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Old 15-03-2016, 07:06 PM
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New/Old mount

Hi all thought I would show off my new/old mount I grabbed off Zane here last week , it arrived yesterday .

Its a very nice bit of gear , very very solid and last night on the moon discovered it tracks beautifully , and once adjusted and balenced the slip clutches allow extreemly smooth movements around the sky and slo/mo controls work excellently , I am impressed .

As you see it holds the iStar with ease and a hard ! smack on the tube dampens in about 1 second , impressive solidness . Just look at those legs !! I am a bit of a leg man myself .

I will post more when I fit the C9.25 .

Brian.
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Old 15-03-2016, 07:30 PM
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Ooooh .... nice legs eh ..!!

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Old 15-03-2016, 07:44 PM
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Ahhhh ,,,, another leg maN ....
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Old 28-03-2016, 03:57 PM
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If anyone's interested , here is my C9.25 on the CI-700.
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Old 29-03-2016, 10:24 PM
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I believe Celestron missed the boat , so to speak on this set up as I used it last night and its a match made in heaven .

These 2 products comlpiment each other so well , 500x on Jupiter and the image hardly moved as I focused using the FT focuser and the detail seen was impressive ! , watched the GRS move into view and needless to say today at work was tough .

I like this mount and I dont need a Losmandy G11 at over 3x the price and all I will say is , if anyone out there like me who aint rich and gets a chance to grab one of these ,,, I SAY grab IT !! .

I know this will ruffle a few feathers out there in 'mount land' , but I dont care .

The CI-700 is a great mount and it's a shame they aint made anymore . A great loss to us amature astronomers everywhere .

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Old 02-04-2016, 06:31 PM
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The OO goes Dob style

Just couldn't cope with the VXL12-12L on a GEM for visual so cobbled together a dob mount a la Stellafane so I can enjoy some views.

Much fun was had putting this together and I finally found a purpose for a router.

Clear skies
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Old 02-04-2016, 07:27 PM
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Just couldn't cope with the VXL12-12L on a GEM for visual so cobbled together a dob mount a la Stellafane so I can enjoy some views.

Much fun was had putting this together and I finally found a purpose for a router.

Clear skies
David .... way to go mate ...much simpler to use to.

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Old 03-04-2016, 07:02 AM
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Just couldn't cope with the VXL12-12L on a GEM for visual so cobbled together a dob mount a la Stellafane so I can enjoy some views.

Much fun was had putting this together and I finally found a purpose for a router.

Clear skies
Your neck will thank you David, nicely done
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:48 AM
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probably the last additions i will make to my imaging equipment for a while. gear includes;
AGO iDK 14.5 with thermal control system
Paramount MX+
Optec Gemini rotating focuser
MMOAG
Lodestar X2
FLI CFW 2-7
FLI microline 8300

i am very happy with the set up
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Old 03-04-2016, 03:52 PM
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So envious Aidan!
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:10 PM
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So envious Aidan!
your sextuplet should be a different but equally impressive beast
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:18 PM
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Pick it up Wednesday afternoon. First light will hopefully be at the Tak party, even if it is heracy
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:16 PM
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Pick it up Wednesday afternoon. First light will hopefully be at the Tak party, even if it is heracy
i will look forward to seeing that, first light for me has been hindered by the inevitable persistent cloud cover, should be able to get something this week. i spent the weekend cleaning up the cables at the back and running a new tpoint model when i could see the stars.
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Old 03-04-2016, 06:04 PM
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Getting away from the clouds is why heading interstate is a good idea haha
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Old 06-04-2016, 12:51 PM
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80mm f/15 Before and After

Now the original focuser was not all that good being made of ' plastic ' ...had a bit of ' slop ' in it and a bit ' gritty ' in operation.

I didn't really like it that way, so I got in touch with Ron Newman of ' MoonLite ' Focusers. Took some photos of my sad looking Focuser and also a ' digital ' measurement of the ' ID ' of the focuser end of the OTA.

Ron went the extra mile and machined down a ' stock unit ' to my required dimensions.

I asked for a ' single ' speed unit ( the focuser is worth more than the OTA ) ... to keep the costs down but still retain an excellent Focuser.

I did all this because the optics ( 80mm f/15 ) is clean as a whistle and performs very well.....I just had to ' pimp ' it up and make it look better.

All I need now is a set of Rings for it.

I contacted Peter Tan who will make up a set to suit this Scope....they haven't arrived yet.

A 'classic ' Scope bought back to life ....

Pretty good outcome I reckon.

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Old 06-04-2016, 01:01 PM
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Very nice, Col.

What are you going to mount it on?
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Old 06-04-2016, 02:47 PM
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Very nice, Col.

What are you going to mount it on?

put it on the FTX....
Just got an email from Peter Tan....Rings being shipped out next week....

Can't wait to set this up and look at Jupiter.

I'd imagine there be no ' CA ' at f/15

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Old 06-04-2016, 06:31 PM
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put it on the FTX....
Just got an email from Peter Tan....Rings being shipped out next week....

Can't wait to set this up and look at Jupiter.

I'd imagine there be no ' CA ' at f/15

Col...

Maybe you and Lewis should go into business resurrecting telescopes

Looks nice, I'll be up that way in July to test it out...
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:37 PM
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Look nice, I'll be up that way in July to test it out...
Be my guest.... and no ... you can't take it with you...!!

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Old 06-04-2016, 06:41 PM
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Be my guest.... and no ... you can't leave with it...!!

Poppy...
Still it would make a nice finderscope for my reflector
I was going to use the FC100DL as a finder but this might suit 'the look'
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