Terry Danks Photography: Birds, Scenery, a little astrophotography too. http://danks.netfirms.com/home.htm Equipment List: Too embarrassed to list it all. Roll-off-roof Observatory Constructed Fall, 2013
- Kirk My Astrophotos
Quote: Beautifully made . . . the setting circles and verniers are GORGEOUS!! Ya, I know . . . but I was always a sucker for setting circles ever since my Unitron Model 152 days back in 1960.
G11/Gemini-2/OPWB Canon 60D (unmodified) with 18/55mm kit lens and "nifty fifty" lens Assorted M42 screw mount lenses (28mm thru 300mm) Celestron 102GT refractor (Costco special) 8/10 inch astrograph someday. DeepSkyStacker 3.3.2 StarTools 1.3 http://www.astrobin.com/users/StarGale/ http://everettastro.org/
Mike AT8RC - FSQ-106N G11 Gemini Atik 383L+ - Nikon D-70
Quote:Why don't you just turn the mount head around so the polar scope is over the control box.. this way you won't have to wrap the cable around the mount?
Quote:BTW: What model 'Gitzo' is that in the background (if I may ask)?
I see you have two CWs but one of them is smaller than the other. A 21 lb and an 11 lb I presume?
With all the gear you have mounted and that is enough makes me think I am wrong in ordering another 21 lb weight. Maybe I should call Astronomics and cancel my backordered 21 pounder and go with an 11 instead.
Quote:That's nice but ironic you took pictures of everything else but one of the most interesting things that seperates the G2 from the G1 and that's the hand box.
Quote:To answer your hand-controller question, Terry, I use heavy-duty velcro & attatch it to a tripod leg. Same with my gps, and dew controller. Even my A/C converter for my DSLR camera. That velcro is as handy as ductape, but more attractive. -David.
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Quote:Thanks, we have the head oriented correctly now.Balance Issue: Pretty good on RA axis with 21 lb CW all the way out on the shaft.Not so good in dec. Even with my lightest EP the OTA is back heavy and I do not have the CWs for the sliding rod atop the C11 with me here in FL. They are back home in NS. Is this a serious issue for the dec motor in casual observing? I don't want to busticate anything before I even get started.What are Gemini users doing as per a shelf or clip to rest their HCs while at the scope? Reading through the Quick Start Guide for starting Gemini 2 up:Long, lat and time zone entries on HC at startup: Are these in decimal or minute notation?
Ed Thomas Deep Space Products www.deepspaceproducts.com
Quote:Thanks for the suggestions about my dec balance issue. In the interim I have removed a safety screw on the scope dovetail bar. Not real happy to do that but it allows me to slide the OTA far enough up the mount saddle plate to achieve balance.On a light note . . .not meant to sound snippy but, about this whole CW thing: I am not sure which depresses me more:1/ That I need an additional 21 lb Losmondy dead weight that costs another $100 plus (non-negligible) shipping , or . . .2/ I should discard the Losmondy CW outright and order two 23 lb stainless steel- brass bushinged wonders from Casady for $400 plus (non-negligible) shipping! These are counterweights for crying out loud! Not jewelry! Are we nuts?? Why can't we use barbell weights?
Quote:Yes, the control panel must be under the polar finderlike this:Good fun!!!Stef