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#1 Olivier Biot

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 04:49 PM

Istar 204mm f11.7 Achro First Light

By Leslie Hess.

#2 Thomas Karpf

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 05:06 PM

That's a beautiful scope. Awesome job on the woodworking.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 05:35 PM

That is THE most incredible scope build I have EVER seen in my life. Kudos to you on just an amazing piece of engineering and execution. I just wished I lived closer so I could come and see it in person. WOW!!

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 06:01 PM

I'll third that! Really a beautiful piece of work, and it sounds like the lens is a match for it. Having it on wheels must make it easy to get started observing.

Enjoy it!


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Posted 14 September 2011 - 09:52 PM

Simply amazing! That is freakin' AWESOME!

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 08:37 AM

Beautiful! Technology finds Art!
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Posted 15 September 2011 - 09:38 AM

Sir, your telescope looks amazing. I wish I had your woodworking skills! Wow.

cheers, wagg

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 10:59 PM

Leslie:

A beautiful scope. You're a craftsman.

Kudos, also, to CN for the resumption of publishing gear reviews!

Regards,

Jim

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 12:08 AM

Beautiful work building that scope and its mounting.

One question though. What did you use as an arm that is the pivot point for the right ascension?

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 08:46 PM

I just noticed this was published. Thank you CN for publishing the review. And thank you for all of the kind comments.

As a planet hunter this scope has truly excelled. And is a super all around performer.

The RA axis, actually both axis are made from a trailer axil cut sown to size. both axis are held in position using "pinch blocks". I have an step be step on the build in the ATM forum. This method passed the proof of concept test with flying colors.

http://www.cloudynig...5/o/all/fpart/1

I recently ordered a custom RA gear and clutch assembly from gototelescopes.com. Lenord did a fine job building this to specs. I will update the build article soon to show this modification.

Thanks again CNers.

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