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mclewis1
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Bowmoreman]
      #2133790 - 01/20/08 04:08 PM

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Nice idea, Neil! I like the idea of the powered video cart... I wonder if there are any with really BIG wheels that could work in a yard (especially on frozen bumpy ground)...





Dave,

Have a look at the Multicart ... not cheap but nice and versatile, and there is a large model has the heavier tires that would work well over semi rough terrain.


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richs
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: midway199]
      #2188979 - 02/13/08 03:14 PM Attachment (357 downloads)

Here's a picture of my present setup for the Mallincam, everything is working great and it has been a big hit at Star Parties.

Rich Strobel

Edited by richs (02/13/08 03:16 PM)


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Bill Cowles
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: richs]
      #2189548 - 02/13/08 06:57 PM

Just what I need, more gear for my MCHP, which I don't even have yet. I guess I could use it to store my Speco monitor, until my MCHP comes. Where did you get the cart?

Bill


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richs
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Bill Cowles]
      #2189777 - 02/13/08 08:30 PM

Bill
The cart is a Rock n Roller and I got it from HandTrucksRus at the below address.They make several models, I have the R10

http://www.handtrucksrus.com/crashdetail.aspx?id=219&cx=rock

Rich


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Bill Cowles
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: richs]
      #2189920 - 02/13/08 09:24 PM

Rich, thanks, probably could even use to move my 12" LB.

Bill


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richs
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Bill Cowles]
      #2189967 - 02/13/08 09:41 PM

Bill
These are really great carts as they e-x-p-a-n-d to almost double so a lot of stuff can be transported and they are rated to carry 500 lbs. My nieghbor has one and when I saw that it had bars that came up on both ends to support a table top my brains gears started turning, it has worked out well so far.
Rich


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Bill Cowles
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: richs]
      #2190188 - 02/13/08 10:54 PM

Rich
Do you have any more pictures of your scope and the MCHP setup. I will start with my Dob., but without GoTo and only the Speco to focus, might have to brake out my LX200. I really like the idea of the small monitor for focusing especially around a crowd of other scopes.

Bill


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richs
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Bill Cowles]
      #2190324 - 02/13/08 11:51 PM Attachment (310 downloads)

Bill
Here is another picture, a closeup of the back of the telescope with the Mallincam and the Marshall 4" monitor. I used a 6" angle bracket attached to the fork arm with "Industrial Strength" velco which has proved out to be very strong, I then attached the monitor to the bracket with a camera ball mount. The 4" has been beneficial because I do allot of public Star Parties where the 9" Speco is facing away from the telescope which would make camera adjustments, object centering and focusing difficult.


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Bowmoreman
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: richs]
      #2190741 - 02/14/08 08:36 AM

Hey Rich, what is that that appears to be on your TelRad??? a plexi housing? for dew?

clear enough skies


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richs
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Bowmoreman]
      #2190984 - 02/14/08 10:41 AM

Dave
Yes it is a dew shield and has worked quite well.

Rich


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Bill Cowles
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: richs]
      #2192099 - 02/14/08 06:56 PM

Rich
What is before your MCHP or is that part of your TV diagonal. I really like how you have your Marshall attached. If I have to add a second monitor, think it will be the Marshall. Too, what size Celestron is that? You are giving me second thoughts about using a Dob., at least at first.

Bill


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richs
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Bill Cowles]
      #2192363 - 02/14/08 08:50 PM

Bill
The piece in front of the diagonal is a Televue 2" visual back, it screws onto the back of the telescope then the diagonal slides into it. The telescope is a Celestron Nexstar GPS 8". Each type of telescope has it's advantages and disadvantages but I like the SCT's best for an all around telescope. I own a 15" Obsession, a TEC 140 Refractor plus a few more but I use the SCT the most. I notice you are into Solar too, I have a DayStar Ha but unfortunately won't be able to use it with the Mallincam as the focal ratio is too high, I have to use a 55mm eyepiece to get the whole Sun in.

Rich


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Bill Cowles
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: richs]
      #2197183 - 02/17/08 12:03 AM

Rich

I have to have one of these carts. How hard or long does it take to put that top shelf on?

Bill


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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Bill Cowles]
      #2197839 - 02/17/08 11:38 AM

Bill, what I did was go to Home Depot and bought a 12"x36" shelf top made by Rubbermaid and drilled it and the cart handles for 1/4x20 and used wing nuts on the bottom to facilitate easy install and take down, it only takes a minute or 2.

Rich


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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: richs]
      #2197871 - 02/17/08 11:51 AM

Rich, great idea, thanks.

Bill


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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Bill Cowles]
      #2198552 - 02/17/08 04:36 PM

Ok, guys, there have now been at least 4 off topic posts.

I will lock this thread if it continues.

Please take your discussions that are NOT part of Posting pictures of your setup to another thread.


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rwiederrich
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: b1gred]
      #2226170 - 02/28/08 09:45 PM Attachment (279 downloads)

I just built this rail system, and made the 1.5" adapter for this 4"schmidt.

It will be my new video system.

I now have a scope for DSLR, EP imaging, and now video.

Rob


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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #2235161 - 03/04/08 09:08 AM Attachment (237 downloads)

My baby with Gstars top and tail ...

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rwiederrich
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Astrojunk]
      #2235856 - 03/04/08 03:42 PM

Are those cameras B/W or color?

How do you track(if any)?

Rob


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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #2237020 - 03/05/08 03:06 AM

They are both b/w Rob. I do have a cheap colour cam which is fun, but I really like the increased resolution and much finer detail in the b/w.

The setup is primarily deigned for asteroidal occultation timing; the video stuff is a fun spin-off.

The whole scope is servocat/argonavis driven, and can be controlled remotely (all except for the focussers which I haven't done yet). More about the scope here: http://www.sdmtelescopes.com.au/SDM006.html

Regards,

Jonathan


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