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Troady

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About Troady

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    Naples, FL USA
  1. Thanks Geoff, i already order one Celestron 8-24mm, will see how it goes.
  2. Will consider replacing the 7mm for the 3.2mm, make sense to look w/o the Barlow.
  3. Thanks for your answer Louis D, i have been looking at a Celestron 8-24mm zoom, do you have any experience with this type of eyepiece? Will the zoom work well with the Barlow? I have been considering also a 7mm wide angle to go with the Barlow, 650*7x2.5=232X, should work with clear skies in SW US and some days here in Florida. I have already covered all the way to 203X if i buy the 8-24X zoom and combined it with a 32mm Plossl for wide field observations. It may not be the best combination in the world but for sporadic views of the sky in my trips with my truck, i think it will be ok. Will also consider the 3.2mm from Agena, looks like a nice Ep to have.
  4. Thanks for your honesty, i will try just with the 5mm alone and with the 9.7mm and the 2.5X Barlow to see what happens, will decide after that. I drive a Interstate truck, have notice that on I-40 west of Flagstaff, AZ, there are few places with elevation in excess of 7000 ft, should be nice to try one of these nights over there to see what i can observe.
  5. it maybe, don`t know about them, i do use 1.25"eyepieces. I do have the following problem maybe you can help me resolve it, my scope it`s a 130mm (and do have 650mm focal length), meaning that i can only go to 260X magnification, my combination of 2.5X Barlow with the 5mm eyepiece goes to 325X, way to much for this scope. What is better in your opinion, buying a 2x Barlow (for using with the 5mm) or a 6.3mm eyepiece to go to 260X with the 2.5X Barlow?
  6. Hi there guys, true to my words i let you all know how things are going with my telescope and my adventures in my new hobby. Like you all know, i have to leave home w/o receiving the 152mm Orion 6I Intelliscope, went on the road two days before it show up. My brother went home and took a look at the telescope box and give me a bad news about it, it was heavy damaged on one side and it seems that somebody had pick up a packet from inside it and put it back in the box in a hurry, it was almost falling out of it again. He sent me some pictures and i contact Orion on the phone and they agree to refund me the money and pay for the return of the box. Happy (at least) to do business with a good company willing to please their clients. Already my brother took care of the return. Immediately i began looking for options to replace it and went with a scope that althoug it`s smaller, do have very good reviews and it seems very capable of giving good images of the sky, its a collapsible AWB 130mm made by Celestron (Sky Watcher Heritage 130P in Europe) that it`s lighter (just 13.5 lbs and also a F5 scope) and more comfortable to bring it with me in the truck during my trips. The collapsible tube and the 10 pounds lighter are very important plusses for having it in the truck. Scope is in new condition (still is in the original box), i won the auction in Ebay yesterday, hope to have it in home (w/o damage) by my return end of February. The only minus point with this scope are the eyepieces, it come with two Kellners 10 and 25mm, i did some shopping and end of the evening was the proud owner of a GSO 2.5X 3 element Barlow, two Series 4000 lenses, a 9.7 and a 26mm, 1 Sky Planetary 58° UWA 5mm and one Svbony (cheap but with good reviews in Amazon) 40mm Plossl for wide field observations. Just to round the whole thing, one standard 13% transmission lunar filter and a Celestron aluminum box to take care of all the eyepieces. That`s so far the news, no 6" intelliscope but well a 5.1" one with good optics (at least imho). Hope it give me good images of the sky in the future. Just are very curious to see how the scope will handle the 5mm UWA eyepiece with the 2.5X Barlow, for my calculations it will be close to 300X, don`t know what it will happen at such magnifications with just 130mm aperture. Any recommendation about the optics or any other thing to have in consideration, is welcome to have it, being new in this hobby, is good to have guidance form the ones who really do know. So far the 15 x 70 Celestron binoculars and the 130mm F5 Celestron. Probably sometime in the future, a 10" or 12" dobsonian will be appropiate for having it at home for further exploration and better images of the sky. Thanks for all your help, clear skies and good luck.
  7. Thanks Ricochet for all your answers, i went with a GSO 2.5X 3 element Barlow, two Series 4000 lenses, a 9.7 and a 26mm, 1 Sky Planetary 58° UWA 5mm and one Svbony (cheap but with good reviews in Amazon) 40mm Plossl for wide field observations. Just to round the whole thing, one standard 13% transmission lunar filter and a Celestron aluminum box to take care of all the eyepieces. All this eyepieces and the Barlow was supposed to be used with a Orion Intelliscope 6I 152mm, but it arrived with heavy damage in the box and i returned to Orion, finally went with a Collapsible AWB 130mm made by Celestron (Sky Watcher Heritage 130P in Europe) that it`s lighter (just 13.5 lbs and also a F5 scope) and more comfortable to bring it with me in the truck during my trips. The original eyepieces with the Scope are two Kellners 10 and 25mm, but for what i have been reading, Kellners are not so good in quality like the Plossl, that`s why i did the shopping for better optics. Hope the 130mm with this eyepieces give me good resolution and clarity watching the skies. Any tip reffering this optics or others to complement the collection are always welcome. Just are very curious to see how the 130mm will handle the 5mm eyepiece with the 2.5X Barlow, for my calculations it will be close to 300X, don`t know what it will happen at such magnifications with just 130mm aperture. Thanks again for your help, clear skies and good luck.
  8. Hi there guys, a friend of mine do have several GSO eyepieces from his deceased father and is willing to part with them, are they any good?, how much should you pay for a 2.5X 3 element Barlow? and for a 15mm lens? Some of the pieces do have the inscription "Taiwan" on them some others does not, are there any difference between them? Also there are some Barlows made out two and others out three pieces elements, what are the differences between them? Lately have been reading in forums about Meade 4000 eyepieces too, which ones are better, GSO or Meade 4000? For my readings, i have come to the conclusion that eyepieces made for Meade, (not the 4000) Orion and Celestron, are not of good quality, am i right? Good eyepieces (brand) to buy w/o breaking the bank (or getting divorced) ???? I do use glasses all the time, is there anything to be concerned with the eyepieces use and the glasses? Thanks for any help you can give.
  9. Hi Waldemar, thanks for your reply, i am of the opinion, that if what you only have is money, you are a very poor people. You can`t extend life (more than the logical way) with money or dodge dead no matter how much money you have. Therefore, the most important part (imho) is having fun while you are alive and doing as much good as you can w/o expecting anything in return. It has serve me well in my 59 years and i don`t expect to change anytime soon. Yes, it has permitted me to adquire a lot of friends in several parts of the world, and although they are not many, they return to me what i give to anyone for free, friendship, experiences and good times (and sometimes binoculars).
  10. Hi there everyone, unfortunately had to leave home in a hurry w/o having receiving the scope, will have to wait until my trip return to pick it up (it already arrive two days after me leaving home). Anyway, talking to a old friend about my new hobby before leaving, he came out of the shed with some 15 x 70 Celestron binoculars he had not used in years, handle it to me (free of charge) and only have to let him look thru my telescope when it will be ready to compensate him for the binoculars. So i will be watching the skies for the time being with the Celestron binoculars, good enough to get familiarize with the stars and other celestial bodies i think. Will let you all know about my experiences with the scope when i return home, wish you all a lot of good luck and happy skies watching.
  11. Thanks Ben for helping me make my mind, sorry to hear you can`t sleep, i din`t last night, when for a colonoscopy today at hospital and just for thinking of it din`t sleep much. It`s just 22:39 here at my place, not time to go to bed yet. Thanks for your help.
  12. A friend of mine now is offering me a Meade LX70 OTA Telescope, 150mm (6”) f/12 Maksutov-Cassegrain-1800mm Focal Length. No tripod, but the OTA is in good condition and is asking not so much for it, is this a good scope? How difficult will be finding a tripod for it? Comparing with the Orion 6I intelliscope, which one is better
  13. Thanks Cosmic Geoff for your info, the scope is pay for and already on his way to my place, hope it gets here in time before i leave for the road, one of the things i like from this scope is the wide field of view it does have, have to sacrifice some deep views but i do prefer at least for the moment, one with a wide field of view. I have been planning already when everything is ok and wife don`t kill me first, buying a 10" or 12" (or bigger, money will tell) in the future to have it at home, will have to be a Dob of course, for the price and quality they are hard to beat, and they are more narrow field of view than the one i bought, also with this aperture they are more fine to go for the deep sky and some very distant objects, i already know that the 6" Orion will not satisfied me completely, but got no other way to go as long the scope have to be portable to go in and out of the truck frequently. Money is another factor to consider, all the 6" SCT i did look at, were close to $1000 or above that, that`s a lot of money for a first scope, buying one just like that, get me the chance to get killed by wife, specially now that i got life insurance, can`t take this chance. i am already under a warning to go to sleep with "Rocky" to the dog house if i spend some more money in "unnecessary things" according to her, so let it be for the moment. Will have to learn to collimate the scope from time to time, no other way around.
  14. Thanks Ben for letting me know what i already what expecting, to have a good scope. i did some research for few weeks until i settled with the Orion, qua price is not the cheapest around but it got a lot of nice reviews, that, the size and the weight, make finally my mind to go with this one, nice to hear that i did a good buy, thanks.
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