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It seems event after event has been clouded out this year. We've had very little luck with Crowley or the Manatee County sponsored events either, be they solar or nighttime.

I thought this was the SUNSHINE STATE!!!
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As much as I hate to do it, I am canceling tonight's (Saturday, January 27th) Sidewalk Astronomy event that was scheduled to take place at Sarasota's Riverview High School.

Although it doesn't appear that it will rain until tomorrow, the most optimistic forecast for this evening calls for 70-80% cloud cover--with a strong likelihood that it'll be nearly 100% overcast. :-(

Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies NEXT month! Assuming the clouds part, we'll be set up on Saturday, February 24th at the Celery Fields in Sarasota.

So tonight may be a good time to catch the latest movie, or binge-watch something on Netflix!  ;-)
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Equipment Wanted / Re: Diagonal
« Last post by Andy Pyatt on December 28, 2017, 03:29:21 pm »
Hey guys, thanks for all your help and advice. Haven't decided yet so still thinking about it. I do want to be able to get some wider angle views so I think two in the way to go. Figure I need at least a 40 mm I piece as well and I don't think those work well in a one and a quarter.
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Equipment Wanted / Re: Diagonal
« Last post by Ed McDonough on December 28, 2017, 11:37:17 am »
Andy:
Here's the one that I use with my Nexstar Evolution 8. It should work with your LX 90. High Point sells it for $129.95:

https://www.highpointscientific.com/telescope-accessories/diagonals/celestron-2-diagonal-with-xlt-coatings-for-schmidt-cassegrain-telescopes-93527

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Joann, forget the tripod with those binos. They are light enough to use by hand and have a wide field of view that you should not have a lot of shaky images. I would get this instead:

https://www.amazon.com/Caravan-Sports-Infinity-Gravity-Chair/dp/B0032UY0BK/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_4?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1514431297&sr=1-4-fkmr0&keywords=recliningsky+chair
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Equipment Wanted / Re: Diagonal
« Last post by George B Grimm on December 27, 2017, 06:34:03 pm »
2in is the way to go. If you don't get the model with the sct screw on you will need the 2in visual back. 
Ignore my comments about the focal reducer. The diagonal wont be used with that.  When the time comes to image with a dslr just make sure to get a 2in adapter for that also, else vignetting. I never owned that screw on type of diagonal and the more I think about it I think it not be a good idea as my eyepiece would be so close to the rear of the scope I would bang my head. So you can choose from any other models and with the slip in type it could be used on a refractor also.
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Equipment Wanted / Re: Diagonal
« Last post by Andy Pyatt on December 27, 2017, 09:50:04 am »
Great suggestion on the 2-inch and that would avoid the need for the adapter. Plus that price is awfully good. Is there any disadvantage to that particular diagonal?
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Those are great binoculars, my son has a pair of those and I have used them frequently. They would not work on these tripods however. I did recently by an Orion Paragon tripod and that one is fantastic.
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Equipment Wanted / Re: Diagonal
« Last post by Andy Pyatt on December 27, 2017, 09:44:44 am »
Hey George, thanks for the info. It is an 8 SCT and I figured if I got a 2in diagonal I would also have to buy the two in adapter for the back of the scope. My only reason to go to inch would be to put some wider field eyepieces on the scope.
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Hi Andy,
I am a newbie to this group and took Wolffe's advice and purchased the Celestron 15 X70 binos from Amazon.  They have a tripod adapter, do you think one of your tripods would work?

Thanks,
JoAnn
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