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personal website: www.wadsworthobservatory.com
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Ok, equipment list…for reference purposes only!
…Missing my RV-6. Why oh why did I sell it?!?!?!?
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Telescopes: Celestron 14" SCT..Meade 10" ACF/SCT..Stellarvue 4" ED APO Mounts: UA UniStar Deluxe duel clamping saddle on a Celestron CGE tripod...UA UniStar Deluxe on a Meade field tripod and a UA UniStar Light on a UA light surveyor tripod. All with custom made "Manny Miles" eyepiece trays. Binoculars: Garrett Optical 10x50 Oberwerk 15x60. Eyepieces: TV Naglers, and Plossl's. Also Pentax 20XW, a Baader 31 Aspheric and a TMB 40 Paragon.
Friends call me Duane. Compustar C14, Leo Henzl's Custom C8, 6" Refractor Adv. GT mount, 6" F5 Omni XLT Newt., LXD-75 F4 Imaging SN8, Meade 8" F6 Newtonian, EX Dynamax DX6, RV-6 ETX-90 Astro, Meade 2045 4" SCT, B&L 4000 Vixen/Celestron 80mm F11 JC Penny 60mm AZ/ALT Refractor Binos 25x100
Quote:I never spent much time looking at that end.
Quote:If you are looking at the new F8 OTAs, then yes it is bigger.
My gear: --Celestron 8EdgeHD & 11EdgeHD | 80mm F/6 Triplet | Modified Canon T1i | QSI683WSG-8 | Celestron AVX mount | iOptron CEM60 mount | iOptron ZEQ25 mount --- My skies:
Meade 8" LX200GPS
Meade Super Wedge
Thousand Oaks Off Axis Solar Filter
Quote:Chris -- I have had my telescope in the living room off and on, but to be honest my LX850 is going into an observatory this August.
Then I just look out my window, see the panorama of the mountains with the dome just 30 yards away.
Mounting the OTA is pretty easy. When my son is helping, I grab the end where the ep goes, lifting by the handle, with my other hand/arm wrapped around the base of the tube. My son grabs the dove tail and tube front. We then bring it to the mount, and I just slide it on the LX850 mount and then tighten it up. Pretty easy.
Quote:Chris -- There are times where we do want to take the LX850 on the road. I looked at the Pacific Design Cases you mentioned, and they appear to be soft cases. For the OTA don't you need something more robust and solid? What size OTA do you user for those cases? They claim the cases work for 14" OTAs, but I would be nervous. Are they solid inside?? For now I am looking at something used at rock concerts with wheels moving lighting systems and such. The 14" is big. I can see using it for my tripod for the 10" LX200 (OTA/Fork has a nice Meade case from back in the day).BTW - even though in more urban area, at 5,500+ feet and humidity usually under 20% observing is quite good at home. Still we sometimes travel to really dark sites.
Meade LX850 14" f/8 OTA AP1200 GTO-CP3
Televue Genesis sdf (f5.4)
Atlas EQ-G Equatorial Mount
WO Zenithstar 66
Mayflower 80mm f/15 refractor
A. Jaegers 6" f/5 RFT
A. Jaegers 6" f/10 refractor
Meade 8" f/10 LX200 SCT OTA
A 10 year old "Backyard Observatory"