Posts Made By: Richard Beasley

May 1, 2005 02:14 AM Forum: Beginning Astronomy?


Posted By Richard Beasley

Robert Kovacs said:

I have a AS-GT 9.25, with an Astrozap dew shield. I also have a
Celestron 25mm E-Lux, and a Celestron 10mm Ultima eyepiece. I just
picked up an Orion variable polorizer for lunar viewing an a Thousand
Oaks UHC for deepsky. What important accessories should I get next.

I would look for an eyepiece in the 15mm range. The 10mm may provide to much magnification at times, and the 25 too little.

Clear skies,

May 1, 2005 07:43 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Made a difference

Posted By Richard Beasley

I agree on the wheelie bars. I use my scope much more now. I also have never ever considered selling my starbound chair.

Clear skies,

May 2, 2005 01:19 PM Forum: Solar System Observing

Europa Transit last night?

Posted By Richard Beasley

Bill Possel said:

Its either been cloudy, raining and snowing in Colorado for the past week. Haven't seen stars for a long time! I was hoping someone who had clear skies observed Jupiter and saw the Europa transit last night. Any reports or drawings?


Bill like you I have been clouded in until last night. I watched the transit. I was able to see the disk of Europa as it made its way across Jupiter. The top it off the GRS was becoming visible. I was able to watch the disk until I switched to a binoviewer then it was lost. I just didn't want to go through re-balancing the scope again.

The best view provided was with a 5.2mm Pentax XL. The scope used is a 140mm refractor F7. I have been watching Jupiter for ten years. Last night was the best view I ever had. Seeing was steady with the 5.2 approximately 50% of the time, very steady. I wish I had made some notes, but last night was the first decent night in a while, and I just wanted to observe. Unfortunately the seeing soften after 30 minutes or so. It was a night I wont soon forget.

Clear skies,

May 12, 2005 10:53 PM Forum: Refractors

3 Apo vs. 4 Acro

Posted By Richard Beasley

Jeff Thomas said:

Just a quick poll. Given equal quality and prices and assuming a mix of deep sky and planetary observing, would you prefer a 3 inch APO or a 4 inch acromat?

If the scopes are of equal quality I would opt for the 4" scope. It will go a little deeper.

Clear skies,

August 6, 2006 01:43 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

6 inch CATs, satisfied?

Posted By Richard Beasley

Ron Sowers said:

For over a year now, I've been debating on selling my 10 inch dob. I know it's not HUGE, like a big 20 inch truss, but I'm finding that since I got it, I hardly ever observe. I also have a 6 inch richfield newt, but since the dob shows so much more, I kinda feel it's either that or nothing. So, I usually opt for nothing. At night I just never have the energy to drag the big scope out from the back bedroom. (It's a Discovery F5.6 10 inch so one of the bigger 10 inch dobs).

I mostly like the planets and moon + a few of the showy deep sky objects. Never find myself galaxy hunting in the back yard light pollution anyway. My only problem, is the 10 has good optics, I've seen incredible detail on Jupiter with it. I hate to lose that, but also hate not using it much.

So, to make a long story short (I know too late LOL), anyone have a 6 inch Celestron SCT or 6 inch Mak (Orion?) and are satisfied with the planetary and lunar views?


Ron if you want a portable setup think about an 8" SCT with a Vixen GP mount. This is if you can keep the scope at ground level.

You can also look into a 6" Mak. I would suggest trying to find a TEC on Astromart if you have the $$.

Clear skies,

August 6, 2006 09:20 PM Forum: Eyepieces

I stand corrected

Posted By Richard Beasley

Floyd Blue said:

I stand corrected. I think that there is a lot of picking apart of the wording and not the intent going on in these past threads. Not sure why that so much is being made of it, but it has become clear to me that doing these reports is a big waste of my time and effort.
I for one will discontinue my EP reviews on this forum. I am becoming increasing tired of having to defend my every statement and having to try to get points across. It is really difficult to make everyone happy. It is also to much trouble to try to cover every possible scenario when these tests are performed. Plus the picking apart of every statement for meaning or implication is just too much!
So, I yeld to the experts and all of those that wish to take to exception to each oversight or mistake in comunication.
I have decided to let you guys do all the reviewing from now on and just keep my opinions to myself. After all, it is up to each person to make decisions and determinations concerning any purchase.
I stated before that I am not an expert. I am just a person that has an opinion. We all have one and I respect yours.
Please, feel free to purchase sets of any EP that you would like to review and use what ever type of scope that you see fit and post your opinions here. I will not try to impart any thing more than my duties as moderator.

Floyd I don't see why anyone would have a problem with your review. You clearly stated the conditions under which the eyepieces were reviewed. I don't recall you stating this was the definitive eyepiece test of all time either.

There are lots of fast Dobs out there being used without Paracors. It seems to me the results may be relative to those owners.

I no longer own a Newtonian, therefore I suspect my results may be a little different, but I have enough sense to realize that.

Clear skies, and keep the reviews coming.

August 7, 2006 02:59 AM Forum: Eyepieces

Eyepiece Forum, Open Forum, Equal Forum

Posted By Richard Beasley

Floyd don't worry I will do some tests and take the heat off of you. From what I have read some of my observations may go over like a lead ballon.

Clear skies,

Floyd Blue said:

I have thought about this a lot today. I think that I did feel a little bit of a personal jab with the comments about my methodology and lack of depth. Perhaps it was deserved, perhaps it was only another's opinion?

We are all sensitive at times to criticism, that is the nature of us all. Some tend to overlook the obvious and pursue the shadows that lie between the lines. More important is what is meant within the lines. It is not wrong to look for fault, but if fault is found it must be enlightened with fact, not just vague statements that do not bring enlightenment, but rather confusion. Anyone can be mistaken in their assumptions and to correct them should be a courtesy.

I am quite willing to admit that I do not know all their is to know about optics and related subjects. I have never made and eyepiece or ground a mirror. I have read books and listened to people and bought and sold equipment in an attempt to gain some perspective on out hobby. I bow to those who have the ability to do what I can not and I respect their knowledge. If I am ignorant in some ways it is not because I have not tried to learn, it is because it takes many years to absorb all that is available.

Please accept my apologies for being thin skinned and perhaps a little vain. My intentions were honorable and meant to add to the quality of the forum. In some ways I perhaps induced a little friction instead of harmony. I may have given opinions that others took exception to and felt they needed to reply to make their thoughts known, which I took in a way that they did not intend?

I would love to see others come forward and give their reports to enrich this forum and spread knowledge openly and equally. This is the Eyepiece Forum, it is an Open Forum and very much an Equal Forum. Post your views, make your thoughts known, give your information, but most of all, respect each other's opinions so that no one feels insecure about posting theirs.

August 23, 2007 01:26 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Best selection of eyepieces for a 10" f/10 SCT?

Posted By Richard Beasley

Brian think in terms of exit pupil. It may take awhile before you determine which design you like best. Buy inexpensive plossls to narrow down which exit pupils you like best with the scope. You can buy them on Astromart, and sell them later for virtually no cost.

I would buy plossls in 30mm, 25mm, 20mm, 15mm, 10mm, and 8mm. I would also buy a used barlow. Pretty soon you will determine your most used eyepiece. Once you do try something like a Nagler, UWA, XP, XL, ect in the most used size. Sell the one or two you never use. Repeat this process as needed. By this time you will also know whether you like using a barlow.

Good luck,

August 23, 2007 01:40 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

mirror refiguring dissapointments?

Posted By Richard Beasley

I am sure your question has been answered, but I love hearing myself talk, so here it goes. I would answer these quesions to get your answer.

1) Before the mirror was refigured did you have reason to believe there was a problem?

2) Were you getting "soft" images of Jupiter?

3) Are you new at this?

4) Did you have a chance to compare the views in your scope to a comparable scope next to you? Were your views inferior?

5) Do you know how to collimate the scope? Are you sure?

6) Did the mirror refigurer provide any data on the problems with the mirror before the work was done?

7) Did you get any verifiable results on the surface when the mirror was sent back to you?

8) Are you able to distinguish between a crappy mirror, and crappy seeing?

9) Are you still getting, or ever had soft planetary images?

10) Is this some sort of home built set up? Is the focuser set square with the tube? Is the tube straight, and the secondary in the middle of the tube, yada yada yada?

11) Do you bring a hot mirror out into the cool night air?

12) Can you visually tell the difference between a good optic and a poor optic?

If you can answer these questions then we may be able to narrow it down a little.

Good luck,

August 23, 2007 01:56 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Rich field scopes - nobody consider Newtonians?

Posted By Richard Beasley

Well most commercial short FL Newtonian are marginal at best. I had a 6" F5 Newtonian with a Mark Harry primary, and it was clearly superior to my 85mm, and 102mm APO, and better to my surprise than a 6' F6 Mak/Newt. It was heaven on a GP with dual axis drives.

Unfortunately most go for the Chinese scope, and the Chinese mount, and then give up on Newts.

The views of the double cluster, the veil, and m31 were only surpassed by my 160mm APO, but at 10 times the costs.

For some reason people are willing shell out $2000.00 for a 4" APO, but spending $700.00 on a 6" mirror is taboo. Keep in mind I am not a photographer.