Primary Scope: Orion XX14IWith StarSeek and SS Pro Previous Scope: SW 10 Truss Dob on Z10 Base Eyepiece Collection: Meade 30mm and 24mm uwa 2" EP, ES 18mm and 4.7 82 degree EPs, and ES 9mm 100 degree EP 10X50 binocs with Monopod
David W. Knisely . . . . . . "If you aren't having fun in this hobby, you aren't doing it right." Hyde Memorial Observatory http://www.hydeobservatory.info Prairie Astronomy Club http://www.prairieastronomyclub.org
Meade 16" f/4.5 Lightbridge M42 w/Paracorr & "Crossbow" EQT-200 Equatorial Platform
Meade AR-6 w/10:1 Dual Speed Crayford Focuser
Meade ETX-125 Terabeam/Wegat
Orion ST80 w/single speed Crayford Focuser
CGEM Hypertuned by Deep Space Products
Quote:Just be careful about the two PC boards that hold the sockets for the Intelliscope cables. They are not well protected and can easily be broken either when transporting the side boards of the rocker box or when putting the OTA into the mount. I broke mine and I can no longer fix it with superglue, so I guess I will just have to fall back on my regular star-hopping (which I have done successfully for decades anyway). Good luck and clear skies to you.
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
Quote:Quote:Just be careful about the two PC boards that hold the sockets for the Intelliscope cables. They are not well protected and can easily be broken either when transporting the side boards of the rocker box or when putting the OTA into the mount. I broke mine and I can no longer fix it with superglue, so I guess I will just have to fall back on my regular star-hopping (which I have done successfully for decades anyway). Good luck and clear skies to you.
You're an original owner, and Orion will sell replacement connector circuit board parts at reasonable prices. They'll gladly take your order over the telephone. I had to replace the broken female connector on the base where the COL wire plugs into, as well as replacing both my azimuth and altitude encoder at one time or another.
Clear skies, Scott my scopes: a few refractors (50-102mm), 2 Newts (4.5-12"), and an 8" SCT
Quote:Thanks for the well wishes and advice everyone. Much appreciated. I finally got it collimated but of course nothing but clouds and rainy skies until last night. A quick look in the driveway showed good views.
However I discovered that my altitude sensor for the intelliscope is not working. No biggie, I will use my Galaxy Note 2 Skeye app clamped to the top of the scope with a clamp mount until I source a replacement.
I did notice though that I had a real problem with stray light from my personal source of LP, the nuclear powered street light at the end of my driveway. It most bothered me when using the ES100 9mm moreso than my other EPs though. In fact the Meade uwas were impacted much less.
I have to devise some sort of light shield solution like I did for my former scope. The xx14i came with a shroud which helps.
Going to dark skies in North GA tonight. I will report further afterward.
Quote:david, I know what your talking about in orion design!! I love the simplicity of the intelliscope hand controller. I purchased a solid tube 12" intelli, about a couple years age and the azimuth movement was real bad, I had to order a ebony star kit from scope stuff ( $80) to get it smooth enough for viewing. now they have the ebony kit on their truss design scopes. the least they could do it send you a kit with the solid tube scopes. I sold the scope because at the time I moved into a condo, now ive purchased a home and thinking about buying another 12" intelliscope. would like the purchase another solid tube but I don't wont to go through putting on the ebony ring again so im thinking about the truss. once set up it will not be taken apart because it will be for home use only. I have only one question, it will be on a cart and moved out in my back yard about 15 feet, does the truss poles hold up when moved around like that. will it stay collimated. I never had a truss design scope. thanks, donnie
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