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#1 Carl Wright

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:51 AM

The first production of many of the newly designed Starstructure Horizon scopes is well under construction. This scope is a 26" F/3.3 that will be fitted with Lockwood Custom Optics. :jump:

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#2 FrankG

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:02 AM

Looks terrific, Carl.

P.S. Is that your SST in current Sky & Telescope?

#3 Carl Wright

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:29 AM

Yes, Frank that is my scope

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:32 AM

Here is another pic of the 26"

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#5 rockethead26

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:36 AM

Interesting design.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:44 AM

Congrats, Carl. It looks awesome already, just imagine when it's finished.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:01 PM

Why are the truss tubes shorter on one side? Is it painted or is the box, frame, upper assembly, etc all aluminum? I guess I'm asking if you could, please, elaborate on this interesting looking design?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:18 PM

This pic should show the truss pole configuration better. I only stopped by the shop and shot a couple of pics of the scope in progress. As far as specifics go, it would be better to contact the builder directly.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

:foreheadslap: I guess I'll have to wait:

"The HORIZON is the latest innovation from StarStructure Telescopes.

The new design has now been applied to all sizes from 8” to 40” and is ready for production
All information including specs, pricing and scheduling will be online soon."

The Horizon

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:08 PM

hi Dave, I'm real sorry about the lack of information on my site. It's very important to me that the info on the Horizon is 100% correct. I need to wait until the first run is completed before I can put up any info.

Thanks,

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

If you look at the side view, the rocker box top is not parallel to the mirror, it is angled as if it were across the tips of the altitude bearings. The front trusses are attached near the top of the bearings. This allows the truss poles to be shorter and wider, and makes the truss more sturdy.

It's the same concept as many ultra-low profile designs that use the altitude bearings themselves as the truss connection points.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:01 PM

Carl, Thanks for giving us a sneak peak!!! Michael, congrats on getting the Horizon to the build stage. A 26" f/3.3 Lockwood/Horizon Starstructure is going to be a very special scope I suspect. Can't wait to see it in action. Bob

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

I want one.......
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

<< Can't wait to see it in action. Bob >>

As the saying goes 'never say never'.....with respects to saying 'no' to buying more high-end large scopes. So is it possible one of these new Horizon's might be in your future?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

<< Can't wait to see it in action. Bob >>

As the saying goes 'never say never'.....with respects to saying 'no' to buying more high-end large scopes. So is it possible one of these new Horizon's might be in your future?


Chucky, If I was to get a larger scope which I am not going to, a large Lockwood/Horizon would be on the shortest of lists. If I were going to buy a super-large Newtonian say in the 40"-60" range, I would only consider getting a Lockwood/Horizon. I think Lockwood and Zammit are the only people I would trust to make such a large scope and one that would flat perform. Bob

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:20 PM

60" Bob? Now you're talking. I'm sure Mike would like the challenge…

Lockwood has finished refiguring my mirror. As Mike says, it had demons in it.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:50 PM

Jarad,

Ohh! I see now! It's a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma...Just kidding...I've never seen this done and I like the concept mostly cause I'm 5'6" but also for the altitude bearing shaped rocker box...very slick.

Mike Z,

Thanks for the follow-up. I'll look forward to the website update as it will be a few years before I'll be able to consider a purchase. Will you be attending the Texas Star Party?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

60" Bob? Now you're talking. I'm sure Mike would like the challenge…

Lockwood has finished refiguring my mirror. As Mike says, it had demons in it.

Tom


Tom,

You are going to have to rename your 42" f/4 scope. I can't wait to see how that "beast" performs in your New Mexico skies. Thor's Helmet which I know is one of your favorites is going to be eye popping. I can't wait to see the Horse again with your newly figured Lockwood mirror. You now have what is arguably one of the finest 40+" mirrors on the planet. Bob

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:47 PM

Looks great. I didn't think the standard starstructure design could get any better, as I think its already the best structure on the market- but Mike keeps pushing the envelope. Let us know the details from its first operation and light. Congrats!!

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:47 PM

Hi Mike. Could you tell us what the eyepiece height might be for this particular sample? Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Mark

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

Hi Mike,

Does your new Horizon design trim the box dimensions (HxWxL) vs. your LE design? What about box weight differences between the Horizon and LE? Are you incorporating your new mirror cell design (non-sling) in the Horizon?

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:28 PM

Hi Mark,

At F3.3 (86.25") this scope has a finished zenith eyepiece height of 82.3". These scopes will typically have zenith heights -4" from the focal length.

Mike

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:53 PM

Is that the final position of the focuser ?
In that fifth photo on your website where the scope is about 30 deg off vertical the focuser seems rotated towards the back enough to seem a bit awkward for right eye people to use. Looks like you might have to lean back around the scope a little. Maybe it is just the photo...

http://www.starstruc...ucture3_024.htm

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:55 PM

Hi Pete,
I'll have specs on the site soon but considering this 26" scope it's dimensionality smaller then a typical 22" LE in all rocker / mirror box dimensions, which is saying a lot. Weight not so much. They are pretty much going to about the same as the LE's. Maybe a little lighter but nothing worth mentioning. The mirror cell is going to be the same as your LE. There are changes to the overall design of the cell to fit into the Horizon but the same edge system. I'll post some pics of the cell as they come available.

Mike

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:07 AM

Thank you Mike.






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