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Old 03-06-2007, 10:05 AM
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14"LX200R, pier mounted, 4.5 M dome

Still a work in progress, its taken 18 months to get this far. There is light at the end of this tunnel, I think..

Thanks for looking

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Old 03-06-2007, 03:20 PM
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Woo Hoo, what a nice setup. A real labour of love by the looks of it.

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Old 03-06-2007, 04:27 PM
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Sure has been a labour of love Ric. Its been half the fun of the whole project.
A few minor frustrations aside...

Cheers mate,
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Old 04-06-2007, 11:38 AM
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Still a work in progress, its taken 18 months to get this far. There is light at the end of this tunnel, I think..

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Keep going Shawn, it looks awesome!!!
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Old 07-06-2007, 04:29 PM
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same here

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G'day all
I will try and get some photos on here of my gear (got lots to learn when it comes to computers). 16" Meade f4.5 newtonian and 8" Celestron SCT both mounted on Astro Optical Supplies "Goliath" mount. Thomas Matthis 14" RA drive, 24" Dec tangent arm, controlled manually by push button hand control.

Have ordered 14"SCT Meade OTA to replace both telescopes, (should arrive within next month). Just purchased Canon 20Da, 50mm f1.4 and 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 lenses.

Telescopes housed in rotating observatory, which I built 32years ago at age 16. When observatory was first completed it was a dome shape, but when I added the 16" newtonian, enlarged the opening and altered the shape slightly. Also on first completion there were many uninvited guests (Inch ants) so I built a moat around the cement wall which is filled with water and has a layer of sump oil on top. As the dome extends down into the moat almost no dust gets inside either.

Now can someone please tell me how to attach photos to this. Are photos still toooooo large;
same here lester .i am having the same problems with photos.anyway i love that set up and how good really ,.. good? are those mounts? i would enjoy the mana.(maori word for ."soul with power") anyway i think your set up is coooooool.

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Old 07-06-2007, 04:48 PM
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Hey guy's,
The LX200GPS-SCT 10' arrived today.
I put it together and had a glamour photo shoot done.
Here is the Pic.
I will test it out tonight, we have 5 planets to look at and the whole universe to explore.
First light report to follow tomorrow.

Mike
dam sausageman you look like the happiest man in astro land. aint it the coooolest place and the best time to appreciate the nite sky .mmmm. clear skies and hope 1st light was .
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Old 07-06-2007, 06:29 PM
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and here is my mirror mount for my 7 x50 binos
massive, the design is so simple .and she saves yer neck i would have 1 tomorrow but.tt ? do you know where a good optical first surface flat might be found ..,, for a price an average anamateur astrononer might be ready to buy . love that design .cooool.
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:54 PM
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The newest in the stable:

C8 with XLT coatings. Great optics. Internally flocked so has extra contrast that you really notice.

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Old 05-07-2007, 07:06 PM
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When do you hand out the cigars Chris?
Will you bring it on Saturday?
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Old 05-07-2007, 07:31 PM
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A very nice looking unit Chris, outwardly they are not too different from my 31 year C8 orange tube, inwardly the XLT coatings would definitely make a big difference.

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Old 05-07-2007, 09:06 PM
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ummm chris, how many scope do you have now?
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:47 PM
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When do you hand out the cigars Chris?
Will you bring it on Saturday?
I gave up smoking years ago John... but will chocolate ones do?

Jenny, the Celestron and I will be there on Saturday for sure!

See ya there

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Old 05-07-2007, 09:50 PM
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A very nice looking unit Chris, outwardly they are not too different from my 31 year C8 orange tube, inwardly the XLT coatings would definitely make a big difference.

Cheers
It's the good old 1970-era orange C8 like yours Ric that gave me a hankering to have one - I've always loved them. I might look for an old orange one next - and although they've come a long way since I'd still love to have one.

I've also always liked one of our members (Martin)'s C8 which really has superb optics. Sharper than a tack. So's this one - once I finish collimating it on Saturday evening.

It's just a nice, small and easily-managed package to take along on field outings.

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Old 05-07-2007, 09:51 PM
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ummm chris, how many scope do you have now?
Hmm... 9....with the bino's still to come...

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Old 05-07-2007, 10:05 PM
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Hi Chris, after I cleaned the corrector glass and got rid of some milky film that was living on it I think the optics are as sharp as they ever were. It is primarily my holiday scope at our coast house as the 12" is not that transportable.
Even the eyepieces are reasonable for their age but a few new ones won't go astray.

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Old 05-07-2007, 10:10 PM
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Amusing that we both have Meade 12" SCT's and Celestron 8" SCT's.....and almost want to live in the same areas. Good taste or what?

I know exactly what you mean about lugging the 12" around. This was my primary motivator to get the C8.
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Old 05-07-2007, 10:18 PM
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Amusing that we both have Meade 12" SCT's and Celestron 8" SCT's.....and almost want to live in the same areas. Good taste or what?
Of course Chris...

I hope Jenny is not a Chef and blonde like Kee otherwise that might be getting a bit scary

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Old 20-07-2007, 03:36 PM
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Here is the latest image of my setup.

On the Left a Skywatcher 8" f6 newtonian on a dobsonian base.

On the right a Skywatcher 8" f6 Newtonian on an EQ6 driven by EQMOD.
On top of the Right 8" f6 Newtonian is Berts 80mm f5.6 Refractor I use for widefield astrophotography. The EQ6 rides on my home made Pier with added tripod legs.
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Old 21-07-2007, 12:06 AM
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A very nice selection of scopes that you have there Andrew.

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Old 23-07-2007, 05:51 AM
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A couple of pictures I took yesterday of my setup.
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