Orion SkyQuest XX14i Celestron Nexstar 8SE Kson 1026ED Celestron C102GT
12" Meade SCT 9.25" Celestron SCT 5" ES-AR refractor 90mm Astromaster refractor 80mm Galileo refractor 70mm Astromaster 66mm Astrotech refractor 16x80 Orion bino's 8x40 & 7x35 Nikon bino's
MANY a hearth upon our dark globe sighs after many a vanish’d face, Many a planet by many a sun may roll with a dust of a vanish’d race. Raving politics, never at rest—as this poor earth’s pale history runs,— What is it all but a trouble of ants in the gleam of a million million of suns?
Meade LS8 ACF F/10
Celestron C102GT F/9.8Orion
SkyView Pro Goto Mount
ES AR152 F/6.5
Celestron CGEM Mount
Apertura ad8 w/ tweakers package (haven't messed wit this one yet!) Orion ed100 with custom gso focuser Barska magnus 65ed apo triplet heavily redone Celestron granite 10x50 Skyprodigy Vixen porta II Explore Scientific 82* 4.7mm, 8.8mm, 18mm, and 30mm.
Celestron NexStar 102 f/9.8--Celestron 80mmED f/7.5--AT72ED f/6--Vixen A 70 lf f/12.9 (Soooo Pretty..) c. 60s Tasco 15te (My $20 Vintage Scope) Vixen Polaris Mount, Vixen Porta II
Quote:I finally received everything I ordered to setup the C102 GT. I bought a Vixen style 11" dovetail bar, two 4 in rings to mount the scope in, a Williams Optics 9X50 correct image finder, a GSO Crayford Dual Speed focuser and rings that fit the focuser for 50mm finder scopes, and the iOptron Cube Pro mount. The dovetail bar and rings put the scope far enough away from the legs so that the tube misses the legs (just barely) when in the vertical alignment position. I have to turn the focuser so the knobs are to the outside of the scope tube. Once the alignment is done then I can turn them to the correct position for observing. The scope rings make balancing the tube much easier. I mounted the rings about 9" apart to help eliminate tube flexing. With the 2" diagonal the tube weighs about 10.25 lbs and with the 1.25" diagonal it weighs about 9.75 lbs. So even with my heaviest eyepiece the OTA weight is still under 12 lbs and the mount does just fine with the weight. The manual that came with the mount still list the payload as 12 lbs. The Cube Pro is pretty much maxed out with the 102 tube but will work fine for a grab and go scope. The red thing on top of the mount is a 2 way spirit level that I got at Lowe's. I mounted it with some double sided taped foam squares. Should make leveling a whole lot easier than using the bullseye level that comes on the mount. The mount has to be level to get the best goto pointing out of it.I haven't had a chance to get it out and observe with it but tomorrow night is supposed to be clear again so I'm hoping to get some time at the eyepiece then.
Quote:Call me crazy-I've already got a 4"-but for $60, with free shipping, I couldn't help myself. They're giving these things away!
Don 12.5 & 10" Dobs, 5 Small scopes, 2 Classic Scopes (Sears 60mm, Tasco 60mm), 8x40 10x42 10x50 12x50 15x70 Binoculars
Job 9:9 He made the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
Psalms 147:4 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
Stellarvue SV80ED Raptor, Starbast 6, ES AR102, Celestron Travelscope 70, Celestron 102GT, Zhumell 20 x 80 binocular, Celestron Sky Prodigy 70
Quote:Sunday night. Just ordered one for $79.95 w/free shipping, but now it's a whole package that includes diagonal, dovetail bar, 2 eyepieces. And, I think, a red dot finder. Ordered it so fast I just skimmed the details.Doug
CGEM, C8, C11, AT72ED, NexStar 5SE
Orion Starshoot Pro V2 Color NexImage 5 / ASI120MC Planetary imagers
My photos: http://astrobin.com/users/Steve/
/*/-=[ Michael ]-=/*/Dark site scope: Meade 8" f/6 DobWeeknight scopes: C9.25/iEQ45M, C102/LXD-75(I am looking for a 1980s Edmund Scientific 3" f/10 red-tube reflector, PM me if you have or know of one!)
Quote:Huh. I also jumped on the sale. It's a good scope - good price. But look what I just found: http://www.telescopes.com/telescopes/go-to-telescopes/celestronnexstar102gtco...
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Quote:Hi Thom.Mine arrived yesterday with the 1.25" package. It's huge. But not super heavy. I mounted it on my ES Twilight I mount and it looked and functioned great. But I also have the Orion rings and dovetail on order just to have mount and balance options. The EPs are, surprisingly, good ones: 25mm and 9mm Super Plossls fully multicoated. I'll probably sell these on EBay and recoup half the cost or more of what I paid for this. No, I didn't really need this but, to paraphrase one of your earlier comments: "Hey, all this for 80 bucks, I mean c'mon!"That, and I am at that point in my life when Need and Want have melded into one.Doug
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.