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#1 orion69

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:58 PM

Since I don't have space (yet) for proper observatory, this half-solution will do for some time.
Scope is used for AP only and I'm very happy to say that guiding is better then before (when it was used normally).

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:59 PM

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:59 PM

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#4 Bart

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:20 PM

Nice setup, did you build the platform?

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:48 PM

Nice setup, did you build the platform?


Yes, made of 6 iron bars 100x12x1.5 cm, same thickness wood between iron bars and 2 oak planks (100x28x5.5 cm) on top acting like anti-vibration device. Platform total weight is little over 100 kg, so it is very stable.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:41 PM

Very nice! :waytogo:

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:21 PM

Interesting solution. I like the way the platform has been degigned to maintain accurate polar alignment along with the markings on the patio tiles.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:45 AM

Oh, I missed that. Bet the wife wasn't too happy about that! :lol:

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:09 AM

Oh, I missed that. Bet the wife wasn't too happy about that! :lol:


Don't have a wife, yet... ;)

First things, first. :grin:

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:07 PM

Nice setup Knez,

Good idea I lust might try it since I live in Apartments.

Well done.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:31 PM

Nice setup, did you build the platform?

Yes, made of 6 iron bars 100x12x1.5 cm, same thickness wood between iron bars and 2 oak planks (100x28x5.5 cm) on top acting like anti-vibration device. Platform total weight is little over 100 kg, so it is very stable. Knez

Well done - innovative design :bow:

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:14 PM

Interesting solution. I like the way the platform has been degigned to maintain accurate polar alignment along with the markings on the patio tiles.


Marking on the linoleum (btw very good for suppressing vibrations too) helps to get Polaris in polar scope but for accurate polar alignment I use modified Kochab method which is very quick (<3 min) and accurate enough for 30 min subs.

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:32 PM

Well done - innovative design :bow:


I was looking for similar designs including Wheeley Bars and other solutions which included wheels but I wasn't sure if those products could give me 30 min subs routinely. People say that they work but I wanted something more stable. With this design I practically don't have weight limit (manual forklift has 2500 kg limit), meaning when I buy bigger mount and larger scope it will not be a problem to just attach it to the platform. Also there is enough place on the platform for everything I need for AP, I just pull it to marked spot and connect USB hub (all cameras, mount, FW are attached to that hub) to notebook.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:25 PM

The pallet loader is a really good idea. The only thing with those is they can turn over, so staying low to the ground is the order of the day. But then again, you don't have a problem with that, the way you have it set up.

Good work!

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 03:52 AM

After some strong wind recently I completely abandoned building new observatory and upgraded my "half-observatory" with pier. This is now long term solution as it has no weight limit.

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 04:40 PM

I get the feeling your platform cost more than the mount :D

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:22 PM

Knez,

 

I can't see your pictures but it sounds like everyone else can.

 

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 05:13 PM

I cant see any pics either!



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:24 PM

They're being transfered over from the old site. It might take a while, according to Greg K.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 02:48 PM

Outstanding pier.



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 12:38 AM

Nice setup.  I'm going to google the Kochab method...








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