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Douglas729
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Push To Technology for $120 new
      #4733121 - 08/06/11 09:03 AM

I can't find any reference in any forum about using a Skyscout properly mounted on a telescope as a finder and thought you might like to to know this:

I have a Super C8+ with plenty of heavy metal parts and a Telrad finder with an adhesive attached mount and a spare 4" riser base. I purchased a more gooder better Skyscout on ebay for $120 then drilled a hole in the riser for the Skyscope tripod mount. Centering a radio tower light in both units with just one strip of 3M Double Sided Adhesive under the front of the Skyscout and bingo...It works!

No magnetic interference. Secondly, locate 2 stars and use the printed R.A. and Dec. coordinates to set hrs. and mins. correctly on your EQ Setting Circle.

The alternative was $420 for JMI encoders and a SGT box for a Laptop($) software($) hook-up which is a more accurate 'push to' technology.

In this economy, Is it 1000 dollars more accurate?
...no thanks, I'll find it myself.

Happy Trails

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2. Super C8+
3. Classic C5

Atlas EQ-G Mount - 1,2,3
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csa/montana
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Re: Push To Technology for $120 new [Re: Douglas729]
      #4733480 - 08/06/11 12:51 PM

Excellent idea! Thanks for posting this information.

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Vondragonnoggin
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Re: Push To Technology for $120 new [Re: csa/montana]
      #4733888 - 08/06/11 05:41 PM

I just purchased a scope scout for mine. I have some wrangling to do on it because the standard only fits the orion finder dovetail base, but a little ingenuity and some low cost hardware store materials and it will be mounted without having to modify my scope at all. Look forward to it. Must say - the scope scout platform is nice and has three nylon screws that adjust tilt in any direction - very easy to line up.

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Edward Swaim
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Re: Push To Technology for $120 new [Re: Douglas729]
      #4748470 - 08/14/11 10:29 PM

See this post. link

Scroll down, and you'll see my SkyScout mounted on a homemade Dobsonian base. Works fine.

Edited by panhard (02/07/13 06:51 PM)


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rogercelliott
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Loc: Redding, CA
Re: Push To Technology for $120 new [Re: Edward Swaim]
      #5666129 - 02/06/13 10:07 PM

How accurate is the SkyScout for finding galaxies and other deep sky objects? Can it do as well as encoders and one of the computer software apps? Would be cool to have a more accurate system than setting circles and starhopping....

Cheers
Roger

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Homemade GEM
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rmollise
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Re: Push To Technology for $120 new [Re: rogercelliott]
      #5668428 - 02/08/13 07:56 AM

Nope. But it will get you in the neighborhood. If you want bang-on, save your money for a Sky Commander.

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Barnstorm
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Re: Push To Technology for $120 new [Re: rmollise]
      #5680356 - 02/14/13 10:43 PM

Skeye, with a good mount will get you DSOs and other objects for $150 especially if you already have a good android phone or tablet.

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rmollise
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Re: Push To Technology for $120 new [Re: Barnstorm]
      #5680832 - 02/15/13 08:29 AM

Quote:

Skeye, with a good mount will get you DSOs and other objects for $150 especially if you already have a good android phone or tablet.




Maybe. I prefer the SkyCommander. More versatile and bang on ever time.

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Jawaid I. Abbasi
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Re: Push To Technology for $120 [Re: rmollise]
      #5684424 - 02/16/13 11:22 PM

I have been using SKYEYE almost six month now and it takes the target almost in the FOV with my binocular that has 2.40 degree FOV.

Now my almost new SkyScout and DII setup in the box resting and I may sell my setup if I see that it will not use in the future.

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