Here's a short description of what was typically used during my trips to Oracle Observatory. (Note: most of the items described were stolen in December 2007 in California. Some have been replaced.) On the left in the photo below is an observing table, with 7x50 binoculars, a backpack with tools, charts, and other accessories, and a case full of 1.25" eyepieces. Behind the table is a relaxing chair. In the middle is a small carpet (to keep the dust down and to make it easier to find anything dropped). On the left of the carpet is an observing chair. On the right is a Meade LXD55-8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Between the tripod legs is a lunch box with cables and the LXD55 battery power pack. Behind the lunch box is a 7 Amp-Hour rechargeable power pack that was used to power the telescope. Mounted on the telescope Optical Tube Assembly (OTA) is an ETX-90 OTA, used as a guidescope during long duration astrophotography with the LXD55-8"SC and a Nikon D70 Digital SLR (not shown). On the right is a tent for sleeping.

Oracle Observatory

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