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#1 waassaabee

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 06:37 PM

I just got home from work and had an email with my tracking #'s!! :flexible: Now if only the weather holds through the weekend... :praying:

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 06:46 PM

That's great to hear! How long have you been waiting? I got on the list at the begining of the month, so I wonder how long before I get mine :question: Is this what expecting Fathers feel like? You will have to post pics when you get it.
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Posted 25 March 2009 - 06:54 PM

I ordered mine through OPT on the 12th. They originally told me April 1st so this is a bit unexpected!! I would expect they should be in Colorado in the next day or so.
And there will be pics!!

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 06:58 PM

Right on, I can't wait.
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Posted 25 March 2009 - 07:27 PM

I guess I'd better start planning my weekend targets, and sleep periods.
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Posted 25 March 2009 - 08:10 PM

I have a similar email! I ordered the CGEM with a 9.25 OTA on March 9th and it is due for delivery on 3-28. Does Astronomics provide Saturday delivery standard? Im excited to get my first GEM and the 9.25!

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 08:14 PM

High Five TLytton!! I'm envious of the 9.25, but I was pushing my luck with just the mount. :whistle:

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 08:22 PM

Thanks for the kudos! I have not been involved in Astronomy for years and I look forward to getting back with a great group of people and learning from everyone. This will be my only scope for a while so I hope it all works out well.

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 09:42 PM

You know that 9.25 is a fantastic imaging scope...

You've got a scorching hot setup!! Enjoy :waytogo:

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 10:00 PM

Last week Lisa, the wonderful Telescopes.com service rep, forwarded me an e-mail from their purchasing department indicating that they were expecting to ship a few by the first part of this week. Since I've been at the top of their list for a couple of months now, the first one will be coming to me when it does ship. Of course I've been on the road since last Friday and away from my home e-mail, so I don't know if it has or hasn't. I decided it'll just be a nice surprise to come home to if indeed it shipped this week. Of course, if so, I'll only have Saturday evening and Sunday to play with it before heading back out of town for another week on Monday! :bawling: At least the weather forcast for the weekend shows two great days, if I'm awake enough after the trip to use 'em!

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Posted 25 March 2009 - 11:02 PM

You know I have a feeling you'll get the adrenalin surge and be posting some fabulous images Sunday! I've got clouds tonight, partly cloudy tomorrow night, then clear for Friday & Saturday (I bought Lotto tickets tonight...).

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 11:47 AM

There's just something about the phrase 'Out For Delivery' that warms my heart!!
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Posted 26 March 2009 - 12:20 PM

I ordered on Feb 3 and no word from Telescopes.com other than email saying it would be back in stock on 4/6/09. I checked the website yesterday and it is listed as in stock right now.

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 12:28 PM

John... Make the call.... it could be on the way!!

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 01:05 PM

Well well ... that's too early to be an April 1st joke :thinking:

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 07:13 PM

It's here...

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Very impressive.

FYI - WO rings don't line up with D plate holes.. :shocked:

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 01:06 AM

Gary congradulations, I'd like to get one for my WO 110 Megrez. :jump:

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 06:53 AM

Glad you finally got yours....I have had mine for a bit and love it. Only real problems is the powder coating on the saddle is cheap. The paint is already coming off. I will be switching to an ADM saddle whenever Anthony finishes....so I am just ignoring the ugly chips. I have found goto's and tracking to be very good. Stability is ok with the C11. Probably 4-5 seconds dampening time. I do not use supression pads. Once I get a motorized focuser, I think I will have a winning combo.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 07:11 AM

Thanks Bill, here's a shot with the M90FD!!

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Divers, I think I'm going to like this mount a lot! Very solid and tight. What I mean by tight is that there's no slop like with the CG5.

Now if I can just get everything working together... Q-Guider is giving me heartache again...

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 07:11 PM

Love that setup, can’t decide if I should go to Phoenix to golf & look at some dark skies or order the CGEM, decisions, decisions. :p

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 08:30 PM

Well, I'm still waiting to see mine shipped. I looked back at the e-mail I'd received and it was actually a quote of an e-mail from Celestron to Telescopes.com's purchasing stating that Celestron "should start shipping a few" this week. Not that they were shipping any to Telescopes.com, etc. So still I wait!

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 11:25 PM

Beo,

My order status is still "pending", but my credit limit on my VISA card has been reduced by the amount of the CGEM. This is like reading tea leaves!

John

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 10:30 AM

Wooo Hooo !!!! :flexible: I love this mount!!!

I took the opportunity last night to give the CGEM a test run. I'm still working with William to get my QGuider operational, so I was going to blast a bunch of unguided subs while exercising the mount.

AllStar alignment is pretty groovy, but having never done it I stepped slowly. I had selected Procyon to do the 'Polar Alignment' on, and didn't have much adjustment to put it in the crosshairs, then the mount will slew to where it thinks it should be.... Wacky mount did a meridian flip and BAM, there was Procyon! The mount alt/az adjusters are a dream in comparison to the CG5. Recalibrated the alignment and calibration stars to complete the alignment, then just started cruising the sky. Every target was in the center of the chip! No matter where in the sky.. Once I was doing the high speed slew across the sky and a CHP pulled up and told me to slow it down... Go figure..

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I'm sorting through some subs I got while racing around the sky last night, if there's anything worthwhile you'll see it!

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 10:43 AM

Wooo Hooo !!!! :flexible: I love this mount!!!

I took the opportunity last night to give the CGEM a test run. I'm still working with William to get my QGuider operational, so I was going to blast a bunch of unguided subs while exercising the mount.

AllStar alignment is pretty groovy, but having never done it I stepped slowly. I had selected Procyon to do the 'Polar Alignment' on, and didn't have much adjustment to put it in the crosshairs, then the mount will slew to where it thinks it should be.... Wacky mount did a meridian flip and BAM, there was Procyon! The mount alt/az adjusters are a dream in comparison to the CG5. Recalibrated the alignment and calibration stars to complete the alignment, then just started cruising the sky. Every target was in the center of the chip! No matter where in the sky.. Once I was doing the high speed slew across the sky and a CHP pulled up and told me to slow it down... Go figure..

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I'm sorting through some subs I got while racing around the sky last night, if there's anything worthwhile you'll see it!

I see you got the "Cordless" model! :grin:

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 10:59 AM

Cordless and Solar Powered!!






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