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#26 islandsteve11

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 02:15 AM

That is indeed my observatory.
No comment on the rest, except to say Hello Your Excellency! :lol:

My observatory build thread...
http://www.cloudynig...5/o/o/fpart/all


Great thread! Informative, instructive and FUN plus great pics.

And you didn't offer to bow down and kiss my (college Class and only) ring. :roflmao: Although "Your Excellency" does have a nice ring to it.

However, I have No-Blanking-Idea-What-I'm-Excellent-At-Except-Being-Full-of-Myself! :john: :john: :john:

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 07:11 AM


However, I have No-Blanking-Idea-What-I'm-Excellent-At-Except-Being-Full-of-Myself! :john: :john: :john:


Isn't that enough?
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 08:36 AM



However, I have No-Blanking-Idea-What-I'm-Excellent-At-Except-Being-Full-of-Myself! :john: :john: :john:


Isn't that enough?
:roflmao:


You got a point there.

I bet I can read your mind. (Go to the FPL-51 thread in Refractors.) I'll prove it.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 03:14 PM

Not quite, but close! Scary. :lol:

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 07:16 PM

Not quite, but close! Scary. :lol:


I'll settle for that! ANYTIME anyone one sticks their neck out THAT far, you've got to expect to occasionally need help extracting your foot from your mouth. :lol:

Come on, it's not like I needed to be psychic to make this prediction. Anyone who's read your posts could have. Most refractor weinies have seen enough pics of triple and quadruple (and more) stacks of refractors to know they look cool, if not practical. :graduate:

Too bad the AT65Q isn't available in the matching "Doug76 color scheme," but I like the spray paint suggestion. :poke: :roflmao:

EDIT: For those wondering what the heck I'm talking about, go to the Vendors Forum and thread titled, "New Astro-Tech Products at NEAF." The new AT65Q (flat field, 2 ED elements including built-in flatner) looks "velly velly inter-hesting." I can't help but want one.

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 03:09 PM

Well, I got some pics of it mounted on the pier. No scope on it yet when these were taken.
Got some shelves up in the obs too, and carpeted them.
That's the new Carton 60mm f/20 on the shelf. It was the first scope mounted on the Atlas.

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 03:19 PM

Different angle...

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 01:55 PM

It sure is quieter than the CG-5 and so much steadier with the C6-R, you will love it. I have also added an ADM dual saddle, which is very nice and allows for either a Vixen or Losmandy set up.

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 07:41 PM

I'm thinking of getting that dual saddle too, as I believe the Vixen dovetail bar is a bit undersized for a C6R. I think it and my Carton 100mm f/13 would both benefit from the larger Losmandy type dovetail bar.

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 08:01 PM

True and the spring loaded saddle rails, make it much easier to mount.

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 08:04 PM

The quality of the ADM dual saddle, is also much better.

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 08:05 PM

Without a doubt the new saddle was the best improvment I made to my EQ6-Pro/Atlas.

Mine was done before everyone got "on board" with them. I had SkyCaptin, Kerry from Washington make my new collar and then added an ADM saddle.

Your scopes will appreciate this improvement.

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 08:54 PM

I like that it has a longer gripping surface.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 12:07 AM

The ADM dual saddles are really nice. I've now got three of them. The ability to go back and forth between Losmandy and Vixen-style dovetails really adds a lot of flexibility to the ole observing operation. No more cussin' in the middle of the night ... well, not as much, anyway. :grin:

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 10:35 AM

Doug, I would like to mount mine to a pier as you have yours. Was wondering, how are you attaching the pier to the L bracket, is it with a nut/bolt combo that you put on there with the mount not attached to the pier yet? Also, did you make that plate and if not where did you buy it from?

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 08:46 PM

Yep, they are attached with nut and bolt, before the mount is installed. Actually two nuts on each bolt, keeps them from loosening.
And yeah, made the plate. Cut an 8" disc out of a 12x12x1/4 piece of aluminum plate, then cut a 4" hole in the middle to pass the tube through. It's a tight fit for the tube, and it sits directly on the concrete pier, with the L-brackets securing it.
The only mistake I made was using four bolts imbedded in the concrete instead of three. Likely the four are stronger than three, but it was hard to level it.
BTW, the adapter for the mount came from the Orion extension posts made for the mounts (SVP model for the CG-5, Atlas post for the new Atlas).
The tube I used is 4"ID with 1/8" wall aluminum, 6" long.
The rig I made is very strong, and does not move at all, as it should be. And it was cheaper than the after-market pier plates I've seen for sale.






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