10" OO VX, 6" iOptron Mak-Cass, Orion 100ED
Equatorial Newtonians, 20" and 14" "The purpose of life is to be defeated by ever greater things." - Rielke
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
DAS Dark Site
24" f3.7 truss Dobson http://www.astrosurf.com/aheijkoop/Equipment/24%20inch%20Dobson/24%20inch%20D...
Quote:Funny, I came across that seven-focuser setup while searching for info. That thing is wild! It must have been a tricky idea to conceptualize and build. So I take it if rotating that whole secondary cage doesn't nudge the object out of the FOV that you think rotating the little turret wouldn't create an issue either?
Quote:Just bought a Q-turret.The Q-turret is not heavy at all. It is made of some sort of sturdy plastic, probably Delrin or ABS.Attached a picture of the turret on my 24" Dobson.In the turret are 4 UO HD's. I think the weight is less as a 2" Nagler alone.
Quote:Thanks for sharing the pic of your setup. Have you tried using it loaded up with wide field EPs that have longer barrels and weigh more than orthos? Does it work pretty well for you so far?
Jeff Morgan - Wile E. Coyote School of Telescope Making
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
Quote:Here is a picture off the turret with the XW5 and 12T4.It looks funny. I still think the turret is not suitable for big 1.25" eyepieces.
Quote:The turret will require enough infocus to account for the length of the barrels, looks like at least 1". I am definitely considering this, I had never thought it possible to use a turret in my dob.
Quote: Looks great, until the dew or frost sets in, lol. Then you'll have frosted or dewed up eyepieces to look through. If you have dew buster, then you're looking at heating 4 eyepieces with 4 straps. What a mess that would be!
"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
Quote:but some nights just aren't Zen-like; they're more like a WWF match.....I'm actually interested in this. Wonder if it would work with orthos on the 102XLT refractor? This would be great for planetary viewing with orthos..
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Orion ED80 - AT Voyager with TNT,pier ext.,Vixon steel tray and Manny's mod.
Omni 120 cg4 with Orion pier ext. and RA drive, Binotron-27 (25mm & 17mm Sterlings)
Orion XT10(Original F/5) SkyStopper Equatorial Platform
Jason Constellation Model 311(Modified with 1.25"Crawford Machine focuser & rings)
Quote:I take it you would still recommend against using big 1.25" eyepieces with the turret?
Quote:Quote:I take it you would still recommend against using big 1.25" eyepieces with the turret? Yes, the main factor is the plastic material the turret is made of.Lightweight eyepieces (orthos, plossels) give no problem. And another factor; the turret with 4 small orthos weigh about the same as one big 2" eyepiece. I always had trouble with balancing the Dobson when I switched from a 2" widefield eyepiece to a 1.25" ortho. Balancing problems are gone with the turret!
Quote:What is it about the plastic material that gives it a problem with bigger eyepieces?
Quote:It sounds like you're pretty happy with the turret. I'm glad!
Quote:I'm still kind of hopeful that it might work out with my fairly bulky EPs even though you're cautioning against it.