Re: Tales of Newbie, etc.
- Hello David and congratulations on your new telescope. I remember what I was
first told when I started, learn the night sky. There is no substitute for
learning the sky and it takes time. You couldn't pick a better place to set
up your scope than near the boundary waters wilderness canoe area. Although
the only problem this far north is that when it is warm the night only last
for a few hours and when the night is much longer than the day it is
miserably cold. I would suggest that before you go buy a telrad or reflex to
replace your finder scope, attend one of the Minneapolis astronomy club
meetings (re: St. Paul - Minnesota Astronomical Society
http://www.mnastro.org/, or Minneapolis - Minnesota Sidewalk Astronomers
Personally I have a reflex and several finder scopes of different sizes, but
the Orion dobs have the problem that my digital camera and camcorder have.
They are designed for right handed and right eyed people. With my EQ130 I
put the view finder on the other side of the focuser and rotated the tube
within the mount so that I could view from the other side of the telescope
and use my left eye on the view finder. The Orion dobs, by design do not
allow you to do this. For my Orion dobs, any type of view finder is, for the
most part, useless and I rely on a wide angle, very low power 2" eyepiece to
get me around the sky.
On another note, concerning warmers for the COL screen, I ran across this...
I see no reason why this would not work on the Orion COL but I have emailed
them. Anyone up north every tried this product on the Orion COL?