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#51 GeneT

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:25 PM

Impressive secondary system.

#52 Peter Natscher

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:31 PM

Mike,

What's that I see at the opposite sides of the rocker box base? Two openings! Are they for a newly designed transport handle?

Hi All,
New picture showing the mirror box closed up on the radius.

Mike



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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

Pete,
That's the front of the scope. Those are for the wheels. But the Horizon has the same in the back so there will be two handles.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:05 PM

Hi all,

I've been getting a lot of PM's / emails with concern about the rear opening for primary mirror. On the concept scope, shown on my site, the opening looks very small. Here is a picture showing the opening on the 26".

Mike

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:07 PM

Here is a shot from the front showing that the rear opening is covered by the primary mirror.

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#56 Carl Wright

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 04:40 PM

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#57 starman345

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

Mike, it looks like just two collimating knobs? The apex of the triangle is fixed solid?

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:32 PM

Hi All,

A few pictures showing the servocat install.

Mike

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:34 PM

Hi Brian,
Yes fixed but not solid. It's able to pivot on the two lower collimation bolts.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:46 PM

Last Picture Servocat.

Of all the installs I've done, not only on my scopes but several other brands as well, this one is the cleanest yet. With everything contained to one corner the motor / encoder wires are very short and the engage levers are both on the same side of the scope. Also the install of the altitude cable is a snap. Nothing in the way if you need to remove it for mirror box separation.

The altitude motor is contained inside the rocker so no additional 2.375" added to the width of the scope. :jump: :jump:

Mike

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#62 Bob S.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:27 PM

Last Picture Servocat.

Of all the installs I've done, not only on my scopes but several other brands as well, this one is the cleanest yet. With everything contained to one corner the motor / encoder wires are very short and the engage levers are both on the same side of the scope. Also the install of the altitude cable is a snap. Nothing in the way if you need to remove it for mirror box separation.

The altitude motor is contained inside the rocker so no additional 2.375" added to the width of the scope. :jump: :jump:

Mike


Unreal Mike!!! You are solving so many niggling problems that Newtonians have had with this new Horizon! The width of the scope is an absolute big deal and not having a motor hanging out to get banged is an equally big deal. Great job! Bob

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

Very slick Mike! Looks like there will be plenty of rooms for batteries as well.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:10 PM

Paul,

Thanks for bringing that up. There is much more room for batteries in the Horizon design despite the smaller size.

At the lowest point there is 2.5" of clearance. This is on all sizes.

Mike

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:08 PM

Hi Mike,

Fantastic pictures of the servocat arrangement. Am I assuming correctly it will be the same compact layout for the smaller Horizons (in particular my future sweet 16'') ? I like in particular the location of this altitude motor...

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:03 PM

Hi Parick,
This arrangement will be on all sizes. Smaller sizes may differ slightly.

Picture showing the finished rear of the rocker with Servocat box and wire hook-ups. Note that you can easily reach the collimation bolts even at zenith.

Mike

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

Another view of rear.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

View of the front where the batteries will go.

Both front and rear panels are removable to access the innards. Note that service for everything in the rocker can be done without removing the mirror box.

Mike

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#69 John Kuhl

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:06 PM


Mike, This has got to be the best thought out scope I've ever seen. Props to you and keep up the good work.

Best, John

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:13 PM

Thanks John.

Mike

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:31 PM

Amazing work Mike. What batterys can be fitted inside the rocker?

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:58 PM

Arrgghhh, please stop posting photos! I am *this* close to mortgaging the house to buy one, much to the wife's disapproval. :p

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:38 PM

Arrgghhh, please stop posting photos! I am *this* close to mortgaging the house to buy one, much to the wife's disapproval. :p


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:40 PM

Go ahead Doug. You know you want to.....

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:57 PM

Arrgghhh, please stop posting photos! I am *this* close to mortgaging the house to buy one, much to the wife's disapproval. :p


Doug,

Go ahead and get a 24". Then you could mount your EON 120 ED on it for a finder! Zowie!!!






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