Mark,The apertures of my naked eye 'scopes are the major limitation, though. They just don't collect that much light, so observing deep-sky objects, splitting binary star systems, observing comets and asteroids, etc. are all a real problem for them. On the upside, though, the image post-processing software that is built into the equipment can't be beat, and it is upgradable. And the system comes with an enormous amount of storage pre-installed.
Finally, it has very advanced networking capabilities built into it, and it can automatically establish a wireless connection and share information with other similarly-equipped systems in its immediate vicinity.
I am a star gazers. I want to suggest all my star gazers friend that they should do star gazing with big astronomy binoculars instead of a telescope because telescopes are complicated.
Hey Bob,We had this post on the support and recovery forum a while ago.
The eye has ~7 mm aperture in the dark. in order to gather the most light that you can use, the objective diameter of a binocular or telescope should be equal to the magnification multiplied by 7 mm. For a magnification of 7, 7x7=49, and this is why a 7 x 50 pair of binoculars is probably the most common binoculars used for star gazing. Maximum light gathering capacity, reasonable magnification, wide field of view, and light weight obviating the need for a tripod.
The 20x80 binoculars are reasonably priced, but the light gathering power is about the same as a 7x35 and not as good as a 7x50. They are about 3 times heavier than a 7x35 and more than twice as 2 heavy as 7x50s. They have a narrow 3.2 degree FOV (excellent for a 20 power binocular however) but due to the weight you really need a tripod for extended viewing. If you don't mind carrying a tripod, it's a good deal.
Alas, I like it old school:I too am an amateur astronomer and built my own 8" f/7 Newtonian reflector (a "Dobsonian"). I disagree. First, telescopes are not complicated, especially if you avoid the "go to" variety. Second, in my opinion, big binocs are difficult to use and need an extremely steady mount -- although there is much debate on that.
Old Dude,Nice Unitron you've got there, Jonathan. I'm assuming you've had that one for a while.