Originally Posted by roadfix
That's beautiful Moon Flower, what your Grandmother instilled in you.
What type and size is your portable scope?
The portable Meade scope is the EXT 80AT and has an 80 mm objective lens and cost £249.00 I bought it with my earnings from Mum's brasserie. It was the first big purchase I ever made. (I certainly know the value of money!) It weighs I reckon, about 20 lbs. It is a lovely, lovely scope and I recommend it you.
Grandma Celeste left me an Orion Light Bridge 16 inch diameter reflector. It is built of part carbon fibre and has a handy plossl fixture beneath. It is manufactured by SkyQuest. Also a 12 inch of the same. Next, a Meade Light Bridge truss, a 16 incher.
But the real biggy is a CDK24 made by PlaneWave Instruments which Gran had made to special order. It is a 24 inch f/6.8 optically corrected Dall-Kirkham astrograph telescope and the beast weighs a ton. It had to be winched onto a truck and taken to my Aunt Emily’s where my family helped build an observatory. Its field of view is incredible! No curvature across its entire 70 mm field of view. There is no off-axis coma or any optical aberrations whatsoever.
I hope you didn't think I was being arrogant when I said I will
be an astronomer. I am really just a humble average sort of girl and all too aware of the sheer cost
of what I have inherited.