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#1 teddyk1

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:04 AM

I just picked up a 4" Brandon objective.
I have plenty of Unitron stuff laying around and I am planning on building a OTA for the cell.
I would love to make the Unitron 4" OTA that I am using the Brandon Baby Blue.
Does anyone here know the paint code or a closest chip to match that color?
Thanks in advance

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:07 AM

"Sorry for the late response. I have not been able to match the Brandon Blue. The closest I can come is by using Rust-Oleum "Harbor Blue" #7722. This paint is still available and I first used it about 15 years ago.

Barry Simon"

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 10:15 AM

Here is a photo showing how closely Rustoleum "Harbor Blue" is to "Brandon Blue". The smaller scope is a University Optics 80 mm rich field on top of the Brandon 94.

Barry Simon

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:22 PM

Thats really nice Barry
I like white . My Unitron Looks great in white
But I feel Like I want to do something special with this one.
I put the scope together tonight using a 4" unitron OTA
Its a monster

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:25 PM

It really dwarfs the ASGT mount even with a pier adapter
The focuser off the 75mm is way too small to so looking for a Moonlite maybe as permanent one
The objective is pretty dirty but it will clean up well

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:30 PM

If anyone has a super focuser or a moonlite to fit I would be interested

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:34 PM

Thanks Barry
Looks like Harbor Blue is the match
Too bad its cloudy out here
Test on my landscape lights was excellent. Very sharp
Time to take it apart

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:27 AM

Thanks, I was hoping my newly acquired 4" unitron would fit on my ASGT mount and this confirm it:-). The picture prompts me to ask what rings you use for the unitron tube? Great setup that i'm close to mirroring. Thanks, Chris

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:33 AM

The rings are the inexpensive hinged rings that go for around $30 here in CN
They should be around 114mm but if a bit too large you can add a bit of felt and it takes up the space.
I need to use a longer dovetail .
The rings are a bit too close together
You will have to get your ASGT way up there
It is huge on there
I decided to change the tray on the mount into a 3/4 thick larger tray for more stability and more shelf space

I am used to having this 4" Unitron OTA on the Unitron GEM where it is very comfortable

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:12 AM

Here is a photo showing how closely Rustoleum "Harbor Blue" is to "Brandon Blue". The smaller scope is a University Optics 80 mm rich field on top of the Brandon 94.

Barry Simon


Love those colors.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:16 AM

I decided to order a New Moonlite focuser for the OTA
Ron from Moonlite was very helpful in building one for me
It arrived this weekend and the skies were clear
So I dragged it out of the house
I forgot how big these scopes are and moving them around is not that easy
My 4" Unitron sits in the Observatory so I never think about it much
The moonlite was super smooth as expected

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:18 AM

The ASGT with the pier adapter was pretty heavy but not as heavy as the Unitron GEM

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:21 AM

The focuser came with a 1.5 rotating adapter , but I did not need it.
If you use a diagonal you may not reach focus with some eye pieces as it adds about 4" to the travel

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:23 AM

It also has 4.5" of drawtube
thats plenty for terrestrial objects

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:25 AM

First object was the moon
I was impressed
Very sharp . It reminded me of the NP101 I was just using on the moon
tho much less portable

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:27 AM

I am not a big spec guy but my eyes have looked thru many premium optics
and this one is superb

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:30 AM

So now I am in a dilemma
I purchased the paint for the Brandon look
but
I like it in white too
and of course where am I going to put this monster LOL

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:49 AM

Nice job Teddy, looks great!






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