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What do you have?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:50 am
by John W. Kelly
What kind of gear do you use if any? I bought a 120mm Orion refractor last July to celebrate the Moon landing. Some of the goodies include a Tele-Vue 4mm EP for lunar viewing, and a couple of Plossl EP's of 10 & 25 mm, and a solar and Moon filter. This set up replaces a well worn Meade 60mm that I still use on occasion.

Re: What do you have?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:41 pm
by RickLewis
John W. Kelly wrote:What kind of gear do you use if any? I bought a 120mm Orion refractor last July to celebrate the Moon landing. Some of the goodies include a Tele-Vue 4mm EP for lunar viewing, and a couple of Plossl EP's of 10 & 25 mm, and a solar and Moon filter. This set up replaces a well worn Meade 60mm that I still use on occasion.


You've been waiting a while for that celebration, haven't you? :lol:

It sounds like a very nice set of kit. Have you been using it much yet?

My own setup is extremely modest: I have a 50mm refractor that my parents gave me when I was a teenager. Living in London, the amount of sodium light going up into the night sky means that viewing conditions are never great anyway. Still, we can see the Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, and of course the Moon quite well, and occasionally Mars. My son (now aged 4) likes the telescope too but doesn't completely have the hang of it yet.

Re: What do you have?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:05 pm
by John W. Kelly
RickLewis wrote:You've been waiting a while for that celebration, haven't you? :lol:

I guess I should have said a 40th anniversary celebration.:lol: I've gotten some good viewing time here (60 km. N of Seattle) despite the rain and clouds. You might want to try some light-pollution filters; they can make a big difference for in-city viewing.

Re: What do you have?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:20 am
by RickLewis
Very belated response to your last posting:

You might want to try some light-pollution filters; they can make a big difference for in-city viewing.


I'm now thinking that a light-pollution filter might be a very good idea for me. I'd actually never heard of these before. Can you recommend any particular make? Are they fairly universal in terms of which telescopes they fit? I vaguely remember that 25 years ago I had some kind of filter for observing the sun (yes, scary I know) but I can't even remember how that fitted to the telescope.

(Don't worry - I no longer have that sun filter as I read about the dangers of them failing and I wanted to keep both my eyes in working order!)