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Put M3 into play…..

Ronstar

Well-known member
No apologies brother……..its all good.
 

DigDog

Well-known member
Here's a couple starter scopes. More than a couple hundred. Plus you'll need a good eyepiece set with a moon filter. This is a good spot to read and learn. Just register. You'll enjoy this. Or find you hate it.
If you find anything on eBay, pawnshops or anywhere used. PM me and I'll look at it to see if it's any good. Hate getting junk and ripped off for damaged optical tubes.
This one is a tracking mount. Meaning it will keep what your viewing in your field of view. Not to difficult to set up and align.

https://www.telescope.com/mobile/catalog/product.cmd?productId=137357

This is a Dobson. Non tracking.
You point and view.

This is the cheapest tracking mount. Actually a version of this was my first tracking mount years ago. They don't make these anymore. I wish they did. Fantastic for mounting a camera. Camera's with a large enough zoom lens do pretty good on planets and moon. 150-400 mm size.
You would be disappointed by anytthing less.
Without large enough aperture/diameter of the tube. And junk eyepieces. The view is terrible.
Without tracking. You don't have enough time to show others before the Earth rotates away from objects your viewing. Sadly this gets way more expensive than detecting. Eyepieces I'd love to have can reach over a grand each. I have a few that averaged around a couple hundred apiece.
You maybe able to find these on eBay or Astromart.
https://astromart.com/classifieds
Good starter eyepiece set.


https://www.ioptron.com/product-p/8500g.htm

Appreciate the info im sure there us all kinds if stuff out there especially new technology. I have and not even used it yet a attachment piece that connects your cell phone camera to binoculars.
Yea bird and wildlife watching is sort of a hobby as well. I guess it goes along with metal detecting lol. An attraction to whats the word im looking for, not so popular hobbies. But hey, golf doesn’t interest me at all except for the outdoor in woods part.
 

DigDog

Well-known member
WoW Ronstar.
You've got a lot of interference around that location. And a good reason there's absolutely good targets others missed.
Your idea of running 4khz maybe the only option at the worst spot.
Sorry I got a bit off subject.
I have toooo many darn hobbies and anxious to share information. Again.
I'm sorry about that.
Too many hobbies and not enough money. I guess im not looking at the planets for $200 lol
 

Odanscoils

Well-known member
Too many hobbies and not enough money. I guess im not looking at the planets for $200 lol
Try looking for a broken Meade ETX 125.
Your looking for one with the tracking drive not working. Has a Very Good OTA,, Optical Tube Assembly. After removing the scope from the mounting arms. The OTA has two 1/4×20 bolt holes on it's bottom. You can mount it on most any sturdy tripod. I use an old heavy VHS camcorder tripod.
Later you can save up and buy a tracking mount tripod assembly.
That 125mm OTA is an Excellent scope.
Fantastic for birding. Great optics.
I've taken pictures of ships and boats miles out with mine. Still one of my favorite go-to scopes.
Small and easy to set up.
I believe you'll be very happy with this as a great starter scope. I get more use out of this than my big scopes
A short video setting one up.
This is a fully operational one.

ETX website. Anything you ever wanted to know about the ETX series. They made 60,70,80,mm refractor series. Most of these never broke and can be fully functional in your price range.
And maks in 90,105 and 125 mm.
These are a reflected folded image path.
Giving much higher powers over the refractors.
http://www.weasner.com/etx/menu.html

60 mm for sale. A rather small scope. But you'll still get great images. The diameter of the OTA determines how much light it gathers. Not so important for bird watching and occasional peaks at the moon and bright planets. But for most everything in space a larger diameter tube is vital.
The 125 gives nice views of Jupiter and Saturn.
Again a good eyepiece set makes any telescope better. Most of these come with an eyepiece or two to get ya going. Let me know what ya tink.

60mm

ETX 90 for $200
https://www.ebay.com/p/54822771?iid=225081775849

ETX 90. Just the tube. $82 buks. Looks pretty clean. I'd inquire for more pics. Want No dents or heavy scratches on the tube. And looking straight down the tube. Notice if any miss alignment of the front lens to main mirror to secondary mirror. One in the center. You don't want a dropped one. Have to be professionally re aligned.


These in excellent condition are pricey.
Yes their that good.

Do searches for ,, Meade ETX telescopes used.
 
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Odanscoils

Well-known member
Try looking for a broken Meade ETX 125.
Your looking for one with the tracking drive not working. Has a Very Good OTA,, Optical Tube Assembly. After removing the scope from the mounting arms. The OTA has two 1/4×20 bolt holes on it's bottom. You can mount it on most any sturdy tripod. I use an old heavy VHS camcorder tripod.
Later you can save up and buy a tracking mount tripod assembly.
That 125mm OTA is an Excellent scope.
Fantastic for birding. Great optics.
I've taken pictures of ships and boats miles out with mine. Still one of my favorite go-to scopes.
Small and easy to set up.
I believe you'll be very happy with this as a great starter scope. I get more use out of this than my big scopes
A short video setting one up.
This is a fully operational one.

ETX website. Anything you ever wanted to know about the ETX series. They made 60,70,80,mm refractor series. Most of these never broke and can be fully functional in your price range.
And maks in 90,105 and 125 mm.
These are a reflected folded image path.
Giving much higher powers over the refractors.
http://www.weasner.com/etx/menu.html

60 mm for sale. A rather small scope. But you'll still get great images. The diameter of the OTA determines how much light it gathers. Not so important for bird watching and occasional peaks at the moon and bright planets. But for most everything in space a larger diameter tube is vital.
The 125 gives nice views of Jupiter and Saturn.
Again a good eyepiece set makes any telescope better. Most of these come with an eyepiece or two to get ya going. Let me know what ya tink.

60mm

ETX 90 for $200
https://www.ebay.com/p/54822771?iid=225081775849

ETX 90. Just the tube. $82 buks. Looks pretty clean. I'd inquire for more pics. Want No dents or heavy scratches on the tube. And looking straight down the tube. Notice if any miss alignment of the front lens to main mirror to secondary mirror. One in the center. You don't want a dropped one. Have to be professionally re aligned.


These in excellent condition are pricey.
Yes their that good.

Do searches for ,, Meade ETX telescopes used.
Oh and for any that claim Fully functional.
You want to see the battery box.
 

DigDog

Well-known member
Try looking for a broken Meade ETX 125.
Your looking for one with the tracking drive not working. Has a Very Good OTA,, Optical Tube Assembly. After removing the scope from the mounting arms. The OTA has two 1/4×20 bolt holes on it's bottom. You can mount it on most any sturdy tripod. I use an old heavy VHS camcorder tripod.
Later you can save up and buy a tracking mount tripod assembly.
That 125mm OTA is an Excellent scope.
Fantastic for birding. Great optics.
I've taken pictures of ships and boats miles out with mine. Still one of my favorite go-to scopes.
Small and easy to set up.
I believe you'll be very happy with this as a great starter scope. I get more use out of this than my big scopes
A short video setting one up.
This is a fully operational one.

ETX website. Anything you ever wanted to know about the ETX series. They made 60,70,80,mm refractor series. Most of these never broke and can be fully functional in your price range.
And maks in 90,105 and 125 mm.
These are a reflected folded image path.
Giving much higher powers over the refractors.
http://www.weasner.com/etx/menu.html

60 mm for sale. A rather small scope. But you'll still get great images. The diameter of the OTA determines how much light it gathers. Not so important for bird watching and occasional peaks at the moon and bright planets. But for most everything in space a larger diameter tube is vital.
The 125 gives nice views of Jupiter and Saturn.
Again a good eyepiece set makes any telescope better. Most of these come with an eyepiece or two to get ya going. Let me know what ya tink.

60mm

ETX 90 for $200
https://www.ebay.com/p/54822771?iid=225081775849

ETX 90. Just the tube. $82 buks. Looks pretty clean. I'd inquire for more pics. Want No dents or heavy scratches on the tube. And looking straight down the tube. Notice if any miss alignment of the front lens to main mirror to secondary mirror. One in the center. You don't want a dropped one. Have to be professionally re aligned.


These in excellent condition are pricey.
Yes their that good.

Do searches for ,, Meade ETX telescopes used.
Really great info thanks. I will read up on all of it.
At the moment we are staring down the barrel of a major hurricane heading this way. You cant even buy bottled water anywhere for two days now. I will download the info and print it incase we lose power again. Give me something to read and study with nothing else to do lol
 

Odanscoils

Well-known member
Really great info thanks. I will read up on all of it.
At the moment we are staring down the barrel of a major hurricane heading this way. You cant even buy bottled water anywhere for two days now. I will download the info and print it incase we lose power again. Give me something to read and study with nothing else to do lol
I wish you well in the hurricane.
I keep a couple car batteries in the garage on trickle charger incase of storm. Up here on lake Erie we get hit hard at times. I also have a 500 watt inverter to power the WiFi and router for a day or two. Longer if you only use a couple hours a day.
Home Depot has a nice 100 watt solar panel set to charge those batteries back up.

https://mronline.org/2020/08/11/twi...ile-falsely-claiming-it-bans-state-media-ads/

 

Odanscoils

Well-known member
Really great info thanks. I will read up on all of it.
At the moment we are staring down the barrel of a major hurricane heading this way. You cant even buy bottled water anywhere for two days now. I will download the info and print it incase we lose power again. Give me something to read and study with nothing else to do lol
Another brand. Nice scope. Celestron.

 

JimmyCT

Well-known member
The pic is of the TV station. Just to the N (you’re looking S) about 50-100 yards is a flat lawn area which used to be a baseball field a long time ago, no EMI. To the W is the old Arboretum, EMI is only close to the building. The TV station has a tower two miles (crow flys) SE of the station. Distance from TV to the EMI Hell Zone is maybe 200 yards NW. There is that FM radio station on the top floor of the AdBldg which is somewhat middle of the building, I do not know where their antenna is located.
Looking at the whole area, it seems as if the place would be saturated with EMI. That EMI can be coming from a number of places. Does the EMI lessen at all or is it consistent no matter what time you hunt?
 

DigDog

Well-known member
I wish you well in the hurricane.
I keep a couple car batteries in the garage on trickle charger incase of storm. Up here on lake Erie we get hit hard at times. I also have a 500 watt inverter to power the WiFi and router for a day or two. Longer if you only use a couple hours a day.
Home Depot has a nice 100 watt solar panel set to charge those batteries back up.

https://mronline.org/2020/08/11/twi...ile-falsely-claiming-it-bans-state-media-ads/

Thanks
Been a while since we were hit and went without power for long period.
Fortunately many of us have generators
especially since we are on well water.
The basic ones are enough to run the well for water, few lights, refrigerator, etc. basic necessities. Limited watts and gas limit usage though so the detector usually doesn’t make it on the list to plug in lol.
 

DigDog

Well-known member
I wish you well in the hurricane.
I keep a couple car batteries in the garage on trickle charger incase of storm. Up here on lake Erie we get hit hard at times. I also have a 500 watt inverter to power the WiFi and router for a day or two. Longer if you only use a couple hours a day.
Home Depot has a nice 100 watt solar panel set to charge those batteries back up.

https://mronline.org/2020/08/11/twi...ile-falsely-claiming-it-bans-state-media-ads/

Latest forecast as of 10 minutes ago.
Little orange pin with star is abouts where i am so doesn’t looks so good right now.
Might not have a roof over my head so hobby stuff is the least of my worries at the moment.
 

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Ronstar

Well-known member
Jimmy, the EMI comes and goes but generally consistent. That stuff I ran into where just touching the ground with the handheld or just turning it on and it vibrated at knee height gone. I think someone got over there and verified a problem and fixed it. One can basically hunt in 4khz again and manage.
 

Hank68

Well-known member
Your welcome.
I love teaching it.
For an example.
Take your AM radio. Tune it to the bottom of the band. Around 550. With no stations to be heard.
Your TV remote which is a UV light transmitter.
The LED is the UV light transmitter to send signals to your TV or stereo. Hold your AM radio about a foot from the remote. Now push any button on the remote. You will hear the remote giving a series of beeps. The Short wires going to the led act as an antenna and radiates the pulses going to the led.
EMI is Everywhere.
Try turning the radio and a little further away.
You'll see the AM radio is directional.
Another interesting thing.
Looking at the remotes led. You can't see the light.
Look at it with your phones camera. Depending on how well your camera filters UV light. You should be able to see the light pulses it's transmitting.
Older digital cameras are more sensitive to UV light.
Try it. Let me know.
I'm learning different things that now effects metal detectors , didn't have to worry about EMI' s 10 years ago , things are changing, thanks for all the helpful information from yall.
 

Hank68

Well-known member
Latest forecast as of 10 minutes ago.
Little orange pin with star is abouts where i am so doesn’t looks so good right now.
Might not have a roof over my head so hobby stuff is the least of my worries at the moment.
Prayers sent for protection.
 

DigDog

Well-known member
Thanks for the concerns.
In my immediate area we were very very fortunate. Nothing but little rain and wind.
These storms are very weird and unpredictable.
Just a 30 minute ride south and the flooding and roofs torn away start.
We were fortunate to have stayed on the west/northwest side of the storm and the water pushed away from us. And a miracle we didn’t lose power.
Back in 04 hurricane Charlie was only literally 1/3 the size, same forecasted path, but took the same actual path and we lost power for over a week. My son lives north of Orlando, far from were it went and had trees down and 18 inches of rain in one day. Had two sick family members pass during everything so crazy events.
 
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