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Old 03-11-2007, 05:17 PM
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simple but effective..

Meade 14inch LX200R "RC"
Losmandy Titan Mount

All inside our home-made dome.

gonna chuck the Tak ontop of the Meade but Mr Losmandy is taking his time with the doveplate that i need <_<

http://www.perthfalcons.com.au/index...=post&id=23700

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Old 03-11-2007, 06:07 PM
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Ok here is my pityfull setup.
One skywatcher 120mm achromat with an meade 70mm on top for guiding.
Made the tripod legs last week (sturdy and adjustable).
Looks good - how does the 120mm scope go with the DSI????
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Old 03-11-2007, 06:29 PM
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Looks good - how does the 120mm scope go with the DSI????
It works very good, nice widefields
When the weather clears ill have to post some pics.
This weather is getting on my nerves
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Old 17-11-2007, 07:50 PM
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okily dokily, here's my setup,
Skywatcher ED80 on Skywatcher HEQ5, powered by an el-cheapo jumpstarter pack, currently using my canon 400D, but will soon have a 350D to dedicate to the scope.

i've also got some LED strips (as illustrated by my funky night exposure) to light my way around teh mount. i have them facing down at the groud so as to not disturb anyone, and i need to put a diffuser on them, just to soften the light a bit more.
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Old 17-11-2007, 08:47 PM
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Nice setup Josh, I'm after one of them to sit on top of my 12".

Cheers
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Old 16-12-2007, 12:12 AM
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Thats a good solid scope you have there. I hope your window on the universe gives you lots of joy

Paul
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Old 16-01-2008, 10:26 AM
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Ma 10" dob

here's my deep sky, double star and planetary workhorse, as featured in my observing reports...
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Old 16-01-2008, 08:48 PM
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Thats a good solid scope you have there. I hope your window on the universe gives you lots of joy

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Thank you !
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Old 17-01-2008, 08:30 AM
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The newie - a Takahashi FS60-C sitting on a Takahashi Teegul Sky Patroll II mount, specifically designed to carry the FS60-C.

This will be the permanent wide field imager in my house - and if this weather ever clears I'll get to see how it performs....
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Old 17-01-2008, 08:34 AM
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You don't need the weather to clear if it's going to be in your house
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Old 17-01-2008, 08:41 AM
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Good point Mike. Anyone have a spare planetarium projector they cam loan to me?
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Old 17-01-2008, 10:54 AM
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Our equipment has gone through a couple of upgrades since I posted here in '04... latest incarnation, at our bright sky site. The K.I.S.S. principle in action - one scope, one aluminium table, two stools, one atlas - five minutes to set up, five minutes to break down.
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Old 20-01-2008, 11:10 AM
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abellhunter's asenal looking for a new home

G'day Astro junkies!

After 30 years of pushing 3-30 inch scopes around the Northern Hemisphere
i have seen Everything, again & again & again!

i did back to back astro events for 34 days in the Andes. Here i saw the entire Milky Way at 12,500 feet elevation, under the darkest & driest skies on the planet. To see Sag. & Sco. at the Zenith, the LMC & SMC etc... let me know without a doubt it was time to Go South!

http://www.anzaobservatory.com/gosouth.html

So after my last observatory became over-run by "progress", i knew it was
time to complete my goal of seeing as many, if not all the NGC catalog.

Always striving for the best in life i had to have an observatory
there, in the Andes. There was a plan, that is dragging now, to build
one in Bolivia. This site, on the shores of Lake Titicaca are the
finest in the world because of the lake's "seeing-cells". BUT
Bolivia is Bolivia, if you get my drift. A great place to visit
but not a place to do business.

my 2nd choice, of course was Chile. Again great place to visit
but no place for an American to live. So here i am, heading
to Australia this year.

my reason for joining your forum is to make connections with
the amateur astronomers in Australia. To get some good advice
on just where i can find:

#1. A well established club that has a dark site that i can
build an observatory/apartment on and use 3-6 months out of
the year. i would let the club use it while i was & was not
there for a win win deal.

#2. Find a dark site with a well established B & B and do
the same.

#3. Find a reasonable 2nd home in a rural dark area, build
the observatory with apartment and have the home rented
out year around. They could be my care-takers.

#4. Find a highly trustworthy amateur and work with them for
a win win deal.

i think that's in just about the order of preference to my
idea of a workable situation that i could live with.

The 2 places now on my list to check out are Alice Springs and Coonabarabran. i like Alice (of course way out of town) a little more just for the fact it's -23 deg or so, and i would get to still see most of the sky.

If you have any suggestions on how & where to bring my observatory
down south please let me know.

Here is the list of optics for this project:

28 inch StarMaster w/GOTO
17 1/2 inch Newt/Dob. w/DSC
C-14 w/Argo Navis
20 x 125 mm Astro binoculars on a heavy duty fork mount

Plus 7 x 50s, 11 x 80s, & 25 X 100s binoculars......
a large Astronomy Atlas collection, Astro. library, computers
etc, etc.....

Everything you would expect in a serious amateur astronomers
observatory!

Sincerely, Lance aka "abellhunter"
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Old 22-01-2008, 07:36 PM
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Hi Ken,

Just looked at your updated equipment, Saxons. Have you considered mounting them side by side?

A nice piece of 20mm thick ply, water proofed, dovetail bar screwed to the ply and both instruments mounted side by side.

Brings the weight closer to the centre of the mount, less counterweight needed, more stable.

Just a thought.

Alexander
Thanks Alexander.

Not only have I considered it, I did it. But I wasn't happy with it. I ended up putting them back into under/over position.

This photo was when I had my gear side-by-side
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Old 13-02-2008, 08:11 AM
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Old 13-02-2008, 08:20 AM
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Mmmmmmm!.... EM200 & Sky90.....
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Old 13-02-2008, 09:04 AM
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Beautiful setup Stuart.
What base plate are you using?
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Old 13-02-2008, 09:22 AM
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Gday Andrew the base plate and the dovetail plate for the Sky90 are from BT technologies, solid and nicely finished gear. The twin saddle plate is the Losmandy DSBS {pretty heavy}, Iv'e since changed the C9.25 dovetail plate to a losmandy one as well.
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Old 16-02-2008, 03:57 PM
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I was thinking today of my journey so far in terms of equipment.
1. My first was the 10" GSO dob that started it all. A light bucket.
2. My first CAT, the 8" LX90 replaced the above to give me a Goto and tracking telescope for Planetary imaging.
3. My first EQ Mount, the G-11 mount, to replace above to allow for a range of Telescopes to come.
4. My first Refractors, the Borg's 100ED and 76ED. Widefield DSO imaging setup.
5. The CAT OTA C8 Fastar to replace the LX90. Pic from previous owner in US. For Planetary imaging on the G-11 and possibly DSO work in the future.
6. The Widefield Imaging Setup.
7. The Planetary Imaging Setup.
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