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#126 Pinbout

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 08:35 PM

Here's another one hand grab and go. I paid $100 and sold the finder that came with it for half that. Of course for little money I couldn't help but tare it apart and rebuild it. :grin:

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#127 gene 4181

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 11:00 PM

its unfortunate that skywatcher and orion no longer sell the az 4 or versago mount with the tubular legs any more. if i'm not mistaken , only orion sells them with alum. legs now.

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 11:09 PM

its unfortunate that skywatcher and orion no longer sell the az 4 or versago mount with the tubular legs any more. if i'm not mistaken , only orion sells them with alum. legs now.

I know SkyWatcher still sell both as I am in the process of buying one or the other ! I just haven't decided which one !?

#129 karstenkoch

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 02:51 AM

I define grab and go in terms of time rather than weight, size, effort, or distance. If I can be observing in 5 minutes, that's grab and go for me. I see grab and go scopes and travel scopes as having some overlap but not being the same in all respects.

My personal grab and go kit is an AT72ED, DSV-M mount, and heavy duty photo tripod. It sits in my living room. The only decision I typically have to make is which one eyepiece to drop in the focuser before moving it out into the veranda.

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:52 AM

I define grab and go in terms of time rather than weight, size, effort, or distance. If I can be observing in 5 minutes, that's grab and go for me. I see grab and go scopes and travel scopes as having some overlap but not being the same in all respects.



That's it exactly.
Big scopes can indeed be grab and go too.
Specifically if stored at ambient temps.

#131 newtoskies

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:12 AM

When my XT6 is in the shed it's my GnG. I can lift it with one hand, set it anywhere in the yard and I am ready. I grab some ep's and stick them in my vest pockets before heading out.
I'd like to get one of those 70mm back pack refractors as a GnG for the road.

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:19 AM

Black Friday, here in Rhode Island....I picked up a Celestron Powerseeker 114AZ reflector for 60% off.....paying only $60.00. Not a bad price regardless....I'll have to see the results for myself!!! thank you, LDW47.


That's a great deal there. Was surfing the web and saw some nice deals too. Found a Nexstar on the walmart site, but out of stock...figures

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 01:06 PM

I like things to be refined, uncomplicated, easy to set up and take down. Until recently my grab and go was a 5" Intes Micro Mak on a Half/Hitch Mount, supported by an ancient Tiltall Tripod; all weighing in at 23 pounds.

My present grab and go is a 3.5" Mak, once again supported by our fifty year old Tiltall #4602 Tripod. The scope, mount, and tripod have a combined weight of just 13 pounds. A wedge isn't required, as it's a simple matter to use the declination circle to establish latitude and by setting a bubble level on the objective cover, and moving the tripod head to center the bubble.

For me, I doubt it can get much better than this. :)

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 03:36 PM

Mike,

I think you've nailed it. Beautifully classic!

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 07:39 PM

At this time of year, grab and go means setup and teardown is quick and painless (winter in Canada) :coldday:

I was considering investing in an apo in the 5" range as my travel scope - an Equinox 80 - is a bit aperture-challenged.

Instead I repurposed a scope I already have - 6" F5 Newt and mated it to an Orion Versago III. So far I've been very happy with the results. What's not to like? A 10lb scope with 6 inches of aperture that is apochromatic, costs a little over $300, easy to set up, tear down and gives great views.

The mount/tripod combination weighs 19 lb and is rock solid. Who could ask for more? :grin:

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 01:46 AM

I like things to be refined, uncomplicated, easy to set up and take down. Until recently my grab and go was a 5" Intes Micro Mak on a Half/Hitch Mount, supported by an ancient Tiltall Tripod; all weighing in at 23 pounds.

My present grab and go is a 3.5" Mak, once again supported by our fifty year old Tiltall #4602 Tripod. The scope, mount, and tripod have a combined weight of just 13 pounds. A wedge isn't required, as it's a simple matter to use the declination circle to establish latitude and by setting a bubble level on the objective cover, and moving the tripod head to center the bubble.

For me, I doubt it can get much better than this. :)


If that photo doesn't stir the heart of your inner observer, better check your pulse... Beautiful!

#137 Mike E.

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 03:39 AM

If that photo doesn't stir the heart of your inner observer, better check your pulse... Beautiful!


Thanks Jim & Karsten.

My favorite observing spot, just up the mountain above our home in Wales. Its always green here, with clean air and pure water; a nice place to live, although I do miss the California weather.

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 06:52 AM

I define grab and go in terms of time rather than weight, size, effort, or distance. If I can be observing in 5 minutes, that's grab and go for me.


I think you may have just defined a 16" SCT in a OBS

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 06:55 AM

Agreed, beautiful merger.

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 08:56 AM

I define grab and go in terms of time rather than weight, size, effort, or distance. If I can be observing in 5 minutes, that's grab and go for me.


I think you may have just defined a 16" SCT in a OBS


Actually, when I wrote that, I was thinking that Mt Palomar fit my description, too. The only problem is that Mt Palomar is not 5 minutes from my living room...

On the other hand, if you do have a 16" in a backyard observatory, then that's even better than a grab and go ... there's no grab, you just go.

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 10:39 AM

I like things to be refined, uncomplicated, easy to set up and take down. Until recently my grab and go was a 5" Intes Micro Mak on a Half/Hitch Mount, supported by an ancient Tiltall Tripod; all weighing in at 23 pounds.

My present grab and go is a 3.5" Mak, once again supported by our fifty year old Tiltall #4602 Tripod. The scope, mount, and tripod have a combined weight of just 13 pounds. A wedge isn't required, as it's a simple matter to use the declination circle to establish latitude and by setting a bubble level on the objective cover, and moving the tripod head to center the bubble.

For me, I doubt it can get much better than this. :)


I like how you refer to it as a 3.5" Mak.. as if its some run of the mill Synta product. If I had one of those the post would read
:jump: :jump: Q U E S T A R !!! :) :jump: :elephdance:

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 01:17 PM

I like how you refer to it as a 3.5" Mak.. as if its some run of the mill Synta product. If I had one of those the post would read
:jump: :jump: Q U E S T A R !!! :) :jump: :elephdance:


Sure, I could do that, I could also scream out Questar 7; guess I'm just modest, but my Wife isn't, and agrees with you. :)

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 08:38 AM

I like things to be refined, uncomplicated, easy to set up and take down. Until recently my grab and go was a 5" Intes Micro Mak on a Half/Hitch Mount, supported by an ancient Tiltall Tripod; all weighing in at 23 pounds.

My present grab and go is a 3.5" Mak, once again supported by our fifty year old Tiltall #4602 Tripod. The scope, mount, and tripod have a combined weight of just 13 pounds. A wedge isn't required, as it's a simple matter to use the declination circle to establish latitude and by setting a bubble level on the objective cover, and moving the tripod head to center the bubble.

For me, I doubt it can get much better than this. :)


Incredible views! Very nice Questar too, btw.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 03:45 PM

AT Voyager critical issue fixed and the grab'n'go is now a 'go' again!

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 07:10 PM

Just Came in today ! My new Grab and go set up: Oberwerk BT70-45 Binocular Telescope :yay: :jump:

Can't wait to try it....but it's been cloudy for a while with no sign of clearing up :bawling:

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:01 PM

Just Came in today ! My new Grab and go set up: Oberwerk BT70-45 Binocular Telescope :yay: :jump:

Can't wait to try it....but it's been cloudy for a while with no sign of clearing up :bawling:

Eric

Think some of us aren't a little bit jealous ? Nice set up ( in between clenched teeth ) LOL !

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:03 PM

Just Came in today ! My new Grab and go set up: Oberwerk BT70-45 Binocular Telescope :yay: :jump:

Can't wait to try it....but it's been cloudy for a while with no sign of clearing up :bawling:

Eric

I was in Ottawa last weekend . I thought I saw you trying to take peek - LOL !

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:57 PM

Thanks Larry, and I won't be getting rid of my SM 15x70 ;)

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:15 AM

Just Came in today ! My new Grab and go set up: Oberwerk BT70-45 Binocular Telescope :yay: :jump:

Eric


Very nice. :)

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 02:12 AM

Couldn't resist a good deal on this one... The C90 is definitely a grab and go scope albeit it will require a good amount of cool down time.

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