Optical Instruments

From: Pinizzotto,Russell (ZZOTTO@mail.nwmissouri.edu)
Date: Tue Sep 03 2002 - 17:07:38 EDT

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    I agree with all of the comments made regarding binoculars, especially big
    ones!  I like using my 20x80s on a parallel mount a lot more than using my
    equatorial reflector.  For satellites, except for the geos, they've been
    fantastic.  I'd like to get the Nikon 120s or even the Fujinon 150s
    sometime, too, but . . . $$$
    
    Since January, I've observed about 600 satellite passes.  I'm now using my
    old 7x50s from my front yard (I live in rural Missouri) and can easily see
    down to mag 5.5 or 6.0 even with the skyglow from the town and neighbors'
    lights.
    
    Best Regards,
    Russ
    
    40.35N, 94.97W, UT-5
    
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