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
Quote:I replaced the focuser tension screw with a hex screw because I kept tightening and loosening the wrong one when viewing.
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector, 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modified Ultima LX, 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL.
Helios "Special" 150mm f8 achro (pimped) - now gone to a new home :- Lyra Optic 102mm f11 (Kunming) achro Celestron/Vixen 90mm f14.4 achro Swift 839 60mm f13.5 Intes Micro M603 MC Orion 180mm MC Lunt LS60THa/B1200PTDS50 (solar Refractor) Vixen GP, HEQ5 Syntrek, modified AZ-3, AZ-4 mounts
Zhumell Z10 Dobsonian 10" Comes with 30mm 2 inch, 9mm 1.25 inch eyepieces Highpoint Scientific 2 inch 2X ED Barlow (made by GSO) Celestron SLT102 Refractor Orion Starblast 80mm AutoTracker Refractor Comes with PL 25mm,10mm SkySafari Plus, SkEye Pro
Quote:For my Z10 with a 22 inch base, I had a 24 inch setting circle printed and laminated at Staples. A setting circle same size as the base would have meant cutting the base.I put Velcro tape on the quadrant of the mount to allow me to move around an LED light/paper clip pointer combo. The square base allows me to roughly align quickly to the North. Then I have an OTA mounted 10 inch tablet with Sky Safari Plus to tell me the actual coordinates of an "alignment star", and move the pointer to the more accurate position. Together with an inclinometer, also with a tiny LED flash light attached with magnet, this set up is my PUSHTO.I would like to thank CN contributors for the may great ideas, especially on this thread.
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Coulter 8" dob w/Push-To finder system
Meade 8" EMC SCT/Celestron CG-5GT mount
GO Gemini 15x70 binoculars/parallelogram mount w/Push-To finder system
The Albuquerque Astronomy Society (TAAS)
12" ScopeScavenger Truss Prototype 1.0 http://scopescavengerastronomy.blogspot.com ETX90 with goto--currenltly on loan to an aspiring young astronomer Z12 Zhumell Dob with setting circles and digital inclinometer--currently dissected for parts EPs (Agena 24-8mm zoom, 30mm 2" zhumell, 28mm super plossl, Celestron basic kit 15mm and 9mm) 10x42 Alpen binos 20x80 binos
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
Quote:So you don't sit while observing?Mike
Quote:I'm inches away from placing an order for a GSO 10" f5 Dob, which I assume is going to be very similar in construction to these Zhumell Dobs. I like a lot of the mechanical modifications made - the secondary collimation screws, the milk jug washer for secondary, flocking, replacement of collimation springs, etc...But I would very much like to keep the cost of these "add-ons" to an absolute minimum. I'll read through all the posts again to see what I can pick up, but I'd like to know the cheapest options with the biggest paybacks.Also, when using the secondary milk jug washer mod, how exactly is it placed? I presume the secondary mirror is removed completely - are there any problems with doing this?Thanks,Ant
ES AR152 (By PowellAstro) iOPTRON IEQ45 Mount, Orion XX12i,Orion 80mm Short tube, Celestron C8 w/XLT OTA, ES 9mm 100 deg, ES 82deg complete set, ES 28mm 68deg, ES 2X 2 inch barlow. TV 35 & 41 Panoptics. Several other eyepieces, Telrad w/variable pulse, Artificial Star, Kendrick DigiFire 7 Kendrick dew heaters, Glatter Laser System, Filters, Celestron 25X100 binoculars Garrett tri-pod --------------------------- Looking to the heavens for little green people
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
Z 12" DOB
2' 30mm, 9mm Plossl,
2" 2x ED Barlow
Quote:My new Z12 has now taken apart. The primary cell and mirror were a lot heavier than I could have imagined but managed it ok. Different types of flocking out there, the fabric with the adhesive, flocking board and flocking tube. What is the favorite here on CN ? Any suggestions or comments? Any one wished they had tried something different? Heck yeah I'm a newbee but I am really going to enjoy this. No, my name isn't Elroy Jetson, my name is Brian.cheers!
Christopher AstroSky 16 inch dob 12.5 inch build for my dad. http://s1232.photobucket.com/u...%20inch%20truss%20II
DIY Astro Chair http://s1232.photobucket.com/u.../diy%20astro%20chair
celestron 127eq for solar now.