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#76 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

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


I do, I really do. Actually, I could be happy with a 22". :D

Jim, thanks, but I don't need more encouragement!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:45 PM

I hear you Doug. I would love to get a 22 or a 24". Problem is I could never part with my 16, so I'd have to find a way to keep two SSTs!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:50 PM

Paul, nothing wrong with 2 STSs, IMO.

I would definitely keep my 14.5" SM too. Gotta have a travel scope.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:52 PM

I could be happy with a 20" F/6.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

Looking great!

#81 Fireball

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 03:35 AM

The Horizon is definitely good news. A new concept that will address a lot of things we all like. I am looking for a scope 20-26" in a more compact size for some time, which does not need a big ladder.
Hopefully the price will be still reasonable to have a chance to get one.

#82 Mike B

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:55 AM

An absolutely thrilling scope! The engineering & detailing are nothing short of inspirational. :bow:

Good stuff, Michael- thanks for the guided tour. :grin:
Carry on.

Someday, maybe someday... when i grow up.... something like this will grace my Dobservatory!
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#83 michael

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

Hi All,
A few more pics showing the wiring set-up.

Well...The altitude encoder and arm just had to go on the outside and add .625” to the outside dim. Not Happy at all !!! :bawling:

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:50 PM

Showing rear panel with servocat box and wiring panel with a single RJ45 DSC encoder plug and 12V supply for Argo, dew system, etc.

The gray wire to the right goes to the altitude encoder

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

Showing Argo Navis Podium with scope at zenith. Note that the Argo podium mounts in the same place that the rear transport handle will go.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

With the Horizon at the horizon. :smirk:

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:56 PM

Another view of rear panel.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:12 PM

Last picture showing the back of the Argo Navis.

Wanted to say that I FINALY got rid of that 2-4 conductor wires in the RJ45 set-up :foreheadslap: Never liked that.

Now have a single cat5e cable for the encoders. Much nicer! :jump:

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:37 PM

Thanks Guys...much appreciated.

Mike

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:32 PM

Mike - beautiful.

I have a question though - does the AN stalk have to be removed in order to transport the scope? :question:

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:14 PM


Hey Mike, is there anything you haven't thought of on this scope? Come on there must be something, although I have yet to find it.

Best, John

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:38 PM

Hi John.
I wouldn't recommend it. On the Horizon The podium mounts in the handle hole so you can't do that anyway.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

Hi John,
I'm sure I have.

Time will tell.

I've been working this design for a long time and have really tried my best to think everything through.

After 15 years of building these things I can honestly say there's no such thing as the perfect scope. Probably never will be. :scratchhead:

All I know for sure is I'm having a blast with these scopes.

Got some big ones on the horizon (pun). Next is a 30" F3.6 then a 34" F3.6 both with Lockwood optics. Then a 36" F4.

Been talking with Mike L. about designing out a 40 / 42ish F3. This is where this design will really shine

Good Stuff... :jump:

Mike

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

Mike, many astronomers are starting to integrate their iPads, SkyFi and Sky Safari to use with their scopes. Do you think that it would be a good idea to design a podium that can accommodate the Argo as well and an iPad?

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:10 AM

Mike, many astronomers are starting to integrate their iPads, SkyFi and Sky Safari to use with their scopes. Do you think that it would be a good idea to design a podium that can accommodate the Argo as well and an iPad?


Sergio, That is a great suggestion. More of us are using planetarium programs to drive the telescope and operate things such as cameras in our Newtonians. Bob

#96 Thomas Karpf

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:09 AM

Drool...

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

...does the AN stalk have to be removed in order to transport the scope?

Hi John.
I wouldn't recommend it. On the Horizon The podium mounts in the handle hole so you can't do that anyway.

Mike

I am still unclear Mike - if the AN stalk or "Podium" mounts in the handle hole, then it seems to me that you would have to remove the Podium each time you want to use the handle?

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:23 PM

Hi John,
sorry bad words on my part...yes you have to remove the podium to transport the scope.

Mike

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:46 PM

Mike Z. I know this is a bit off topic but relates to your Starstructure telescopes. I just got clearance this morning to be able to use my right eye that just had cataract surgery last week. I decided that I wanted to use a scope for my first night back that was simple to use but with excellent optics and easy, excellent motion. Well, to make a long story short, I picked my 12.5" f/5 Zambuto/Starstructure for my first starlight with my "new" eye. WOW! Although the LE series is winding down, it is such a friendly and easy scope to use that it was simply a great pleasure tonight like I almost cannot describe. The combination of smooth movements and exceptional views with a very differently performing dominant eye are almost indescribable. People who have not used or looked through one of your scopes need to do it. I personally can't wait to see one of your Horizons performing like I think it will at Chiefland Astronomy Village. Thanks for making a superb 12.5" scope that helped to usher in a new era for me tonight in visual observing. Bob

#100 michael

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

Hi All,

Quick pic of the scope with the light shroud installed.

Mike

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