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Quote:Thanks, guys... I've wanted something "of that class" ever since I started with my Sphinx (no slouch, mind you, but NOT in that weight or PE class obviously)... been on the AP list for 3 years now...came up last year, just wasn't in any position to act...came up this year... and, well Jason's MI250 was available...Sometimes I guess in this hobby we have to be patient (patience? really?? tell me it ain't so!)...I can't wait to really get serious with imaging... the Mallincam has really whetted my appetite... but I just always found the ST237A too narrow (and slow on the downloads) for my relative lack of patience (and optics/mount at THAT time)... then got the MCHP and just go so lost in the coolness there (with the CGE and the R200CF) that never went back to trying AP...Now, though, with a mount that is +/- 3arc sec PE... and a large chip CCD; it should be a lot easier and more fun. I'm suffering NO delusions, though...but 800mm f/l (or 600 on the TMB) and f4 (or f6) guiding with an STV and using an MI250... has got to be far easier than it was trying the old f9/900mm Vixen with an ST237A on a Sphinx - I'm pretty excited by this upgrade, frankly.clear enough skies
Quote:My Pier holes are arranged in an equalateral triangle around that center hole you see in the diagram
So, my current pier top is a 12" square steel plate with holes arranged for Meade pattern, and the holes precisely align to the 4 needed for that CGE Adapter Plate...
Ideally, I'd be able to either:
a) re-use it - not sure how THAT would work, or
b) sell it when I sell the CGE...
Quote:Well... it arrives TOMORROW... and just look at my CSC for TONIGHT...yep - tomorrow night is gonna stink... but I don't have the mount TONIGHT...curse you, the curse! Sheesh... it's in Shrewsbury MA (about 15 miles from here), getting all lonely and such, and I've got such good skies tonight, and... and...
Quote:Yippee!!!! The MI250 has arrived! I've only unpacked 2 of the 4 boxes so far (had to get back in and get my financial stuffs to my accountant - ugh), but:1) First off, Jason, sir! You did a fabulous job of packing this! all components shrink/saran wrapped to protect finish, then bubble wrapped individually, then packed in a box with HARD foam, cut to fit. Then THAT box wrapped again with bubble, inside an outer shipping box... Everything is in perfect condition!!!This is a MODEL of proper packaging! Well done (wish I could give you 7 stars!)2) This sucker is seriously well made! The counterweights are beautiful! This is heavy! It is a machining work of art!I hope to get out back later tonight after dinner, etc, and at least get it initially physically setup... As you may imagine, just unpacking it is time consuming (but THAT is OK by me!)...Eventually (tomorrow?) photos to follow!clear enough skies