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omahaastro

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  1. Speaking of which... the view of the Veil through a cheap 120mm f/5 equipped with the 31T5 (4 degree FOV!) and an OIII filter is stunning... you can enjoy the entire expanse!
  2. I used a Cave 8" f/6 reflector for the first half of my 30+ years of observing, but in the second half, things began moving quickly... I've probably owned nearly 20 telescopes... today I own 8. Cave 8" f/6 (still have it) Orion 80mm f/5 and Celestron 120mm f/5 achromats, both great terrestrial and travel scopes.. also have solar filters for them Orion 4 1/2" Starblast, found on local classified ad, couldn't resist... mounted it on an old Vixen Polaris, decent wide field scope Celestron 9.25, mounted on Losmandy GM-8, platform to satisfy my, as of yet, unrealized astrophotography ambitions Obsession 18" f/4.5, workhorse, my 'grab and go' scope Obsession 30" f/5, aperture fever has a cure, but requires planning to take out Coronado PST, H-Alpha is just such an awesome perspective on the Sun, want more aperture now I also own a pair of 7x50 and 20x80 binoculars With regards to the wife... she doesn't complain as long as there's a commensurate stream of Coach, Louis Vuitton, etc.
  3. The views make ladder time on the 30" all worth the 'risk'... and it cost me nearly a 1/3rd of what it might have, if I were to consider a new, 'fast' scope of the same aperture. I have yet to get any complaints from those who accompany me into the field. The 18" only requires a 2-step ladder for me.
  4. Meh... astrophotographers, glued to their computer screens. My fantasy rigs... there is a cure to aperture fever.
  5. I've managed it in both my 18 and 30"... under sqm 21.5 skies, although not easy by any means. I don't own an H-beta filter... my UHC helped though, showing up as a dark, backwards crescent in the 30, just a notch in the 18. You don't need high magnification on this object at all, a misconception.... just keep Zeta Orionis out of the field of view.
  6. M-81/M-82 are a lovely sight in the 1.2° field my 18" provides... M-51 is probably one of the closer 'textbook' views... any bright globular... M-57 is always a treat... so many to choose from. I also really enjoy interesting pairings of objects... example, the little planetary superimposed in M-46 is a wonderful sight to behold.
  7. http://www.telescopehouse.com/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Light_Pollution_39.html
  8. The Newt benefits from an AFV of over 1 1/2°... the Mak provides little more than 2/3rds of a degree.
  9. I am a satisfied owner of a 2" Orion Ultrablock as well.
  10. I tried searching for it on the forum here and didn't find it... if anyone's interested in another fascinating, 'coat hanger sized' asterism, suitable for binoculars/wide field scopes... try 'Kemble's Cascade'. It's located in Camelopardalis, named by well known (over here at least) Sky & Telescope columnist Walter Scott Houston, after a Canadian amateur who brought it to Houston's attention back in 1980.
  11. I couldn't agree more, I cherish my 22, 17, and 12 T4's in my f/4.5 18". To those, I added the 31T5 for a 1.2 degree TFV. I also feel very comfortable wearing glasses while I observe. Furthermore, while many insist on a Paracorr at this focal ratio, I've found minimal coma at the edges with these eyepieces.
  12. omahaastro

    M57

    Congratulations on your find! Isn't star hopping fun? Go check out M27 before it sets for the season.
  13. Took this yank a while to understand what was even going on. Reminds me of the time I traveled to Melbourne Australia on a business trip... was sitting at a table, alone with the father of a (Aussie) fellow I was working with. He's telling this story, going on, and on... suddenly he stops and asks "are you a little hard of hearing son?". I replied, "Sorry, no, I just don't understand a word you're saying." (I don't usually have problems with English or Australians/NZ, but this guy had a REALLY heavy accent, and was tossing in a lot of language, I didn't know the meaning of). I love this forum by the way... a wealth of information, and I enjoy the perspective coming from enthusiasts from across the pond.
  14. I think your comments do pick up on the subtleties which explain the cost of some of these eyepieces. Namely the Radian... which is (was) of course all about eye relief... viewing comfort. Obviously some folks are going to appreciate this more than others. As for TV's Plossl's... let's face it, they're just filling in a gap in their product line... ie the 'affordable' eyepieces. I'm sure there's an audience out there that yearns for a Televue... but isn't ready to shell out the cash for a Nagler, much less a Panoptic... so they opt for the Plossl. Also, under a pristine sky, when chasing the truly faint fuzzies/delicate details, there are folks who appreciate the modest improvement in contrast/sharpness/etc... and are willing to pay a premium to get that little extra boost.
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