Will be sailing on the NCL Dawn in April. Wondering if we will anticipate any problems bringing a telescope w/us. I figured it wld be the best place to view the stars since it is pitch black out in the open seas. The telescope weighs only 23 lbs. Do we have to notify the Dawn prior to arrival?
You're welcome to bring your scope, but expect added delays from security. When I packed my Meade for a solar eclipse I had to demonstrate it to the checker, and he still wanted to remove the correcter plate for a look inside! But as far as using it on board while the ship is under way - forget it. Anything with a long focal length is impossible to aim and keep steady. Even high powered binoculars are difficult. Unless you have an opportunity to stargaze on shore or from an anchored position, you'll probably regret having to lug that extra 23 lbs around. Try to take a pair of 7x binoculars and you'll have a great time observing star clusters and nebula that look washed out in a light-polluted sky.
I've brought my collapsable telescope before and it worked pretty well since I could keep it steady. It's one of those small ones that you can collapse into itself and weighs about a pound. You might see one being used by the captain in one of those old pirate movies. You can buy them at West Marine, or some other boating store.