Let’s talk about all the good things, and the bad things, that may be. Let’s talk about eyepieces! More to the point, let’s talk about expensive eyepieces, also referred to as premium eyepieces. Obviously, as a preliminary matter, when you’re selecting a new eyepiece, one of the first considerations should be how it fits in […]Read more "February 12, 2017: Let’s Talk About Eyepieces, Baby"
I ordered a 24mm 68 from High Point Scientific on April 30 – the last day of the $99 NEAF sale, a very nice one-third savings off of the normal $149 price. I had a $100 Visa gift card that was just sitting around, burning a hole in my pocket, and I’ve heard very good things […]Read more "December 15, 2016: The 24mm Explore Scientific 68-Degree Eyepiece"
Because my plague of bad weather has now stretched on deep into a second month, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the past year – well, the past 14 months, actually – since I bought my Mak, and discuss both of my scopes, and my equipment with […]Read more "December 30, 2016: Year-end review, Part 1 – the Mak and the ‘frac"
The Lyra Double-Double mounting system arrived, and wonder of wonders, I have managed to use it to attach the ST-80 to the Mak. The two-headed Frankenscope is here! MUHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I have the ST-80 mounted pretty much in the middle of the front-to-back axis of the Mak, so as not to affect my balance in that […]Read more "January 5 , 2015 – The Frankenscope is Alive! It’s Alive! And EP dilemmas"
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"
The Mak comes with what’s called a red-dot finder. This is a small – and inexpensive – device that projects a small red dot onto a clear flat surface through which you can see the sky behind it. You use the RDF to align what you see in the sky with what’s seen in the […]Read more "December 6, 2014: Upgrading the Mak, Part 2 – finderscope, high-powered eyepieces"
The Mak has a very different light path than a Newtonian. In a Newtonian, light enters from the top of the tube, reflects off of a primary parabolic mirror at the bottom of the tube, concentrating the light to a single point. Before it gets to that single point, the light reflects off of a […]Read more "December 4, 2014: History of My Astronomizing, Part 2 – Getting the Mak"