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#1001 Hellow533

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:49 PM

Don't know if I posted in this thread or not..
Some old pics:
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And might as well include eyepiece collection as well.
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I used to have a LX200, but I had to sell it. Needed a car and starting college soon, you know how it goes.

#1002 mgwhittle

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 05:27 PM

Finally have my Cat set up the way I envisioned. C11 with Feathertouch focuser, Starizonia Rotating Back, IEQ45 with Berlebach Planet tripod.

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#1003 stevew

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:35 PM

Nice tripod!
The EQ head looks a little small for a C11.
Whats the load capacity?

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:16 PM

45# I think, it is a clone of the AP mount in that class, would handle C11 just fine, and has 6" RA gear and 4 way clutch locks.

#1005 mgwhittle

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:23 PM

It's the iOptron IEQ45. It handles a C11 with ease. It has a 45 pound load limit, my C11 loaded up is about 35 pounds. With the new Berlebach, vibration is basically non existent.

#1006 stevew

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:05 PM

45# I think, it is a clone of the AP mount in that class, would handle C11 just fine, and has 6" RA gear and 4 way clutch locks.

Looks like a great portable set up! Enjoy :waytogo:

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 03:12 PM

Nice set up, who's chair do you use?

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 04:56 PM

Nice set up, who's chair do you use?


It a CPRO-600 chair. $132 at Amazon.
http://www.amazon.co...y/dp/B0052PJF5E

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:08 PM

Some fun with my "new" C14...

Insanely extended counterweight shaft (I use shorter for real use):
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Mini-cooler attached to one of holes left by the fork mount:
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 03:38 PM

Piotr... great scope... but your tripod spread is not orientated corectly... ;)

#1011 stuart keenor

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:36 PM

so here is my set up now all up and running!! intes micro 10"mak cass f15 deluxe and 10" maknewt (intes micro)f5.5 and a gemini 42 observatory mount as you can seei like my planetary veiwing!! stuart

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:38 PM

so here is my set up now all up and running!! intes micro 10"mak cass f15 deluxe and 10" maknewt (intes micro)f5.5 and a gemini 42 observatory mount as you can seei like my planetary veiwing!! stuart

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:52 PM

1970's C8 ready for blast off!

V/R

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:07 PM

Now with snazzy wedge to top it off.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:22 PM

Lots of pretty scopes up here.
This is my 1100HD in front of the Yerkes Observatory

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:42 PM

This is what I use.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:16 AM

I skipped this deal (just the C14) a couple of months ago; fortunately an observing buddy of mine picked it up and added the C8 - which works surprisingly well with the tangent arm setup!

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:22 AM

Last night was the first time I had the chance to use the setup - star hopping with it isn't as bad as I'd imagined it to be, and there was almost some regret I didn't scoup it up earlier - until it was time to pack it all up :grin: But he does manage to setup and tear down single-handedly if the need arises - I think my limit's closer to a C11.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:51 AM

That's definitely a beast! There was someone relatively close to me who had one for sale earlier this year, but I just couldn't pop for it. I don't think it was in usable condition though.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

that was back when c14 OTAs weighed a bit more than 47lbs

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:21 PM

And what do they weigh now?!! =) Guess I could go hit the Celestron website if I really cared that much. So OTA plus mount was what? 75+? I know mounting my 11" CPC on the wedge is a bear. Mounting in alt-az mode is bad enough. Or did they make that removable? I guess there's a good reason there's no fork mounted 14" (excluding of course the monstrous Meade scopes -- but you need a crane for those!).

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:20 AM

I think it may be a little easier than the CPC1100 - the OTA is separate from the fork arms. To dismount you point the OTA straight up and remove the side bolts; lifting hand on the rear port and other hand supporting the side of the tube. A clean vertical lift, and then a step back. You then stand between the open arms with the base close to your chest, and slide it off the wedge with both arms. iirc the weight of the different components are:

C14 OTA 50lb
Fork arm+drive base +50lb
Wedge 30lb
Tripod 30lb

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:25 AM

And what do they weigh now?!! =) Guess I could go hit the Celestron website if I really cared that much. So OTA plus mount was what? 75+? I know mounting my 11" CPC on the wedge is a bear. Mounting in alt-az mode is bad enough. Or did they make that removable? I guess there's a good reason there's no fork mounted 14" (excluding of course the monstrous Meade scopes -- but you need a crane for those!).

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CGE1400 ota, grey tube, weiged 47#, I think the orange tubes were a little over 50#, not sure on the new black ones, but I think they are still around 47# or so.

I would say if someone considers alt az mounting a CPC1100 a bear, to stay away from the 10", especially 12" LX200's, even with the peterson handles. Celestron's one high handle and one low handle is much better ergonomically, and the centering pin, then spinning till it clunks into the right spot for the 3 bolts, is still much easier than putting a 10" or 12" LX200 on the tripod, without one of those bulky tripod tables with guide pins, and even that does not alleviate the poorly placed handles. The 14 came with a warning that said attempting to setup this telescope yourself could result in serious injury or death, and I am not even making that up!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:06 AM

MIX, MATCH AND I'M FINISHED -

CELESTRON ULTIMA 11
3M GREY VINYL WRAP OTA
MEADE 12" DEW SHIELD
MEADE ETX-70 FINDER SCOPE
ATLAS EQ-G MOUNT
MEADE STANDARD FIELD TRIPOD
JMI WHEELEY BAR TRANSPORT
EQMOD LAPTOP CONTROL
SKYTOOLS 3 NIGHTLY PLANNER

MORE REPAIRS AND MODIFICATIONS THAN I CARE TO MENTION.
RESTORATION TOOK ALL OF 6 MONTHS AND $2500.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:10 AM

THE TELESCOPE OF THE IMMACULATE REFLECTION

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