Many beginners interested in getting their first scope will often ask about getting one for about $100 to $150 or so. Buying a scope in this price range is a mistake. A big mistake. Scopes in this price range are so bad that they can frustrate you right out of the hobby. To explain why, […]Read More March 3, 2019: Why You Should Stay Far, FAR Away From That $100 to $150 Telescope
Part three? What happened to part one and part two? Oh, there they are. The tl;dr version of those posts from last year is first that I had the wrong power supply for this mount, and then when I got the right power supply, the mount worked very well with my little 8-pound Mak on […]Read More December 12, 2018: Orion Sirius Pro AZ-EQ/G, Part III – Customer Service
I have pretty much made up my mind as to what I’m going to do in terms of my jump up in aperture. Well, to be more grammatically correct, I had pretty much made up my mind. As I discussed in this blog post a couple of months ago, I was basically looking at using […]Read More May 15, 2017: Celestron or Meade? PC or Mac?
EDIT – as this is one of my most frequently referred to blog posts, scroll down to the horizontal break to get to the sections where I dispense my advice. It starts about one-fifth of the way down; you’ll see the headers. Enjoy! Astronomy definitely has its seasons. As the months come and go, so […]Read More June 27, 2016: Spring Doldrums; Stock Wisdom and Sage Advice
Astronomy has undergone a veritable sea-change since I first started observing as a teenager in the late 70s and early 80s, as I touched on briefly in my first blog post. In this and the next two posts, I’ll go over some of the bigger changes in the hobby that I’ve seen in the last 35 […]Read More January 13, 2016: 35-Year-End Review, Part 1 – My, How Things Have Changed!
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