I like unexpected adventures. And from time to time I get a little more than I bargained for.
Over the years, I have owned a crazy number of small refractors. They make for fabulous grab-and-go instruments: if there is a beautiful moon outside or I have a friend over who has never seen Saturn through a telescope before,
For many years, I have used small refractors to photograph the night sky. Refractors are great if they are well corrected and up to 80mm diameter they are quite affordable. With the right reducer/flattener and a decent camera it's possible to create wonderful images: if tracking is done properly, stars will be nice and small pinpoints.
For many years I have spent time learning the Star drift method of alignment for my telescope. Although tedious, it has turned out to be quite beneficial. However, after wasting night after night attempting to align the telescope properly, I have found an easier way of alignment.