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Old 24-10-2012, 11:49 PM
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oops, sorry ... forgot to label ...

1) 6" f/12.5 Maksutov (Made by North Group) on a Meade Bessler LX-75 (same as the EQ-6) GEM.
2) Bratislav (sp?) focusing mask
3) Meade Series 5000 eyepieces (40 mm, 34 mm, 28 mm, 24 mm, 20 mm, and 16 mm). The best eyepieces I have ever owned.
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Old 31-10-2012, 05:46 PM
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Just updating photo's of my equipment setup both visual and imaging.

Also for hours of comfortable viewing I now use a gas lift chair and easy reach eyepiece holders shown in the photo's (am I getting lazy or what)

The Sony Nex-3 Camera is a only cheap option but seems to work ok for now (until I get serious that is)
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Old 31-10-2012, 07:24 PM
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really , really nice set up Leo. I like the extras , did you make them ? .
You should be proud .
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Hi guys,

This is my current setup. It is giving me headache without a fixed observatory. I is a C14 with, an Atlas FLI focuser, Apogee 7 places 50mm filter wheel, Astrodon GenII HA,SII,OIII,L,R,G,B filters and finally an Apogee U9000 camera. The guide setup is a StarlightXpress Superstar with a Celestron 80mm Guidescope. I did a 3 wheels wooden base to move the whole system until my fixed observatory is not ready.

Cheers,

Leo

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Old 31-10-2012, 08:06 PM
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I agree with you Wayne, a gas lift chair and easy to reach eyepieces makes for more relaxed and effective observing. I have done the same myself.

I have added castor wheels to my gas lift chair allowing easy movement when slewing to the next target. It save having to man handle the chair into a new position.

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Old 02-11-2012, 02:07 PM
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Just got the right length extension tube for my lunar/planetary camera. Set it all up to make sure it works!
North Group 102mm apo, Moonlite focuser, 2.5" extension tube, Televue 4x Powermate and QHY IMG132E camera, all on an EQ3 Pro mount.
Now I'll wait until Jupiter rises earlier and try it out.
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Old 02-11-2012, 02:55 PM
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Just got the right length extension tube for my lunar/planetary camera. Set it all up to make sure it works!
North Group 102mm apo, Moonlite focuser, 2.5" extension tube, Televue 4x Powermate and QHY IMG132E camera, all on an EQ3 Pro mount.
Now I'll wait until Jupiter rises earlier and try it out.
That's a nice ' clean ' setup Laurie ..!!

Flash ..!!
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:05 PM
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Thanks Colin!
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:19 PM
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I have three telescopes:

Celestron 8" SCT fitted with Losmandy dovetail and counter balance weights. This scope has a JMI NGF focuser with motor drive attached to the rear cell. Also attached is the Stellarvue 9x50 RA viewfinder. The focuser controller is a dual controller for both focusers of the 8" and 80mm.

Piggybacked via a Losmandy dovetail bracket is my Orion 80mm ED which is fitted with a JMI Event Horizon focuser with motor drive and an Arctic Fox green light laser. Also shown is the custom made road case.

Accessory case is two layer with machined HD foam inserts with a selection of Ethos Eyepieces.

Fujinon 7x50 binocular accessory case with a Farsight binocular attachment with a Mutli Reticle Finder attached.

Meade 16" Lightbridge (not shown) which has a JMI Trak-N-Train motor drives and an Arctic Fox green light laser and an 8x50 RA Viewfinder. This will be housed in a shed with roll out capability.

Sirius Dome, recently erected, which houses my 8" SCT setup.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:21 AM
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Great set-up, Peter!
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:42 PM
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Great set-up, Peter!
Thanks Laurie.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:24 PM
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I have been asked by a couple of people about my custom made cases, so I thought I would put the information on here.

The Celestron 8" SCT all aluminium case has recessed lockable butterfly locks, reinforced edges, corners and recessed handles (in front and on both ends). This case also has thick internal foam walls. The triangular high density machined foam insert, that shows the Televue star diagonal is, also machined out underneath to take the round Losmandy tube counterweights. These weights cannot move within the case. The cost of this case, which includes the machined inserts was $650. This may seem expensive but was considerable cheaper than another manufacturer who only used wood for the panels. This telescope never came with a case and, from experience, I have found most original manufacturer cases to be poorly made anyway.

The Orion 80ED case is manufactured to the same specifications as the case above. The cost of this case, which includes machined inserts was $350. Please note that this case was subsequently modified, by the same manufacturer, to fit the telescope with the JMI Event Horizon focuser, which was purchased after the case was originally made. Modifications are easily accommodated with changing accessories and is quite cheap to do.

The accessory/eyepiece case is made up of two layers of machined high density foam. The top layer has a flat thick vinyl sheet glued to the base with two pull out tabs securely attached. The case was designed to accommodate the eyepieces without caps, as I didn't want to have to mess about with caps in the dark, particularly since, when closed, this case is waterproof and dust proof anyway. The bottom layer holds tools and accessories that are not often used. The three small cases shown in the bottom layer are small Pelican cases for holding small items (such as screws), cleaning clothes and Hex keys etc. This case cost $250 which included the cost of the case and the machined high density foam inserts. I gave all the items to the manufacturer and he designed how it would all fit into one case. I left all the design work to the manufacturer for all the cases.

Finally, the binocular case cost $150 which included the cost of the case and the machined high density foam. This was about the same price as a Fujinon leather case.

All these road cases were manufactured by Image Alloy Cases Pty Ltd, 44 Pilbara Street, Welshpool WA 6106. Phone number is 92589187 and the contact is Jez Moore. This manufacturer is the cheapest in Perth.

These cases are very strong and durable. I am secure in the knowledge that my equipment is well protected during transport.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:27 PM
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Meeting of the giants:

Istar Perseus AT150 F10 resting comfortably on Gaunt Equatorial Telescope Stand.
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:00 PM
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Meeting of the giants:

Istar Perseus AT150 F10 resting comfortably on Gaunt Equatorial Telescope Stand.
Nice view you got there Matt.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:56 PM
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Very very nice Matt. Old meets new, a classic....in black.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:04 PM
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SharpStar 107

Looking forward to using my newest addition ..!!

107 Triplet APO !!

SHARPSTAR 107PH ED refractor telescope has the following
characteristics:
107MM f / 6.5 fully-muit-coated triplet air-spaced optical design
Japanese OHARA FPL - 53 super ED lens
New dual-speed 3 inch rack and pinion control gear, 10:1 micro-drive focus
3 inch universal interface
360 degree rotation angle regulator
Tube ring and a pair of universal dovetail
lens hood with sliding lock
with Finder bracket

Flash ..!!
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:12 PM
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Looks great, Col!
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:41 PM
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Whew! what a beauty mate ! , is the inside of the lense cover and tube lined with black felt or something similar?
I also like the focuser , really nice .
Review ????? Please ? .
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:47 PM
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is the inside of the lense cover and tube lined with black felt or something similar?
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Brian ...Yes it is .. felt lined ... very nice to ..!!

Flash ..!!
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:11 PM
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Looks great, Col!
Thanks Larry ...... cloudy here ...!!

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Old 12-11-2012, 04:49 PM
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Looks great. Hope you get some clear skies soon.
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