While I had a very humble gear when I’ve began stargazing over the years as my knowledge and desires grew I needed a better equipment. So here’s what I have today.
My telescope actually just got a huge upgrade couple of months ago, when I received a very big package for my birthday. I wondering what the hell could be inside, could it be a prank, a huge TV perhaps? I was stumped when I realized it was a Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Dobsian Telescope. Holy ****¨! Best birthday ever.
Till then I had Orion SkyScanner 100mm TableTop Reflector Telescope which seemed amazing to me. I could see all the little crates on the moon with it, the detail of Jupiter was incredible. I could even see a few distant galaxies from the comfort of my little room. After having a first look through SkyQuest I was simply stunned. You could say I stargazmed.
The Dobson mount is very smooth, and oh my god the IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator.. fantastic! Its very accurate and includes over 14 000 objects in its database. Amazing piece of technology.
This couldn’t get any better right? Well as it turns out it can! Recently I have purchased TeleVue eyepiece and the improvement is staggering.
This telescope and eyepiece is everything an amateur stargazer could wish for. I don’t think there will be much improvement over next couple of years.
And, the final piece that any good star-gazer needs – an unlocked phone. Travelling the world, waking up in different countries, trying to contact friends and other star-gazers whilst being locked to your home network and having to pay international roaming fees SUCKS. You HAVE to unlock your iPhone if you’re going to have any money to spend on new equipment.
So what kind of equipment are you guys using? Comment below.