Loc: PARADISE! (So.Florida)
I made some modifications to my C130. I removed the two glass filters from the back housing. I spray painted the interior of the rear housing with flat black to eliminate reflections. So far I have left the flip mirror in but may remove it at some point. There has been no need to collimate my C130 as the images and star test are perfect going through the rear port. I bought an SCT Thread adapter for the rear port. They are available from most dealers as the Meade Back Cell Adapter for ETX Telescopes 07036. This fits most MAK scopes with the small threaded rear port and fits the C130. I got mine from Optics Planet but I think the best price is from www.agenaastro.com for $22 shipped.
CNCsupply.com also sells one that is a little different from the Meade but works fine. With this adapter I can use my WO SCT 2" dagonal or with a 1.25" rear cell adapter I can use any 1.25" equipment such as diagonal or camera etc.
[Edited to remove image from vendor website, not allowed per TOS... --Steph/mod]
SkyShed POD XL-3
LX200GPS 203mm f10
StellarVue SV102ED2 Feathertouch Ser#0018
LXD75 GOTO with Orion 16" pier extension
Baader Hyperion 8mm ,13mm, 21mm + FTRs
2" GSO ED barlow, 2" SV Dielectric and Orion Prism Diagonals
Edited by ~Steph~ (12/29/07 11:32 AM)
Loc: South of Detroit, MI, USA
This is my setup that I recently finished putting together. A c130 on a CG4 mount converted to alt-az configuration. The alt-az config was copied from darylf96. I'm just waiting on a clear night to test it out here in Michigan.
Looks like a really nice setup, Charley! Alas, the curse of cloudy skies seems to afflict modified scopes as well!.
Nexstar 8SE SCT
Starry Night Pro Plus 6.4.3