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Rick Towns

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  1. I had a 10" SCT (Meade 2120) for many years. The LX6 mount was not GoTo, so I bought an LXD75 mount and a dovetail bar and put the 10" OTA on it. It worked very well for visual use.
  2. I replaced the LX drive and forks on my 2080 for an LX6 drive and forks - now I have a hand controller and dual-axis drives.
  3. Hi everyone, I have owned a variety of Meade scopes in my life, including a 2120 LX6/Premiere, a 2080 LX3 and my current scope a 2080 LX6 Premiere. I did not know the actual year of manufacture for any of these scopes, as I bought them all second hand. There appears to be next to no information on the Interwebs correlating the Meade serial numbers with the year of manufacture. To remedy that, I'm gathering all the Meade 2080/2120 serial numbers I can find, along with the year of manufacture (if known) and tabulating them onto a webpage: http://deepskies.com/Meade_LX_Registry.aspx The
  4. Interesting... my wife described me that way earlier today! Perhaps that's why I love my Plössls! LOL!
  5. I went that exact same way. I go rid of my "wide field" eyepieces and went to Plössls and Orthos because I actually prefer the narrower field of view and the tight eye relief ont he shorter eyepieces does not bother me. I also hear you about the OCD part - my Plössls are a GSO 32mm, a Meade 26mm and then Tele Vue 20,15,11 and 8mm. The lone Ortho is a Fujiyama 6mm (my scope is a Meade 2080 8" SCT - so this eyepiece collection gives me all the various power steps I'll need... no Barlows required or wanted). But the OCD side of me says... "Rick... you wanna replace the 32mm and 26mm with Tel
  6. I went through a similar situation recently. I went from a 10" Meade SCT down to an ED-102 APO as the 10" was becoming too much hassle to lug around and set up and tear down. I got a simple EQ-5 and put the ED-102 on it. I thought it was PERFECT! Not too heavy, I could even move the whole rig assembled around the yard without too much hassle. Looking at Sirius I was thrilled to see the "Pup" (Sirius-B) which is something I had never gotten around to bagging with my 10". However, the fun wore off the first time I looked at M13. It was much dimmer and less resolved than in the 10". The APO
  7. I really like the look of that - it reminds me of an old Celestron Ultima 2000 that I should have bought, but didn't. (Would up buying a 10" Meade SCT instead - which I dearly loved!)
  8. No, I don't regret it. I had a mix of eyepiece designs and brands ranging in FOV from 42° to 70°, but none of them were of premium quality (think: Orion, BST, GSO, Meade, etc). Not crappy, but not top shelf either. I wanted to get a "set" of premium glass, and I decided to purchase some Tele Vue Plössls. I am not a big fan of wide FOVs - I personally find them a bit distracting. I like being corralled into the object of interest. I also have a very high tolerance for tight eye relief - so this was the perfect solution! Since 8mm is the smallest TV I could get, I also picked up a 6mm Fujiyama O
  9. I used to have an ETX-90/EC that originally would slew directly towards the ground when I tried to attempt the initial 2 or 3 star alignment. I downloaded and applied a firmware update and that resolved all the issues. Well... it still sounded like a coffee grinder when slewing, but the alignment and GoTo's were accurate! I'm not saying that is the fix for you, but it could be an idea if other efforts don't pan out.
  10. Er... the only vintage glass I have is my 1982 Meade 2080 that is my main telescope. That's... uh... 34 years old. I dunno if that's vintage... or just classic... or antique. Hopefully not antique, because I am considerably older than the scope!
  11. Hi! My apologies for the newbie question, but is there a way to find the first unread post within a topic? I see there is an "Unread Content" link, but that seems to show me a list of ALL unread posts across all threads. Please let me know if I am missing something obvious (likely!). Thank you very much! Rick
  12. First scope was a Sears 40mm *REFLECTOR* - it was a long tube, with a tiny mirror at the bottom, and a plastic (!) secondary that was square. It had spindly little wooden legs - man was that thing wobbly! I did look at the Moon and Jupiter with it, but not much else. This is when I was just 8 years old. Many, many years later, I got to borrow a friend's Meade 4.5in EQ Newt, and it was awesome! So I bought one myself. That only lasted two years, and then I moved up to a C8. I've had various scopes since then, but I have wound up back at an 8" SCT (this time, a Meade 2080) - I just love the 8" S
  13. Maybe he stacks them all and gets 3000x from a TV N31! LOL! Lot's of eye relief at FULL POWAH!!!! (to quote Jeremy Clarkson!)
  14. Personally, I am not a Barlow guy - I just have a nice spread of eyepieces that cover all the magnification ranges that I am interested in with my scope. Truthfully, most of the time you only need 3 eyepieces: low, medium and high power. I wound up with 6 which give me 63x (32mm), 100x (20mm), 133x (15mm), 182x (11mm), 250x (8mm) and 333x (6mm). If I were just to use 3, I would probably go with the 32mm, the 15mm and the 8mm. But to each their own. When I started building this eyepiece set, I decided I wanted "minimum glass" between my eye and the sky, which meant only 4-element eyepieces (Plö
  15. Here are my Plössls and lone Ortho. I love all these eyepieces.
  16. Well, I am going to wander around at the next star party that I attend to see if I can take a peek. Thank you for your input on this!
  17. Both the BST Planetary and the Orion Edge-On Planetary have kidney-bean shapes that I chase around the periphery. This happens whether in my living room or out under the stars when I am fully dark adapted. That is why I keep coming back to Orthos and Plössls because I don't have any of these issues. Plus, I like to have my eye "in there" close to the lens, versus hanging back with the BST & Orion. So I guess I was wrong earlier when I said it was black outs and not kidney beans... it is the beans! LOL!
  18. The only thing I'll add is that my dining room (and house) were dark and I had two filters on my diagonal to cut the glare of the street light to usable levels.
  19. You are right - I am seeing a blackout.
  20. That is the funny thing - so far, I find Orthos and Plössls more comfortable to the longer eye relief ep's I have. Maybe I'm a freak? LOL!
  21. It was cloudy last night so I set up my scope in the dining room and aimed at a street light down the road. I then got out my new Fujiyama 6mm Ortho and my old Tanzutsu 6mm Ortho that it replaced. I was surprised by how much closer I had to get my eye into the Tanzutsu in order to see the entire field of view. The Fujiyama doesn't have fantastic eye relief (4.9mm) but it must still be within my threshold of "comfortable" and the Tanzutsu must have near 0mm! Perhaps 2? Regardless, the difference was quite noticeable. For fun, I also tried an Orion Edge-On Planetary 5mm, which has 20mm of e
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