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jsloan117

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  1. I have received my AD 12" Dob and this thing is freaking massive! And here I thought I was going to take it backpacking o boy was I wrong lol. I've picked up a few misc items as well a cover, replacement collimation knobs, an ES 2x 1.25 Barlow and an Orion T-ring. I'm wondering if I'm still missing things that I need or would be recommended to get fairly quick for optimum viewings. I did notice that I'm unable to attach the Canon EOS Rebel XS camera to the scope, I believe because I do not have a 'Camera adapter'. I've looked at a few I think or thought would work adapter and adapter . I did talk with HPS support and they had recommended I purchase this MPCC (before calling I didn't think about coma issues), is this MPCC better'? Or is another brand/setup superior? Is there a protective solution/case available for this massive scope? I was looking at this Orion caset but not 100% sure at this time whether or not it'd work or not. Should I return the 1.25 Barlow and get the 2" version of it, since it clearly won't work with my 2" EP that came with the scope? Kinda assuming I could use the 2" version with 1.25 EP's with a reducer? Or would like need a Barlow of each size? Recommendations for software processing and non-processing whatever it may be? I did get a humble bundle of the below. I'd image that the ACDSee, Aurora HDR, Paintshop Pro, and CameraBag would be most useful for processing, but don't know and don't have a clue how to use'em yet which I'll learn when I got some pictures. PhotoMirage Photolemur 2 Corel Paintshop Pro 2019 CameraBag Pro Imerge Pro ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2018 Aurora HDR 2018 Feedback is much appreciated and welcome Jonathan
  2. Thank you all for your replies much appreciated! There is the Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC) that I believe is fairly close to me actually (I'm new to the area :-/). I plan on joining or at least attending one of their monthly events which should shed some light and use the Powell Observatory. My interests would be more observing DSOs vs our own solar objects, but I like to be able to view it all. To some degree, astrophotography is more of a 'pipe dream' likely at this time, since to do it right simply is going to cost. I suppose I'm likely trying to spread it too far out with a single 'all-in-one' which like Steve said will disappoint. I've got an itch for a telescope but want to make a smart decision so probably should continue to do my research.
  3. Hello Everyone, I'm new here and new to telescopes and everything related. I've always loved space and related T.V. shows and have finally decided I wish to get into staring at space a bit closer and astrophotography. Anyways to the good stuff, I've been doing a lot of research and while I still don't have that much knowledge I think I have an idea of what I would like, but not sure what I all I need or what may go together good/great. The telescope(s) I've been looking at are Z61 or the Z73, I don't have thousands to spend but wish to get something good and I'll be able to get more stuff for later down the road to make even better. I am not set on the WO's either, I just found an article from astrobackyard that recommended it and it was the cheapest on the list. I saw on highpointscientific that the Z61 is discontinued is this true? Since the WO Zenithstar don't come with almost anything other than the OTA, below I've listed other things I think I'll need to get started right away. I understand these telescopes have a wide FOV, but don't understand how/why the eyepieces take an effect on the FOV or even some that I've seen some provide a FOV number related to that eyepiece. Star diagonal: WO-diagonal Eyepieces: I believe I'll need 2" unless I can (believe) get a star diagonal ^ that has a converter to 1 1/4 (I think would rather have 1 1/4 due to cost differences?): Celestron-1-1/4 or Celestron-2 Mount: Not really sure about this one.. Again wish not to spend a lot of money, want to get the job done successfully. Camera: Was wanting to get one that I could hook up to a computer, but a family member has a Canon Rebel XS DSLR which I believe will work? Do I need a special T ring to hook this up? I can't seem to think of anything else I may need at this time, am I missing anything else that is a must? I'll get a case for it as well since of course, I'll want to protect my investment. Any feedback is appreciated and welcome :-) Jonathan Sloan
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