Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3)
Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:21 PM
Tips so far. Level it carefully and use a crosshair eyepiece to center alignment stars for best DSC accuracy. Balance the OTA carefully and take the time to understand the counterweight system for smoothest panning and manual tracking.
Stuff I'd dig: A longer panhandle with a beefier ergonomic grip. A massive version of the same mount design with 2.5" or even 3" stainless steel shafts, capable of handling (and counterbalancing) a C14 OTA and accessories.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:17 PM
Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:32 PM
First the boxes.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:36 PM
I still feel the 900GTO has the best proportions of all the white mounts (900, 1200, 1600 and 3600). A work of art IMO.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:26 PM
AP900 is my fave, too. I'll be sad to see the wonderful etched setting circles go the way of the dinosaurs with the AP1100.
I'd really like a pristine AP900 QMD as my "home" mount. I really miss using accurate analog setting circles.
Nice mount Jeff. Last of a breed and end of an era.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:35 AM
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Posted 19 March 2013 - 03:51 AM
Any thing I seem to do takes a while on the Pearl. Just finished the permanent piers paint and welding and doing some finishing touches on the OTA,, I think she is looking rather majestic. Next stop "More Anodizing" after I finalize some machining on the GSRs..
Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:21 PM
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:50 PM
I have to install the Orion Mini autoguider too. The Astro-Tech 6" Imaging Newtonian is on the way:)
Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:52 PM
Zeiss TM Mount, with ( Q1 ) quality one markings; Happy day.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:53 AM
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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:45 PM
Could you please show us a photo or two of how you modified the tripod head to accept your Mount ?
Posted 29 March 2013 - 03:13 PM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:26 PM
Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:52 AM
The mount is not yet fixed to the tripod, I just put it on top. My father will make a round platform which fits in the hole of the tripod, and the top side will be the same as the original tripod's.