AMATEUR ASTRONOMY, VIEWING TIPS, TELESCOPE AND EQUIPMENT REVIEWS,
PHOTO GALLERY, ACCESSORIES, ASTRONOMY FORUM, MAKE EQUIPMENT CASES AND MORE.


MARC THE SCOPE GUY
Marc R.-YORK REGION, ONTARIO CANADA


LEFT: 6" f/8 refractor on EQ6 mount with 70mm f/13 secondary scope, 9x50 finderscope, and Telrad (just visible).
RIGHT: 10" Newtonian reflector on EQ6 mount with 9x50 finder and Telrad.

WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE

I am just an average working class guy with an interest in astronomy. I have no degree in astrophysics, am not a walking hard drive full of statistics and formulas, and I can't look up in the sky and recognize all of the constellations by name. I do own a telescope (several actually), a book full of star charts, and have the patience sometimes required to find an object I have never actually seen before with the use of a chart. The purpose of this website is not only to share this hobby of mine with like-minded people, but to provide information to anyone wishing to learn more about equipment related to visual astronomy and telescopes. I have created this website without the use of any page builders or site building software programs. I typed the HTML code with one finger (right middle finger to be exact), so this is about as fancy as things will get. Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you enjoy my website.

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I WELCOME ANY FEEDBACK OR QUESTIONS, AND CAN BE REACHED AT:
EMAIL: MARC at MARCTHESCOPEGUY dot COM


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LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES- NOVEMBER 20, 2016. A summary of my viewing sessions during 2016, viewing Venus and Mercury this November and December, and my first time seeing an unidentified deep sky object I had never seen before.

SOME LIGHT READING

OBSERVATIONAL ASTRONOMY, WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?-Why do I endure those long trips, set-up and tear-down times, the 5:00 a.m. bedtime, and the physical effort involved with going out for a night of serious deep sky observing?

MY EARLY YEARS OBSERVING, 1973-My fascination with astronomy began when I was about 12 years old. There wasn't a great variety of equipment available to anyone with an average budget in those days, but I still had a great time with my first "real" telescope.

A PASSION REBORN-Now I'm a little older, somewhat wiser, and have a renewed interest in astronomy. Equipment is plentiful and more affordable than it was years ago. With dark skies only a few hours away, it's a whole new ballgame
PHOTO GALLERY

WARNING- By no means do I consider myself to be skilled when it comes to astro-imaging. My Moon photos are single exposures taken using a webcam through an achromat refractor, which is quite a step down from the apochromatic telescopes and digital camera I own today. The Jupiter images are such an embarassment that I really should not even bother posting them, and were also taken using a webcam and an achromat refractor. My deep sky images are also only single exposures, but were taken through a better telescope using a good digital camera. The preferred way of taking good astro-images through a telescope is to take multiple exposures, stack them, and process them using computer software. This requires skill, patience, and fancy stacking and processing software (all of which I presently lack).

DEEP SPACE PHOTOS(3)

MOON PHOTOS(9)

JUPITER PHOTOS
(2)
- you may want to skip these, as they are pitiful.

TELESCOPE / MOUNT
REVIEWS

Each item below is a piece of equipment that I have owned for several years and am quite familiar with. Whether it's a brief trip outside for a few quick views through a portable scope, or a marathon session with the heavy artillery, there's something for every occasion. Each review is based on my experience through repeated use of each telescope or accessory.

*NOTE: In some of my equipment review pages I have included links to the manufacturer for more information concerning the related item. This is solely for convenience if you want to find out more about the item or any related products, and I don't work for or receive comission from any of the manufacturers.

TELESCOPES

SKYWATCHER 10" F1200mm NEWTONIAN REFLECTOR-Updated December 20, 2014 to include new collapsible model-A great deep space scope.

SKYWATCHER 70mm F900mm REFRACTOR-Moon and planetary portable

SKYWATCHER 4.5" F900mm NEWTONIAN REFLECTOR -Not a bad starter scope

SKYWATCHER 4" SHORT REFRACTOR-Another starter scope.

SKYWATCHER 6" F1200mm REFRACTOR-Serious Moon and planetary viewing.

WILLIAM OPTICS FLT132 F925mm APO TRIPLET REFRACTOR-This review may be a little more detailed than those for my other telecopes, but this is no ordinary telescope.

MOUNTS

TELESCOPE MOUNT COMPARISON : ALTAZIMUTH VS EQUATORIAL-Updated Dec.17 2014 with more information and choices
-Altazimuth mount (AZ3) VS Equatorial mount (EQ2), plus the Vixen Portamount Altazimuth mount

SYNTA EQ6 DRIVEN EQUATORIAL MOUNT-Updated December 18, 2014 to include Skyscan GoTo and Altaz Skyscan GoTo versions
-A big heavy mount for big heavy telescopes.
ACCESSORIES

CHOOSING TELESCOPE EYEPIECES
-Information about eyepieces in general and explanations of terms you might hear related to them such as magnification, apparent field of view, eye relief, etc.

MOON FILTERS-Used when the view is so bright, it hurts to look.

FINDERSCOPES, ETC-How to choose, aim, and use finderscopes and reflex sighting devices when you don't have a GO-TO mount that will find things for you.

BINOCULARS-My little Tasco Sonoma 10X50's, and my Celestron Skymaster 25X100's.


DO IT YOURSELF

MAKE EYEPIECE ACCESSORY CASES
-Practical, organized, and functional for field use.

MAKE TELESCOPE TRAVEL CASES-Homemade cases for my OTA's with plenty of cushion and impact protection.

MAKE A VARIABLE POLARIZER-Simple, cheap and effective.

FIELD TABLE/ACCESSORY CASE-Heavy but useful, impressive to look at, and a joy to use.

OTHER STUFF


TELESCOPE COLD WEATHER VIEWING TIPS- A few tips to make your winter viewing experience more pleasurable.

LINKS PAGE-Updated December 17, 2014-A lot of useful information related to astronomy and observing can be found on these pages. Links include an astronomy discussion postboard, where to find the planets, current Moon phase, field of view/magnification calculator, and more.

FEEDBACK RESPONSE-A response to the various questions, comments, and good natured ribs and insults I have received regarding this website and it's contents.

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

MARC THE SCOPE GUY
AMATEUR ASTRONOMY, VIEWING TIPS, TELESCOPE AND EQUIPMENT REVIEWS,
PHOTO GALLERY, ACCESSORIES, ASTRONOMY FORUM, MAKE EQUIPMENT CASES AND MORE

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