Ken Fiscus- stargazing since 1980. Now observing from a green zone.
Z12 on custom mount, Atomic EQ platform, 100% flocked, OMI primary, Astrocrumb filter slide with O-III, NPB, & skyglow filters. Focuser & spider rotated 45 degrees. New springs & Bob's Knobs, Telrad & 9x50 straight finder 35 & 24 Pans, TV 13,7,5 T6s
Custom Orion XT10 with piggyback XT4.5 on Round Table EQ Platform
ATM project around a Coulter 17.5" mirror COMPLETE with Intelliscope C.O.L Apogee 6" F8 refractor, CG-5 mount, Coronado P.S.T Criterion 4" F12 Dynascope
Joined: July/2012 Location: Montgomery, Al.
10" Apertura Dob w/ Tweakers Dream Pkg.
HALO setting circles
ES82* 4.7,8.8 and 30mm
2X ES Barlow
10mm AT Titan Wide Field 15mm AT Titan Wide Field
CatsEye 2" TeleTube and Blackcat XL
Pocket Sky Atlas
Astronomy For Dummies
The Urban Astronomers Guide
Turn Left At Orion
Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide
Quote: I LIKE IT! Here in Alabama it has been raining for days so I won't get to use my HALO until Saturday or Sunday. My thoughts..... Well, When I put my weight on it there was a little flex but it is very strong. I think I could stand on it without it breaking. I do weigh about 140 lbs. more than my AD10. The feet are about the size of an old silver dollar so they shouldn't sink into the ground. I have never sat my scope directly on the ground anyway. The leggs have about 4" of travel so you can REALLY account for some uneven placeing. I can at last let up on the Az tension on the base of my scope. There are locking nuts on the leggs that I don't really see much use for but if I had an OBS that would be a different matter. The compass/level is about the size of a quarter. It's a bit small if you are going to take into account magnetic declination while you are setting it up but you don't really need to since the pointer is on a little slideing base. The compass is just as it should be for aligning the HALO with north and getting it level. I don't know about useing an EQ platform since it adds about 2 3/4" to the size of the AD10 base. I do plan to find out at tax time though. With everything being what it is....I would buy it over again. I can't wait to get it out in the field! PLUS my scope just looks GOOD sitting on it! If your like me and just can't wrap your head around cutting a notch in the base of your scope I really would recomend one. I have a $6.00 analog inclinometer that I got at Lowes but they have a Wixey at Opticsmart that they use for demo and I have to figure a way to get one w/o the CFO quitting her job.
Celestron NexStar 8SE f/10 SCT with StarSense Orion 120mm ST f/5 Refractor Explore Scientific 80ED, Triplet, f/6 Refractor Coronado PST Ha Solar Scope Meade ETX Astro, 90mm Mak, the original Celestron CG-4 mount, for sale Celestron CG-5 Go-To mount Desert Sky Astro DSV-2 Alt Az, Oberwerk Tripod iOptron SkyTracker Orion 14 x 70 binoculars, DIY binomount Member, Northern Colorado Astronomical Society http://ncastro.org/
Apertura 10" Dob Parracor, round table platform
TMB/APM 115 LZOS APO w/ silver CNC
Astro Tech 72ED
on CGE PRO
XX12g, XT8, C80ED, C102GT, C90. t4s, t6s, a few pans and radians, UO orthos, ultimas
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Quote: (snip) The last point references the fact that the angle gauge really is the weakest link in the whole setup. Once calibrated the HALO is perfectly fine for getting within a 12mm crosshairs eyepiece. The alt cannot be adjusted though. If the angle gauge is 1 degree off after pointing to a known object, you can't replace the value it shows. So you have to "know" how far off it is. (snip)