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iPeace

Starting Minimal - What You End Up With

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* TS INED ED 70: I'm certainly happy with it - which is good, as it's my first scope
* 1.25" TS diagonal: stated 99% reflectivity, certainly gets the job done for me - time and experience with other gear will tell
* TV eyepieces: certainly happy with them...
* Rigel Quik Finder: all the hype is true, fantastic bit of kit, once you learn how to use it. Must write this one up someday soon. A DIY fudge to mount on this small scope (with tie wraps on dew shield) but very much worth the money and the faff.
* Orion 9x50 illuminated RACI: had to get one to see what the fuss was about; very nice, may prove indispensable
* Manfrotto 405 geared head: obviously not designed for astronomy, but very portable and very nice for slo-mo tracking
* Photo tripod: very sturdy and adjustable

...and then there was a TV85 on its way to the bay, which had to be stopped...

But that's another story.

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Very nice looking portable set up. The Rigel looks enormous on your scope compared to on my Dob, but totally agree, it's a great piece of kit.

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4 hours ago, laudropb said:

Very nice looking portable set up. The Rigel looks enormous on your scope compared to on my Dob, but totally agree, it's a great piece of kit.

Yes it's definitely a case of a pair of finders apparently making off with the scope...

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Started in a really minimal way, built up quite a collection of eyepieces and scopes. The longer I am in this game the less I have come to realise I actually need. I try to keep things to the absolute minimum these days and always buy secondhand. Better for the environment, better on the wallet, easier to use in the field.

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To be honest, I don't bother with a find on my little refractor; with a low power eyepiece it has such a wide field of view I don't think that it need a finder scope, not when I'm using the Rigel Quickfinder too. 

It's a nice looking setup. 

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23 hours ago, AndyWB said:

To be honest, I don't bother with a find on my little refractor; with a low power eyepiece it has such a wide field of view I don't think that it need a finder scope, not when I'm using the Rigel Quickfinder too. 

It's a nice looking setup. 

Thanks - I agree, the Rigel may prove the RACI redundant, but we'll see.

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I hope you don't mind me voicing a different opinion here. Although I love your beautiful little refractor, for me the Rigel and the right angle finder would have to go. I'd have fit the scope with a Televue red dot finder. They are handsome, Slimline and have a wonderful flip mirror in which you can view the stars with great ease. There would be no struggling with a right angle finder and it would liberate your beautiful scope from having to carry that ugly Rigel contraption designed by a criminal maniac.

 With the Televue finder your scope would be far easier to pack into a back pack or case, and there'd be no chance of catching the finder with your head. It would also look super cool! :headbang:

Mike

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47 minutes ago, mikeDnight said:

I hope you don't mind me voicing a different opinion here. Although I love your beautiful little refractor, for me the Rigel and the right angle finder would have to go. I'd have fit the scope with a Televue red dot finder. They are handsome, Slimline and have a wonderful flip mirror in which you can view the stars with great ease. There would be no struggling with a right angle finder and it would liberate your beautiful scope from having to carry that ugly Rigel contraption designed by a criminal maniac.

 With the Televue finder your scope would be far easier to pack into a back pack or case, and there'd be no chance of catching the finder with your head. It would also look super cool! :headbang:

Mike

Don't hold back Mike, say what you think won't you :laugh2:

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1 hour ago, bomberbaz said:

Don't hold back Mike, say what you think won't you :laugh2:

I get all emotional when refractors are involved. Sorry, I can't help it! It's an illness!

Mike

 

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11 hours ago, mikeDnight said:

I hope you don't mind me voicing a different opinion here. Although I love your beautiful little refractor, for me the Rigel and the right angle finder would have to go. I'd have fit the scope with a Televue red dot finder. They are handsome, Slimline and have a wonderful flip mirror in which you can view the stars with great ease. There would be no struggling with a right angle finder and it would liberate your beautiful scope from having to carry that ugly Rigel contraption designed by a criminal maniac.

 With the Televue finder your scope would be far easier to pack into a back pack or case, and there'd be no chance of catching the finder with your head. It would also look super cool! :headbang:

Mike

Thanks, I truly appreciate this. It's clear I've gone for "function over form" here, and aesthetically speaking this begs to be ridiculed. But it does work, for me.

By a strange coincidence, I've just managed to secure a TeleVue Starbeam from a fellow SGL member. He gave me a really good deal on it - even included a matching TV85 which he kindly attached to the finder, very decent of him, I must say.

So I live in hope - bordering on confidence - that one day soon, justice will be done and you will no longer suffer the image of a Rigel atop a refractor in my care. Perhaps you'd be interested in the details, as soon as my new, pre-loved Starbeam with matching refractor arrives?

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6 hours ago, iPeace said:

Thanks, I truly appreciate this. It's clear I've gone for "function over form" here, and aesthetically speaking this begs to be ridiculed. But it does work, for me.

By a strange coincidence, I've just managed to secure a TeleVue Starbeam from a fellow SGL member. He gave me a really good deal on it - even included a matching TV85 which he kindly attached to the finder, very decent of him, I must say.

So I live in hope - bordering on confidence - that one day soon, justice will be done and you will no longer suffer the image of a Rigel atop a refractor in my care. Perhaps you'd be interested in the details, as soon as my new, pre-loved Starbeam with matching refractor arrives?

It would be nice to see your starbeam sitting on your little frac. I hope you like the thing now I've mentioned it. Personally I think they're great!

What a nice chap your SGL friend is for attaching the TV85 to the starbeam.. It would be nice to see that too. :icon_biggrin:

Mike.

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5 hours ago, mikeDnight said:

It would be nice to see your starbeam sitting on your little frac. I hope you like the thing now I've mentioned it. Personally I think they're great!

What a nice chap your SGL friend is for attaching the TV85 to the starbeam.. It would be nice to see that too. :icon_biggrin:

Mike.

Who knows? I may just leave the Starbeam on the TV85...

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On 2/22/2016 at 21:18, mikeDnight said:

I'd have fit the scope with a Televue red dot finder. They are handsome, Slimline and have a wonderful flip mirror in which you can view the stars with great ease. There would be no struggling with a right angle finder and it would liberate your beautiful scope from having to carry that ugly Rigel contraption designed by a criminal maniac.

Ah, well...the Starbeam has indeed proven to be all you said.

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