#421  
Old 16-09-2008, 11:46 PM
AlexN's Avatar
AlexN
Tunnel Vision

AlexN is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 6,708
yeah, the standard focus knob that moves the primary mirror for coarse adjustment, and the moonlite microfocuser for very VERY fine adjustment to get things just right. (PC driven when the shoestring FCUSB arrives)
Reply With Quote
  #422  
Old 17-09-2008, 03:05 AM
Calibos (Keith)
Registered User

Calibos is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bray, Wicklow, Ireland
Posts: 91
Orion Skyquest XT12i
Brian Reed Equatorial Platform
Telrad
GLP
Moonlite with Rigel Motofocus
Dual Use Collapsible Scope Trolley and EP Table
...More mods than I care to mention
Attached Thumbnails
Click for full-size image (trolley.jpg)
75.0 KB198 views
Click for full-size image (mods new 009.jpg)
73.8 KB217 views
Click for full-size image (Finished scope mods 002.jpg)
83.3 KB224 views
Click for full-size image (Finished scope mods 007.jpg)
81.0 KB215 views
Reply With Quote
  #423  
Old 17-09-2008, 03:58 AM
iceman's Avatar
iceman (Mike)
Sir Post a Lot!

iceman is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Gosford, NSW, Australia
Posts: 36,709
Nice looking scope, Calibos! to IceInSpace.
Reply With Quote
  #424  
Old 17-09-2008, 10:56 AM
Ric's Avatar
Ric
Support your local RFS

Ric is offline
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Wamboin NSW
Posts: 12,402
Hi Keith and welcome to IIS.

That is one excellent looking and well thought out setup.

Cheers
Reply With Quote
  #425  
Old 17-09-2008, 06:56 PM
žAB
Its only a column of dust

žAB is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New Iceland
Posts: 761
man that's a pretty pimpin setup!
Reply With Quote
  #426  
Old 17-09-2008, 07:11 PM
TrevorW
Registered User

TrevorW is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,995
Alex

Great gear

Irish, Perth for stargazers less population, mediterranean weather, plenty of sunshine even through the winter months max rainy period at a stretch is only 2 weeks

Cheers
Reply With Quote
  #427  
Old 18-09-2008, 11:22 AM
Calibos (Keith)
Registered User

Calibos is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bray, Wicklow, Ireland
Posts: 91
Many thanks for the welcomes and kind words guys.

So Perth is the place to be for astronomy in OZ? Well lucky me then. Always wanted to visit my Aunt, Uncle and cousins in Perth. They can put me up for a few weeks and one of the Perth forumites can give me "The Tour"

Have a mate emigrating to Perth too. Thats another place to stay if the relatives get sick of the sight of me!
Reply With Quote
  #428  
Old 19-09-2008, 03:20 PM
Irish stargazer's Avatar
Irish stargazer (John)
Registered User

Irish stargazer is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Limerick Ireland
Posts: 681
Quote:
Originally Posted by Calibos View Post
Many thanks for the welcomes and kind words guys.

So Perth is the place to be for astronomy in OZ? Well lucky me then. Always wanted to visit my Aunt, Uncle and cousins in Perth. They can put me up for a few weeks and one of the Perth forumites can give me "The Tour"

Have a mate emigrating to Perth too. Thats another place to stay if the relatives get sick of the sight of me!
Nice to see another Irishman and IFAS member on the site. Nice set up you have there. I wil be in Sydney/ Adelaide in two weeks time.
Reply With Quote
  #429  
Old 19-09-2008, 04:49 PM
Tilt's Avatar
Tilt (Michael)
Registered User

Tilt is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Canberra
Posts: 548
Finally!

I have now mounted my 10" GSO Newt onto the EQ6 (was waiting a couple of months for the tube rings).

Some before and after shots

Michael
Attached Thumbnails
Click for full-size image (GSO_Before1.jpg)
149.5 KB130 views
Click for full-size image (GSO_After1.jpg)
133.4 KB218 views
Reply With Quote
  #430  
Old 19-09-2008, 05:10 PM
Tandum's Avatar
Tandum (Robin)
Registered User

Tandum is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Carindale, Brisbane.
Posts: 4,113
What are the black couterweights mike?
Reply With Quote
  #431  
Old 19-09-2008, 05:38 PM
Tilt's Avatar
Tilt (Michael)
Registered User

Tilt is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Canberra
Posts: 548
2 x 2.5kg dumbell weights. The 2 supplied EQ6 counter weights alone were not enough to get the whole rig balanced.

Michael
Reply With Quote
  #432  
Old 19-09-2008, 07:10 PM
AlexN's Avatar
AlexN
Tunnel Vision

AlexN is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 6,708
First night out!
Attached Thumbnails
Click for full-size image (_MG_3972.jpg)
198.6 KB333 views
Reply With Quote
  #433  
Old 19-09-2008, 07:45 PM
Tandum's Avatar
Tandum (Robin)
Registered User

Tandum is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Carindale, Brisbane.
Posts: 4,113
Seems a bit cruel jamming all that light into that tiny little camera
Reply With Quote
  #434  
Old 19-09-2008, 07:49 PM
AlexN's Avatar
AlexN
Tunnel Vision

AlexN is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 6,708
it didnt even emit smoke she'll be right..

It didnt even get a chance to fully cool down before the clouds rolled in.
Reply With Quote
  #435  
Old 19-09-2008, 07:55 PM
Tandum's Avatar
Tandum (Robin)
Registered User

Tandum is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Carindale, Brisbane.
Posts: 4,113
Yep same here, so much for that cloud prediction site

Your tripod is arse about too. That leg normally points south in this hemishpere, but I'm sure it makes no difference in the long run. I had to move the locating bar on mine to the other hole.
Reply With Quote
  #436  
Old 19-09-2008, 07:57 PM
AlexN's Avatar
AlexN
Tunnel Vision

AlexN is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 6,708
yeah, I've found that it says balanced like that, I've tested it for stability and its fine as is.... and I've already set bricks into the grass in that orientation... Thar she stays!
Reply With Quote
  #437  
Old 19-09-2008, 08:02 PM
Matty P's Avatar
Matty P (Matt)
Star Struck

Matty P is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Canberra
Posts: 2,797
That looks awesome Alex. Great to finally see some pics.

The C11 makes the EQ6 look small.

Just a question, What type of focuser do you have on your C11, as I am looking for a crayford type focuser for my C8.

Reply With Quote
  #438  
Old 19-09-2008, 08:15 PM
AlexN's Avatar
AlexN
Tunnel Vision

AlexN is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 6,708
Its a Moonlite motorized unit.. Having a play quickly tonight before the clouds rolled in, its VERY nice.. focusing was very easy and smooth, although the scope was nowhere near cool enough to call what I was seeing "Focused" It was $450AUD shipped from the US.

It does definitely look big up on there doesnt it Getting it on wasnt the easiest of tasks either I love it!
Reply With Quote
  #439  
Old 19-09-2008, 08:25 PM
Matty P's Avatar
Matty P (Matt)
Star Struck

Matty P is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Canberra
Posts: 2,797
Yes, the Moonlite range of focusers look great but they are expensive. I'd love to have one on my SCT.

Where did you get it from?

Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #440  
Old 19-09-2008, 08:28 PM
AlexN's Avatar
AlexN
Tunnel Vision

AlexN is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 6,708
direct from moonlite.. It was expensive, but you have to remember you get what you pay for... Its a work of art Matty.. very strong, graduated scale on the draw tube, will hold alot of weight (QHY8 + filters without a worry) and best of all, the focal reducer for the scope is fitted inside the focuser, onto the front end of the drawtube, this keeps the reducer at the same distance from the focal plane for all imaging which is a good thing.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +10. The time is now 11:00 AM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.8.7 | Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Advertisement
Bintel
Advertisement
OzScopes Authorised Dealer
Advertisement
SkyWatcher Australia
Advertisement
Meade Australia
Advertisement
Celestron Australia
Advertisement
NexDome Observatories
Advertisement
Lunatico Astronomical
Advertisement
Astronomy and Electronics Centre
Advertisement