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#1 csa/montana

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:08 PM

My AT Voyager is all dressed up with Manny's Accessories! They fit & perform beautifully! They are so well made that they look like original equipment!

Here's some photos: (I put the eyepiece tray smaller disc on wrong, but will change it):

Thanks so much Manny! :bow:

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:09 PM

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:10 PM

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:11 PM

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:31 PM

Excuse my ignorance, but who's Manny, and what exactly are the accesories you mentioned?

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:33 PM

Looks great Carol!
Your ground out there sure is crooked, that or the camera person is leaning wayyyyyy the the right<G>
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:36 PM

Excuse my ignorance, but who's Manny, and what exactly are the accesories you mentioned?


It's Manny Myles, a great member here. The accessories are the add-on to the AT arm, that allows a scope to be mounted from the bottom, rather that from the side. A very handy panning handle is attached to that, also.

Then there is the plexiglass eyepiece holder.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:38 PM

:lol: Manny, my driveway where this was sitting is the most level area around, & still has quite a "lean".

Thanks again, Manny!

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 03:48 PM

My Pleasure Carol!
I can "almost" smell the fresh air you have in your photos.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:13 PM

Manny, if you don't mind me asking, would this add-on mounting device work well with my WO Megrez 80 FD?
Do you custom-make these so the scope with it's usual accesories is balanced?
Do you have a web-site giving details?

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:38 PM

Hi Mark,
Below is my WO 80mm Megrez II FD on the Voyager, balance problems???
Not since I designed the brackets.
The scope is so back heavy I could not leave it unattended for fear of it toppling, with the bracket, they transfer the weight forward quite nicely and I can give the scope a push and the scope tripod wants to fall back on its feet.
Since I use any tripod with the legs collapsed as much as posible so I can view seated, moving the balance point was quite needed for me.
The Bent Bar™helps move the weight forward as well plus it angles the az slo mo control towards your steering hand.
Website?? no too busy with fun stuff to get one up and running, but can email you photos if you care.
In the photo you really can't see the advancing bracket due to the black paint and black background of the speaker.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:52 PM

Thanks Manny, that's a nice overview shot, thanks for posting it. I was hoping for a "quick release" concept using the "foot" on the Megrez, instead of mounting rings.
That mount isn't quite as compact as I would wish either.
I'll go back to pondering things, but thanks for your clarification.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 05:24 PM

I have a Vixen 80MF mounted on mine.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 06:27 PM

Very cool!

I really love my AT Voyager "as is" but I have to admit Manny's extras are pretty nice :)

Cheers :waytogo:

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 07:42 PM

Thanks Olivier! Manny's additions really do add a lot to it!

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:28 PM

Manny's bracket does get the scope out of the way of the SloMo cable.

Does the bracket allow enough clearance to mount a C6?

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:38 PM

Very nice, Red! Manny's Accessories have really made a big improvement to an already fine mount! Thanks for sharing! ;)

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:56 PM

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Great looking eyepiece tray and telescope holder, Carol!

I also had the priveledge of receiving a "Manny" eyepiece tray. :cool:

Hmmm...I think the plexiglass disk on your tray goes on the bottom, least for me it did, as per Manny's instructions. ;)

Anyway, another thanks to the very humble MM! :)

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:03 PM

Hmmm...I think the plexiglass disk on your tray goes on the bottom, least for me it did, as per Manny's instructions.



I didn't have any instructions; but a quick PM to Manny cleared it up. I've since changed it, but the unit is back in the Observatory, so I didn't take an "after" photo.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:25 AM

Having to give credit where credit is due,,,
CN's jay scheuerle is who actually designed the eye piece tray and gave me permission to use the design.
My part of the design is the single point mounting system and then also using Baltic Birch and Maple for some of the other trays that don't have room for eye pieces as well as those that have spaces for e/ps, that is a flat tray with a Maple rim to keep your stuff from falling off.
The flat part in the photo is finish grade sanded Pine for my own use, which is what I use to work the kinks out of any wood part I make,, with exception of the Maple rims, hard to get them in pine so have to use the real thing<G>
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:46 AM

Yes I do occasionaly forget to include install directions, 'specially when my CRS flares up which seems to be happening more lately.
I'm not too hard to get a hold of for clarification or help :-)
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:51 AM

Hi DVB,
I would have to say yes it does give p l e n t y of room for the C6.
I use a Meade/Wegat Optical 127mm mak and there's lots of room between the mount and the scope.
I also know of someone that had a photo of his C6 on his mount whether it was a Porta or Voyager I don't know.
The bracket moves the scope further inward from the arm on either mount, plus it moves any scope closer to the mounts AZ axis.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 11:07 AM

Yes I do occasionaly forget to include install directions, 'specially when my CRS flares up which seems to be happening more lately.
I'm not too hard to get a hold of for clarification or help :-)
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Actually Manny, your wonderful creations really don't need instructions! This was "operator error" :lol: As you said, it's very easy to get in touch with you! :bow:

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 02:01 PM

Manny,

That "under scope mounting bar" or whatever you're calling it ... does it mount the original dovetail saddle or does the scope bolt directly to it? Carol's great (albeit tilted :poke:) shots show the bar and bar and bolts very well ... but no saddle.

You're really going to need a basic website ... and even if you don't want to do any ecommerce it will give you a little visibility and free you from having to answer all my dopey questions.


:goodjob: on the add on products.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 05:25 PM

Carol's great (albeit tilted ) shots



:slap: Hey, no fair, my driveway's on a slant :roflmao: Of course I could have tilted myself the other way :lol:






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