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We have bought a new telescope

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Post by turonrambar » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:01 am

Hello forum members,

Bought a new telescope yesterday, it's for Linda, my wife and me.
It is an Orion SkyQuest XX12g GoTo Truss tube Dobsonian telescope.
Can't wait until it arrives in March.
Watched a couple videos on YouTube of the SkyQuest's XX16g and the XX12g
telescopes. The goto system is a "closed system," so it can be moved by hand
and not lose the alignment setup.

kip

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LX-850 SL f/8 12”
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Post by notFritzArgelander » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:23 am

Congratulations! That's a nice size.
Scopes: Refractors: Orion ST80, SV ED80 A f7; Newtonians: Z12 f5; Catadioptrics: VMC110L, Intes MK66. EPs: KK Fujiyama Orthoscopics, 2x Vixen NPLs (40-6mm) and BCOs, Baader Mark IV zooms, TV Panoptics, Delos, Plossl 32-8mm. Mixed brand Masuyama/Astroplans Binoculars: Nikon Aculon 10x50, Celestron 15x70, Baader Maxbright. Mounts: Star Seeker III, Vixen Porta II, Celestron CG5, Orion Sirius EQG
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Post by Lady Fraktor » Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:18 am

Enjoy the new telescope
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
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Post by Don Quixote » Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:21 am

SWEEET !
Nice telescope, Kip.
Clear skies to you !
SCOPES: ES127 f/7.5, ES80 f/6, SW100 f/9. Meade LXD75 8" Sct f/10, Meade 2120 10" Sct f/10, Bresser 152 f/6.5 Newt.
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Post by Valen » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:38 am

Congratulations on new scope. You will enjoy it.
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Post by JayTee » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:24 pm

Yay for you and your wife. Congrats.

Cheers,
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Post by Juno16 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:51 pm

Wow, that sure sounds like an awesome scope!

Some great views ahead!

Helps to have your wife interested in the hobby!
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Post by drock » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:18 pm

Congrats on the new scope!! You can see a lot of cool things with it.
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Post by jrkirkham » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:02 pm

Congratulations on the new scope. That is a model that is a model that should serve you well.
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Telescopes: 50mm refractor, ED80 triplet, 90mm makcass, 4.5" reflector, 10" dob, 8"SCT
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Post by AntennaGuy » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:30 pm

turonrambar wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:01 am
Hello forum members,

Bought a new telescope yesterday, it's for Linda, my wife and me.
It is an Orion SkyQuest XX12g GoTo Truss tube Dobsonian telescope.
Can't wait until it arrives in March.
Watched a couple videos on YouTube of the SkyQuest's XX16g and the XX12g
telescopes. The goto system is a "closed system," so it can be moved by hand
and not lose the alignment setup.

kip

:observer:
Congrats. I noticed you also listed having an LX850-mounted 12" F/8 scope. I hope you will share with us your experience in comparing the XX12g to that, in terms of any/all measures of performance and convenience.
* Celestron C6 SCT on a Twilight 1 Alt-Az mount
* Meade 323 refractor on a manual equatorial mount.
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Post by Dragonsfire » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:47 pm

Awesome ! Congrats :)
12" will be real nice.
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Post by helicon » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:58 pm

That's great kip. Hope you enjoy the new glass...
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Post by Makuser » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:20 pm

Hello Kip. Although I usually bring out the smaller 6" refractor for DSO viewing, if I am chasing tougher targets and I can get help carrying out my XT12i scope, it is the best choice. I know that you and Linda are going to just love your new XX12g telescope. Thanks for your new equipment report Kip, and the best of wishes for many clear night skies.
- Marshall
Orion Astroview 120ST f/5 Refractor on EQ3 mount
Celestron Omni XLT150R f/5 Refractor on CG4 mount with dual axis drives.
Orion 180mm f/15 Maksutov-Cassegrain on CG5-GT Goto mount.
Orion XT12i 12" f/4.9 Dobsonian Intelliscope.
Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 Binoculars. ZWO ASI120MC camera.
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Post by Makuser » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:17 pm

Hi again Kip. I forgot to add that you should also get the optional shroud cover that goes around the truss supports. This keeps other lights from reflecting onto your view and also keeps bugs and dust off of your optics. I hope this helps Kip, and the best of wishes on your new telescope. :clap:
- Marshall
Orion Astroview 120ST f/5 Refractor on EQ3 mount
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Post by Bigzmey » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:45 pm

Congrats Kip! It will be interesting to see how it compares to your 12" SCT.
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
Mounts: ES: Twilight I; Bresser: EXOS2; SW: SkyTee2, AzGTi; UA: MicroStar.
Binos: Orion: Little Giant II 15x70, WorldView 10x50, Nikon: Action EX 8x40.
EPs: Pentax: XWs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic, Plossls & barlows; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Meade: UWAs & Plossls.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS silver mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S; Astronomik: UHC, Orion: UltraBlock, SkyGlow.
Observing: DSOs: 1694 (Completed: M110, H1, H2. In progress: H3: 195, H2,500: 1272, S110: 77). Doubles: 1150, Comets: 14, Asteroids: 73
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Post by JimMinCT » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:49 pm

Nice score!
As Marshall mentioned, a shroud is an excellent, some might say essential, piece of accessory. But if either of you is handy sewing, one
can be made really easily from any good, sturdy dark fabric. I made mine for the 10" Lightbridge I had and it worked great!
Best of luck and clear skies for your new purchase.
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Post by bladekeeper » Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:04 am

Congrats on the new ride, Kip. :)
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Scopes: Apertura AD12 f/5; Celestron C6-R f/8; ES AR127 f/6.4; Stellarvue SV102T f/7; iOptron MC90 f/13.3; Orion ST80A f/5; ES ED80 f/6; Celestron Premium 80 f/11.4; Celestron C80 f/11.4; Unitron Model 142 f/16; Meade NG60 f/10
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Post by turonrambar » Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:28 am

Hello Forum Members,

Thanks for all your posts and support.

Yes, Linda and I are excited and waiting for Clear Skies here in Oregon, USA. We are also waiting for Orion to catch
up with their orders for scopes. Right now we are a month or maybe 6 weeks before the telescope ships.

I'm already thinking about making a comparison between Meade's 12" f/8 and Orion's 12" f/4.7 mirrors.
I believe now, that Orion's mirror is the best for observing, because it's faster?

I bought the shroud and the cases for when we go out star partying in the summer.
I could be taking exposures with the Meade and observing through the Orion Dobsonian.


Clear Skies
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ETX125, LX200 f/10 8” GPS, Meade 6” f/4 Newton Reflector on an Equatorial Mount
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Post by Bigzmey » Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:02 pm

turonrambar wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:28 am
I could be taking exposures with the Meade and observing through the Orion Dobsonian.
That's the way to go! :)
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
Mounts: ES: Twilight I; Bresser: EXOS2; SW: SkyTee2, AzGTi; UA: MicroStar.
Binos: Orion: Little Giant II 15x70, WorldView 10x50, Nikon: Action EX 8x40.
EPs: Pentax: XWs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic, Plossls & barlows; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Meade: UWAs & Plossls.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS silver mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S; Astronomik: UHC, Orion: UltraBlock, SkyGlow.
Observing: DSOs: 1694 (Completed: M110, H1, H2. In progress: H3: 195, H2,500: 1272, S110: 77). Doubles: 1150, Comets: 14, Asteroids: 73
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Post by turonrambar » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:21 pm

But if either of you is handy sewing, one
can be made really easily from any good, sturdy dark fabric.
Yes, Linda made a bag for a LX-200 tripod. It was custom by deluxe, blue with with padding, and a zipper. Big shoulder straps too.

Clear Skies
kip

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kip mason

LX-850 SL f/8 12”
Canon T3i 60D Prime Focus and Eyepiece projection
Six eyepieces
Stella's router and software on my iPad
ASCOM 6.0 SP1 on Windows 10 Professional
Telescopes that I have owned:
ETX125, LX200 f/10 8” GPS, Meade 6” f/4 Newton Reflector on an Equatorial Mount
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