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

    13 vote(s)
    21.0%
  2. Reflector, Newt, Dob, etc

    13 vote(s)
    21.0%
  3. SCT, MAk, etc

    8 vote(s)
    12.9%
  4. Bino's big or small

    18 vote(s)
    29.0%
  5. Spotting Scope

    6 vote(s)
    9.7%
  6. Do you have a scope and choose not to take it?

    4 vote(s)
    6.5%
  1. Toedtoes

    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

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    Yep. I have the cameras to do it, I just have to become more familiar with the use of the telescope itself before I bring the camera into it.
     
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    myride Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Sounds like a plan.
     
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    Since I use my pup for attending Star Parties, pulled by my Van. I carry all of the above, except the none. Normally 75% of the following list.

    8 SCT
    4 Mak
    70 mm refractor
    20 x 80 bino with binocular chair (Slim Pic**, Texan design)
    12 X 34 image stab binos
    pvs7 Gen 3 night vision googles
    50mm Lunt solar
     
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    since I posted to this thread, we have a new scope that is great to take camping. It's a sky watcher 8" collapsable dob. because the top half slides down on rods, it is half the height when collapsed. I put the dob base in the back of the 4 runner and the tube rides upright and seat belted in. It is easy to set up and use. It's not a terrible expensive scope, but the quality seems good. We had big meade dob, it was just too big to use, 13" diameter tube and tall as a water heater. Since we seldom ever used it, I traded it for this sky watcher. we take that out much more often. My favorite is still our 109 refractor though, so often we take 3 scopes. and we always have binoculars along.
     
  5. Anthony Hitchings

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    not started yet, tho we have a Celestron ninety mm scope and a pair of stabilized binoculars. I also have a motor drive equatorial for the scope. All this will be tested when I retire later this year.
     
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    In preparation for possible I have been fiddling with my Celestron C90 MAK spotting scope, Orion EQ-mini polar mount on top an ancient Gitzo super-heavy tripod. Anything stronger than the 32mm Plossel eyepiece and its hard to get a vibration free image. So maybe I leave it all at home and we just use wife’s motion stabilized binoculars.
     
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    Orion SkyQuest XT4.5, the kids like looking at the moon, Jupiter, & Saturn.
     
  8. Jim K in PA

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    Could someone share a photo of your ground mount/setup when out camping? The 'scope is only half the equation. I do not yet own a telescope, but intend to.
     
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    I have come to think that Good binoculars, stabilized models, are likely more rewarding than a telescope. All the space photos from hubble etc make it pointless to point a scope at the sky. Wheres binocs at a dark sky location really show you how populated the night sky is.
     
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    That reminds me. An old guy I was working for had an 18th floor condo in downtown Minneapolis. When I helped him pack for his move to Florida he gave me a pair of Celestron binoculars and tripod that he used on the balcony. I should find a travel bag for the tripod and bring them along.
     

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