You to MrShorty For This Useful Post:

    bladekeeper (03-16-2017)

  3. #2
    Testgear's Avatar
    Testgear is online now HYPER GIANT
    Points: 26,048, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 40.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Great Britain
    Posts
    3,474
    Points
    26,048
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    17
    Thanked 1,220x 1,037 Posts
    Downloads
    1
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: World's largest amateur telescope in Utah?

    70 inches WOW. That is HUGE!!
    The largest Public telescope we have here in the UK is "only" 24 inches! But man, the views from 24" are fantastic. Heaven knows what the 70" would show!!

    Our Telescope
    Peter802 likes this.
    Dave
    MOUNTS : Mesu 200, NEQ6 Pro, Celestron Advanced GT, CAMERAS : Unmodded Canon 50D, ATIK 4120EX OSC, Lodestar X2, Celestron NexImage 5,ZWO ASI290MC COOL Colour. StarSense, LENS'S : C11. Hyperstar, Celestron Reducer/Corector f6.3. OTHERS : Seymour Solar SF1200 12" Type 2 Glass Solar Filter, Hutech IDAS LPS D1-2 filter, eyepieces, Laptops.SOFTWARE: PixInsight, GIMP2, PHD2, Cartes Du Ciel, EQMOD, ASCOM Platform 6.2, ArtimisCapture, SGPro, TeamViewer :
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

  4. #3
    stargazer769's Avatar
    stargazer769 is offline Bright Giants
    Points: 4,926, Level: 47
    Level completed: 88%, Points required for next Level: 24
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Anywhere
    Posts
    402
    Points
    4,926
    Level
    47
    Thanks
    39
    Thanked 81x 71 Posts
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: World's largest amateur telescope in Utah?

    Wasn't Utah already home to the world's largest, with the either 42" or 46" dob owned by one of the SLAS members? Is there another amateur scope out there bigger than 46" already, not counting this one under construction?

  5. #4
    MrShorty's Avatar
    MrShorty is offline Bright Giants
    Points: 8,140, Level: 62
    Level completed: 97%, Points required for next Level: 10
    Overall activity: 13.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Utah, USA
    Posts
    429
    Points
    8,140
    Level
    62
    Thanks
    123
    Thanked 279x 136 Posts
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: World's largest amateur telescope in Utah?

    @stargazer769: That I do not know.
    Orion XT12 Dob, Orion XT6 Dob, Meade 4 inch Newtonian with a broken mount, Celestron 15x50 binoc's
    pictures are almost always taken afocally using my XT6 with a 25 mm eyepiece, 0.5x focal reducer, and a Fuji point and shoot camera.

  6. #5
    nicoyenny's Avatar
    nicoyenny is offline SUPER GIANT
    Points: 5,135, Level: 48
    Level completed: 93%, Points required for next Level: 15
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Orange County
    Posts
    780
    Points
    5,135
    Level
    48
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 201x 165 Posts
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: World's largest amateur telescope in Utah?

    I met Mike last year at RTMC, nice guy, he even gave me some pointers for that night's observation session.
    Scopes: 1- Astro-Tech 8" Astrograph newt. 2- Celestron C8 3- ES ED102 (!) 4- ES ED80 5- No-name guidescope
    Binos: 1- Cometron 8x50 2- Harbor Freight $20 El Cheapo incredibly good binos
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

    Mounts: 1- Celestron AVX 2- Celestron CG-4 with drives 3- Explore Scientific Twilight I
    Eyepieces: 1- ES 82 14, 11, 6.7,4.7 2- ES 68 34, 24 3-AstroTech ED 25 & 5 4-Baader Hyperion 14 & 8 5- Celestron plossl ...many, down to 6 6- Agena zoom 7- Etc.
    Astro laptop: Lenovo T430, with 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Win7 Pro, all astro software except PI

  7. #6
    bladekeeper's Avatar
    bladekeeper is online now Super Moderator
    Points: 269,133, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 99.9%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!
    Awards:
    Activity Award
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Lowell, Arkansas, USA
    Posts
    35,275
    Points
    269,133
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    26,333
    Thanked 15,930x 10,858 Posts
    Downloads
    8
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: World's largest amateur telescope in Utah?

    Quote Originally Posted by stargazer769 View Post
    Wasn't Utah already home to the world's largest, with the either 42" or 46" dob owned by one of the SLAS members? Is there another amateur scope out there bigger than 46" already, not counting this one under construction?
    There's Jimi Lowry with his 48" in Texas...
    Bryan
    Scopes: Apertura AD12 f/5; Celestron C6-R f/8; ES AR127 f/6.4; ES AR127 f/9.4; ES AR102 f/9.8; iOptron MC90 f/13.3; Orion ST80A f/5; Celestron Premium 80 f/11.4; Celestron C80 f/11.4; Meade NG60 f/10
    Mounts: Celestron AVX; Bresser EXOS-2; ES Twilight I; ES Twilight II; iOptron Cube-G; AZ3/wood tripod; Vixen Polaris
    Eyepieces:
    GSO Super Plössl 40mm, 32mm, 15mm, 9mm; ES 82° Series; GSO Superview 30mm; Celestron Plössl 26mm, 20mm; ES 70° 25mm; ES Plössl 25mm; Vite Aspheric 23mm, 10mm, 4mm; Orion Expanse 20mm, 9mm; KK Ortho 18mm, 12.5mm; Bresser 70° 15mm; Coulter Optical 12.5mm; BCO 10mm; ES 62° 9mm; Zhumell Z Series 5mm
    Binoculars: Pentax PCF WP II 10×50, Bresser Corvette 10×50, Bresser Hunter 16×50 and 8×40, Garrett Gemini 12×60 LW, Gordon 10×50, Apogee 20×100
    Observing: Herschel Tallies: H1 = 400/400 H2 =323/400 H3 = 224/300; 3,181 observations of 1,808 objects; Song in my head: The Band - Up On Cripple Creek

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
    Days since last observing session: 2; Sessions in last 30 days: 13; Last Night's Excuse: Clouds, clouds, and clouds..

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

  8. #7
    Leveye's Avatar
    Leveye is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 64,781, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Newport Oregon
    Posts
    8,985
    Points
    64,781
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    2,117
    Thanked 2,557x 2,243 Posts
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: World's largest amateur telescope in Utah?

    Guy built it all from just the plans in his head. Amazing!
    My eyes
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

    1984 Meade 2120 10" SCT- 1998 U.S.A. made Celestron C8 SCT -StellarVue SV80ED Doublet- 1960's Homemade 6" F5.6 Newt - Astro Tech AT8IN Imaging Newt- Vintage 1961 H.O.C. made ATCO 80mm/1200mm refractor w/ original vintage eyepieces - 20x70 Orion Little Giant II binoculars w/ original 1997 Virgo SkyMount Parallelogram-Zhumell, Orion, Astro Tech 9x50 finderscopes - Orion Atlas AZ/EQ-G iOptron Skyguider Pro Unmodded Canon 5DMKiii - Modded Canon 700D/ T5i- ZWO ASI178MC CMOS - Meade DSI II Mono CCD APT-DSS-PHD-CDC-PS-LR


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

  9. #8
    stargazer769's Avatar
    stargazer769 is offline Bright Giants
    Points: 4,926, Level: 47
    Level completed: 88%, Points required for next Level: 24
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!5 Threads Achievement!200+ Posts Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Anywhere
    Posts
    402
    Points
    4,926
    Level
    47
    Thanks
    39
    Thanked 81x 71 Posts
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: World's largest amateur telescope in Utah?

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    There's Jimi Lowry with his 48" in Texas...
    Thanks that's probably the one I was thinking of; for some reason I guess I thought Mike Clements had that one.

  10. #9
    CSG's Avatar
    CSG
    CSG is offline Main Sequence
    Points: 4,007, Level: 42
    Level completed: 38%, Points required for next Level: 93
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    First 1000 Experience Points365 Days+ Registered Achievement!750 Days+ Registered Achievement!1000 Days+ Registered Achievement!3 Years + Achievement
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Dark Sky Idaho
    Posts
    74
    Points
    4,007
    Level
    42
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 19x 13 Posts
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0

    Default Re: World's largest amateur telescope in Utah?

    Here's the news story from KSL last year.

    DFWolfe likes this.
    Televue Pronto/Telepod
    TV-85/Gibraltar with Sky Tour
    Celestron FS80WA/Celestron EQ-1
    Celestron C6
    Kowa TSN-883 fluorite spotting scope
    Zeiss Victory HT 8x42, Canon 10x30 Image Stabilized, Garrett 25x100 IF
    Past scopes include: Televue Genesis, Televue NP 101, Celestron C8

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Detailed plans for largest neutrino telescope in the world?
    By Solrian in forum Astrophysics Forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-03-2016, 10:50 PM
  2. World's Largest Dobsonian Telescope
    By Pinballwiz in forum Dobsonian Telescopes Forum
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-23-2013, 07:22 PM
  3. Largest Amateur Telescope
    By philip d in forum Telescope Forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-14-2008, 08:27 PM
  4. World's Largest Telescope
    By Klaatu in forum Amateur Astronomy Forum
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 08-11-2004, 05:56 PM
  5. World's Single Largest Telescope Mirror Moves To The LBT
    By Ron Baalke in forum General Astronomy Forum
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-05-2003, 08:27 PM

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 10:01 AM.