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Old 18-02-2016, 07:54 PM
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Thanks Laurie, I've been sweating on the StarTrack guys to get it here safely as there are no more available anywhere to replace it if damaged....

Test fitted the Baader ClickLock, Baader BBHS Diagonal and Pentax XW10,
as well as the BV setup of Baader ClickLock, Zeiss T2 Prism, TV Binovue and Tak LE24s.

Just have to wait patiently for some rings or a clamshell........ or make some out of plywood...
Welcome to the club Matt , just got from looking at the moon so sharp, just took this with the iPhone
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Old 19-02-2016, 09:49 AM
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Yes, indeed. Arrived this morning courtesy of Matt.
I've just caught up. Looking awesome Morton can't wait to see it in the flesh.
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Old 19-02-2016, 09:54 AM
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Thanks Laurie, I've been sweating on the StarTrack guys to get it here safely as there are no more available anywhere to replace it if damaged....

Test fitted the Baader ClickLock, Baader BBHS Diagonal and Pentax XW10,
as well as the BV setup of Baader ClickLock, Zeiss T2 Prism, TV Binovue and Tak LE24s.

Just have to wait patiently for some rings or a clamshell........ or make some out of plywood...
Another sweet setup Matt. At this rate, we could sell tickets to the Tak Star Party for all the poor people without Taks.
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Old 26-02-2016, 09:17 PM
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K-Astec from Kyoei-Osaka.jp

Another vote for the beautiful K-Astec products and for the excellent service from Kyoei-Osaka.
I sent payment for my K-Astec Tube Rings (TB95) and a 250mm dovetail bar (DP75-250L) on Tuesday,
The items arrived this morning, so less than 3 days from payment including freight from Japan to Australia

The items are beautifully designed and made, very light and supplied with extra cap screws.
The finish is excellent. The DP75-250L dovetail bar is a perfect fit in my Robin Casady EM Saddle.

The items came well packed, unfortunately while unpacking them I accidentally punctured a small plastic bag that was packed with them.
It was only after this that I read the warning label on the bag
"Warning - Instant Cloud - piercing this bag will release clouds that will stretch from horizon to horizon"
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Old 26-02-2016, 09:33 PM
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That setup looks SO nice!
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Old 27-02-2016, 08:46 AM
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Very nice Matt. Are you mounting a Nexus DSC on that setup? How good is the class photo at the TSP going to look!
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Old 27-02-2016, 05:18 PM
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Very nice Matt. Are you mounting a Nexus DSC on that setup? How good is the class photo at the TSP going to look!
I'm really pleased with the K-Astec gear.
I have to make a custom bracket to hold the Nexus, hopefully get to that this week. Class photo indeed !
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Old 03-03-2016, 09:53 AM
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My major items are in my signature. My two main scopes are the Orion XT8i and the Meade ETX 80. I also have the red scope, the Tasco 76 mm newtonian, but that is in the shed and is not currently in use. That will probably be loaned out or given away to help someone else get started.
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Old 03-03-2016, 12:24 PM
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107ph

Triplet SharpStar 107PH f/6.5 .... haven't used it yet .... weather is no good.... .... there is always tomorrow ...!!

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Old 03-03-2016, 12:39 PM
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Triplet SharpStar 107PH f/6.5 .... haven't used it yet .... weather is no good.... .... there is always tomorrow ...!!

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Didn't you have one of these before? Or maybe the 106?

Looks a cracker anyway. Can never have too many 3"-4" apos.
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Old 03-03-2016, 12:52 PM
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Didn't you have one of these before? Or maybe the 106?

Looks a cracker anyway. Can never have too many 3"-4" apos.
Yes, I did have the 107 a couple of years back .... bought it s/h .... this is Brand New.

I remember quite clearly the views of M42 .... it was amazing.... another nice ' wide field scope ' to use again.

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Old 03-03-2016, 01:36 PM
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Picked up a 12" Skywatcher on a homemade dob mount, mount needed some work as it didn't have any real way of keeping the OTA secure and kept sliding and losing balance, I changed it so I could adjust the tension on the top part of the holder and added new rubber, seems to go okay now... Don't mind the scope not being "upright" it was a test run... The finder scope "O" Ring was also buggered so I couldn't align that the first night but that is fixed now.

Viewed the GRS 2 nights ago for the first time, pretty cool.
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Old 03-03-2016, 02:15 PM
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Triplet SharpStar 107PH f/6.5 .... haven't used it yet .... weather is no good.... .... there is always tomorrow ...!!

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Looks good Col
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Old 03-03-2016, 03:45 PM
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Picked up a 12" Skywatcher on a homemade dob mount, mount needed some work as it didn't have any real way of keeping the OTA secure and kept sliding and losing balance, I changed it so I could adjust the tension on the top part of the holder and added new rubber, seems to go okay now... Don't mind the scope not being "upright" it was a test run... The finder scope "O" Ring was also buggered so I couldn't align that the first night but that is fixed now.

Viewed the GRS 2 nights ago for the first time, pretty cool.
That is a decent bit of aperture especially in rural WA, hope you enjoy it.
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Old 03-03-2016, 04:43 PM
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That's a good looking scope Colin, looking very AP Starfire'ish with the blue and red lettering , hope it performs as good as it looks .
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my 16 Dobstuff kit finally put together
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Old 05-03-2016, 02:39 PM
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Finally got my new ap130 mounted.

I got a Tak njp wooden tripod adapter from Claude at AEC and made the legs from Tas oak. Saved a fair bit on a full Tak tripod this way.

Peter from PS Custommade machined up a plate to go between the Half Hitch FTX and the tripod. His work is extremely good and he definitely doesn't charge enough for it.

Just have to play a bit more with the balancing to get everything right.
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:56 PM
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Looking very very good mate, love these grab n go custom mounts. must be pretty sturdy to carry the 130!
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:58 PM
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f/15

Need a set of Rings for it....

80mm f/15 OTA.....

Col.....
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Old 08-03-2016, 02:53 PM
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90mm rings lined with 3mm felt or cork???
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