Happy New Year! This half of the review gets into all those less “necessary” purchases I’ve made over after buying my two telescopes; but they sure seemed necessary at the time. My spending barrage continued as I wanted to see what all the fuss was about both TeleVue EPs and ultra-wide field EPs, too. The […]Read More January 1, 2016: Year-end review, Part 2 – eyepieces, filters, and binoviewers, oh my!
The same day as the Levenhuk/Baader solar filter arrived, another filter arrived, too: The Baader Moon and Skyglow Filter. Suh-weet! So, between the sun and the night sky, it was really a very full and enjoyable day and night of observing. The M&SG is, in one sense, a weaker version of the Orion Ultrablock filter […]Read More March 19, 2015 – The Baader Moon and Skyglow Filter and the Crabby Astronomer
Right at the same time as I got the Ultrablock, I also received my new Celestron Luminos 10mm eyepiece. I had ordered it in early February, using up the last of my Amazon gift card. For some reason, there was a two-week delay in getting it out to me, which is pretty unusual for Amazon. […]Read More February 27, 2015 – The 10mm Luminos Eyepiece and EOFB
Last week I went out to once again hunt my elusive quarry, my very own personal white whale, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Unfortunately, because of my own ineptitude, I misread Sky & Telescope’s GRS transit calculator and thought I’d be able to see the transit that was to occur a bit after midnight, Eastern Time. Of […]Read More February 14, 2015 – The Great Red Spot is Mine!
Tonight it was clear. Or at least it was “clear.” There was a high, thin, persistent haze that never went away all night. Damned Weather Channel, screwed me again! At least I got a chance to test out the Ultrascopic Barlow on the Mak. And it worked perfectly. As I noted in yesterday’s post, I […]Read More December 26, 2014 – Upgrading the Mak, part 4A – mounting the ST-80, Barlow
As promised, I can finally give you the lowdown on how good the TeleVue Plossl is. It ain’t worth it. I observed Jupiter tonight, for almost a solid hour, with a couple of breaks for the Geminid meteor shower. (I only saw one, out of the corner of my eye.) I switched back and forth […]Read More December 14, 2014 – Upgrading the Mak, Part 3A – 8mm TeleVue Plossl vs. 9.7mm Meade 4000 SuperPlossl, Bahtinov mask, Lord mask, diagonals
Well after 9 days of clouds, I finally got to go out and use my brand new eyepiece, an 8mm TeleVue Plossl that I picked up for just 50 bucks on eBay – which is one helluva bargain, almost half-price. The clouds didn’t start clearing until late in the night, so I wasn’t able to […]Read More December 12, 2014 – Upgrading the Mak, Part 3 – 8mm TeleVue Plossl, filter