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  1. #11
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    Re: Gear Availability Issues

    If you think photography equipment is in short supply, be happy you're not looking for firearms or ammunition.


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  2. #12
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    Re: Gear Availability Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by bluzman View Post
    If you think photography equipment is in short supply, be happy you're not looking for firearms or ammunition.
    and there was me worried about th toilet paper shortage
    Sanity in an Insane world is Insane

  3. #13
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    Re: Gear Availability Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg Pics View Post
    Telescopes are in short supply too. They are backordered. So, if you want a decent refractor for imaging, you have to be a bit patient. I was considering a small astrophotography set-up, but I also need a tripod and new head. $$$$$$$
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    ebay is your friend - way to many people buy a scope expecting to see glourious images as portraied on TV and other science programs only to be disappointed , either cant find the stuff, struggle with avertied vision or really really disapointed that Orion Nebula is little more than a grey colourless smudge at best as is andromeda, i got all my gear for less than £500, thats 2x motorised mounts - one an RA and the other a goto, also a f9 102mm refractor and a f5 80mm , along with all the required attachments and t rings the only stuff i bought new
    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg Pics View Post
    @Hobbit You did good to get all of that. I check Ebay now and then and see what they have. I have been looking at CloudyNights classifieds too, but that stuff gets snapped up quickly.

    Yeah, people don't understand they don't have Hubble in their backyard.
    I have a friend who purchased a 10 inch dobsonian, and I don't think she used it more than 1 time. I am not sure why she got it when she told me, "I can look up and see stars." She saw what my 8 inch could do, so that left me with a big question mark in my brain. She had no interest in setting up and staying outside to look for objects.

    I've got a small refractor that belonged to my F-I-L and was passed on to me after he died. I can see a bit with it, but not much. It is really too much for lunar observation and too little for deep-space observation.

    My son and I do belong to a local astronomy club and that, IMHO, is the way to do astronomy. The club has a lot of old guys with plenty of money to spend on hobbies and they do have some great gear. And they like to share what their scopes can reach with others!

    What they/we don't have a lot of is clear skies. When my son was in the Boy Scouts, we had access to one of the darkest spots around, and would try to meet up the evening right after a cold front came trough in the winter. That's when the skies were the best for observing the heavens. I've heard that it's been pretty good world-wide due to the reduction in air pollution primarily brought on by lessened vehicular traffic. However, we've been bothered by cloudy skies and heat for a lot of the spring and summer, so no luck so far this year.

    WM
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  4. #14
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    Re: Gear Availability Issues

    @Whiskeyman. Agreed. Sometimes the local astronomy club has a dark site and scopes available to use as well. It is nice to be able to view objects through different scopes at gatherings. I can see a lot with my current scope, but it is falling apart by now and not worth upgrading. I can get a new 8 inch dobsonian that is better built for as much as it would cost to upgrade the one I have.
    Light pollution is my big enemy here plus the marine layer that creeps over the mountains. I am driving distance from several dark areas, though. Joshua Tree, Mt. Pinos and several others.
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    Re: Gear Availability Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg Pics View Post
    @Whiskeyman. Agreed. Sometimes the local astronomy club has a dark site and scopes available to use as well. It is nice to be able to view objects through different scopes at gatherings. I can see a lot with my current scope, but it is falling apart by now and not worth upgrading. I can get a new 8 inch dobsonian that is better built for as much as it would cost to upgrade the one I have.
    Light pollution is my big enemy here plus the marine layer that creeps over the mountains. I am driving distance from several dark areas, though. Joshua Tree, Mt. Pinos and several others.
    DP, one of these days, I want to visit Great Basin National Park just to camp under some of the darkest skies in the CONUS. Joshua Tree and Mt Pinos would also be good spots to visit on that trip!

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  6. #16
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    Re: Gear Availability Issues

    The gear shortage is in the UK too - I looked high and low for a 85mm f1.8s, all physical and online retailers showed it as on back-order with up to 30 day delivery times. The only alternative was Amazon, who were ~£100 more expensive.

    After two weeks of searching I found a store that had one in stock so took the 3 hour round trip to pick it up - Worth it though, what a lens!
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