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#208258 - 05/15/08 02:43 PM Re: Dug out my 8" Dobsonian today. [Re: Ken.C]
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Registered: 02/15/07
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True "Goto" systems on a Dob are expensive, but Orion has a cheap "Push to" system that apparently works very well. It doesn't track or move the scope for you, rather it displays whether you need to move left, right, up, down, and when you've "locked on".

(Personally, finding things the old fashioned way is part of the joy of the hobby to me. Many people feel differently, though!)

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#208269 - 05/15/08 03:08 PM Re: Dug out my 8" Dobsonian today. [Re: zhimbo]
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Registered: 10/23/03
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Loc: Jacksonville, IL
Yup. I've never used one but I hear they're pretty cool.

8" Intelliscope

Not motorized but the system directs you on how to move the scope. The only drawback compared with the full-automatic system that the lack of motors means that it can't automatically track an object.

But it certainly makes it a heck of a lot easier to find some tricky dim object!

Sounds like it's time for an Axiom owner star party.
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#208352 - 05/16/08 11:34 AM Re: Dug out my 8" Dobsonian today. [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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Here is the one I'm looking at purchasing. Orion 10" Atlas EQ-G



http://www.telescope.com/control/product...roduct_id=24735
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#208353 - 05/16/08 11:37 AM Re: Dug out my 8" Dobsonian today. [Re: SirQuack]
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 Originally Posted By: sirquack
Here is the one I'm looking at purchasing. Orion 10" Atlas EQ-G



http://www.telescope.com/control/product...roduct_id=24735


Does it shoot missiles, too? ;\)


Seriously, that's a nice looking telescope. I remember I had a cheap one when I was a kid, but I ended up selling it so I could buy a bike. I really enjoy it when I get away from the city and I can actually see stars in the night sky.
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#208396 - 05/16/08 10:55 PM Re: Dug out my 8" Dobsonian today. [Re: SirQuack]
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A very nice choice. That ought to be a heck of a nice scope. If you get it, do let us fellow stargazers know how it is.
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#208398 - 05/16/08 11:47 PM Re: Dug out my 8" Dobsonian today. [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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Thanks, I'll have to post a pic of my DIY Dob from back in the college days. \:\)
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#208422 - 05/17/08 01:27 PM Re: Dug out my 8" Dobsonian today. [Re: JohnK]
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Registered: 11/29/06
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 Originally Posted By: JohnK
Sure Randy, as I mentioned before, my undergraduate degree, which is a B.S. in Chemistry, was originally intended to be pre-astronomy, but turned into pre-law. Viewing conditions in the city aren't that great and I don't have much time, but I still observe on occasion.

I'll add that I wonder how many guys seeing the thread title will be curious why you want to try an 8" sub, but'll take a look to read how the Dobsonian sounds.


... hook, line, and sinker

John, seems like we have something in common; I too am a B.S. Chemist, but I'm curious about the combo of Chemistry and law. Patent lawyer for a chemical company?

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#208435 - 05/17/08 03:43 PM Re: Dug out my 8" Dobsonian today. [Re: a401classic]
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Oh, like you'll ever get any info out of John.
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#208455 - 05/17/08 10:32 PM Re: Dug out my 8" Dobsonian today. [Re: a401classic]
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Scott, my bio(as much of it as I reveal on the web)is: Attorney(criminal prosecution, estate planning, investments, taxation); J.D. University of Michigan; undergraduate degree B.S. in Chemistry.

I've never made any significant professional use of my chemistry degree, but as it applies here my B.S. helps me wade through the BS a lot of audio is swimming in.
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#208569 - 05/19/08 11:27 PM Re: Dug out my 8" Dobsonian today. [Re: JohnK]
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A few of my favorite videos that will give you an idea of how microscopic our own solar system truely is compared to the rest of our galaxy and beyond...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=jCVh07eSzB8

http://youtube.com/watch?v=h3-Wnn_yCQk
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