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#1 Aircrftr

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:23 PM

Made it home yesterday with my AGOptics 17" IDK. I built a gantry in the observatory to hoist it from the crate to the mount and it went perfectly. Got all the wiring hooked up and neatly bundled to allow for the Pyxis rotater and spacers to accommodate the Atlas focuser. Now all I need are some stars!

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:24 PM

The gantry I built to hoist it up with.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:26 PM

And finally, the scope. :)
(before sorting out all the wiring..)

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 09:28 PM

:jump:

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 10:11 PM

What a mistake you've made. I actually feel pretty bad for you. I'll tell you what I'll do. Send me that OTA and pay shipping and i'll go ahead and send you my 14" SCT. Hey this is no joke. F/8 and a neato internal 7-1 focuser!!

I'm serious. I'll do this for you.

#6 Aircrftr

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 10:16 PM

No way! The below picture verifies it's a good scope!

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#7 Calypte

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:48 PM

My wife was on a plane from Atlanta to Phoenix today, and she reported seeing supercells over OK.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 11:59 PM

Aircrftr,

I just flew through that (Chicago to Albuquerque). Actually they diverted us to Oklahoma to split (loosely speaking) the weakest part of the super cells. We then followed the Ok-Tx panhandle.

Most frightening flight ever...

Tornados in that puppy too...

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:16 AM

*faints*

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:17 AM

Yeah you'll have clouds for a month with that purchase. Sorry man.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 07:36 AM

Hello Aircrftr!

Awesome, awesome setup! I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma and yes the cloud cover has been horrible lately! I am so jealous of your setup. Man I would love to see that in person sometime. Care to have a visitor?

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 08:21 AM

So that's what did it! We have more rounds of supercell storms predicted for today and tomorrow. Perhaps we should put FEMA on alert whenever someone here gets a major league scope like that . . .

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 08:22 AM

Yep, typical Oklahoma weather. Although, I'm glad we are getting the rain as it was so dry last year. If spending money on equipment is what it takes to bring the rain, I'll take one for the team. :)

Tony, Sure, come on over! I'm one of those people who pretty much does my hobby in isolation. People around here don't get very excited about astrophotography, plus it's pretty much my fortress of solitude. LOL. I'd love to show you around my place and see all the mirror grinding operation you've got going on there!

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 08:44 AM

Beautiful scope Dan. Congrats!

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 08:49 AM

Awesome scope! :jump:

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 10:02 AM

Nice scope! Congrats!

I probably didn't help this week. I have an AT72ed, field flattener, 50mm guidescope, an Orion SSAG, and a Dew Not system showing up this week.

Nothing compared to your beast, so most of the blame lies with you.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 10:33 AM

What a beautiful weather remote!!

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:31 AM

Now that's some dandy piece of hardware, Dan!!

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#19 Aircrftr

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:56 AM

Nice scope! Congrats!

I probably didn't help this week. I have an AT72ed, field flattener, 50mm guidescope, an Orion SSAG, and a Dew Not system showing up this week.

Nothing compared to your beast, so most of the blame lies with you.


LOL... yeah I get that a lot....

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 11:59 AM

A couple more shots. I have my wire harness under control and with summer rapidly approaching, I need to get my water lines to the camera.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:01 PM

Wire harness tied up...

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:03 PM

Other side has the thermal control system on it. Both Primary and secondary are heated with automatic control of the fans also.

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#23 Aircrftr

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 12:14 PM

What a beautiful weather remote!!


LOL.. I haven't thought of it that way!

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:22 PM

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#25 Aircrftr

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 07:35 PM

That must be one heck of a scope, because it's brought more than just cloud cover to Oklahoma!!!

Hope you post some astro photos taken with that beauty! I'd love to see them!!


I know!!! We've been dodging tornadoes since I've got it!!
Last night after two storms went through we had clear skies so I rush out and uncover, open, and turn on everything only to have the clouds roll in as soon as I get started. :tonofbricks:






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