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#51 Mentor

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 03:05 PM

That is a superb setup Brian!

Get rid of the electronics and you have what I consider the ideal visual rig ;)

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 03:21 PM

One complaint I have is that the TMB CNC Classic version is *very* focuser-side heavy, particularly so with binoviewers. It is a real trick to balance on a half-hitch with binoviewers and I think probably at or beyond the limit of what the half-hitch can handle. I'm expecting a Nova Hitch any day now, after which I will offer a superb and lightly used Half-hitch for sale to any interested parties.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 03:47 PM

> One complaint I have

Loved my TMB classic. The only complaint I had was the focuser rotator lock was a steel screw and two steel setscrews that just bit down into the aluminum focuser body and was digging donuts in the aluminum. Needs a brass band down in the groove. Pics of the focuser/groove and focuser receiver at http://www.pbase.com...69/tmb_1008_cnc

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 06:07 PM

Tak TSA-102 on a Half-Hitch Mark II

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:31 PM

Setting up for a night of observing at DAV. My observing buddy and I spent hours running down the Herschel list going back and forth between the dob and the refractor comparing views. The Meade 127ED performed REALLY well, as usual. I was surprised how many DSOs it could pull in. Jupiter and Mars were resolved nicely, but the big dob always did much better (no surprise).

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 04:35 AM

The Latest from Star Oak Obser. on the night of the Eclipse. AP228 f 10.6 "The Pearl" And the new Photo rig, TOA 130 Glowing under the Red Moon... Actually red wall sconces!!
All your Photos are Awesome Astro People.. Love the Unitron!!
Same as my 1954 100mm Unitron Guide Scope.
(aveman Have Fun!! :grin:

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#57 Bill Friend

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:01 AM

ATM build based on an Edmunds 63.5 f/8.

Build info here:

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#58 Bill Friend

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 08:02 AM

On my Polaris mount. This will be my grab n' go, mounted on a UA Unistar Light.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:47 AM

Impressive, Bill.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 11:16 AM

Hi all here is my humble addition. :)
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#61 dennilfloss

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:58 PM

Not need to feel humble, I tell you. It's more impressive gear than many of us have. :)

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 01:23 AM

Hey, who let this thread get pushed back to page 3? :4

Here's my new SV80ST and ES100 20mm waiting for the earth to rotate CCW a little bit more... :jump:

That's a DSV-M mount and Oberwerk Standard Wooden tripod.

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#63 Colin exraaf

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 03:48 AM

Here's mine .... Vixen NA140SS.

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#64 Scott Beith

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 06:39 AM

Hey, who let this thread get pushed back to page 3? :4

Here's my new SV80ST and ES100 20mm waiting for the earth to rotate CCW a little bit more... :jump:

That's a DSV-M mount and Oberwerk Standard Wooden tripod.


Great looking setup. you sold me on getting the tripod. ;)

#65 Scott Beith

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 06:40 AM

Here's mine .... Vixen NA140SS.

Col ... in OZ


That 140 on the T-Rex looks like they were designed for each other. :waytogo:

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 08:55 AM

Hey, who let this thread get pushed back to page 3? :4

Here's my new SV80ST and ES100 20mm waiting for the earth to rotate CCW a little bit more... :jump:

That's a DSV-M mount and Oberwerk Standard Wooden tripod.


Great looking setup. you sold me on getting the tripod. ;)


Scott,
I think you'll really like it. It's a solid tripod, but still carry around friendly. There are a few things I would improve. The feet are metal. Rubber would have been nice. However, in spite of the metal feet, I've experienced no vibration issues. I also wish the Y spreader was a little beefier. I feel like I have to give it extra attention when I open and close the legs, but I've had no issues with it so far. On the plus side, the tripod does comes with an integrated shoulder strap and belt and buckle that wraps around the legs for carrying. One last thing: I sit when I observe, so I've never used the tripod with the legs extended. This probably improves the rigidity and strength of he tripod. I'm sure it does great extended, too, but I wouldn't know at this point. I should try it one day just to see.

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 09:17 PM

You can use a Vixen style tray to stiffen the spreader. Thats what I did on my Oberwerk tripod.

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 09:35 PM


Scott,
I think you'll really like it. It's a solid tripod, but still carry around friendly. There are a few things I would improve. The feet are metal. Rubber would have been nice. However, in spite of the metal feet, I've experienced no vibration issues. I also wish the Y spreader was a little beefier. I feel like I have to give it extra attention when I open and close the legs, but I've had no issues with it so far. On the plus side, the tripod does comes with an integrated shoulder strap and belt and buckle that wraps around the legs for carrying. One last thing: I sit when I observe, so I've never used the tripod with the legs extended. This probably improves the rigidity and strength of he tripod. I'm sure it does great extended, too, but I wouldn't know at this point. I should try it one day just to see.


Thanks for the review. My aluminum surveyors tripod I use with my SV M1 looks exactly like the same design to include the straps. The wood simply looks better. ;)

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 09:36 PM

Sorry if this is a little OT, but I agree. As far as tripods go, wood is good! :grin:

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 09:56 PM

Now back to our regularly scheduled program of showing some amazing refractors...

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 10:33 PM

Stellarvue SV90TBV-25SV :

Binoviewing at native power without any correctors, just amazing !

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Echelon 40 usually goes with my 12" dobson but also works wonderfully with the SV90TBV without correctors.

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 10:45 PM

Beautiful scope and binoviewer setup, Brice! :waytogo:

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 10:57 PM

Thanks Scott ! ;)

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 11:39 PM

Stellarvue SV90TBV-25SV :

Binoviewing at native power without any correctors, just amazing !

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Echelon 40 usually goes with my 12" dobson but also works wonderfully with the SV90TBV without correctors.


One of the really cool options from SV. :waytogo:

#75 Colin exraaf

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 01:55 AM

Everyone has nice looking Scopes here .....

Col in OZ ....






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