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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma??
      #5870419 - 05/18/13 10:23 PM Attachment (50 downloads)

Made it home yesterday with my AGOptics 17" IDK. I built a gantry in the observatory to hoist it from the crate to the mount and it went perfectly. Got all the wiring hooked up and neatly bundled to allow for the Pyxis rotater and spacers to accommodate the Atlas focuser. Now all I need are some stars!

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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5870422 - 05/18/13 10:24 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

The gantry I built to hoist it up with.

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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5870426 - 05/18/13 10:26 PM Attachment (44 downloads)

And finally, the scope.
(before sorting out all the wiring..)

Edited by Aircrftr (05/18/13 10:27 PM)


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jrcrillyAdministrator
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Reged: 04/30/03

Loc: NE Ohio
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5870434 - 05/18/13 10:28 PM



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Whichwayisnorth
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Reged: 07/04/11

Loc: Southern California
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5870480 - 05/18/13 11:11 PM

What a mistake you've made. I actually feel pretty bad for you. I'll tell you what I'll do. Send me that OTA and pay shipping and i'll go ahead and send you my 14" SCT. Hey this is no joke. F/8 and a neato internal 7-1 focuser!!

I'm serious. I'll do this for you.


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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5870485 - 05/18/13 11:16 PM Attachment (39 downloads)

No way! The below picture verifies it's a good scope!

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Calypte
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Reged: 03/20/07

Loc: Anza, California
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5870594 - 05/19/13 12:48 AM

My wife was on a plane from Atlanta to Phoenix today, and she reported seeing supercells over OK.

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Spacetravelerx
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/23/12

Loc: New Mexico
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Calypte]
      #5870613 - 05/19/13 12:59 AM

Aircrftr,

I just flew through that (Chicago to Albuquerque). Actually they diverted us to Oklahoma to split (loosely speaking) the weakest part of the super cells. We then followed the Ok-Tx panhandle.

Most frightening flight ever...

Tornados in that puppy too...


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WesC
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Reged: 02/06/13

Loc: La Crescenta, CA
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5870630 - 05/19/13 01:16 AM

*faints*

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azure1961p
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Reged: 01/17/09

Loc: USA
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: WesC]
      #5870809 - 05/19/13 06:17 AM

Yeah you'll have clouds for a month with that purchase. Sorry man.

Pete


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coinboy1
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Reged: 05/03/11

Loc: Tulsa, OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #5870881 - 05/19/13 08:36 AM

Hello Aircrftr!

Awesome, awesome setup! I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma and yes the cloud cover has been horrible lately! I am so jealous of your setup. Man I would love to see that in person sometime. Care to have a visitor?

-Tony


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MikeBOKC
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Reged: 05/10/10

Loc: Oklahoma City, OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: coinboy1]
      #5870959 - 05/19/13 09:21 AM

So that's what did it! We have more rounds of supercell storms predicted for today and tomorrow. Perhaps we should put FEMA on alert whenever someone here gets a major league scope like that . . .

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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: coinboy1]
      #5870961 - 05/19/13 09:22 AM

Yep, typical Oklahoma weather. Although, I'm glad we are getting the rain as it was so dry last year. If spending money on equipment is what it takes to bring the rain, I'll take one for the team.

Tony, Sure, come on over! I'm one of those people who pretty much does my hobby in isolation. People around here don't get very excited about astrophotography, plus it's pretty much my fortress of solitude. LOL. I'd love to show you around my place and see all the mirror grinding operation you've got going on there!

PM sent, Dan


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zjc26138
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Reged: 02/24/05

Loc: Mingo Junction, Ohio
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5870992 - 05/19/13 09:44 AM

Beautiful scope Dan. Congrats!

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Bill W.
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/09/05

Loc: Western PA, USA
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5871004 - 05/19/13 09:49 AM

Awesome scope!

-Bill


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Taylor
scholastic sledgehammer
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Reged: 07/10/05

Loc: Owasso, OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Bill W.]
      #5871143 - 05/19/13 11:02 AM

Nice scope! Congrats!

I probably didn't help this week. I have an AT72ed, field flattener, 50mm guidescope, an Orion SSAG, and a Dew Not system showing up this week.

Nothing compared to your beast, so most of the blame lies with you.


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av8or
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Reged: 10/24/11

Loc: Vista, CA
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Taylor]
      #5871173 - 05/19/13 11:33 AM

What a beautiful weather remote!!

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David PavlichAdministrator
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Reged: 05/18/05

Loc: Mandeville, LA USA
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5871282 - 05/19/13 12:31 PM

Now that's some dandy piece of hardware, Dan!!

David


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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Taylor]
      #5871329 - 05/19/13 12:56 PM

Quote:

Nice scope! Congrats!

I probably didn't help this week. I have an AT72ed, field flattener, 50mm guidescope, an Orion SSAG, and a Dew Not system showing up this week.

Nothing compared to your beast, so most of the blame lies with you.




LOL... yeah I get that a lot....


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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5871333 - 05/19/13 12:59 PM

A couple more shots. I have my wire harness under control and with summer rapidly approaching, I need to get my water lines to the camera.

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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5871338 - 05/19/13 01:01 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

Wire harness tied up...

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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5871341 - 05/19/13 01:03 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

Other side has the thermal control system on it. Both Primary and secondary are heated with automatic control of the fans also.

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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: av8or]
      #5871378 - 05/19/13 01:14 PM

Quote:

What a beautiful weather remote!!




LOL.. I haven't thought of it that way!


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CarolG
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/16/06

Loc: Oklahoma
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? *DELETED* new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5873966 - 05/20/13 03:22 PM

Post deleted by CarolG

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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: CarolG]
      #5874620 - 05/20/13 08:35 PM

Quote:

That must be one heck of a scope, because it's brought more than just cloud cover to Oklahoma!!!

Hope you post some astro photos taken with that beauty! I'd love to see them!!




I know!!! We've been dodging tornadoes since I've got it!!
Last night after two storms went through we had clear skies so I rush out and uncover, open, and turn on everything only to have the clouds roll in as soon as I get started.


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panagiotis
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Reged: 08/31/07

Loc: Athens, Greece
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5874706 - 05/20/13 09:13 PM

Is everything still there? Because of the tornado...

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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: panagiotis]
      #5874713 - 05/20/13 09:17 PM

Yeah we are fine here but OK City got hit hard. They are estimating F-4 size and it took out either one or two schools and some students perished and are missing. Sad to hear.

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MarkShay
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Reged: 11/10/11

Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5874756 - 05/20/13 09:44 PM

Glad you are okay from the tornado's, news is saying they may be the strongest ever on record. If I have to read about another child hurt or killed I'll lose it.
Amazing scope though, use it well and I hope to see some pics you take in the future.


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bunyon
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Reged: 10/23/10

Loc: Winston-Salem, NC
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: MarkShay]
      #5875350 - 05/21/13 09:07 AM

Most of the reports I've seen have it hovering on the F4-F5 line. Certainly not one of the strongest ever. But it may go down as the tornado that hit the most sensitive areas. A school hit, during a school day with not much warning is about the worst case scenario.

Thoughts and prayers to all in the area.


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Starhawk
Space Ranger
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Reged: 09/16/08

Loc: Tucson, Arizona
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: bunyon]
      #5875471 - 05/21/13 10:34 AM

Ok, so suddenly this thread reads as unbelievably bad taste after what has just happened. Yes, the posts were here, first.

But out of respect for the dead, let's stop this thread.

-Rich


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CarolG
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/16/06

Loc: Oklahoma
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Starhawk]
      #5876138 - 05/21/13 03:03 PM

I agree. That's why I just deleted my post. With all the misery and heartbreak here in Oklahoma, I felt my post, although posted before the tragedy happened, was no longer appropriate.

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Aircrftr
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Reged: 09/29/06

Loc: Claremore OK
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: CarolG]
      #5876945 - 05/21/13 09:10 PM

Agreed. I'll post up a separate thread of a review of the scope after I get to use it, dial in the "V" curves for focus and get the time to get familiar with it. So far, It looks very well built and with a lot of nice touches. The Primary and secondary baffle tubes are flocked on the inside, flat black on the outside instead of the shiny black finish you see on alot of scopes.

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GeneT
Ely Kid
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Reged: 11/07/08

Loc: South Texas
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5876956 - 05/21/13 09:16 PM

Beautiful telescope! However, you brought a lot more than cloud cover to Oklahoma.

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CarolG
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/16/06

Loc: Oklahoma
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5877108 - 05/21/13 10:54 PM

Can't wait to see how your scope performs and to see some astro pics taken with it. Enjoy that beauty!!

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Illinois
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/18/06

Loc: near Dixon, Illinois USA
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: CarolG]
      #5879709 - 05/23/13 08:11 AM

Super telescope and let us know about your first light! Sad to hear about big damage in Moore in OK a few days ago. Oklahoma is tornado alley!

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gillmj24
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Reged: 12/06/05

Loc: PA
NEW SCOPE!!! new [Re: Illinois]
      #5879729 - 05/23/13 08:26 AM

Add this to your home insurance if you haven't done so already.

I don't think you need to lock the thread but perhaps change the title.


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mumbles
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Reged: 09/30/11

Loc: Adirondacks
Re: NEW SCOPE!!! new [Re: gillmj24]
      #5879970 - 05/23/13 10:49 AM

Wow! That scope is a beast!

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tim57064
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Reged: 08/23/12

Loc: Southeast South Dakota,USA
Re: Notice all the cloud cover in Oklahoma?? new [Re: Aircrftr]
      #5879995 - 05/23/13 11:07 AM

That's a Fantastic piece of equipment.Would take winning the lottery for me to get.

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