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#1 Stargazer78

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:14 PM

So here is mine. Its a AT8in with a At72ed ridding piggy back. On the right side of the tube I have a 50mm right angle finder and on the left side a AT50gs

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#2 Ed D

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:26 PM

Would these be pimped out enough?

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:29 PM

LOL awesome

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 10:12 PM

Here's my AD8 conversion to EQ mounting sitting on an Atlas EQ-G at 'Ning's Observatory #3. Modifications include:

1)Protostar FlockBoard in the OTA and drawtube.
2)Suspended fan mounting
3)Rear mounted baffle to direct all the air from the fan up the tube.
4)Tube ring based rotating rings. (Thanks again AstroBaby!)
5)Telrad on a Scopestuff mounting rail with dovetail foot. RACI or Telrad, never both.
6)An additional dovetail shoe on the other side of the focuser to allow switching the RACI or Telrad to the other side when I rotate the focuser to the other side so I can still have the RACI/Telrad on top. Done as a work-around for those situations when the focuser is over the mount or a tripod leg making it difficult to place the observing chair.
7)MoonLite CR2, dual rate, shaft lock.
8)Primary springs replaced with ones from Bobs Knobs.
9)Secondary alignment screws replaced with ones from Bobs Knobs, allowing for toolless adjustment of the secondary.
10)AstroZap Light Shield.
11)Flock paper on the mirror clips
12)Slated to be removed for having no effect is a flocked annular mask, mounted to the mirror clips. This was done to mask the bevel edge of the primary as a check for TDE, of which there is apparently none.
13)Cedar carry handle bridging the tube rings.

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 11:24 PM

pimpin' out

satin alum vinyl stripe with cutout scope specs.
rear retro reflective yellow stripe.
polish alum low profil moonlite focuser.
ply cell with heavy springs.
WO binos

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 12:26 AM

here's a pimped out concept from footbags napkin sketch...

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#7 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 01:16 AM

Pimped out DobsL

Here's a couple of before and afters:"pimped out Dobs:

16 inch Starfinder transformed into a Dobstuff strut scope..

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The scope on the right is my 12.5 inch Discovery in the before photo..

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The after photo:

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 11:54 AM

My 12" Lightbridge with setting circle, levelers, Stellarvue 60mm finder.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 12:55 PM

http://www.astrogood...e.goldeneye.jpg

Moonlite CR2, Bob's Knobs, flocked, Astrogoods prototype base, Telrad, digital inclinometer, secondary mirror washer, and custom balance system.

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 09:28 PM

Here's my 12.5 f/6 with a new 70mm finder, wheelbarrow handles, and recently upsized teflon bearings. 15 lbs per square inch really is about ideal--can you say "buttery smooth?"

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 08:09 PM

Does the Woodenbridge qualify?

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 08:17 PM

This LB 8" is more of a "MUTT" than it is pimped.

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#13 Stargazer78

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 08:31 PM

This LB 8" is more of a "MUTT" than it is pimped.


You have done what I want to do with my 10 inch dob. I want to mount it on my dx and use it for imaging. At least I now know that it may be possible.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 08:40 PM

I too have recently been thinking about doing this with an LB10. I guess I would have to make a strap mount for it.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:35 PM

My powder coated 8" f/6 Cave...

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 08:40 AM

Some really awesome scopes! Keep 'em coming.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 04:48 PM

A night of monster mosquitoes. I just set it up with a dual saddle so I can use RACI side by side with the RDF. What a difference. The EQ5 handles the weight quite well. It's a very steady view.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 06:12 PM

I'm keeping this scope no-frills.

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I'll get around to fixing the mirror so I'll have a sports car engine in a vw bug [72'] body. ;)

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 10:33 AM

This LB 8" is more of a "MUTT" than it is pimped.

I might call mine a "Heinz" (as in 57 varieties): Meade, Byers, Losmandy, Protostar, Moonlite, ScopeBuggy, Nexus, Parallax, Telrad, Paracorr and a bunch 'o parts fabricated by moi.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 02:01 PM

This LB 8" is more of a "MUTT" than it is pimped.


You have done what I want to do with my 10 inch dob. I want to mount it on my dx and use it for imaging. At least I now know that it may be possible.

If you do:
--remove the internal weight in the LTA to significantly lower the weight of the scope
--do a complete overhaul on the mount to tighten up tolerances and gear clearances, etc.
--create a wind-screen structure to protect the scope from all wind. That much weight and sail on that mount will shimmy in even a gentle breeze. Keep it out of the wind, and no problem.
--add strings from UTA to LTA to prevent sag. The small amount in the 10" LB isn't and issue visually, but it's a killer photographically.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:38 PM

Just received this Teeter's Telescopes 20" f3.6 with Kennedy optics. Cherry stained with black hardware looks like it means business. What a beauty! Just uncrated and thought I would share. I will take more pictures and give more description after weekend viewing.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 11:33 PM

man!! that sure is a good looking truss dob. 20" should get you next to the rover up there on mars!! good luck and have fun. donnie

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 01:06 AM

I ordered from Rob Teeter with all the extras like the aluminum altitude bearing, Servocat tracking system, Sky Commander computer, filter slide, Feather Touch focuser with SIBS paracorr Just to name a few. I am more than happy with Teeter's results. Fully tested and ready to go to dark skies. Rolls quickly into the back of van and sets up much quicker with his truss design than my 14.5 Dob.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:06 PM

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It looks like the stock model, but the focuser is a very nice Crawmach 2-speed Crayford, and a RA-axis motor has been installed; you can see the hand control unit hanging on the tripod... enough changes for now!






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