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#1 bobmarleyou812

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

Curious to see what the preference is for refractors. I have my TV85 and ST80 mounted side by side and I like it enough, but I can also stack the ST80 on top of the TV85 guide scope style. Which do you prefer?

#2 DaveJ

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

Curious to see what the preference is for refractors. I have my TV85 and ST80 mounted side by side and I like it enough, but I can also stack the ST80 on top of the TV85 guide scope style. Which do you prefer?


Personally, I prefer side-by-side for visual as shown in this photo.

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#3 Bill Cowles

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

Fantastic Solar setup! :cool:

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:53 PM

Fantastic Solar setup! :cool:


Thanks, Bill. I've been a solar observer since the summer of 1961 when I got a Hershel Wedge from Edmund Scientific for my then year-old 4.25" Palomar Jr. reflector. It was a replacement for the stalk-mounted secondary. I still have both the scope and that Herschel Wedge :grin: but it doesn't get a lot of use any more with the newer stuff taking center stage. I use this for outreach, often with binoviewers, too. The side-by-side setup along with the Vixen zoom eyepieces (as shown) allow H-alpha and white-light views to match exactly. It's interesting to see the H-a activity around the sunspot groups. Back to the original posters question - the side-by-side is the way to go for this setup since over-under wouldn't work real well for this purpose.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:05 PM

Fantastic Solar setup! :cool:

Bill


Yes - great setup there!

#6 MikeBOKC

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:07 PM

Side by side for solar yes -- TMB92L and PST:

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#7 MikeBOKC

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:08 PM

Another view:

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#8 rigel123

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:19 PM

Another side by side, my Lunt LS60T and ED80T set up for white light viewing.

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#9 steven40

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:31 PM

Here's how I do it.

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#10 bobmarleyou812

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:20 PM

Some nice setups here, thanks for sharing.

Here is a shot of my side by side. When I'm imaging I put an eyepiece in the ST80...not guiding yet.

I extended the dewshield to show the full size difference between the TV85 and the ST80.

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#11 BarrySimon615

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:36 AM

You could do it both ways......times 3 or 4! :shocked:

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#12 t.r.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:40 AM

Holy schnikes !?!?!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:13 PM

I'm guessing that's your grab 'n go setup? :grin:

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

Barry are you sure there is enough light source to share?? :foreheadslap: :help: Mike

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:34 PM

Side by side for me too...

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:36 PM

NB that's an old pic - both those scopes have been replaced now!

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:15 PM

I prefer side by side since one is a solar scope (Lunt) and the other is for night time activities as well as the sun in white light.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:46 AM

You could do it both ways......times 3 or 4! :shocked:

Barry,
That's a neat setup. I'm curious to learn more about it. What sort of mount is that and what's its capacity? Do all those scopes point at the same thing? Can you make adjustments to allignment the scopes on the same target?
What is the hardware underneath?

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:03 AM

Which do you prefer?


Which ever way gets them on the mount....for a photo. :lol:

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#20 FoxTrot

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:19 AM

Barry, SkyCapt, you guys are just bragging now...! Fox

#21 Tophat3

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:43 AM

+10 on that! I think I just had a stroke!! I've never seen anything like that.Even in my dreams!!

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:46 AM

With some Photoshop skills, you can do even better guys :)

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:30 AM

How about these ?

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I designed and manufactured this side by side system myself. Very easy to balance and very versatile. The bar is 25" long.

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#24 Ain Soph Aur

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:06 AM

Personally, I prefer side-by-side for visual as shown in this photo.


Hi Dave. How do align the two scopes with your set-up?

#25 smee

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

Barry, SkyCapt, you guys are just bragging now...! Fox


Or maybe they are pretty handy with Photoshop! :cool:






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