What kind of telescope do you take camping

Discussion in 'Astronomy / Star Gazing' started by astronomynv, Oct 22, 2010.

What kind of telescope do you take camping

  1. Refractor

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    22.4%
  2. Reflector, Newt, Dob, etc

    12 vote(s)
    20.7%
  3. SCT, MAk, etc

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  4. Bino's big or small

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  5. Spotting Scope

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    10.3%
  6. Do you have a scope and choose not to take it?

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  1. astronomynv

    astronomynv 98 Starcraft Constellation 1021 TV 93 Ford Bronco

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    It appears that we have quite a few star gazers among us and I was wondering when you go camping do you take your scope camping and if yes what kind. I take a 9.25 SCT when ever I go camping.
     
  2. adamteja

    adamteja New Member

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    I have an Meade ETX 90 that I've taken a few times.

    GA has too many trees / humidity to make it worth anything in the summer. Great on the beach though.
     
  3. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane I'd rather be camping

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    I have an ETX70, but most of the places I go camping have too many trees to make it worth taking along.
     
  4. lpm

    lpm EH?

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    We take our telescopes along but weather often interferes.
     
  5. shuang2

    shuang2 Well-Known Member

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    we have couple binos. do you think with a camcorder can be done that too?---or even better--because of recording ability?
     
  6. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    I love to look at the sky at night and know some of the constellations but I'm not an experienced astronomer. I take a pair of 10X binos that have 50mm front lenses. It is astounding how many more stars you can see with the magnification.
     
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    We love to stargaze and will often throw in our little 6in Orion Reflector. But since baby was born in March, the storage space has been zapped by diapers, extra baby clothes, etc. So we didn't use the scope much in 2010.

    We'll definitely get back to it when she is older though!

    I'd eventually like to find a small truss dob that collapses easily for storage/travel, but can't find one.
     
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    Lori3778 New Member

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    I have a 10 inch dob. It's a monster to take camping. I'm going to the Davis Mountians SP in July and hope to take it then. I wish I had a smaller scope to take camping, but haven't researched them to find out which would be best...besides I can hear by DH asking why I didn't get a smaller one in the first place. He doesn't have as much interest as I do in star gazing and hunting deep space objects. [:(]
     
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    I usually keep a pair of 10x50 bino's in our camping gear. It has the benefit of being useful during the daytime also.
     
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    I have my grandmothers Tasco telescope, but leave it home as most times the campground area is lighter than home, or there's tree cover, or as it's night time, I'm snoozing! Have a pair of binoculars in both the PUP and tow vehicle which can be used day or night with no assembly or concern of position.
     
  11. ghacker

    ghacker Active Member

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    I take one of three depending on how much space I have. An SV102ED refractor if space is at a premium. A C6SE if I've got a bit more room. A C8SE if room's not an issue. One of these days I'll just go camping alone and then I'll take the DOB. [:D]
     
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    I'm a little with PattieAM on this one. The campgrounds are pretty bright, so you need to bring something you can tote away from the main area (if you can). We take our binoculars and if there's something going on, we'll pop them out at night. Checking out the crescent moon is great even just with the binos.
     
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    I take along my Nikon 8x42 Monarch Binoculars and my Tasco 20–60x 60mm
    Spotting Scope.
     
  14. ghacker

    ghacker Active Member

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    Been my experience that if you go to SPs, you can find camp sites that are pretty dark. Generally the only lighted areas are near the bathroom/shower rooms. Depends on the CG and the Ranger(s) but sometimes if you're quiet and unobtrusive, they'll let you setup outside your campsite all night long. My Astro Club uses Green River Conservation Area in IL and they're pretty accomodating.
     
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    I have a Newtonian Reflector that I bought 11 yrs ago. I also bought the equatorial mount and the all the eye pieces. We have used it only a few times. It never crossed my mind to take it camping before. I'll be taking it along at least once to see if we would use it.
     
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    If you live in the city or suburbs you'll be amazed at the difference. They say aperture is king. But if that's true, dark skies are an awful close 2nd. Where I camp, a 4" scope starts to look like a 8". So many stars I have a hard time finding specific objects.
     
  17. Techhead

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    Binos here,
    7x35 small and compact
    10x50 big, heavy but good for viewing the stars.

    In KillBear PP there are a few great spots to sit and watch the stars.
     
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    As of yesterday, I will be bringing this on camping trips.
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  19. icsopris

    icsopris Is it Friday yet?

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    I'm looking forward to Oct. 8th, Lunar Eclipse and Oct. 23rd and a solar eclipse and Oct. 21st the Orionid meteor shower.

    I just got a Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Dob telescope to accompany my 15x70mm Celestron binoculars. We should be in great spots to see both as we have camping trips planned.

    The solar eclipse will require a solar filter so we can look right at the sun and observe the moon passing in front.

    Mark your calendars and happy stargazing this October!
     
  20. ChocoChock01

    ChocoChock01 On the road aagaain See Rallies below;

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    Meade ETX 90
     

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