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  1. Simple question, am I mad, what problems can I realistically expect.
  2. I ran into this abomination in a local random junk classified ad, seller does not say much other than its a telescope, i have no intentions of buying a scope that looks like it fell form the ugly tree and hit every branch on its way down lol. can anybody identify this scope which certainly only its mother can love?
  3. Finally i have had some time tonight, under a clear sky, to point my new SW Mak 150 which i bought in December at the beautiful waxing crescent moon in the western sky outside my backyard porch. i had no idea what to expect, having never even looked through a mak before, i set the scope out early and left it to equalize while i had dinner and some television, 3 hours later i realized i had put the scope out and bolted out lol. I inserted my 24mm X cell LX reasoning that with the inherent narrow FOV of this scope i better use a 24 right off the bat, well it was just enough to squeeze the moon into the FOV entirely, and what a grand view it was, i really was blown away!. First off i was struck by the beautiful contrast, the razor sharp limb against the inky black sky was fantastic, second was earthshine, beautiful looking and striking against the darker backdrop, craters speckled up and down the terminator with mare's and mountain ranges beautifully contrasted and razor sharp. Seeing conditions were very good, with minimal atmospheric distortion, i was able to push magnification up to 250 while maintaining image quality with minimal loss, i can honestly say that this Mak has provided me with a view of the moon i haven't seen since looking through a Televue Frac at a star party years ago. I can't wait to give Jupiter a go later tonight if the clouds don't roll in as expected since rain is in the forecast for the morning, but i don't mind anyway, i have waited since December for both weather and time to finally use my new scope, i can wait for jupiter. Tonight, i felt as though i rediscovered the moon, such was the absolutely beautiful view through this scope which is new to me, i will be looking at some eyepieces with a bit longer FL to give me a bit more FOV around the moon, maybe a 30mm would do the trick.
  4. Hi all, I am thinking of getting the Meade LX-10 8-inch Cassegrain. I know these have been discontinued but would appreciate comments as to whether it is a good scope to go for with my main interest being DSO's such as Andromeda. I plan to attach a CCD camera and do stacked imaging. Are there any particular points I should be aware of and what accessories should I consider? Thank you for your assistance.
  5. Hi guys, I received from a friend a new telescope (new for me, but the telescope is not new) - a classic Cassegrain. The telescope is made by someone very handy, I realize that when I dismantle it to fine tune it and to see how can I collimate the scope (is a new type of scope for me). My problem is I don't know how to calculate the focal length of this type of scope. Is not so easy like doing this for a newtonian, because of the curved shape of the secondary mirror. Have anyone a clue how to calculate this?
  6. Its about time!! i made the 3hr round trip to my scope shop (after a tough days work) but all well worth it, i could not wait till the weekend when i'd have plenty of time to go early and avoid rush hour traffic, be well rested and awake, that makes no sense at all lol. I was far too giddy to wait for the weekend, anyway she's here and she's beautiful!, i will no doubt be tossing that horrible 28mm eyepiece it comes with and replacing the finder scope with a spare telrad i have. Now i just need a clear night and a couple of hours for equilibrium and we'll see what this little gem can do! it sure feels and looks like a quality piece of gear i must say, that beautiful corrector just screams "i mean business".
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