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"
Continuing with my review of the ch-ch-changes (we’ll miss you, Starman!) I’ve experienced in astronomy over the past 35 years, we move on to the telescope and eyepiece revolutions. As far as we knew, the largest “portable” telescopes back then were the C14s, the orange tube SCTs. Oh, there were ads in Sky & […]Read more "January 26, 2016: 35-Year-End Review, Part 2 – Scopes and Eyepieces"
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"
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"
When I got the Mak, I still had 3 eyepieces that I had used with my Bird-Jones scope – the 26mm and 9.7mm Meade 4000 Super Plossls that came stock with the scope, and a 4mm Celestron Omni Plossl that I had bought to get some high power out of the Bird-Jones. See, back in […]Read more "December 5, 2014 – Upgrading the Mak, Part 1: eyepieces, the mount, and dew"