My new toy

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  1. shutterbug

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    I've wanted a good telescope for years, and this one was within my budget (my opinion, not my wife's) :)
    10 inches, motor driven, over 4000 objects in it's memory. Been raining here for two weeks though, so I haven't had a chance to try it out :(
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    Hi, after I finished my time as an Apprentice Optical Mechanic I worked for a Company named Watson Victor in Melbourne; they repaired Telescopes, Naval Gun Sights etc. in a pressurized room to keep out the dust. I have always been interested in Optical Instruments. Looks nice. Regards Ray
     
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    I am so envious Shutt, you must live in a rural area that does not have a a lot of light pollution. I love gazing at the stars in the early am when i walk home from work. Can you give me some idea as to how much a telescope like that costs?
     
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    That looks impressive!
     
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    $1300 new. Weighs about 80 pounds, but comes apart for easy maneuvering. I also got a gadget that emulates a wifi, so I can use an app called SynScan Pro. It makes the scope VERY easy to use.
    Ray - I put 33 years in the optical field. Managed a wholesale lab where we made lenses and inserted them into frames for the local doctors.
     
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    Nice!


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    I'm guessing you're a "big picture" kind of guy, eh SB...:chuckling:
    Enjoy.
     
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    Thats a great hobby to have Shutt, i have a buddy that his hobby is making telescopes.
     
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    My brother used to own a house in Scottsdale, AZ. When he bought it, it came with a telescope in the main room, which I thought was very odd ... until he invited me to look through it. The 'scope was pointed at the moon, and the clarity and 3-dimensionality of the image just blew my mind :eek:

    I understood then why (apparently) every house in the complex had its own telescope - and I now understood the difference between desert air and town air!
     
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    #10 shutterbug, May 18, 2019
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    :) Yes, the air and light pollution really make a difference. Cold nights and clear skies are ideal. I've seen pictures of the International Space Station taken with a telescope like mine. I'm anxious to try it out! If only the rain would stop :(
    Kevin - Those mirrors are something to make! I have a chipped 12 inch mirror that I use to start fires. I guess that's why the instruction book starts off with "NEVER point a telescope at the sun" warning :)
    I do want a solar filter for it eventually.
     
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    I once rebuilt a 4 inch reflector that, at dusk when ground and air temps were equalized, I could use to easily read gas prices at a filling station more that six miles away. I could make out Saturn's rings, but it wasn't really clear.
    A ten inch must be awesome.
     
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    I tried to use a spare reflecting telescope at work to demonstrate the poisson spot but could not get it to work. Not sure why so couldn't fix it.
     
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    It’s beautiful and if you see any watches from far away let me know please :)
     

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