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Old 03-08-2015, 10:27 PM
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Very nice Scope you have Mark .... Top Quality Gear.

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Old 04-08-2015, 06:46 PM
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Mark, that's an incredibly beautiful setup you have put together.

It's a tragedy to put a camera where the eyepiece is supposed to go.
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Old 09-08-2015, 09:42 PM
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Is my quest for my perfect Grab n Go setup finally over?
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Old 15-08-2015, 09:36 AM
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Well if this one doesn't satiate my appetite, I think the wife might divorce me!
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Old 15-08-2015, 10:00 AM
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Beautiful!
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Old 15-08-2015, 12:15 PM
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Not bad eh? Now I just need to sort out the balance issue this beast causes. Got a couple of free weights in between the two stock EQ6 ones but they move around a bit so I don't think that's going to be a real solution.
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Old 15-08-2015, 12:25 PM
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Beautiful telescope and a sure reason for the end of good weather in SQ...

I see your cat is into astronomy as well
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Old 15-08-2015, 12:56 PM
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Try packing the holes in the freeweights with blutac or something similar to act as a shim between the weight and the cw shaft. I once used a duct taped plastic bag full of sand as an extra weight when k was in desperate need.
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Old 15-08-2015, 01:06 PM
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Ps. It's looking suspiciously cloudy out Lee. Not pointing fingers or anything but you know. Nice new scope.
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Old 15-08-2015, 02:18 PM
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Beautiful telescope and a sure reason for the end of good weather in SQ...

I see your cat is into astronomy as well
I caught them both trying to nibble on the QHY5L after I left the scopes on the bench for a bit; cheeky little buggers.

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Try packing the holes in the freeweights with blutac or something similar to act as a shim between the weight and the cw shaft. I once used a duct taped plastic bag full of sand as an extra weight when k was in desperate need.
Good idea, thanks Alex :-) I jammed them up with double-sided tape which has reduced the movement a bit. Hopefully enough until I get the new counterweight shaft, or the OAG... with the OAG on and the GT-81 off I might be able to balance with the stick counterweights alone.

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Ps. It's looking suspiciously cloudy out Lee. Not pointing fingers or anything but you know. Nice new scope.
haha. It's supposed to clear back up again according to clearoutside
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Old 15-08-2015, 02:35 PM
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Awesome. I'm ready for more imaging. I've managed 7 nights out of the last 10.
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Old 16-08-2015, 12:07 AM
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Picked it up on Thursday afternoon but hadn't had a moment to even open a box until about 1pm today!
Had a little play with my brand new Sky Rover 130mm, QHY9 with QHYCFW2-M-US. Was having some serious pointing issues which cut my session down to not too long after I setup sadly. Need to find a new place in my back yard to setup after all of the rain we've had down here. Corner of the tripod sunk a tiny bit throwing everything out!

Just need one more piece of equipment and then I am all set, a bar to mount my guide scope onto. I had a plate that I discovered this evening is about half an inch too short

Although I didn't get a LOT achieved I managed to calculate that it runs at F/5.66 (736mm) with the 0.8x flattener reducer which should theoretically be within 0.5mm of optimal.
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Old 16-08-2015, 12:28 AM
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Looks the goods Colin. Should suck down the light something fierce af 130/5.66.

Don't buy a dovetail plate to mount a guide scope to.. Waste of money. Go to any engineering shop and get a 4mm thick aluminium plate offcut. Will probably get it free then drill a couple of holes and bobs your uncle.
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Old 16-08-2015, 12:45 AM
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Looks the goods Colin. Should suck down the light something fierce af 130/5.66.

Don't buy a dovetail plate to mount a guide scope to.. Waste of money. Go to any engineering shop and get a 4mm thick aluminium plate offcut. Will probably get it free then drill a couple of holes and bobs your uncle.
That is the plan, I just had a spare laying around that I was hoping would fit it.
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Old 17-08-2015, 01:06 AM
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My 8" dob.
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Old 23-08-2015, 05:50 PM
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Something different!

Well I have finally bit the bullet and purchased a decent mount for my Solar scope. Pic attached is of a brand new Orion Sirius EQ-G (Same as a HEQ-5 Pro) with my little Lunt attached.
Very happy with it so far, easy to setup, kept the Sun in centre of FOV despite my rough attempt at daytime polar aligning and it is really nice being able to focus without the image jumping all over the place.
Now I have to buy a scope so I can try it out at night!!

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Old 30-08-2015, 05:53 PM
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My Time Machine!

I've had my 24" f/3.3 SDM for about 6 months, the scope is, in my opinion, the perfect visual setup! not toooo big however big enough for my physical limitations. Lockwood optics and Peter Read know how, offers deep space, planets and moon viewing with snap too focus, this scope puts smiles on faces! I can be viewing in around 10 minutes including collimation and star alighnment!
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I've had my 24" f/3.3 SDM for about 6 months, the scope is, in my opinion, the perfect visual setup! not toooo big however big enough for my physical limitations. Lockwood optics and Peter Read know how, offers deep space, planets and moon viewing with snap too focus, this scope puts smiles on faces! I can be viewing in around 10 minutes including collimation and star alighnment!
Hi Graham,
I normally don't comment on people's scopes each to their own. But your quote "the perfect visual set up" I have to agree all my observing years behind me and many scopes as well your set up would be the one I would love to own.
Would love to read observing reports on that scope.
Really nice telescope congratulations.
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Old 30-08-2015, 06:59 PM
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I've been admiring your scope for months (and using your pdf of the build as a guide for making my current project )

If my plans come to fruition I hope to build a clone of yours as my next project.
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Old 07-09-2015, 07:56 PM
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Adcock refractor

My 152mm Adcock refractor.
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