Inspired directly by Matt Wedel and his exact same post (hey, I never claimed to be clever or original), and inspired indirectly by a “show-and-tell” of my case I did recently for a brand new DAS member, I thought I’d do a “mini-review” of my non-scope astronomy equipment. Okay, I’m not ashamed to admit it, I’m […]Read More January 17, 2017: What’s in Your Eyepiece Case?
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
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!
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