Could you post a link to where you found the Sky Tee 2 for £230 (pounds).
Quote:I was loaned a Skytee II for a few weeks and found it had a lot of potential but I ran into 2 issues with it that worried me:1. I found the altitude motion extremely stiff, even with a heavy optical tube on board. I tried a Meade AR6 and a 10" F/4.8 newtonian on the mount. This stiffness did not lessen with use and got worse as the night cooled - with heavy OTA's some resistance is fine but moving them was not enjoyable or smooth with the level that I found.2. I found the design and manufacture of the dovetail clamps rather poor. They look fine superficially but the travel in the "jaws" is barely enough to accept a standard dovetail bar and the thread within the alloy clamp knob was quickly stripped so that one clamp became unusable after just a couple of sessions. The 2nd issue is the more worrying and I soon lacked the confidence to risk a heavy OTA on the mount. Another UK owner also realized this weakness and has replaced both clamps with good quality replacements by ADM but at some cost. If Synta can remedy these issues then I'd be really enthusiastic about the Skytee II but I'm not going to invest in one until then.
Quote:Hi Neil,If you keep buying new kit the weather will never clear up.
Celestron Astromaster 130eq with a 60mm finderscope Antares 105mm f6.28 refractor Bushnell Legend 10x50 TMB planetary 5mm EP Enhanced Wide Angle 6mm EP Plossl 10mm EP Meade 5K SWA 16mm AT Paradigm 18mm Meade 5K SWA 24mm AT Paradigm 25mm Plossl 32mm EP Ultima 2x barlow Baader M&SG and UHC filters.
Keep on looking up...
Meade 60mm f/11.7 achro refractor
Vernonscope 94mm f/7 Brandon triplet APO (A-P Optics)
Orion EON 120mm f/7.5 ED APO
8" f/6 Newtonian (Mike Spooner mirror)
Meade 10" f/10 SCT
12" f/5 Meade LightBridge Dob/Newt
Many eyepieces and accessories
Always lusting after large MCT, but never buy one
Celestron 8" Edge Apogee 80mm ED refractor Hypertuned CGEM Bogen 3046/Unistar light Modded Canon 450D/ Canon EF200mm F/2.8 A whole bunch of other stuff
Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
Quote:... I did replace the standard dovetail saddles with ADM ones and moved one of them from the "top" position onto the counterweight shaft end. Makes it much better when used in Alt-Az mode with two scopes... John
Used acronyms: NEML=Naked Eye Magnitude Limit, SQM=Sky Quality Meter, TML=Telescope Magnitude Limit, CO=Central Obstruction, delta_m=difference in magnitudes between double star components, RoT=Rule of Thumb, pD_mm=proposed D_mm for resolving a binary (ident with earlier used pA=proposed Aperture), D_mm=Diameter (of scope) in mm, UCAC4=USNO CCD Astrograph Catalog 4th edition
George You know you're getting on when the equipment you farmed with is showing up as suburban lawn ornaments.
Quote:After reading through this thread I've searched high and low looking for any distributors that have these in stock. No luck! Canadian telescope had the Duo-T at one point, but appear not to sell them anymore. Have they dropped off the market due to problems with the mounts or lack of demand? Figures I come late to the party on mount that would be perfect for my needs! Btw Joh, awesome job on mod-ing up yours!
Greenfield, Indiana USA
Deforked 1979 Orange C8, WO 66mm APO, 80mm f/7 refractor, Sears 60mm refractor, 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe