18" f/4.2 homebuilt truss 12.5" f/6 hybrid tube dob
Disclosure: I have received, and continue to benefit from, atoms that were fused by stars in the early universe, most notably carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen, and an assortment of others.
Orion SkyQuest XT10 Dob
6" f/8 Home-built Dob
Suburban Washington DC
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
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
Scopes: 12.5" dob w/Lightholder mirror, Astro Tech AT8RC, TPO 8" Imaging Newtonian, Intes MK-67 Deluxe, Takahashi FS-60CB, Tasco 10TE, Coronado PST
Quote:Nice review, and a nice build of the platform. However, I would suggest, Michael, that you test the platform on some night when the seeing will allow 300X. I found that my ExCBP contributed too much vibration to the image to be usable at that power--a fact that I could only see by turning the drive on and off repeatedly while observing Saturn in my 8-inch on a night of very good seeing. It was handy, however, for star parties and such, but I finally sold it.-george
12.5" custom truss Dob on a TECH2000 Dob Driver II, AT80A Orion achro on an EQ-3, 8XTi Orion Dob on an "Alien" EQ platform. Eyepieces: Explore Scientific 82* 30, 24, 18 & 6.7mm's and ES 2 inch focal extender. Favorite quote: "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind" -- Albert Einstein
Orion XT8 Classic, Self built EQ platform
AstroTech 72ED, AstroTech 6 Imaging Newt
Celestron Advanced VX EQ Mount
Celestron NexStar SE 4/5 Mount (for grab and go)
Canon T3i, Canon XT (Hap Griffin Baader Mod)
QHY5L-II Mono/Orion 50MM Mini
Fort Bend Astronomy Club