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#1301 Pinbout

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:05 AM

still working on it, got to shield the uta and paint the dragon...

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going for this...

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#1302 BDS316

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:56 PM

Teeter S.T.S - 8" f/6

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You certainly picked the right focuser in the right color! :like:

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#1303 woodchuck

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:52 PM

Well I finally got the trusses shortened and rebuilt. Took her for a short test drive last night - most wonderful. Got all the eyepieces to focus (all two) :smirk: Coma was not really an issue for me so no hurry on the paraccor. Focus was nice and crisp. Images popped when I hit the focus point. - the moonlight worked great. Balance is good at both ends of the weight spectrum - a 24mm ES82 and an 8mm ES82. Movements are smooth in both axis - no problem tracking Jupiter in the 8mm. Collimation held well from horizon to zenith. Most surprising thing to me was the color - WZ CAS was a really deep red and its companion a very distinct Robbin egg blue - Jupiter's equatorial belts had good color saturation - not sure I was expecting this much from my front yard. Anyways finished the night on my most favorite target - Caroline's Rose - and in the 24mm even from my front porch it made the investment of time and money most worthwhile. I think I'll keep it.

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#1304 Metalmanstan

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:12 PM

My Orion 4.5", 8" Edmund Scientific and 12" Orion Intelliscope

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#1305 Goodchild

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:34 PM

I've always loved the look of those Edmund scopes with their tripod and fork combo. Nice.

#1306 gustave

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:34 PM

I had the Edmund 8" red tube combo and loved the looks of it when set up.
When set up...now there's the rub...not sure if was just my lack of assembling ability but many times I got tangle up with the cables supporting the tripod legs. Nevertheless I sure wish I didn't sell it off 30 some odd years ago. It was a very good performer, as well as possessing a uniquely professional appearance.

#1307 Metalmanstan

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

I have to refurbish a lot of things on the Edmund(most likely the mirror, focuser maybe, finder, almost everything :-( but I also have a tough time with the tripod legs. Plus they are heavy as heck.

#1308 timfiskwa

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:05 PM

Here's my Dob crafted from a 1985 Meade DS-10 tube and mirrors, a Discovery Altitude brackets, and home made base. /Users/timfisk/Desktop/IMG_0157.JPG

#1309 timfiskwa

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:07 PM

Oops.

#1310 eyepiecedropper

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:58 PM

my little roaring mouse. this is my most loved scope,the intes mn-56.
i do like performance. she´s like a small but very fast city car chasing the big blocks ;-)

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#1311 TheBigEye

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:19 PM

I restored this 17.5" Newtonian OTA and adapted it to an 80's vintage AT-9 Schaefer mount, which I also restored. The scope is shown here in its "portable" mode, but is now lives in a 14-foot observatory.

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#1312 yonkrz

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

Thats a nice job you did Chuck,great looking setup.

#1313 John Huntley

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:56 PM

My Orion Optics 12" F/5.3 on a mount made by a friend. Great optics in this scope - I was able to spot Sirius B with this yesterday evening - my 2nd light with the scope !

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#1314 hbanich

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:00 AM

I've built a few scopes but I think the mostly interesting one is my 8 inch f/4 "Springsonian". I thought I was really clever when I came up with the design in the early 90's only to discover I'd reinvented the wheel - alt-az Newtonians with the eyepiece at a fixed height had been around a long time before I built my scope!
Regardless, it's a blast to observe with, really comfortable and convenient. It's a great backyard scope but unfortunately it lives in the basement with my other scopes this time of year because of the nearly constant wet weather. To see more photos and info, along with my other scopes, go to my page at https://sites.google...e/howardbanich/

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#1315 jpb30

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:29 AM

My new Astrograph Newton Telescop :)

17.5" inch F/D 4 Zerodur Ostahowky Optic
Nida Carbon Truss
Astro-physics 1200 GTO Mount

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#1316 Tim Gilliland

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:46 AM

My new Astrograph Newton Telescop :)

17.5" inch F/D 4 Zerodur Ostahowky Optic
Nida Carbon Truss
Astro-physics 1200 GTO Mount

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:bigshock: I want one!

#1317 Quest

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:49 PM

My Orion XT8i decked out in my new "electronics package". My winter project was the purchase of a dew controller with DIY dew strips and custom made cables for the view finder and home-made dew heater for the Telrad. Also, a Radio Shack project box with a switch, LED, and fan controller.

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#1318 Hothersale

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:53 PM

Shiny Serenity decal!

#1319 Quest

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:40 AM

Back at ya with the Blue Sun logo.

My Serenity decal is one of my top 5 telescope accessories. It's always fun to get a huge thumbs up from someone at outreach events who acknowledges it indicates more than just a state of mind.

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#1320 Jitou

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

I confirm this is really a neat instrument, what's better than a zerodur mirror handcrafted by one of the best optician in the US and inserted in a full carbon tube driven by an heavy AP1200 mount ? :jump:


My new Astrograph Newton Telescop

17.5" inch F/D 4 Zerodur Ostahowky Optic
Nida Carbon Truss
Astro-physics 1200 GTO Mount

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#1321 Mirzam

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:45 PM

Where did you get the nice rings for your tube?

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#1322 jpb30

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:52 AM

Jitou thanks a lot ;)

Jim ,the ring come from Parallax Instrument

#1323 JM La Galette

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:26 AM

Nice scope JP ! :)

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#1324 lbsgville

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:54 PM

My new 14g set up for first light. My first light object the Lunar X, not a bad first light. I set the 10" up thinking I was going to do a side by side but I spent all my time with the 14g. I will do a side by side when I can, I really want to see the difference.

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#1325 yonkrz

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:55 PM

looks good,would like to hear about a side by side when you get a chance.


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