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#926 Seiko4169

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:08 PM

Nice combo, any thinking behind not using the SE mount?

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:19 PM

Nice combo, any thinking behind not using the SE mount?


Yes! Money and Mobility :)

The OTA was $300 on CN. After selling the 102GT OTA the Nexstar GT Mount was free. And the Davis & Sanford ST600 Astro 600 Tripod was $100 on CN also.

I can pick this up with one hand. it is a 6 inch grab and go scope. My CG-5 with the C6 or C8 is more of a back breaker and not a grab and go but I use it to do Astro Videos.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:51 PM

Here is my C8 Ultima on a CG-5 mount. Hopefully it can fit in as a Nexstar.

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#929 svrider1000

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:55 PM

Another picture of my C8 Ultima on a CG-5 Mount.

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#930 Seiko4169

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 12:29 PM

Very nice match

#931 UncleMossy

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:33 AM

It's time to show off my NexStar 8SE.
I got this just over a year ago but didn't post until I'd really made it "mine".
This is what I came up with.

Cheers
Jim

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#932 UncleMossy

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:38 AM

Here's a couple of closer views.

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#933 UncleMossy

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:39 AM

Built the base this winter in my kitchen.
43" tall, internally wired, removable legs and adjustable feet.
It's no concrete pier but it's more stable and taller than the stock tripod.
Designed for use at this location, tripod still used out in the field.

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#934 UncleMossy

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:41 AM

Wires for the dew heaters, hand controller and scope power have just enough slack to slew from Polaris to Polaris 360.
Connections are protected and hidden inside the neoprene water bottle bag.
Eyepiece heater is held in the mount until needed.

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#935 UncleMossy

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:44 AM

I've also done some modifications to the stock SE mount.
By removing the battery compartment and moving the control circuit board to beside the arm I gained 2" of clearance to accommodate my new 2" diagonal and visual back.
Constructed of 1/4 inch plywood and some 3/4 x 3 pine, closed cell weather strip under the plate and finished with truckbed liner applied with a shop towel.
I'm very pleased with the results.

I plan on doing a separate post about this modification.

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#936 UncleMossy

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:45 AM

The toolbox distributes battery or wall power as needed and any wires tuck neatly into the lid compartments.
Baader click-lock visual back and dielectric diagonal.
Probably the best thing I did so far was drill two little holes in the hanger flange on the hand controller and zip-tie a loop of coated wire to it, very handy indeed.
The extra coiled cord is connecting the SkyFi controller to the handset.

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#937 UncleMossy

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:47 AM

And one more where we're just ready and waiting for dark.

Cheers and thanks for looking.
Jim

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#938 Seiko4169

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:47 AM

Wow, excellent work Jim. I think that's the largest modification project I've seen on a Nexstar mount.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:01 AM

Superb work and dedication, Jim ! :bow::bow:

You've obviously "got it where you want it" now ! :waytogo:

Best regards,
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 10:04 AM

All credit to you Jim on some great mods to the scope which has resulted in a really nice set up. :bow: :bow:

Regards. Peter.

#941 Midnight Dan

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 10:55 AM

Wow! Great job, and excellent craftsmanship!

-Dan

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:14 AM

Great work, Jim! :bow:

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 01:55 AM

The new 8se OTA, "Stella", on my original 6se mount, for her maiden voyage around Saturn.

I was having too much fun looking through it to get a good video cap, but I am impressed with the difference between the 6 and the 8.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 06:14 PM

my two

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 06:16 PM

the other

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 06:18 PM

lazy mans way to observe. when you reach the upper age, setting down is more desirable.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 06:24 PM

Nice!

Actually, sitting down is always more desirable regardless of age. When you have the time to spend to study an object, you'll see more. Sitting in a comfortable chair means you're more likely to hang out longer and spend that needed time.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:19 PM

I've also done some modifications to the stock SE mount.
By removing the battery compartment and moving the control circuit board to beside the arm I gained 2" of clearance to accommodate my new 2" diagonal and visual back.
Constructed of 1/4 inch plywood and some 3/4 x 3 pine, closed cell weather strip under the plate and finished with truckbed liner applied with a shop towel.
I'm very pleased with the results.

I plan on doing a separate post about this modification.


Jim that's one heck of a mod. Celestron could learn a thing or two from you. Very nice. I'm looking forward to your write up on the mod :waytogo:

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 08:33 PM

My Nexstar 8SE

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 08:38 PM

Another View

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