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#1 Raginar

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 06:03 PM

Anyone have one of these they wouldn't mind loaning/renting out?  I have a 12" LX200 that's out of collimation and I'm at my wits end... I'd like to avoid spending $455 bucks but a reasonable fee would work for me.

 

If you're interested, or just want to sell it, please send me a PM.

 

 


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#2 areyoukiddingme

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:31 AM

Why not try out a camera and meta guide? Even with a really good camera, you come out way ahead on the deal compared to the collimator, and you can use it for things other than collimation. . . 



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 03:40 AM

I would second the Metaguide route.  Just get your scope roughly collimated using an artificial star or just standing at focal distance in front of the mirrors and then use a webcam and Metaguide.  It'll get you spot on.  I do this with my f/20 250mm Mak which does not come to focus on an artificial star with the distances I have available at home.

Good luck!

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 03:50 PM

I third the metaguide suggestion,  easier, cheaper, better.


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#5 Raginar

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:00 PM

Well  :), I can't seem to figure it out. Anyone want to do a Google Hangout or Teamviewer? I have Metaguide and a compatible camera and tried it. I just can't figure it out :/.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:32 PM

I'd like to see a dummies guide myself. I have the gubbins, but haven't yet had the chance to learn how it works!  :)


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 06:22 AM

interested as well at having a go at this


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#8 Raginar

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 05:48 PM

If you guys PM your email addresses, we can figure out a date to do it.  I'd like to do it on a weekend so I can stay up a little bit more.  I have a security camera feed I can give you access to in addition to utilizing a web cam at the computer in the observatory.  Maybe it would help to just talk through what I'm doing?



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 05:55 PM

Cool: PM sent.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 05:35 AM

pm sent too








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