Clear Skies- Guy
“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” ― Werner Heisenberg
12" LX200 GPS
4" Unitron 150
4" Bosma refractor
Denk Binotron 27, D14's and D21's
Galaxy Note 8 running SkySafari Pro via Bluetooth
Wireless Autostar II
CG-11 5"mak,CR6&4,c60(vixen)ST120,MK67 1939 B&L 7x50,1943 AO M28 Past Friends 32 rfrs including 6" petzel,antares 6" 1529, Antares 4"f15,Jaegers 5" f5,76mm Mayflower,etc 19 Newt 4"-16" including Meade 1266 RG,DS16,SN10,RV6,SPC6,6"SS conqueror,5.5"CC,10" homemade,4" dynascope.etc 16 sct/mct 90mm-10" including Meade 2010,Super C8,180mm Orion mak,meade 2045,c90 etc 250 binos My Gallery
Tak FS-60C Tak FC-100 Tak MT-200 Celestron C-14 LOMO Astele Mak 150mm AP900GTO
Tak EM-10 7x50 Fuji 10x70 Fuji
C-14 HD on CGE Pro Mount 80 MM Orion CF triplet Green Zebra Observatory Mallincam MCHC
http://www.faintfuzzy.net Stuff C14, C8, Orion XX14i, Meade 8" ACF, AT6RC, AT102ED, Orion ED80, PST, AP1600GTO, CGE, CG5, ST10-XME/CFW8, QHY8PRO, Optec TCF-s, Microtouch Focuser, Pyxis LE, Hyperstar for C8.
Quote:Sedat is exactly right when he says you won't use the scope after once or twice struggling with it. If you can put it (and keep it) on wheely bar or scope buggy, then maybe. Otherwise no. (I have mine on wheely or I would not own one...)
C-14/CGE Pro on custom pedestal Moonlite SCT focuser SBIG ST4000 CCD Camera 4in F-5 guide scope
Quote:It can be done. I have a C-14 CGEM-DX. I am nearly 70 and essentially put the fifty pound OTA on the mount each time by myself. That is the only really hard part although the tripod and the mount are both separate, heavy pieces. Something I find very helpful is to have a step ladder or other high chair type apparatus so you can lift the OTA from the ground to a step 3 or more feet off the ground, pause for a moment, and then lift it onto the mount. That works for me easier than going from ground to mount in one movement. The type of mounting bar on the scope and mount interface are quite unhelpful since it is difficult to just set the OTA into the mount. It needs to be slid in rather than placed directly in unless you really loosen the mount until the device which holds the OTA is so loose it almost falls off. That is how I do it since holding up the heavy OTA and wiggling it until it slides in is too hard. With regard to whether you will use it; I do not take it if it is a city star party where we don't have dark skies. Otherwise I do although it does take the better part of am hour to set it up. Add another hour if the finder scope is not calibrated with the OTA and you have to try to remedy that by pointing the OTA. Taking it down is no problem.
Quote:Nope, this is the easy part actually You should watch this.
C-9.25 SCT C-8 SCT C6-R with moonlite CF 2 focuser 10" home made Dob with Parks optics William Optic Zenith Star 80 ED I Skyview pro Goto mount. Losmandy GM-8 Orion 20X80 binoc's Orion Paragon-Plus Binocular Mount and Tripod
.... back yard astronomer ================= Don't forget to look at the moon often. Its a play ground of fun if you throttle up the magnification!
7 X 50 Binoculars 102mm f/9.8 Refractor 14" SCT w/ CGE Pro 6" SCT 180mm f/15 Mak Atlas EQ-G GEM Pentax, ES, Baader Ortho & Sterling EPs.
Cactus Patch Observatory / 14" LX200
"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."
Deep Space Products
Astro-Tech AT65EDQ 65mm f/6.5 ED Quadruplet Astrograph Stellarvue 50mm Finder Celestron Advanced VX Mount Lumicon 2" Deep Sky Filter CAMERA??
My gear: --Celestron 8EdgeHD & 11EdgeHD | 80mm F/6 Triplet | Modified Canon T1i | QSI683WSG-8 | Celestron AVX mount | iOptron CEM60 mount | iOptron ZEQ25 mount --- My skies:
Scopes: CDK17, AT10RCF, NP101is, CPC 1100 Mounts: Paramount ME, CGE Pro, CGEM Camera: STL 11002 + AO-L http://www.astrokev.com/
Quote:With the LX850, I wonder if Meade is moving toward abandoning the fork mount?
14" Meade LX850 80mm Meade 6000 ED APO 90mm Meade ETX 60mm Focal (First Telescope) Orion MiniGiant 9x63 Mallincam Xtreme EXview HAD Canon 5D Mark II Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Canon 24-105mm f/4L
Quote:I am in the unique position of having owned both the 14" LX850 and the 14" EdgeHD. with CGE-PRO. /quote] - WhichwayisnorthI too purchased a 14" LX800/850 that was recalled. When did you get your back, and, do you get to keep it or were you simply beta testing?Tony
SLAP Observer --- TMB130SS, SV102V(LOMO Lens), SV80ED Deluxe "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke. "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -- George Orwell "The measure of a man’s greatness is not determined by what he accomplishes for himself, but by what he accomplishes for others.” -- Some Bald Guy
APM/TMB 115/805 APO Celestron ED-80 Celestron 9.25
CG-5 Vixen Porta II
Naglers: 17T4, 13T6, 3-6 zoom UWANs: 28mm, 7mm Pentax 10XW, 10mm Radian
Misc EP: 50mm Parks, 42mm GSO, 2x TV Barlow, sundry plossls...
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Quote:If you're going to be negotiating steps, this could be enough to discourage you from using it as much as you'd like. You'll have to make several trips for sure. Do you have a garage? I used to have a CGE/C14 and had the whole shootn'match on a Scopebuggy. It sure made life easier to just wheel the stuff out in one fell swoop.But, if it's up and down steps, you might want to think about the C11 instead. I just installed one in my observatory and found it fairly light and I've got the shoulders of 75 year old...darn weight lifting injuries. David
Stellarvue 80mm APO triplet Celestron C8, GP/Vixen mount Celestron EdgeHD 11, Paramount MX