Last edited by Tdale; 04-27-2015 at 06:03 PM.
TDale, those are awesome.
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My wife wants a telescope......any recommendations Tdale?
Joe - NY
Without knowing your budget or intended use, I'd probably guess she wants a telescope for visual viewing. If so I'd probably start off with something like the $450 Celestron NexStar 4 SE http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-NexS.../dp/B000GUFOBO It's simple to allign and the computerized go-to function makes it easy to find and track objects of interest. They can usually be found used for under $300. They also have 5", 6" and 8" models that go up to $1k. obviously the 8" would be able to gather more light and have a higher maximum magnification. The Celestron NexStar telescopes are great for visual observation, but I have no idea how well they would work for Astrophotography.
For Astrophotography it's hard to beat (or sometimes find) the $600 AT65EDQ http://telescopes.net/store/astro-te...refractor.html (they are almost always sold out), Another Great option is the Orion ED80T CF http://www.telescope.com/Orion-ED80T...e/p/101422.uts but it lacks a field flattener, I considered buying the ED80T CF but then I was finally able to find an AT65EDQ a few years ago and never looked back
Be careful though, Astrophotography is yet another expensive hobby.
Last edited by Tdale; 04-27-2015 at 03:51 PM.
Those pics are wonderful!
I just finished making an 8" f6 Dobsonian for experimentation. I am working out how to make a motorized x-y mount for long exposures. I have the problem with countering rotation solved and I am doing the math and programing to handle the polar coordinate conversions to x-y, so tracking an object is done by a computer controlled motors. Patents pending on software and hardware.
Once I get the kinks worked out. I am going to install it on my 25" f3 and see what I can see.
Your pictures have inspired a couple more all-nighters in my workshop. Good bye world (for a while)
Last edited by GR82BPREPD; 04-27-2015 at 05:29 PM.
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Wow! a 25" f3 did you build that one as well?
I've sometimes thought about building a nice Dobsonian or Newtonian. How hard was your 8" Dobsonian to build?