Re: (IAAC) FWD: What should I buy? (rich field scopes) (fwd)

Hi Lew, Penny and Paul

Thank a lot for your advices about my 4.5-inch Telescope. 
My eyespiece size is 1.25-inch outer diameter, and I have only used the 
50X and 250X magnification, with these,  I have found open clusters like 
M41 in CMa and 2244 in Mon, both have magnitude 4.5. I hope improve the 
wobbly mount, and my observation methods in orden to found my firt galaxy.

Thank for your wishes, clear skies ! :-)


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Date: Mon, 08 Jun 98 13:37:47 -0400
From: Lew Gramer <dedalus@latrade.com>
To: Internet Amateur Astronomers Catalog - Discussion
Subject: Re: (IAAC) FWD: What should I buy? (rich field scopes) 

> Luis,
> I would suggest that if you must keep the Telrad, you do as my friend did
> and adapt it to accept better eyepieces with a wider field of view and buy a
> better mount for it.

Just to clarify things a bit, Luis: Penny is suggesting you upgrade your TELESCOPE to accept 1.25" (Outer Diameter) eyepieces. As you know of course, Telrads are "naked-eye" pointing devices, and don't use eyepieces! :)

I'd second both Penny's suggestions, if your finances permit. And in fact, I'd say replace your focuser INSTEAD OF getting a better finder: Telrads work fine. In fact I have a 20" f/5 dobsonian scope, and I very rarely use anything other than the Telrad to point it. Of course, I also have a very wide-field eyepiece (about 55') which I use on the main scope!

Clear skies,