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Old 21-07-2017, 09:18 PM
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Colin, what did you put under the feet of your Planet?
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Old 21-07-2017, 09:21 PM
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Colin, what did you put under the feet of your Planet?
Bought them earlier this afternoon, they're bases for small terracotta pots
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Old 21-07-2017, 11:19 PM
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Oh Matt, what a beautiful TEC Mak. A friend, who has now moved back to the US, has the same scope. I really enjoyed the observing sessions with it. I was certainly lusting after one for a while, and Mark's ad didn't go un-noticed.

Any chance it will make a Coolah visit?
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Old 22-07-2017, 01:55 AM
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Bought them earlier this afternoon, they're bases for small terracotta pots
Do they work? I'd love to hear about your experience with them. Is there no wobble? I bet they keep the tripod feet clean. I usually push the spikes into the ground, which can get messy if the ground is wet and soggy.
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Old 24-07-2017, 03:01 PM
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Takahashi FOA-60 F8.8
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Old 24-07-2017, 04:44 PM
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Thank goodness my tax return was processed today.... FOA here I come
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Takahashi FOA-60 F8.8
Now that's nice ...
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Old 24-07-2017, 04:49 PM
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GSO RC 6"
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Old 25-07-2017, 10:33 AM
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Takahashi FOA-60 F8.8
I keep reaching for the like button, and it's not there.
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Old 26-07-2017, 11:38 AM
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It is a pretty little Takker, that's for sure

Here it is on its mount, the Tak SkyPatrol III with Skywatcher StarAdventurer wedge and Manfrotto MT055CXPro3 tripod, a true Grab with one hand and Go
that will be by the backdoor for those quick looks....
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Old 26-07-2017, 11:49 AM
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Here you go Allan - I added one for you. Click to your heart's content
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You know Matt, green and blue is a nice combo together.

I'll put the airbrush away again.
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Old 26-07-2017, 12:40 PM
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Kinda funky looking setup but as you say, truly Grab and Go!
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Old 26-07-2017, 01:04 PM
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Kinda funky looking setup but as you say, truly Grab and Go!
Tak Skypatrol - the mount that did not know which way to bend
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Old 26-07-2017, 01:21 PM
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Kinda funky looking setup but as you say, truly Grab and Go!
The RA motor acts as a counterweight, the mount tracks well and silently using just 4 AA batteries. Coarse adjustments are by the clutches, then both axes have slow motions to home in on the target before switching on tracking in right ascension.

The polar scope is surprisingly good as is the operation of the wedge.

Retrograde Aperture Fever at its best
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Old 26-07-2017, 01:39 PM
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It is a bit more portable than my HEQ5
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Takitis

Hmm..looks like it's serious
Takahashi 76-DCU on an FTX alt-az mount. Really enjoying this as a grab and go. Works well with the manfrotto tripod.

Then I put an eyepiece to the FSQ106N today and was blown away, viewing the rather bright moon and Jupiter.

TAkahashi FSQ106n on a Televue Gibralter Alt-Az setup. Viewing Jupiter with an LE 7.5mm and a 1.6 extender straight through.
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Old 07-08-2017, 10:12 AM
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Hmm..looks like it's serious
Takahashi 76-DCU on an FTX alt-az mount. Really enjoying this as a grab and go. Works well with the manfrotto tripod.

Then I put an eyepiece to the FSQ106N today and was blown away, viewing the rather bright moon and Jupiter.

TAkahashi FSQ106n on a Televue Gibralter Alt-Az setup. Viewing Jupiter with an LE 7.5mm and a 1.6 extender straight through.
Nice kit David, I too was blown away by the FSQ106ED as a visual scope, adding the extender 1.5xED gave superb views !!!.
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Old 07-08-2017, 10:16 AM
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Made a few scope handles in the last week, here is one for Lewis for the old AP:

19.05 mm aluminium solid bar cut to 144mm then machined to 143mm & drilled and treaded for M8.
Glue grooves cut every 8mm,
Carbon fibre 20mm/22mm gloss tube epoxy glued over the aluminium,
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