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rguasto
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Loc: Long Island, NY
Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: Gastrol]
      #5550672 - 12/02/12 05:00 PM

Leave them black!

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Aperturefever
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Loc: Lake Macquarie, Australia
Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: rguasto]
      #5550729 - 12/02/12 05:32 PM

Mate,
That's a first-class job. Well done. I reckon leave them black - white might get scuffed up too easily.


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Scott in NCAdministrator
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Loc: NC
Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: Aperturefever]
      #5550735 - 12/02/12 05:37 PM

Very nice work!

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Astrojensen
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Loc: Bornholm, Denmark
Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5550746 - 12/02/12 05:44 PM

Extremely nice! I am thinking about converting my own 12" LB, but was thinking more along something Obsession-lookalike. Your design is refreshingly original and very well thought out.


Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


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starman345
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Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: Astrojensen]
      #5550758 - 12/02/12 05:52 PM

Personally I like the black altitude bearings, it gives it just enough contrast overall with all the white.

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Gastrol
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Reged: 11/04/11

Loc: los angeles
Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: Astrojensen]
      #5550761 - 12/02/12 05:55 PM

Thanks all, for your comments! I guess I'll leave things as is for now. The motions are smooth on both axis with the alt action being a bit heavy. Perhaps I can tweak that by moving the teflon pads in a bit closer.

Thanks!


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calibos
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Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: Project Galileo]
      #5552147 - 12/03/12 02:26 PM

Absolutely stunning work!!!

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Gastrol
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Reged: 11/04/11

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Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: calibos]
      #5558114 - 12/06/12 07:21 PM

I've decided to change the color of the rocker box to black while leaving the ground board white for now. I think I like the black base better than all white.







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pdfermat
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Loc: Wisconsin
Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: Gastrol]
      #5558391 - 12/06/12 10:26 PM

I really like the contrast of the black base off the white scope. What did you use to make those notches in the dowels that the tube fits in?

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Gastrol
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Reged: 11/04/11

Loc: los angeles
Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: pdfermat]
      #5559146 - 12/07/12 11:49 AM

Quote:

I really like the contrast of the black base off the white scope. What did you use to make those notches in the dowels that the tube fits in?



Thank you. I clamped the dowel down and used a router on a DIY circle jig to carve out the arc.


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Gastrol
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Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: Gastrol]
      #5559211 - 12/07/12 12:20 PM

I forgot to mention that the ABS plastic I used for the altitude bearings work incredibly well. I salvaged this material from an old, used SCT dew shield which I had no use for. Rather than paying the high price for a couple of strips of Ebony Star I decided to go this route and am glad I did.

George



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calibos
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Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: Gastrol]
      #5559594 - 12/07/12 04:43 PM

I like the black too but I gotta say I loved the white.

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cpr1
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Loc: Louisiana
Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: calibos]
      #5560396 - 12/08/12 04:01 AM

Looks great. I preferred the white also, but I would leave the inside of the 6 holes in the rocker black.

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Brian Schmidt
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Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: cpr1]
      #5560486 - 12/08/12 07:45 AM

That looks awesome. I'm thinking of putting my 8 on hold and doing something like that for my 12 because I'm about over hauling that press board base to the dark sky sight.

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Ed D
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Loc: Sunny South Florida
Re: Lightbridge 12 new base project new [Re: Brian Schmidt]
      #5560520 - 12/08/12 08:37 AM

WOOOW!!!

Ed D


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