Astro-Tech AT130 Astro-Tech AT10RC Astro-Tech AT72ED Losmandy G11-G2 Celestron Cg5 CPC-"12" Newtonian Hubble 8" Newtonian Meade ETX-125 Orion ST-90
Quote:I see you're also not a big fan of the standard Telrad mount. All the empty pockets underneath don't leave much in the way of taping surface ... altho I do see they make handy places to put ceramic magnets! <G> Plan B for me, yet again. I just got done filling the base with bondo. Put a couple layers of wax paper on the OTA, then pressed the wet plastic into place so it's a perfect match for the Z8 tube. I got some peel 'n stick magnet tape that I'll cover the entire base with for now. Eventually, when I find the perfect sweet spot for the Telrad, I'll tap a couple holes and mount it permanently with screws and 3m tape. I got it roughed out right now. Skin coat, paint so the tape sticks, and I'm good to go. Still haven't figured out the best place to mount it ...
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
Orion XT12G Telrad Orion Q70 32mm ES 82* 8.8mm ES 82* 6.7mm ES 82* 4.7mm Baader Hyperion Mark-2 Zoom Orion Skyline GLP + finder bracket Astro-Tech 2x Barlow for 2" and 1.25" Orion Variable Polarizing Eyepiece Moon Filter Orion UltraBlock Narrowband Filter GPS An awesome wife that bought me the telescope! Apertura AD8 with tweakers package Celestron 15x70 Starmaster Binoculars with tripod Celestron Neximage 5 Member CFAS http://www.astrobin.com/users/billytk/
Antares 12" Dob Stellarvue 10*60 finder Telrad Meade 25mm Plossl, Orion 10mm plossl, Celestron 6mm plossl, Paradigm 18mm,15mm,12mm, 8mm, Knight Owl 20mm, Shorty 2x barlow, Celeston Ultima 2x Catseye Triple Pack Collimation 4.5" Tasco 11TR Frankenscope 60mm Tasco 9TE-5 60mm Tasco 7T Oberwerk 12*60 binos
10" Apertura Dob w/ Tweakers Dream Pkg. Telrad HALO setting circles ES82* 4.7,8.8 and 30mm 2X ES Barlow 9mm GSO Plossl 10mm AT Titan Wide Field 15mm AT Titan Wide Field CatsEye 2" TeleTube and Blackcat XL NightWatch Pocket Sky Atlas Astronomy For Dummies The Urban Astronomers Guide Turn Left At Orion Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide
Quote:I've certainly thought about it! My idea is one hole (on the "top") and one fan wired to the stock fan. I don't see any need for exhaust with that giant hole at the top and I would actually like to avoid any more ways for dust to get on the mirror. So it's either that or redo the bottom with a baffle and more fans.
Z10 dob, flocked
"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" --Psalm 8:3-4
C10NGT, Z8, 150 Rumak, XLT 150, C6, C5, SW5 Newt, 4.5 Ball, C102GT, C90, ST80, A70LF; 15x70, 25x100; Burgess BV; Paracorr II; T6 2.5, XO 2.58/5.1, Ethos-SX 3.7, Delos 4.5, TV Plossl 7.4-26, BCO 10, Hutech HC 12.5, Sterling 12.5-25, ES100 14, CZJ H 16/25, CZJ O 16, M5k UWA 24, T5 31, Ultrascopic 35, Titan-II 40; Bino Pairs M5k UWA 6.7, Baader Zoom 8-24, M5k SWA 24, TV Plossl 26, RKE 28.7; Zooms NZ 2-4, NZ 3-6, Leica ASPH 8.9-17.8, Baader 8-24; Baader Zoom Barlow, VIP Barlow
9mm Zhumell plossl
10mm Agena SWA
17mm, 25mm Sterling plossls
24mm ES82 30mm Zhumell wide field
TV and Knight Owl 2X barlows
Lumicon UHC and OIII filters
Tristan McMannis Modified Orion Skyquest XT8 w/ Parks Primary Apertura AD12 w/ Waite Research Mirror Celestron 15x70 Binos & Bushnell 10x50 Binos
Quote: Optical improvements Blacken all the mirror edges and shiny parts. Use a sharpie to darken all reflective edges and surfaces. Be VERY CAREFUL around the mirrors!
WO Megrez 90mm, Porta II
SW 200mm, SW 100mm ED, EQ5
Nikon Action EX 8x40, Fujinon Polaris 10x50
Garrett Signature 15x70
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Quote:Quote: Optical improvements Blacken all the mirror edges and shiny parts. Use a sharpie to darken all reflective edges and surfaces. Be VERY CAREFUL around the mirrors!Does darkening the edge really make a difference? I currently have my mirror out and I'm wondering if I should do this.