The Grand Prize winner of our How Much Astronomy Gear Can You Fit in Your Car Contest, Joe L. of Illinois, was able to pack an astonishing amount of observing equipment, accessories, and other goodies into his car. Not only did Joe pack a LOT of gear, but he and his wife Mary took this beautiful picture of everything ready for action, complete with star trails overhead. Now, Joe has another piece of equipment to pack up, his Grand Prize XX12i Truss Tube Intelli-Scope Dob ($1299.95 value)! Luckily, the Truss Tube design conveniently breaks down for easy transport!
Joe sent in the photo above of himself, Mary, and their prize XX12i with this note of thanks: "My 10" Dob, her name is Bertha, had reintroduced me to a love of astronomy dating back to the department store refractor my father had purchased me in the wake of the Apollo 11 landing. As an adult with a reawakened interest and a bit more disposable income, my plans this time include astrophotography. I am, as Mary points out from time to time, obsessed.
I simply cannot thank the good people at Orion Telescopes and Binoculars enough for my beautiful 12" truss Dob; what a magnificent scope! The day after I received it I was lucky enough to have a crystal clear night and toured my fall/winter greatest hits. Jupiter was decidedly bigger, brighter and showing more detail than my beloved Bertha could muster and the Orion nebula with the 35mm Deep View eyepiece was simply stunning. I cannot wait to share the views at Carlyle with my friends in the River Bend Astronomy Club."