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#1 Tom L

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 01:59 PM

Hi folks, Thought I'd finally get around to creating this thread. If you have any links of interest that are specifically for reflectors of any type, please post them here. I encourage you to add any link that you believe will help the reflector community. Please feel free to also post links to manufacturers and vendors that cater to reflectors.

Here is the link to the NEWT program.

http://home.att.net/...ft/newtsoft.htm

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 02:23 PM

Collimation (two favorites)

The Collimation - (Why to collimate)

http://perso.club-in...ult/collim.html


FAQ about Collimating a Newtonian telescope - (Why and How to collimate)

http://zebu.uoregon....olli/kolli.html

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 01:26 PM

This one was added in the new "beginners Forum" and is an excellent link for step-by-step collimation of an XT8 newtonian OTA.

http://www.schlatter...y/collimate.htm

Definitely recommended reading for someone just learning to collimate there newt. In his article, it might be advantageous to add Stacy's grid paper in place of the orange background paper to aid in correct placement of the physical secondary mirror/holder...maybe one of his colors (orange, neon green or neo yellow) with a grid on it.

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 07:42 PM

I have used Newt on many a many of occasions... good post

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Posted 03 July 2004 - 03:25 PM

Some mirror cooling links that you might find useful:

http://www.gmpexpres...lmanagement.pdf

http://www.fpi-proto.../sep2000s&t.htm

http://astro.umsyste...3/msg00110.html

http://home.t-online...or/mirrmain.htm

www.nvc.stockholm.se/NVC-filer/Plexiglass_telescope.pdf anslag

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Posted 03 July 2004 - 03:52 PM

Couple more to add to your bookmark file :)

Collimation start with this link http://www.astro-tom...s/newtonian.htm and have a look at this link for some star test info http://home.digitale...r/TM/Topten.htm

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Posted 06 July 2004 - 12:56 AM

EQ Mount Links:

http://www.astronomyboy.com/eq/

http://www.astronomy...polaralign.html

http://www.celestron.com/polar.htm

www.skywatchertelescope.net/ Downloads/PolarscopeForEQ6.pdf

24.237.160.4/files/Astronomy/Mounts/PolarAlignment.pdf

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Posted 07 July 2004 - 11:41 PM

Some star test links:

http://members.aol.c.../startest2.html

http://www.lincolnas...k/startest.html

http://www.astunit.c...ls/startest.htm

http://astro.geekjoy...e_currents.html

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Posted 11 July 2004 - 01:32 AM

More Collimation links:

http://skyandtelesco...article_790.asp

http://www.tomhole.c...lowed Laser.htm

http://www.propermot...e/Collimate.htm
Checking a laser collimator
http://www.atmsite.o...imate/la-ck.jpg

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 02:41 AM

Mirror cleaning links:

http://astronomy.tri...t.htm#alignment

http://www.sas.org/E...tesAS/body.html

www.backyardastronomy.com/appendix/cleaning.pdf

http://home.covad.net/~alcoat/al_2.htm

http://cobalt.golden... for Optics.htm

http://www.corvus.com/faq/aa01faq8.htm

http://observers.org...1/Oct/0426.html

http://www.weatherman.com/oldscope.htm

http://www.ghg.net/cshaw/clean.htm

http://www.rhinodev....es/techtips.htm

These links are not in any particular order, and you use any of them at your risk.

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 09:35 PM

Optical theory as it relates to Newtonian reflectors and their design:

http://www.fsz.bme.h.../vnt/vnt_paper/

http://www.licha.de/..._resolution.php

http://www.oregonvos...itz/thermal.htm

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Posted 19 July 2004 - 02:56 PM

This site contains an excellent tutorial for collimating a reflector. I highly rcommend it to everyone!

http://www.andysshot...ollimating.html

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Posted 20 October 2004 - 09:08 PM

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Posted 24 October 2004 - 02:58 PM

Mirror recoating resources

Swayze Refiguring

Newport Glass

L&L Optical-Mirror Recoating
Galvoptics-UK recoaters

ProSpec Mirrors- Testing, Refiguring & Rcoating

Majestic Coatings

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Posted 24 October 2004 - 03:28 PM

Other mirror coating services:
http://www.dentonvacuum.com/
http://www.clausing.com/
http://www.qsptech.com/site.htm
http://www.navitar.com/coating/
http://www.photonins...m/photon11.html
http://www.precisionapplied.com/
http://www.spectrum-...om/telescop.htm

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Posted 26 October 2004 - 09:47 AM

Orion has added the 2.48" diagonal mirror to their site. So if you want to delete this message you can.

LOOK I fixed the long link. :roflmao:

If your looking for a new secondary mirror for Orion XT10 I found it on amazon.com

Orion 2.48" Secondary Mirror $26.95

diagonal mirror



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Posted 14 November 2004 - 11:42 PM

Dew Control

Home Brewed Dew Zapper Controller

Secondary Dew Heater

Anti Dew Heater Tech Paper

Astro Systems Secondary Heater

Another Home Brewed Heater Controller

Telrad Anti Dew Heater

Telrad As A Distribution Board

Don Clement's Controller For Dew Heaters

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 10:35 PM

More Anti Dew Links:

Home Brewed Heater Strips

Home Brew Nichrome Heaters

Mark Kay's Dew Heaters

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Posted 21 December 2004 - 08:13 PM

reflector reviews

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Posted 23 December 2004 - 06:47 PM

Scope rings and counterweights:
Ken's Rings

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Posted 02 January 2005 - 12:55 PM

Planeterium programs/Star Map Sites:

Cartes du Ciel Sky Charts,Free program to draw sky charts
For use with Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
http://www.stargazing.net/astropc/

Hello Northern Sky or HNSKY for short:
http://www.hnsky.org


One page field maps of each constellation to find some of the Messier objects. Complete with Telrad circles:
http://www.atmob.org...aps_jsmall.html

Month by month, one page full sky maps for your correct hemisphere to find said constellations:
http://skymaps.com/downloads.html

And if none of the above meet your needs, then look here for other options/OS's/platforms etc:
http://nineplanets.o...rosoftware.html

Steve

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 05:23 PM

Updated ref for One page field maps of each constellation to find some of the Messier objects. Complete with Telrad circles:
http://www.atmob.org...aps_jsmall.html

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 07:26 AM

Televue's Paracorr specs and performance chart: Paracorr page
Paracorr Performance charts

Alan Adler's Cool.exe. program - to model mirror cooling with various thicknesses, fans, etc.:
Cool.exe

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:56 PM

The Degree Circle Thread:
Degree Circles

Link to PDF Degree Circle Thread:
Degree Circle PDF

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Posted 17 February 2008 - 01:03 PM

Link to use of Catseye Collimation tools:
Catseye Collimation Tools






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