Equipment

  Here is a quick rundown on the equipment I use:

   The main telescope is now the 10" f/10 LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope made by Meade.This is a computerized GOTO telescope. It will automatically point to any object I select from the built-in database of 64,000 objects. The 10" mirror gathers 56% more light than the 8" Newtonian. I've purchased the Tele Vue Rich Field Kit for the LX200. The kit includes a 2" Everbrite diagonal which replaces the standard 1.25" Meade supplied diagonal. The Everbrite diagonal has special coatings that result in 99% reflectivity, a vast improvement over the standard diagonal. Also included is the 55mm Tele Vue Plossl. This 2" eyepiece gives a magnification of 45x with a true field of view of 1.1 degrees.

   My secondary telescope is an 8" f4.5 Meade 8800 Newtonian that was bought in 1985. This is a rich-field telescope that gives great views of wide areas of the sky but high-powered planetary views are more difficult with this focal ratio.

   For astrophotography, I have an Olympus OM-1 camera body.

   Other things I use include my rollup portable table, various star charts, and my trusty eyepiece case.

Telescope

Meade 8800 8" f/4.5 Newtonian Reflector

Eyepiece Chart

Manufacturer

Type

Size

Magnification (10" LX200)

Magnification (8800)

True Field of View (LX200)

Tele Vue

Plossl

55mm

45x

N/A

1.1

Meade

Plossl

26mm

96x

35x

.53

Tele Vue

Panoptic

22mm

114x

42x

.6

Meade

Plossl

12.4mm

202x

74x

.25

Meade

Plossl

6.4mm

391x

143x

.13

Tele Vue

Nagler

4.8mm

521x

191x

.15

Vixen

Lanthanum

2.5mm

1000x

366x

.05