Quote:What an incredibly GREAT idea.
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Quote:Geez...a little radar absorbing material and...
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Quote:Why are you making me so jealous?!GW
Quote:I LOVE this concept! Any idea what effect bouncing on the road would do to either Collimination of the tracking gears?Would putting some type of shock absorbers on the trailer axle help?Hey, are those "Moon" hubcaps?
Quote:I definitely need to support the mount for transport. That would be a lot of weight on the main RA bearing at that angle. Meade suggests that you disengage the RA drive for transport anyway. I will probably mount some type of metal contraptions on the braces under the scope and fasten them with bolts. The C-14 mirror can be locked up and I have upgraded the secondary holder to be fastar compatible so I plan to remove the secondary when I am hauling it. I was hoping that those measures would be enough while travelling.
Quote:Here's a link to a word document. Some trailer suspension work you might find interesting.http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/18307600/59350092/name/12+09+03+Trailer.doc
Quote:It looks like keeping my telescope attached to the trailer solves a number of problems.
Quote:There's going to be a lot of force on the RA shaft and bearings when you hit rough roads
Quote:You could make a wedge shaped piece to push up in there under the scope and support it while driving
Quote:Sure there will be unnatural forces at play - but hopefully I will be able to steer clear of the larger bumps on the roadway too. I intend to drive like I'm hauling horses if the roads get bumpy
If you think you are going to avoid all the potholes and bumps in this country you are in for a surprise. I just hope it won't be too unpleasant of a surprise.
Quote:With the forks and scope being supported from underneath taking the load off of the bearings and shafts, the worms unlocked, the secondary removed, and the primary mirror locked up what sort of unpleasant surprises do you foresee for the scope? The trailer does have springs, granted they are not air shocks, but they do provide suspension for the trailer as well.
Quote:Pretty awesome Clark . Did you figure out how you're going to stabilize it during transit?
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Quote:Looks like polar alignment will be interesting. Cool little mobile observatory!-Rich
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Quote:How are shock absorbers implemented to avoid collimation issues?