Hello, Doug here

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Hello, Doug here
Posted by Mars1956 on Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:38 PM

40+ years in the hobby. Plethora of telescopes, with an XX14g currently in the observatory. Used to do Astrophotography in the 70's through 90's, but have just gone back to purely observational astronomy this past decade or so.

I have several web based sites: Facebook, twitter, and an actual web page for our group and observatory.


I'll check back from time to time. Cheers.




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Posted by DaveMitsky on Thursday, January 23, 2014 4:00 PM

Welcome to the Astronomy.com forums, Doug.

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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  • From: Yuma, Arizona
Posted by Caryl James (Pianist) on Sunday, February 09, 2014 10:05 PM

Greetings, Doug.

Wow! 40+ years experience?! You are a true veteran...

I am just starting to the world of astronomy and I saw on one of your Facebook photos a guy with an Orion XT10i? (This is the telescope that I am going to be using, still not sure if it is the right choice yet.) It says on the photo caption that you guys call it the "Frankenscope?" Haha.

Hope to learn alot from yourself and other star gazing vets out here.

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Posted by Mars1956 on Monday, February 10, 2014 7:30 AM

It is I with the FrankenScope... I took a base 10" XT tube assembly, and mounted it on an LX200 fork mount for about a year. It was a novel idea, but had some drawbacks. However, the base 10"XT is a great scope on it's normal dob mount.

I think you'll like the 10" xt10i intellescope, but it doesn't have motors on it either, which will require you to continue to push the scope to keep up with the object you want to look at. You might consider the xx10g which is the goto version, that has motors and will track the object while you are viewing it.

Because I liked the xt 10 inch optics, I ordered a 14" XX14g back in 2012 and have had a great time with it. The tracking is excellent and the goto is good.


Hope this helps you out.


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