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#651 jmiele

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 06:49 PM

Super stuff. Gratz again.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:13 PM

Looks beefy. Nice mount, congrats. What scope do you plan on having on there in your observatory?

#653 mdowns

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 05:26 PM

Heres a pic of a g11 I just got last week.

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#654 TONGKW

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:52 AM

Mt setup for viewing of the sun by those on wheelchair in a stargaze camp last week.

K W TONG
C8+CG5 GT, TSA102+HEQ5 PRO, MK67+Voyager, NexStar 6SE, C5+Mizar K, WO ZS80FD+Kenko NES, Megrez 72FD+Kenko KDS, Mini Borg 50, PST

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#655 Kunama

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:43 AM

Here is my new Gaunt Equatorial Mount The design of the instrument was furnished by Mr. Ellery, the Government Astronomer of Victoria, and has been most admirably carried out by Mr. Thomas Gaunt and his able assistant, Mr. Eastwistle,
Circa 1877-1885

Mount weight with pier 255lbs without OTA

Currently being recommissioned by yours truly in Jindabyne Australia

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#656 Per Frejvall

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:42 AM

Might as well ;)

10Micron GM2000HPS UP version on a steel pier at the corner of the balcony.

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#657 TileArt

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:11 PM

I think I just busted a hernia looking at the picture of that mount Matt. :grin: Can't wait to see how that turns out. Nice mount Per!

#658 rigel123

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:19 PM

Overmounted C14:


OMG Tori, that's a monster!

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:53 AM

Indeed.

Bringing things back down to Earth... my 'new' Polaris Vixen, found on craigslist for peanuts.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 02:45 PM

I think I just busted a hernia looking at the picture of that mount Matt. :grin: Can't wait to see how that turns out. Nice mount Per!


Here she is all ready for scanning the skies again after many years gathering dust

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#661 TileArt

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:26 PM

Wow! Very nice. I want one now. :D

#662 jjongmans

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:28 PM

My new mount:

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:46 PM

My portable setup..iEQ45 with clutch

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#664 TideRunner

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:09 PM

This is the Cosmic-Wedgie I have built for use with the iOptron Mini Tower with my C-8 HD. This is the second mod to the basic wedge and it includes precision azimuth and altitude adjustments with locks. It is made with three, 3/4" aluminum plates and stainless steel bolts. I use the OTA as the polar alignment scope and the results have been fantastic. I have been using this set-up and its predecessors for over a year and the astrophotography has been outstanding taking single shots with with a Canon S95 and the Baader EPs. I have made a handful for friends and associates who wanted to convert their AA systems to EQ. There are attachment holes for Meade and Celestron tripods and mounts. My set-up weighs 53 lb. and I have had a 75 lb. Meade 8" mounted on it. The CG is well under control, but I do hang my battery pack on the back of the tripod for added stability. I was told iOptron mount was not supposed to work in EQ mode, but it does just fine in EQ mode, which is included with the controller. My Mini Tower has modified bearings, clutches and springs, which I strongly recommend. If there is enough interest, I will form a company and make more. The set-up you see is a sweet, easy to use system. From the time I open my garage door, I am taking my first photo in 10 min. If I set it up in the same location with respect to True North, I do not have to repeat the polar alignment (including going to star local star parties). Polar alignments will vary with OTA and mount.

I have only been enjoying astronomy for four years and my first scope was an ETX-90, which taught me to love EQ mode. It also showed me that it was possible to switch between AA and EQ without removing equipment. That is what my goal was here. You can go from zero deg. to 90 deg. without removing anything. This is a portable system with no component over 25 lb. and you can take it from the equator to either pole and use up to a C-11 OTA with the iOptron mount.

Contact me if you are interested in how I do the polar alignment and get such repeatable results. I might be missing something here, but the results speak for themselves.

Comments and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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#665 Tom and Beth

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:38 AM

Mt setup for viewing of the sun by those on wheelchair in a stargaze camp last week.

K W TONG
C8+CG5 GT, TSA102+HEQ5 PRO, MK67+Voyager, NexStar 6SE, C5+Mizar K, WO ZS80FD+Kenko NES, Megrez 72FD+Kenko KDS, Mini Borg 50, PST


:bow: :applause: :bow: :thewave: :bow:

Excellent use of materials in order to facilitate sharing this hobby.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:51 PM

Ditto. :goodjob:



My new to me DM-6 with tripod extension and new Berlebac Planet tripod with cat accessory tray. ;)

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:39 PM

Great looking cat Jim,

Do you have the http://www.catseyeco...om/cperch1.html
to go with it?

We had a orange Tiger cat.


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Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:23 AM

My new to me DM-6 with tripod extension and new Berlebac Planet tripod with cat accessory tray. ;)


Never a good idea to under-mount your cat.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:25 AM

The cat-weight adds stability. That is an extra cost option I guess.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:51 AM

....Never a good idea to under-mount your cat.

Keith


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Very sharp Keith, very sharp :bow: :bow:

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:16 AM

This is my Takahashi TSA-102 on my Vixen GP-DX mount with a Stellarvue R/A 50mm Finder Scope and Telrad. Feathertouch Focuser, Vixen Tube rings and AP Maxibrite diagonal and Camera Angle Adjuster. This is really a very sweet lightweight jewel of a set up and rock solid at all magnifications the scope is capable of achieving.

...Ralph in Sacramento

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:36 PM

Here is my new Orion Skyview Pro with Truetrack motor drive upgrade. Tossed out the 6v 4D cell pack (from 1975, when orion started I think!) for a 5V USB 1A portable power source. Cleaned up the spagetti wiring and sheathed and groomed everything. made some custom mounts out of some metal maglight flashlight holders I had for the controller and power pack. Also improved the RA motor mount so there is no play or backlash in the gear train or the motor mount itself. Not a bad beginner's mount for under $500. Got the Celestron C6 SCT on craigslist for $200!

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

compared to some of the excellent work displayed here, my stuff looks prehistoric, even though it has not had its finishing effects done to it. this is the rudimentary version of my homemade 6" pier at 48" tall with a CGE on top. I made the legs of iron because I do not have a mig welder , but I do have a crackerbox. full weight is 85lbs and VERY solid!

Theo

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:46 PM

now I can finally use my 6" F/15!

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:16 AM

compared to some of the excellent work displayed here, my stuff looks prehistoric, even though it has not had its finishing effects done to it. this is the rudimentary version of my homemade 6" pier at 48" tall with a CGE on top. I made the legs of iron because I do not have a mig welder , but I do have a crackerbox. full weight is 85lbs and VERY solid!

Theo


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