I have a Meade 7" reflector that I use for viewing whenever we get some clear damn sky.
yeah I had a 90mm refractor and used it till it fell apart. I saw a lot of good stuff but I want to see M51 and some of the fainter objects. When I next get the chanc to make a large purchase, an 8 or 10" reflector would be my dream
Juan: I have a 40-200x 2" telescope, has its own tripod, but seems like a toy. Was looking at the bright side of the moon and noticed my eye was burning. Obviously I know nothing about astronomy, but the idea of the motorised observatory piqued my curiosity. That made me think of a freind who has a 10" and a short commitment span. What would be a good price for his?
Do sidewalk telescopes come any bigger than 17"?
Don't suppose you could point one of those things at the area of the moon when the 'stuff they left behind' would be casting a long shadow?
40-200 is the magnification (as near as I know), as to his model, I was hoping you could give me a ball park figure (his is red) if that means anything. I'm from south western Ontario, so definitely have Vancouver beat for clear skies, also no nearby cities. I'm a night owl, and it would be time better spent in a motorised observatory. It doesn't take long for the internet to get on my nerves, but this forum beats the hell out of the one I left.
Haven't seen the thing in some time, but it does look like the pricey models. Will have to see his in order to form a better opinion. Presently trying to finish my plane, but know I won't be doing much night flying. Guess the scopes aren't that expensive if I compare them to my plane.
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Juan: the plane I'm building is called an Affordaplane, no kits as far as I know, but the plans come from Bradenton Florida. The original plans are too much like spit and baling wire for me, so I made a number of mods:- reinforced wings, fuselage, enclosed cockpit, tricycle gear, 3 bladed prop, and I doubt if I'm done making changes yet. People who have theirs in the air say they handle like a Cessna 150. Used to think the 150 was like flying a bathtub, now that I'm older that's more my style. Has a low stall speed as well. That's important, remember one time when having some hangar talk, and one of the guys thoughtfully said he figured he could get a DC9 down, and I said we can all get a DC9 down, only how many pieces will it be in when everything stops rolling.