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#1 denjo

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:15 PM

Well the Coopatory Observatory has a new arrival after over a years wait between scopes for the coopatory's owner he decided on the CGEM 11. It arrived today.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:17 PM

Lets see what's in the big box.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:18 PM

The new owner with his baby.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:24 PM

I was quite impressed with the weights. They have a nice machined look to them I thought.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:28 PM

Next we disassembled the tripod head from the legs to use on top of the pier plate.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:31 PM

We use U bolts to hold it down to the top plate in the pier. This has worked very well on the last 3 Celestrons my buddy has had.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:32 PM

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:35 PM

What do we have here?

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:36 PM

Nice!

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:37 PM

I was impressed. One beatiful looking mount.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:39 PM

I really like the dove tail being alot larger than my Atlas.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:41 PM

The master at work doing the final tighting/ajustments before setting the CGEM on it new home.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:45 PM

Brings a tear to my eye. Its beautiful.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:48 PM

Get those beautiful weghts on.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:52 PM

Final inspection before the big bucket goes on.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:54 PM

This is soooo sweet.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 10:57 PM

Coopatory back in business.

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 12:48 AM

Nice post and great pictures, denjo. Congrats! I used to work for a freight company for too many years, and it was always a big day when all the boxes in one shipment arrived together, and without looking like the truck ran over them. (Well, not really quite that bad).

Should be able to re-"coop" your investment first night out!

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 04:53 AM

Very cool!

How high is the top of your pier and how big is that telescope? Thats an 11"?

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 09:24 AM

Looks awesome!

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 09:47 AM

Very nice!! You must have been ready for delivery, it would have taken me a couple of days to get all that together!! :lol:

First light yet?

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 11:34 AM

LateViewer,

Yes that is a 11". Not sure of the height of the pier? Maybe the owner "Gary Cooper" can chime in with that for you. Gary is my best friend and lets me share his observatory with him.

I took the photos and posted so everyone could have a look at this great mount. Most photos don't show details because the mount is so black so I had to brighten and tweek the photos up alot. Hope this gives you all a better idea of the size and what this mount looks like.

I had a blast last night helping Coop set it all up. Now we have the best of both worlds, a wide field refractor and a large SCT. Perfect.

Coop is a visual observer mostly and some web caming of the planets. The scope is a little too high right now but it will be perfect once a metal dew shield is installed. To balance it right now the scope is all the way forward on the dovetail. With a metal dew shield installed the scope will be slid back on the dovetail to balance making the height just right for visual work.

My scope is in the back ground in the last photo, AT 111 on a Atlas with a WO 80ED piggybacked.

Last night was first light for the GGEM, under very poor skys. It worked perfectly. Very little mirror shift also. Stars were very pin point and set up, alignment were very straight forward.

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 11:48 AM

...just makes me want one! Thanks for the pics!

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 12:13 PM

Indeed, a superb looking mount... thanks for sharing those photos!

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 02:19 PM

Very Nice. Sharp looking mount.

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