XT10i Telescope used as a Theodolite / Laser Level

Posted by XTSee on 29th April , 2009

Just lately I’ve been too busy with a completely different kind of project for me to do any astronomy, hence the rather long delay between my previous blog post and now.
We have been completely absorbed in the evenings designing a new pond for our fish. Basically the original pond (at 400 gallons) was too small [...] Read more »

Review of Rigel Red-dot Finder Scope

Posted by XTSee on 7th February , 2009

Recently First Light Optics inadvertently delivered two telescopes to me, which was quite amusing, but needless to say I did the right thing and returned one to them.
But as a thank-you for being honest, FLO very kindly sent me a freebie to use with my new C6-S telescope, and asked me what I thought of [...] Read more »

New dovetail mount for Multi LED Reticule Reflex Finder Scope

Posted by XTSee on 17th September , 2008

Red Dot Finder Scope from ScopeTeknix

The latest mod I have added to my Skyquest XT Mods section is for my Orion XT10i and details the simple addition of a new dovetail mount so that I can have both my standard 9×50 Finder Scope, and my new Multi-Reticule LED Red Dot Finder Scope mounted to my [...] Read more »

Dovetail mount added for multi-reticule Red Dot Finder

Posted by XTSee on 26th August , 2008

Today I modified my Orion XT10i telescope by adding a second dovetail mount to accept a multi-reticule red-dot finder scope on the main telescope. I purchased the red-dot finder as a new accessory a few months ago now, but obviously could only use one finder at a time with the single dovetail mount installed on [...] Read more »

Moon and Galaxies in Ursa Major

Posted by XTSee on 10th May , 2008

Moon Spotting
Today was a nice warm, spring day, and the evening was quite mild. Ideal to get the XT10 out for some viewing. Stars weren’t particularly bright tonight, but the scope soon revealed quite a reasonable amount of depth.
Tonight I wanted to focus on observing the Moon, which is 5 days into new moon, and [...] Read more »