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  1. Holy macaroni! How big is that thing?! How far can you push the magnification on planets?
  2. Thanks Mike! And what you write about how you generally return to 3-4 special eyepieces is what I read in the forums all the time. That, and obviously the cost, are the reasons why I'm very hesitant when it comes to increasing my collection.
  3. I deliberately started with only two eyepieces because I wanted to create that feeling that I really need more - if it would ever come. Now going from 2 to 4 is a pretty big step already and I was considering long and hard whether I would start by buying one more, but to go to 5 eyepieces is out of question at this stage. Let's see what the future has to bring, perhaps I will see a need for an additional eyepiece in the range you mention
  4. After spending an unhealthy amount of time with the Field of View Calculator, reading countless of reviews and forum threads, and considering the input I got in this topic, I woke up this morning with the realisation. I have made my decision: I will... 1. Keep my current eyepieces, the nag31T5 and the ES100 5.5mm. 2. Buy the nagler 3-6 zoom and the nag13T6. 3. Get a pair of simple binoculars that have gotten good reviews: Opticron Adventurer 10x50 T WP. I have about 3-4 months to try these out and whether they will be sufficient for the observation I aim to do during my upc
  5. Now, I'm completely focused on observing, but if I wasn't, I would be exceptionally satisfied if I had produced something like that. Well done!
  6. Good point about making one myself! Didn't know about the light loss of spotting scopes.. Will look into some newtonians!
  7. That I can imagine. Especially for a tall person, and not that flexible, like myself that must be really annoying. But my thinking is rather that it's still more comfortable than a pair of binoculars. Unless I go horizontal on a yoga mat
  8. https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/info/p8370_TS-Optics-Carbon-Fibre-Photo-Tripod---Ball-Head---load-capacity-8-kg.html https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php?products_id=8490#cs This combo! Thoughts? Don't understand why I didn't think about this earlier. Must have some drawbacks that I haven't considered.
  9. Not being able to use it at all would probably feel like the ultimate failure. Going through a lot of hassle to configure and buy a new telescope and then not even use it - for whatever reason...
  10. That's a bit above my league spending time on research is one thing, but to actually build my own telescope, unfortunately that is not something I would have time for.
  11. This is what makes it difficult to decide on size for a pair of binoculars very preference based. On one hand I tend to lean towards the 10x50 or 10x56, but on the other hand I feel like it's a bit of a waste since I'll have such great skies - assuming weather is good of course - and then perahps my small binoculars are fine after all? Going with the 15x70 is significantly bulkier and will take up a lot of space while hiking. But in return the magnification (and aperture too of course) is very different from my 10x26. What about getting a spotting scope? Less room in my hiking backpack
  12. Thanks everyone for the input, it's most valuable to hear the different perspectives! The below posts basically summarises my concerns with bringing a telescope and after thinking about it today I would not want to check-in that luggage. I have measured my astronomy backpack and I would be able to fit a 70-80mm refractor in there and should I go for option 3, I would bring the telescope in that backpack as hand luggage. The tripod and probably the mount as well, would have to go in my regular luggage, but this would put quite some demands on the equipment, especially given that we're awa
  13. Thank you. What mount do you use for the Giro-WR? It doesn't seem to come with one. How much does your setup weigh in total? Is the tripod small enough to bring as hand luggage? The Scopetech Zero looks quite impressive. 1.4 kg, wow!! The AZ5 weighs 5kg with the tripod which I feel is on the high end.
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