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Resources

Fairly self-explanatory, I'm going to dump a lot of the resources I use for Stargazing here. 

 
 

T-RF-A_0001

My primary refactor telescope. My go-to for checking stuff out. 

Service Status: OPERATIONAL.

 
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T-NR-A_0001

My primary Newtonian Reflector telescope. When I really want to see what's going on.

Service Status: IN FOR REPAIRS.

 
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Dark Sight Finder

A great website for finding, well, Dark Skies. Growing up in Chicago's Near West Suburbs means I can only see to Brightness 8 objects, Which accounts for about 12 at any given time. This helps me find sites where it's just a little darker. Go give them a look! 

 

PowerSeeker 114EQ


My primary Newtonian-Reflector.

PowerSeeker 114EQ


My primary Newtonian-Reflector.

 Image from Celestron

Image from Celestron

About

This is the Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ. A Newtonian-reflector style telescope. I found this for a hundred bucks at a Goodwill back in October of '17 (guess who bought it for what? Their loss.) It has a German counterweight mount thing that i'll insert the proper naming convention here when i remember it (Equatorial mount, and this may or may not be German made, I read it somewhere and initially thought that was the full name,) . and an aluminum tripod. This has five different lenses available to it, from 25mm down to 8 or 4, plus a forgetting the b name of the tube again. Bowler? Bowden? Borosilicate? BARLOW! there it is! It's about a 1.5" focal addition? I think they label it as 3X

Mine's currently in repair because I broke the mount, and one of the leg-clamps on the tripod. I'm planning on getting a whole new lower unit from Meade when i get my next paycheck. I'd love to get a Full-Size solar filter sometime, maybe I'll make my own again. But that will be a project for a later time, 

UPDATE: 06/14/2018 - I have received the new mount in the mail, and will be updating the picture when I can, and it is SO GOOD. I'll have a separate entry for all of the details, but it's the Meade LX-70. 

 

Meade LX70 German Equatorial Mount


A short description of my LX70 Equatorial Mount.

Meade LX70 German Equatorial Mount


A short description of my LX70 Equatorial Mount.

Meade LX70

My latest astronomical equipment acquisition. The Meade LX70 German Equatorial Mount comes in a kit with a single, eleven pound counterweight, fits a Vixen-style dovetail, and can hold a tube up to ~20lbs.

I managed to put this kit together in about 20 minutes, that being said, I had to go online to download a copy of the instruction manual, as mine came without one. The reason being is I had no idea where which knob went for ascension and declination. Still, this took very little time. 

It's a little pricey for an amateur, if bought new. But i was able to find a couple of used/open box, and even an Open Box Convention unit for no less than $50 off the price on the Meade site. I still bought mine new, but it is a little more accessible for the masses if you hunt around. 

Plus, I won't need a new mount for a while. This thing spoils the pants off of me.