posted on Apr, 23 2009 @ 10:19 PM
reply to post by Groomforce
Well I suppose a 65mm Mak is better than no telescope at all, but I wouldn't expect it to be very good. The good telephotography from the peak has
been done with small refractor telescopes. About the cheapest scope that would be worth the effort to haul up the hill would be the Orion ED80
This is not the scope they Orion had Vixen manufacture. It's a Chinese copy, but pretty good for the buck. A Vixen would cost double. You can
probably find a use ED80 that was made by Vixen. I use a Takahashi FS78, which is no longer made.
The thing to bear in mind with telescopes is you need to spend a lot of money to get a little bit of improvement. If you really get serious about
doing this kind of photograph, the FS78 is really ideal. With a Tak, everthing is threaded, so it makes telephography a breeze. Most scopes use
compression rings or screws to hold the accessories in place, and things move.
This page has instructions on how to do telephotography:
I'd suggest getting a good pair of binonculars over a cheap scope. Get the kind that can accept a tripod mount. Bring a monopod to hold the binocs.
Obviosuly image stabilized binocs are what you really want, but those cost money. The thing is with a telescope, unless it is set up just right, you
can't watch very long. With binoculars, you cam move around.
If you want used optics, I'd avoid Ebay. Try astromart.com instead. Unfortunately nowadays you have to pay to join it. I've bought many eyepieces
from astromart (Vixen LVW). If you don't want to pay for a Vixen, a good low cost eyepiece is a University Optics orthoscopic. Orthoscopic eyepieces
don't have a wide field, but they are very sharp. It is generally what you use for eyepiece projection telephotography.
Regarding Coyote summit, the photography is not done from the peak indicated. Rather, you just park on the hill and hike up a peak to the south. There
is no trail and a GPS wouldn't do you much good. On Google Earth, the spot is at