Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:23 PM
Just wanted to say that we've been fightin to save precious light path travel for our build to keep good illumination, and our only choices seemed to be the 1.45" tall MoonLite CR @ $265 or the 2.5" tall Orion @ $179 (both with the dual-speed). Just found the CrawMach, which has also been reviewed here, and bein custom-made by a machinist/astronomer and only 1 5/8" tall, dual-speed @ $179, we're glad to have another option. Here's the review
Forum members here also say great things. Just wanted to give him a bump, and others here a heads up. Sorry if it's common knowledge.
Posted 18 February 2012 - 11:21 PM
To be fair these may have been early teething problems and may have been put right.Myself I would go for the Moonlight, they have been around a long time and you can be assured of backup if you have a problem a few years down the road, JMTCW, Dave.
Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:06 AM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:09 PM
I'll start researchin them tomorrow.
Is the "g" key broken on your keyboard? Lookin(g) over a lot of your posts seems to support this supposition.
Posted 19 February 2012 - 06:26 PM
Figure if I do it enuf nobody'll notice. Is it workin?
Posted 19 February 2012 - 07:52 PM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:54 PM
I have a Crawford Machine focuser, 2 inch, that weighs 1324. grams. Also have a Kineoptics HC-2 Helical Crayford 2 inch focuser that weighs only 173 grams. Nuff said. Cannot stand all of that weight. Gene
We looked at these early on and even tried to find a way to incorporate them into the design, but we can't use them. The only helical we coulda used from the tube woulda been the non-rotating Borg type because we have a bino-build that requires star diagonals. Because of the stars we gotta keep focuser height down as much as possible, etc. Thanks
Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:56 PM
Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:38 AM
We're thinkin that we may not need the dual speed (strictly visual, probly not a lotta planetary, and f/6 so sum depth of focus), but were more concerned about the height (to minimize light path travel) and whether we'd get away with his low profile support-wise. Whether we'd need the standard size to support the star diagonal/large EP combo (35mm Titan II ED). But Moonlite certainly gets away with it, and that with all kinds of AP equipment hangin off them. I'm gonna tell Dan to make it the low-profile and maybe forgo the fine-focuser.