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At 4:58am on April 21, 2015, carlo colombo italiano milanese said…

mi sono sempre dimenticato di farti i miei ringraziamenti per la tua amicizia e accoglienza presso l'astrogab, grazie c.colombo astrofilo milanese

At 4:58pm on December 13, 2013, Marc Basti said…

Congrats to you and Mom. Life will never be the same, it'll be better-enjoy!

At 5:15am on December 13, 2013, Bob W said…

Congrats Charles!!
Hope Mom and Baby are doing good.

At 7:42pm on December 12, 2013, Trevor Woodrow said…

What, no pics of your new baby!?!

At 2:41pm on May 4, 2013, Trevor Woodrow said…

I know you have been shooting, where are your posts!?! And for Christ's sake, shoot some darks!

At 6:24am on April 24, 2013, Mark Roberts said…

Hi Charles
If you are looking for a Ha Solar Scope there are a few nice options you may wish to consider. Solarscope http://www.solarscope.co.uk/products.html and Daystar http://www.daystarfilters.com/Quantum.shtml have Premium Ha filter systems that will mount to your existing refractor to turn them into very high quality solar instrument. One of my friends has a Solarscope filter system that just blows away the Coronado or Lunt scopes. I have heard nothing but good about Daystar but have no experience with them.
Something to consider since you tend to like the best

Clear Skies
Mark

At 9:10am on July 8, 2012, Frank Bastian said…

Interesting you said that because I've been of the same mind. I considered starting small and stretching to better, but finally after all I've read I decided to go for a higher end from the get go - an aplanatic 11" with CGEM DX mount. My only hesitation was a) it may be more than I can handle (I'm quite fit now at 59, but in 15 or 20 years a 110 lb mount may prove daunting to haul around) and b) building that old 6" from scratch was an adventure. Buying a 'ready to go' scope may leave less opportunity for creativity and discovery. But I suspect I will have ample opportunity to tweak and upgrade and I get my feet wet in this. Time will tell.

At 7:12am on July 8, 2012, Frank Bastian said…

Well... maybe I can grow into something that ambitious! What do you think of the Celestron CGEM DX mount?

At 9:56pm on July 7, 2012, Frank Bastian said…

well, forgot to mention that I have a 6" ~ F6 newtonian I built years ago and also picked up a used 3" refractor that have both languished for lack of a decent mount. a priority is to get a good solid mount. my skies are pretty good when clear (mountains of Pennsylvania)

At 9:30pm on July 7, 2012, Frank Bastian said…

that's part of my dilemma - both. So I wanted something I can enjoy viewing with and cultivate a serious AP hobby too. I was torn between a large aperture SCT and large newtonian. I'd read that for viewing a short F newtonian was not ideal, but a 10" F5 newtonian would have a 48" tube - kind of cumbersome on for viewing with an equatorial mount.

I think where I've settled is the reality that there is no one perfect scope for both viewing and AP - I'll eventually want an SCT and a newtonian; maybe even a big dobsonian. I'm strongly motivated to go with a SC to start and build from there.

At 2:36pm on June 20, 2012, Steve Coates said…

Totally agree with Mark. I wish I started out with this gear and skipped the SCT. There are a lot of folks who are using an Orion 80mm ED and are getting excellent results.

At 7:17pm on June 19, 2012, Eric Hughes said…
Hey Charlie! I spoke with Chris at OPT, and said that you recommended the Orion Sirius 80ED setup and he said that was a great idea. Turns out, by the time I get the C6RGT and an auto guider, I'd be pushing the limits for that mount. And I need to get a camera before I need the auto guider (the one I have won't mount), so I'm just gonna go with the Orion and build from there. Looks like my Christmas list is written for the next few years! :) the rabbit hole is deep indeed...
At 8:02pm on June 18, 2012, Eric Hughes said…
Thanks, Charles, I was actually just looking at that one! I've been a space junkie my whole life, and wanted a telescope for as long as I can remember, and now that I can afford one that will see further than the moon, I'm learning just how deep the rabbit hole goes, so to speak. I'm learning as I go, so I'm gonna be patient and not jump into something then regret it. Thanks a ton for the advice and info!
At 6:14pm on June 18, 2012, Eric Hughes said…
I'm afraid those are quite a bit out of my budget. The SE 8 is right at my budgetary limit. If you can suggest anything within the 1000$ range, I would appreciate it. :)
At 2:32pm on January 1, 2012, Vladimir Rojankovski said…

Thanks for your post, however, I try to separate software-wise the main from the guiding sensors, for which purpose I try to install the ASCOM driver as well - to be more flexible

At 7:36am on December 16, 2011, Trevor Woodrow said…

I thought the parents left a long time ago!

At 7:45pm on June 27, 2011, Trevor Woodrow said…
"Telescoping soon"? Don't tease
At 9:50pm on May 1, 2011, Alistair Symon said…
I worked through a number of setups over the last 10 years to get to this one. I started imaging with an LX10 back in 1998 with a Starlight Xpress MX5 doing manual guiding. That got me hooked and I wanted to get better pictures so then I went to an LX200 and ST7-E and things got better but not great. I made a real breakthrough when I moved to an RCX400 and ST-2000 camera with AO. The AO sorted out all the issues with the Meade mount tracking but I was never happy with the focus I could get on the RCX. So then I decided to simplify. Use a top of the line refractor with no electronics to go wrong and combine it with a good quality camera like the STL-11000. The image quality from that was great. Now I just wanted to go deeper than wheeling the setup out on my driveway and sitting with it would allow. So last year I build my backyard observatory and put it on a good pier. Now it images all night long controlled by CCD Autopilot and the images are now really looking good.
At 9:11pm on May 1, 2011, Alistair Symon said…
It's very good for giving you absolutely pinpoint stars without any tracking errors as it corrects mount errors very quickly and accurately compared to the relays. I image at 2.3 arc/secs per pixel and it ensure I get every bit or resolution I can get at that scale
At 2:00am on April 20, 2011, Emile.M. Pulinx, MD said…
Other people may think differently ,Mr Dunlop;
You have to accept that different musical tastes do exist on this earth.
E-M Pulinx,MD
Internal Medecine -Endocrinology
Nuclear Medecine
Gold medal of Brussel's jazz academy 1985

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