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#1 Joe F Gafford

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 05:24 PM

Those who go out to the dark-sky site knows the pain of forgetting the counterweights.:foreheadslap: Here's an improv: One of those thin cinderblocks with the three holes through it. I had to hammer open up the thinner slit on one side of the middle hole to fit the 1" shaft. Three heavy clamps provided the additional weight. I managed to image half of the Markarian chain with one meridian flip and go south to do M-8 with the ST-2000 camera described below. I also imaged the Venus occultation as well.
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#2 Ted Judah

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 10:41 PM

Nice going MacGyver!

#3 Joe F Gafford

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 10:49 PM

Nice going MacGyver!

That's us. You'll know to have alternatives with you or onsite. You'll be forgetting something! I seen others use rocks! Welcome to Cloudy Nights!
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#4 Luigi

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 06:48 AM

I've hung a soft cooler with beers in it off the end of my counterweight shaft. Problem was, as the night wore on the counterweight kept getting lighter.

#5 Joe F Gafford

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 02:10 PM

I've hung a soft cooler with beers in it off the end of my counterweight shaft. Problem was, as the night wore on the counterweight kept getting lighter.

Sound's like too much plan B :roflmao:
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#6 Mittag55

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 03:42 PM

Ugly!!!!yes but inovative and cheap ..wonder what the wife will say to me when i start boring 1 inch holes in her round patio stones. :roflmao:

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 09:58 PM

I've hung a soft cooler with beers in it off the end of my counterweight shaft. Problem was, as the night wore on the counterweight kept getting lighter.

Refill the bottles with "processed beer" and you should be fine ;)

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 10:28 PM

I've hung a soft cooler with beers in it off the end of my counterweight shaft. Problem was, as the night wore on the counterweight kept getting lighter.

Refill the bottles with "processed beer" and you should be fine ;)

-Jeff



Wow, you would want to be careful there. If that's American beer, you could accidentally wind up drinking all of the reprocessed stuff again without even realising it! :grin:

#9 Moggi1964

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 08:28 AM

Actually, most of it comes reprocessed in the first place. There hasn't been a fresh brew in about 11 years. You should never have kicked us Brit's out, see what happened :)

Joe, astronomic ingenuity at its best. You could paint it black and it'll think its a counterwieght just like the others.






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