My 9.25 Evolution, at my usual observing location (about 7 miles from home) on the Blue Ridge Parkway:
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Posted 17 February 2016 - 07:58 PM
Bump. The older thread of the same title has been getting all the action lately...possibly combine the threads?
Posted 19 February 2016 - 09:29 PM
The latest addition to the family... a wonderful 10" f/6.3 LX200 GPS settling into its new home on my Atlas. I managed to get it out long enough tonight to get it up on the mount and the alignment tweaked. The seeing was absolutely horrible tonight, but I had a pleasant evening observing the moon through gaps in the clouds. Tomorrow she'll get fitted with a guide scope and camera. I'm hoping that this will serve as a narrow-field companion to my SN10 as well as a visual scope.
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Posted 20 February 2016 - 07:43 PM
Nice setup, John. What is the CO of the f/6.3 10" Meade? I know that they are a little larger than the f/10 models, but how much I don't know.
Posted 20 February 2016 - 11:38 PM
Bill; It is sitting outside right now taking pictures, so I can't measure it. However, according to the manual the secondary obstruction for the 10" f/10 is 3.7", while the f/6.3 is 4.0". Just looking at it I would assume that includes the baffle.
Posted 21 February 2016 - 08:36 AM
after much time in using SCT's and AFC's Ive finally have narrowed it down to this one. Its a good one, and as good as my previous Meade "R" scopes. But having this one EDGE 11" covers all will need. Its a beautiful scope, and functions quite well, the optics are quite good as far as I can see
What does "narrowed it down to this one" mean in relation to your C14 ?
Have the C14, but this covers the 10",11", and 12" range with one scope..im in the process of trying to move them
Posted 21 February 2016 - 04:15 PM
My wide angle 10" f/6.3 LX200 all decked out for its first night of imaging...
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The first-light image can be found here...
Posted 02 March 2016 - 01:14 AM
My new, and first, imaging setup, Celestron 11" Edge HD on an MX+. I have not yet been able to get first light with it, I need to buy another counterweight and the wait is killing me, I just had to put a lot of $$$ into front end and suspension work on my truck so the weight purchase will have to be put on hold for a few more weeks. :bawling:OTA, guide scope setup, rings, dovetails, saddle, hyperstar and cameras total 51.25 lbs. and the MX+ only comes with 40 lbs. of counterweight .
Posted 02 March 2016 - 03:18 PM
My grab-a-Mac. It's an ETX 125 deforked and sporting a brand new focus knob from
Posted 06 March 2016 - 03:24 PM
My new C-6 and AVX mount after a night of visual observing. My Tele Vue NP-101 is in the background on a Vixen GP-DX with the Skysensor 2000 PC controller.
Nicci, one of my two canine observing buddies is poking around in the background.
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Posted 08 March 2016 - 12:58 AM
A bit of a change up for two of my OTA's. The C8 will eventually go on a VX, or CGM (if I can find one on sale), but I have it on my Oberwerk 5000 tripod. The C5 is mounted to the NexStar with Star Sense. The C8 came on this mount. Personally, I think a C6 on the NexStar mount is pushing it. I think the C6, and C8 should come factory on the Advanced VX, or CGM. anyway, enjoy the pic.
Posted 08 March 2016 - 05:00 AM
Here's a picture of my Meade LS8 and my Celestron C9.25 on a brand new iOptron iEQ45 Pro Goto mount. It's been raining the last two weeks and we're supposed to get rain for the next nine days!! So it may be a month or two before I get to use the iEQ45 mount!
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Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:44 PM
Posted 13 March 2016 - 07:52 PM
PS. for what it's worth, these include a 5" and 7" Maksutov from Orion, and an 8" Meade LX-80, and 10" LX-200, and finally a Celestron CGEM-DX C1100.
In the background is a 16" Lightbridge, a 28 x 110 Oberwerks binocular on an Orion Parallelogram mount, another Oberwerks 15 x 70, an old 4.5" Bushnell Newt, a my first scope, a 60 mm Tasco refractor from the 1960's (with a cool candy apple red paint job).
Posted 14 March 2016 - 06:40 PM
Here is my new (to me) Meade 2080. It had the MCSOG and a pretty badly tarnished secondary. I sent that out for recoating, and just got it back today. I popped it in, collimated things and now I am ready for clear skies!
Posted 14 March 2016 - 07:53 PM
Posted 14 March 2016 - 08:41 PM
Thank you! So far, I'm pretty happy - I have an artificial star and a fairly big house, so getting the collimation done was fun! I got the mirror recoated by Optiques Fullum which is in Quebec. Normand was a pleasure to deal with, and they had a 3-day turn around.
I don't have any delusions about what this scope will give me. I expect reasonably good views and the aperture to pull in the deep sky stuff that my 4 inch APO simply could not.
What is the normal cloud cover after purchasing a new scope? Three weeks? LOL!
Posted 17 March 2016 - 11:21 PM
Posted 17 March 2016 - 11:40 PM
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