posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 12:25 AM
Originally posted by Xeven
1. Should I buy bigger Scope?
2. What eyepieces should I buy? I have 25mm and 9 mm.
3. Barlo 2x or should I get the 3x?
4. What Digital camera setup should I get so I can watch realtime on PC?
1.) I'd say no. You've got a pretty nice set up right now as is. An 8 inch scope is a good start, especially for a Schmidt-Cass. Anything larger
starts to weigh a lot, and gets pretty cumbersome. I've got a 12 inch Meade Schmidt-Cass and only use it when others are around because I can't set
the bugger up by myself.
2.) I'd recommend getting a 40 mm and a 5 mm. TeleVue, University, and Pentax are brands I've had good luck with eyepieces. Meade ones arn't bad at
all either though, and would probably be a bit cheaper. The 40 mm would be good for the moon and planets. The 5 mm would be great for splitting apart
3.) If you're going to get one, I'd say the 2X. I don't think that getting a Barlow lens is really all that necessary for casual observing
4.) You're just getting into the hobby, right? So please, please, please, PLEASE do not worry about getting involved with a CCD camera right away. It
takes so much fun away from the hobby. Sure, you can do long exposures and see deep sky objects, but looking at an image secondhand on the screen is
nothing compared to actually looking at it.
If you want some good software to run the scope through the computer though I'd recommend the software that came with the scope. With my Meade it
came with some software, I cannot remember what it's called though. This was about 10 years ago though... Otherwise I'd say get the
MegaStar Sky Atlas
Here's a hint though... When looking at a dim object, look towards the side of it. That'll expose the more light sensitive portion of your eye to
the object and you'll see a much clear image, despite not looking directly at it.