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Charlie HeinAdministrator
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Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3)
      #3066411 - 04/25/09 02:25 PM

Starting a new thread... the previous versions of this thread can be found here and here.

Edited by Charlie Hein (04/26/09 06:19 PM)


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Myles
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3069239 - 04/26/09 09:02 PM Attachment (1966 downloads)

Stellarvue TSL5 with a DiscMount DM-4 on top of it.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Myles]
      #3075471 - 04/29/09 05:06 PM Attachment (1570 downloads)

WO EZ Touch

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3083274 - 05/03/09 06:24 PM Attachment (1869 downloads)

My Franken mount. C8 on a Vixen GP with Meade LXD 75 drives on a homade pier. Here is the perfect grab and go. And the telescope is good too.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3083624 - 05/03/09 09:21 PM



My brand new Orion Skyview Pro...in pieces! It was a brand new floor model. When I got it I found the RA axis seized. Normally I'd return something that doesn't work for a new one, but I had read that giving these mounts an overhaul does wonders for its operation, and I'm the type of person that would perform such a task.

The RA axle and worm (the seized parts) are going to be repaired by the seller, and with the removal of the old gunk, deburring of the worm, good grease, and a careful adjustment, it should actually be better than new, so I'm not terribly upset at the moment...but check back in a couple weeks when the axle get back :P


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3083728 - 05/03/09 10:18 PM Attachment (1609 downloads)

Here is my Losmandy G-9. Sold back in the early to mid 90's, you don't see many of these.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: PJ Anway]
      #3086885 - 05/05/09 03:56 PM Attachment (1398 downloads)

Here's my old home-mde mount for my 12"cass. It's been going for 14 years with only 1 change of stepper motor. The drive program used is Mel's "Scope" (I use only 1 channel as the dec is driven by a small dc motor.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: charles genovese]
      #3087143 - 05/05/09 06:52 PM

Quote:

My Franken mount. C8 on a Vixen GP with Meade LXD 75 drives on a homade pier. Here is the perfect grab and go. And the telescope is good too.




Mighty fine mount you got there Charles!! What telescope...?


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: scopemankit]
      #3088628 - 05/06/09 02:23 PM Attachment (1374 downloads)

My retro fitted Cave OB series mount with 2.5" stainless shafts. I freshly painted the newly finished saddle/tube rings that will hold my 10"f/16 refractor.

Rob


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3088656 - 05/06/09 02:44 PM

Nice but I think you are going to need a longer peir....

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rwiederrich
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Darenwh]
      #3088704 - 05/06/09 03:10 PM

Quote:

Nice but I think you are going to need a longer peir....





Oh yeah Daren...I keep it on that short pier to roll it around with the tube in its rings...so I can work on it.

The GEM and saddle alone will be mounted on a permenent steal pier in an OB. I wouldn't be able to even look over the trees if I left the 12" X 14ft scope fixed in this arrangement....

Rob


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3099541 - 05/11/09 11:52 PM Attachment (1151 downloads)

Orion Skyview AZ with TV-85 and Meade 80mm triplet:

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3105694 - 05/14/09 10:32 PM Attachment (1084 downloads)

Here's a picture of my LX200 10 SCT with the fork mount and then on an Atlas EQ-G, and my wide field setup on the EQ-G. I decided to take the 10" sct off the fork mount so that I could switch easily between scopes for astrophotography.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Rudy Nix]
      #3106328 - 05/15/09 09:33 AM Attachment (1057 downloads)

Here's my AstroTech Voyager!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: csa/montana]
      #3107501 - 05/15/09 09:47 PM Attachment (984 downloads)

Here is a picture of my new Astrowood P-Mount

Beachchairbill


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: beachchairbill]
      #3108947 - 05/16/09 04:05 PM Attachment (1275 downloads)

Oh my, Elvis is finally in the building. Just got the mount a few days ago. All I can say so far is that it was worth the wait. Can't wait to give a scope a ride.

Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO on AP/Baader wood tripod with A-P accessory trays....

Edited by Doug D. (05/18/09 11:07 AM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Doug D.]
      #3110820 - 05/17/09 04:08 PM Attachment (879 downloads)

Here is my trusty GP-DX with the SkySensor 2000PC system.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3115140 - 05/19/09 05:05 PM

Got a new CGEM last week, but last night was first clear skies to give it a trial. Worked great! Aligned it roughly north - did the 2 + 4 alignment, then the polar alignment routine on Arcturus. Everything was spot on. Imaged M53 - it was close to the meridian so I could check out the tracking across the meridian.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: GeorgeNC]
      #3122571 - 05/23/09 10:36 AM Attachment (1372 downloads)

my humble setup awaiting the sun to say goodnight...

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: jmasin]
      #3122720 - 05/23/09 12:20 PM

I'm refurbishing my 10" newt (Orion) and I'm trying to decide if I should repurpose my Atlas from primary use with my refractors and CATs to an equatorial for the 10" newt. My viewing is from the SE to SW, not that great of an arc. Do you find the 10" comfortable to use on the Atlas, or is it a bit of pain?

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: pferendzo]
      #3124137 - 05/24/09 09:40 AM

Pferendzo,

That is actually the 8" newt, not the 10". That said, I have no issues with it. The dovetail bar on top helps alot, it is a very good carry handle and also gives someplace to grab while putting it on and taking it off. I have mounted my camera & 500mm lens on top of the 8" on the top dovetail bar and the Atlas seemed to handle it fine.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3127542 - 05/26/09 03:43 AM Attachment (778 downloads)

My LXD750 with 10" DSO and CGE with TMB 130SS, sadly I am parting company with both mounts to make way for my new CGE Pro, which I hope will be arriving this thursday!!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3129222 - 05/26/09 09:36 PM Attachment (657 downloads)

Orion Skyview AZ mount with 16 inch extension seen here with a new NP-101 mounted on it.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Starlighter]
      #3130922 - 05/27/09 07:29 PM Attachment (702 downloads)

Celestron CGEM with a C9.25 and Orion 80mm ED.

Edited by jbury (05/27/09 07:32 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: jbury]
      #3131103 - 05/27/09 09:05 PM Attachment (899 downloads)

OK. Now for something COMPLETELY different!

My iOptron Mini Tower on an EQ wedge with a 1975 C8 w/ Moonlight two speed focuser, 8 x 50 finder and sliding CW. All held in place on a Losmandy D style dovetail and saddle plate. Note the new and larger CW shaft to allow use of the Losmandy CW!!

Steve


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) *DELETED* new [Re: Telescopeman54]
      #3131122 - 05/27/09 09:16 PM

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Mark Jenkins
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Telescopeman54]
      #3131581 - 05/28/09 03:06 AM

I guess that puts the capacity of the MiniTower questions to rest!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) *DELETED* new [Re: Mark Jenkins]
      #3131986 - 05/28/09 11:04 AM

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Telescopeman54]
      #3131992 - 05/28/09 11:06 AM Attachment (796 downloads)

How about a 25 pound 1965 4" f/15 refractor with a 15 pound 6" MAK?

Steve


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Telescopeman54]
      #3132008 - 05/28/09 11:15 AM Attachment (707 downloads)

Here's what you need to prevent "shutter shudder" when using a DSLR on a 3.5 Questar ;-)

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: EddWen]
      #3132253 - 05/28/09 01:12 PM Attachment (598 downloads)

Losmandy GM8 with dual SV80BV and SV110ED refractors.

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Repainted Meade LXD 750 new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3132424 - 05/28/09 02:34 PM Attachment (666 downloads)

More attractive than the factory blue I think... Tripod Spreader was also modified so that the legs would not have the gigantic spread of the standard tripod. Easy modification and raised the saddle so that I don't have to even extend the legs when using my 6" f/8 refractor.

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Close-up new [Re: Eddgie]
      #3132429 - 05/28/09 02:35 PM Attachment (569 downloads)

Just the mount....

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Mark Jenkins
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: GolfSierra]
      #3132451 - 05/28/09 02:43 PM

The Casady Tandem16 arrived and I am now waiting for clear skies to test this out.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3132460 - 05/28/09 02:48 PM Attachment (557 downloads)

Orion Skyview AZ

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: GolfSierra]
      #3132461 - 05/28/09 02:48 PM

Great mount and scope. Terrific view!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Starlighter]
      #3132655 - 05/28/09 04:42 PM Attachment (706 downloads)

Celestrons BEST mount to date......The CGEPro

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Strgazr27]
      #3132657 - 05/28/09 04:43 PM Attachment (626 downloads)

Ready to go.......Wish I was

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Strgazr27]
      #3136069 - 05/30/09 03:38 PM Attachment (636 downloads)

my new rig waiting to find a home (moving house to dark skies at the moment)

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: nik hodges]
      #3140513 - 06/01/09 07:20 PM Attachment (767 downloads)

My new 1200 arrived! Here it is loaded up with a few refractors.

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Mark Jenkins
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #3141047 - 06/02/09 01:16 AM

Wow!

That's just awesome Luke!

Are you using a Casady Tandem bar?


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mark Jenkins]
      #3141280 - 06/02/09 07:25 AM

With all the saddles and plates I've got, I just made my own.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #3142398 - 06/02/09 07:31 PM Attachment (732 downloads)

Okay, here's one of mine:

Mint Super Polaris I bought off craigslist a couple months ago and added an iOptron Gotonova kit to. No mods of the mount required whatsoever - just the gotonova plastic motor covers.

Here it is with my also recently acquired TV NP101is, which also required no modifications to either the mount or the rings holding the OTA.

Looks like it came from a store like that, in fact.

-Tim.


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Mark Jenkins
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tim53]
      #3148231 - 06/06/09 01:35 AM

Finally got a nice day to put this together.

Balance is not a problem at all.

This arrangement eliminates the need for 1 18lb counterweight!





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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mark Jenkins]
      #3152372 - 06/08/09 01:41 PM Attachment (649 downloads)

Here is my Light Speed Telescopes "Wagon" mount. Available in about 2000 to 2002, it was made by Charles Riddell (Half Hitch Mounts). Payload capacity is about 60 lbs and it is encoder equipped.

Barry Simon

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3152376 - 06/08/09 01:44 PM Attachment (641 downloads)

Here is another shot giving more a sense of how bit this is. I am 5' 9".

Barry

Edited by BarrySimon615 (06/08/09 01:45 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3152378 - 06/08/09 01:47 PM Attachment (455 downloads)

Wagon Mount with closeup of "eyepiece caddy".

Barry

Edited by BarrySimon615 (06/08/09 01:53 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3152461 - 06/08/09 02:50 PM Attachment (669 downloads)

Here is a homemade mount, an English cross-axis. I got the idea for this way back in the early 80's from a small drawing in "All About Telescopes" by Sam Brown. The cross-axis mount was invented in 1824. Using common galvanized plumbing pipe I designed this mount to work in an open box with a board tilted and off-set 30 degrees from vertical supporting the lower end of the right ascension axis and the inside of the box top at the same offset supporting the upper end of the right ascension axis. When not in use, everything fits inside the box. In addition the telescope tube has enough height above the box top so as to not be obstructed in any way by the box.

My mount was featured in the column - "Gleanings for ATM's" in the October, 1983 issue of SKY & TELESCOPE. Unfortunately the mount was sold years ago, but I still have the scope. In truth this setup was a bit cumbersome in this size. Someday I would like to make a smaller version, perhaps suitable for something like an AstroTech 66. In an updated version a smaller box could be attached to a tripod.

Here is a picture of the original mount I made before painting.

Barry Simon

Edited by BarrySimon615 (06/08/09 02:52 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3152465 - 06/08/09 02:53 PM Attachment (501 downloads)

Another shot of the English cross-axis. The scope is a 4.25" f/4.1 (Edmund optics) with a traditional 5" diameter tube.

Edited by BarrySimon615 (06/08/09 02:55 PM)


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Mark Jenkins
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3152514 - 06/08/09 03:34 PM

That's cool Barry!

Was it adjustable for proper polar alignment??


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BarrySimon615
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mark Jenkins]
      #3152575 - 06/08/09 04:07 PM

Altitude adjustment - tilt of the bottom board and the lid - with the bottom attachment being tilted 30 degrees from vertical, the ra axis is angled at 30 degrees which is what we need for my location in New Orleans.

Azimuth adjustment - kick the box with your shoe - we are not talking rocket science here!

Barry


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3155509 - 06/10/09 10:21 AM

But...But...But...it couldn't possibly work. It's not a CGEM or an Atlas or a Tak and it's got that thing in there that looks like a wheel wrench. :-)

Very nice mount Barry. Loved Gleaning's. I once built the barn door for astrophotographers I saw there - little manually guided mount with threaded rod, couple of boards, piano hinge, you may remember. Too bad I don't have any pictures of it. You may remember the Edmund's books about mounts and so forth - think Sam Brown wrote them. Lots of good ideas for homemade mounts in there.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Starlighter]
      #3162414 - 06/14/09 01:14 PM Attachment (547 downloads)

CG5 Equatorial GoTo

Edited by drg (06/14/09 01:16 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: pferendzo]
      #3232935 - 07/22/09 06:49 PM

I will try and post pictures of one of my starliner mounts in restoration. Lenny

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: lenny arsenault]
      #3234170 - 07/23/09 11:53 AM Attachment (476 downloads)

AP900QMD on ATS pier

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: gnowellsct]
      #3234182 - 07/23/09 11:59 AM Attachment (495 downloads)

G11 on Berlebach tripod

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: gnowellsct]
      #3242413 - 07/28/09 12:53 AM

LOVE THE QMD on the ATS!!!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
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Orion 120 ST f/5 on a date with CGEM and Black and Decker....

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tbone0168]
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Meade 5000 series 127mm and 80mm ED APO's on a Tele optic Giro 2 Deluxe and Berlebach Uni 18 tripod.

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Orion 127 Mak and Astro Tech Voyager....travelling light tonight....

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tbone0168]
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My Motley Trio.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tbone0168]
      #3250816 - 08/01/09 05:20 PM

Here is my re-powder coated and hypertuned LXD75 on a permanent 9 inch concrete pier using 3/4 inch mounting bolts and a pier plate from Dan's. The peacock slate tile was left over from the kitchen remodel.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Project Galileo]
      #3250821 - 08/01/09 05:23 PM

The new finish looks wet and deep. It has a hammered texture too.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Project Galileo]
      #3250824 - 08/01/09 05:25 PM

It all sits nicely in the center of the yard. I keep the ota in the garage on a custom wall mount and simply carry it out, set it in the rings, turn it on and tell Autostar what day and time it is.



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      #3250833 - 08/01/09 05:28 PM

It is parked after use to keep it's alignment and PEC from use to use and kept under this Telegizmo's 365 cover.



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      #3251093 - 08/01/09 08:19 PM

Sweet!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Jim7728]
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Here's my new CGEM, w/o the C925 attached. No custom pier yet, but I have nice turf.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Harold925]
      #3257248 - 08/06/09 08:56 AM

Your LXD-75 mount is amazing. Love the set up!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Project Galileo]
      #3258217 - 08/06/09 07:37 PM

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Here is my re-powder coated and hypertuned LXD75 on a permanent 9 inch concrete pier using 3/4 inch mounting bolts and a pier plate from Dan's. The peacock slate tile was left over from the kitchen remodel.






Now that is a 'sweeet' arrangement!
10 out of 10 from the powder coat to the pier....I love it.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Project Galileo]
      #3258292 - 08/06/09 08:19 PM

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It all sits nicely in the center of the yard. I keep the ota in the garage on a custom wall mount and simply carry it out, set it in the rings, turn it on and tell Autostar what day and time it is.




Simply amazing work you did there. Best looking LXD75 on the planet!


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: MeadeMan]
      #3258492 - 08/06/09 10:27 PM

That's simply the best looking paint job I have ever seen on astronomy equipment.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Tom Andrews]
      #3259276 - 08/07/09 11:27 AM

Doc, nice set-up man! I also like your website........ done professionally and with taste.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: ratdog11]
      #3260679 - 08/08/09 04:32 AM

EQ6 mount with 8" Newtonian.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: alpal]
      #3260711 - 08/08/09 06:07 AM

Nice set up.
Rob


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: ducatirob]
      #3264358 - 08/10/09 08:53 AM

Thanks Rob, (if you are referring to me?)
All I need is an astro camera & I'll be able
to post photos of space & not mounts!


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: alpal]
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CGEM and company.....

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Again......

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And again......

Edited by tbone0168 (08/12/09 09:25 AM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3269059 - 08/12/09 06:03 PM Attachment (413 downloads)

A work in progress. My old (but not as old as me) Cave-Astrola mount. The SV102 rides nicely on top. The mount sits upon a 50 inch tall steel pedestal. Weighs a ton!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: ThomasB]
      #3269117 - 08/12/09 06:50 PM Attachment (400 downloads)

Hi,
Been meaning to post to this thread for so long - apologies..,

Here's my Losmandy G11+Gemini out for a midnight stroll


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NEQ6 Pro mount new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3274811 - 08/15/09 08:02 PM

This is a close up of my NEQ6 Pro mount.
The full pic is a few posts back on this thread.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3276897 - 08/17/09 12:03 AM Attachment (408 downloads)

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My LXD750 with 10" DSO and CGE with TMB 130SS, sadly I am parting company with both mounts to make way for my new CGE Pro, which I hope will be arriving this thursday!!




CGE PRO with TMB's
Here is my new mount complete with TMB 130SS F7, TMB 80SS (I use as guide scope with Orion Auto Guider) taken when I was using a Canon 450D for imaging. For mobility I added a set of JMI wheelie bars.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3276905 - 08/17/09 12:07 AM Attachment (477 downloads)

Getting ready for a session, it just clears the top of the door when I drag it out of the kitchen

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3276911 - 08/17/09 12:11 AM Attachment (414 downloads)

The Pro goes 20 degrees past meridian before doing a meridian flip, but the TMB 130SS OTA comes horribly close to the electronics pier!!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3276949 - 08/17/09 12:33 AM Attachment (409 downloads)


No more wheeling the Pro in and out of the house each session. The dawn of a new day in it's new home with Venus rising!!


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
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The CGE Pro Mount in it's final resting place....a big lump of concrete!!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3276962 - 08/17/09 12:42 AM Attachment (427 downloads)

After my last imaging session, The TMB 130SS needs a rest. Time to load the 10" DSO

Clear Skies
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3277299 - 08/17/09 07:56 AM

Terry - you have an impressive setup.
I hope to be able to do astrophotos one day too
but I feel I have spent enough for now.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: alpal]
      #3277546 - 08/17/09 11:10 AM

Thanks alphal
I see you are from Melbourne, my home town!! I miss my visits to the Grampians and the pollution free skies...."Omega Centauri" *sighs*
Terry


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3277881 - 08/17/09 02:03 PM

Hi terry,


Very nice set up and a cool Flip Top Observatory.

Nice job,


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #3278403 - 08/17/09 06:42 PM

A very impressive setup - that TMB 130 is worth a fortune.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: alpal]
      #3278459 - 08/17/09 07:17 PM

I'v got a short video of my homemade mount.

http://www.vimeo.com/6014031

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: alpal]
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A very impressive setup - that TMB 130 is worth a fortune.




Thanks guys, you know what, some folks have many thousands of dollars tied up in the likes of ski boats or guns. My hobby...these days my only hobby is astrophotography, to do it right isn't cheap. What I have didnt come cheaply yes but comparitively speaking to some of the other rigs around here, it's small.
Now when I place my 10" on the CGE PRO, I can only just close the roof...lol
Cheers and Clear Skies
Terry

BTW Nice F15 Refractor Rob!!

Edited by turbo399 (08/18/09 05:11 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3280336 - 08/18/09 06:18 PM

Terry,

Thanks for pics of the CGE-Pro 'in situ' and 'et al'... Nice obs! That concrete base looks HUGE and very safe. CGE pro mount looks correspondingliy LARGE. I can see they really 'beefed up' the connectors and lots of knobs instead of allen heads... both great improvements. How did you attach the 'pro' to the pier?


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #3281554 - 08/19/09 09:34 AM

That concrete is good.
I saw the base of the 24" F5 Newtonian at the Tikorangi
Observatory , New Plymouth , New Zealand.
It had 40 tons of concrete in it's base.
It was owned by a " Mr Whelan "
but I don't know what happned to it.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: alpal]
      #3282218 - 08/19/09 03:52 PM

Jim
Thanks, the CGE PRO mount is similar to the CGE but in my opinion better finished, the DEC and RA cables are a vast improvement on the ever plagued CGE cables, it should have been recalled!! the connection points even have a nice screw on plug to keep out moisture. The pro is one very sturdy mount and if I was to make a decision again to buy one in this class, it would be between the Pro and the MI 250, costing over $2,000.00 more
The mount is attached to the pier via a 1" thick round aluminum plate I had water jet cut, drilled and tapped for the electronics pier connection, bolted down to the to levelling plate and sleeved inside the electronics pier which is bolted through to the aluminum plate. It was important that the aluminum plate be perfectly flat so not to upset the level.
The concrete in hindsite was a bit of overkill at 24" diameter and was worried that it would fowl with the TMB when viewing zenith or doing a meridian flip, it comes close but its fine......pheww

Clear skies
Terry

Edited by turbo399 (08/19/09 04:11 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
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Here is a quick pic of my new AP900 set up next to the AP1200. Just got it yesterday and set it up last night in time for clouds. Did get lucky enough to site polaris, align and do a few gotos on bright stars.

Sorry for the bad iPhone pic, will get some better ones with the roof off during the daytime.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: DeanS]
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Stellarvue SV90/Pan 24 on a UA Unistar Light/KB Systems KB1A Field Tripod

Edited by RichfromRoch (08/28/09 02:18 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3300235 - 08/28/09 03:38 PM

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The pro is one very sturdy mount and if I was to make a decision again to buy one in this class, it would be between the Pro and the MI 250, costing over $2,000.00 more




I went through the same decision earlier this year and picked up the Pro as well. The MI250 is a very nice mount, I just don't like the goto system is has. That was the reason I went with the Pro.
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: RichfromRoch]
      #3300794 - 08/28/09 08:22 PM

Wow - those Stellarvue telscopes are impressive.
Look at this link for their SV160 model
http://www.stellarvue.com/160.html

You can't even get on the waiting list till next year
to buy one.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: alpal]
      #3301984 - 08/29/09 01:41 PM

Thanks. This is my grab-and-go setup, and the SV90 is a great performer, especially for low-power sweeps of the sky. Then there are the color-free views of the Moon and Jupiter. The Unistar Light is at its limit with the SV90, but it would easily handle an 80mm or smaller scope. I eventually may look for a mount with more beef. The new KB Systems tripod is very steady, despite weighing only 7.5 pounds. Vibration times are in the one to three second range.
Rich
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3303410 - 08/30/09 08:58 AM Attachment (531 downloads)

Here's my AP1200 with a couple cheap refractors on it.

Steve


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Steve40]
      #3303469 - 08/30/09 09:47 AM

Very nice, but if you ever want to upgrade and get rid of one of those cheap dime store scopes, just let me know

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: DeanS]
      #3303495 - 08/30/09 10:08 AM

Thanks! As soon as Walmart starts stocking those sweet Christmas scopes, I'll be in touch!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Steve40]
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Here's my 900GTO. It just arrived yesterday. I am very happy. I was totally worth the wait and $$$$.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Panza]
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1 more:

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Panza]
      #3307689 - 09/01/09 08:28 AM

Sure is pretty! More pictures once you get the scopes mounted.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Panza]
      #3308979 - 09/01/09 06:52 PM

Great---you'll love it!

On the GTO control box, are those little purple things covers to protect the RS 232 sockets?

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: pferendzo]
      #3310028 - 09/02/09 08:16 AM

My Orange C14 on it's original fork mount on my deck in Colorado Springs ... Spring 2005





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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Steve40]
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Great---you'll love it!

On the GTO control box, are those little purple things covers to protect the RS 232 sockets?

Steve




Yes, they are just plastic covers. I don't have a laptop so they will be left on.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Panza]
      #3311844 - 09/02/09 10:52 PM

Hi again!

Did those covers come with the mount? I ask because I don't use those ports, and would like to keep them clean and protected.

Thanks,

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Steve40]
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Yes they did.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Panza]
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Here is a picture of my Orion 90mm f/10 refractor setup that i use on my car roof at lunch time at work [graveyard] to look at the planets and moon. It's just in the first stage as i have a lot of work still to do to make it look nice. Setup weight is about 10 pounds. Why home made you ask. Well i want to keep every thing cheap price wise, in case the setup gets stolen from my car's trunk. I plan on hooking up a slow motion control or motor drive on the R.A. axis. In between the two wood disk is a lazy susan. And the legs are 1/2 inch metal conduit pipe with "u" shaped clamps to hold on the lower two legs.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: saturn5]
      #3317344 - 09/05/09 05:29 PM

Mewlon 250 on a Vixen Sphinx SXW ... a tad undermounted ...





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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: chuckscap]
      #3317644 - 09/05/09 09:06 PM Attachment (492 downloads)

Here is my RCOS Professional Series Equatorial Fork Mount (.61m RCOS Ritchey-Chretien telescope on board)...

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: sgcullen]
      #3317717 - 09/05/09 10:16 PM

Quote:

Here is my RCOS Professional Series Equatorial Fork Mount (.61m RCOS Ritchey-Chretien telescope on board)...




Welcome. Now that's a dandy. Is your setup at a remote site or is this magnificent pile of hardware in your backyard? Really nice!

David


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Steve40]
      #3317804 - 09/05/09 11:24 PM

To Steve40
Those Starfire telescopes are hardly cheap LOL.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: sgcullen]
      #3317809 - 09/05/09 11:26 PM

sgcullen - that setup must have cost a fortune!
You make me feel like a cheapskate.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: alpal]
      #3317986 - 09/06/09 03:06 AM Attachment (425 downloads)

LOL...don't feel like a cheapskate...I just go overboard on things. This is actually in my backyard, but we have a pretty big backyard in a very remote area in New Mexico. There is also a 12.5" RC and, coming soon, an ASA N8 newtonian astrograph.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: sgcullen]
      #3318484 - 09/06/09 12:52 PM

Do you have need for a 58 year old son? That has to be the neatest looking backyard observatory I've ever seen. You must be quite proud!!

David


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #3321043 - 09/07/09 08:40 PM

Here is my mount.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Tech Hiker]
      #3321046 - 09/07/09 08:41 PM

And a better picture of the head.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Tech Hiker]
      #3321462 - 09/08/09 02:31 AM

If I didn't know better I'd say that looks like Merritt Reservoir! Mike

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: sgcullen]
      #3321664 - 09/08/09 08:17 AM

wow sgcullen - I have never seen anything as good as that
owned by an amateur.
Most universities couldn't afford what you have.
I hope you allow research to be done there?


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: mikey cee]
      #3322802 - 09/08/09 07:42 PM

Quote:

If I didn't know better I'd say that looks like Merritt Reservoir! Mike



Ah, you've been there. Nice dark skies.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Tech Hiker]
      #3324525 - 09/09/09 05:12 PM Attachment (347 downloads)

My freshly arrived CGEM:

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      #3328570 - 09/11/09 07:11 PM Attachment (340 downloads)

New G11. Yay! I think.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: soupaman]
      #3328578 - 09/11/09 07:14 PM Attachment (316 downloads)

Kinda hard to expose at night.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: soupaman]
      #3330130 - 09/12/09 04:26 PM Attachment (308 downloads)

Chomping to test out the new pier and wedge with my Astrotrac but weather only good for photographing the mount - not the sky.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3331605 - 09/13/09 02:18 PM Attachment (365 downloads)

This is my new set-up in my partially finished but useable roll-off observatory. AP900GTO, Meade 10" f6.3 (yes, an old one), Optec NGF-S, Stellarvue 105APO Triplet. A dream of over a decade to have my own observatory and a permanent mounting for my equipment. The rewards are wonderful and I have just started using it.

The obs. has fold-down sides (2') on three walls and is located near Julian, Ca. (San Diego County) at 4,000' elevation.

John

Edited by John Downing (09/13/09 02:48 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: John Downing]
      #3333485 - 09/14/09 02:37 PM Attachment (308 downloads)

Posted in SCT forum as well. New CGEM with used C 9.25 OTB.

Edited by johnmarkw (09/14/09 02:41 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: johnmarkw]
      #3338160 - 09/16/09 09:06 PM

Rob Courtier

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: courtierr]
      #3343503 - 09/19/09 04:43 PM Attachment (408 downloads)

Hello,


Guys,

This is the day after I received my totally cool MI-250 back from the manufacturer. The refurb service is advertised at www.mountaininstruments.com. My mount is 9 years old and I am the 4th owner, but you wouldnt know it from looking at it!

BTW, I took this photo to show moi and my new mount, but whats really amazing is all the 'big boxes' built recently around my house. (Sarcasm inteded)..hopefully they will put a high intensity floodlamp up soon!

cheers from the Biggest Little City ...er just Big City,

Paul


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Paul Romero]
      #3343506 - 09/19/09 04:46 PM Attachment (305 downloads)

And Another:

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Paul Romero]
      #3346274 - 09/21/09 08:39 AM Attachment (249 downloads)

My 900 GTO.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Paul G]
      #3358726 - 09/26/09 09:43 PM



Perhaps the ultimate grab & go mount. Small, lightweight, portable and best of all, you can carry it in your shirt pocket.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Bart]
      #3359881 - 09/27/09 02:56 PM Attachment (321 downloads)

My new CG-5, sitting near where a pier will grow! Ok... well it is ALREADY on a pier, but soon enough there will be a *pier* though my pier.

And yes... that is a Galileoscope mounted.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Falcon-]
      #3361731 - 09/28/09 01:04 PM

Here is my 100mm over 120mm.
CA squared. Double howizter.
ALT-AZ Astroview mount.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: seethat?]
      #3361733 - 09/28/09 01:06 PM Attachment (385 downloads)

Dugh! The pic.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: seethat?]
      #3364573 - 09/29/09 07:19 PM Attachment (382 downloads)

Man those AP & Losmondy mounts are machined works of art!

Here's my 22 year old Super Polaris - the surveyors tripod is the best upgrade in the world for these smaller mounts. I made the custom eyepiece tray which also improved the rigidity.


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All my Mounts new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3369852 - 10/04/09 01:26 AM Attachment (503 downloads)

Here is a shot of all my scopes.
In the front is the Dob that I am in the process of finishing. I picked up the 8" OTA for free (along with an Edscorp 25mm ortho, an RKE 8mm, a brand new Celestron 25mm SMA and a 20mm LER plossl). I threw the mount together from scraps and an 18" tabletop from Lowe's. Have a 2" focuser coming, added a finder I had laying around. A friend in the club says he has some ebony star I can have so I will be fine tuning things shortly. Made the mount low so I could use it in a chair and it also is a great height for kids! Optics are great!
In the middle is a pedestal mount I made for the C-8 fork I have the C-90 and 80mm Cometron mounted on. If I can find metal pipe the right size, I will replace the PVC I have on it to make it sturdier.
Need a bigger garage!
The club kids me in that when I come to a public star party, no one else has to bring scopes!
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3382776 - 10/10/09 08:30 PM Attachment (481 downloads)

I should have posted this here rather than a new thread.

I have to thank George and Dave and John for their efforts in this.

After several long trips and a couple of trades I have been blessed with a NEW, UNUSED, Byers Series II mount. The mount was built in 1999 and has never had anything mounted on it, absolutely pristine, it is just GORGEOUS, a true work of art, thank you Ed Byers.

The pics show it alongside my AP-1200 for comparison.

When my obs ever gets finished the AP-1200 will have a TOA-130 and a FSQ-106 on it and the Byers will have a C-14 currently being modified with a Carbon Fiber tube, spectacular. I won't care if it rains, I will just sit and look at the artwork

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Timber]
      #3382780 - 10/10/09 08:32 PM Attachment (352 downloads)

Another view

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Timber]
      #3382782 - 10/10/09 08:33 PM Attachment (316 downloads)

and another

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Timber]
      #3382986 - 10/10/09 11:03 PM

Richard...from one mount geek to another, that is a gorgeous piece of hardware!

David


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #3383041 - 10/11/09 12:01 AM

Hi David,

Thanks, I moved both mounts into my Family Room and I'm looking at them, the AP is nice but the Byers is just a gorgeous piece of art.

Richard


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Timber]
      #3385634 - 10/12/09 04:17 PM

Here is my CGEM with my new ADM hardware. Definitely a worthwhile upgrade.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: snommisbor]
      #3399505 - 10/20/09 03:11 AM Attachment (337 downloads)

Here is my new toy, a Vixen SXD mount with a Orion Optics 150mm f5 PV1/8

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: astrobug BE]
      #3407857 - 10/24/09 10:02 AM Attachment (292 downloads)

Here's my CG-4 mount ....

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Timber]
      #3417457 - 10/29/09 12:36 AM

Quote:

and another




Man that thing belongs on a battleship.. what a monster!

Unlike the Paramount, that thing is really beautiful to look at as well.

-drl


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: pferendzo]
      #3423498 - 11/01/09 10:34 AM Attachment (400 downloads)

This is my primary setup.

Edited by AJT12 (11/01/09 10:36 AM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: AJT12]
      #3427309 - 11/03/09 12:14 PM Attachment (286 downloads)

TSA 102 on a recently acquired (used) TAK EM10.

Barry Simon

Edited by BarrySimon615 (11/03/09 12:19 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3427325 - 11/03/09 12:24 PM Attachment (294 downloads)

Another mount I always liked for small scopes was what I will call the "Mayflower" alt-azimuth for lack of a better label. I used to see these in old catalogs with Mayflower 60 mm scopes as well as with other brand labeled scopes such as Bushnell and Selsi. What set them apart was the very long fork arms plus the fact that the altitude bearings connected to a tube cradle, not to the telescope tube itself. This allowed for better balancing of the telescope tube and overall better ergonomics and function. Here are some photos -

Barry Simon

Edited by BarrySimon615 (11/03/09 12:37 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3427356 - 11/03/09 12:38 PM Attachment (222 downloads)

Here is another photo of basically the same mount. This one however was blue and sold as part of the Bushnell Sky Chief Jr.

Barry Simon

Edited by BarrySimon615 (11/03/09 12:40 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3427368 - 11/03/09 12:43 PM Attachment (260 downloads)

I don't think any compendium of telescope mounts could be complete unless a photo or two of a Unitron equatorial mount was included. Here is a photo of my #142 mount. The scope on top is a modified Unitron tube cut down appropriately for an Edmund 3" f/11 objective in place of the original 3" f/16.

Barry Simon

Edited by BarrySimon615 (11/03/09 12:44 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3427378 - 11/03/09 12:47 PM Attachment (217 downloads)

Here is a scaled down version of the #142, it is the #128 mount supplied with the 60 mm tube assembly as the #128 equatorial system.

Barry Simon

Edited by BarrySimon615 (11/03/09 12:58 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3427416 - 11/03/09 01:07 PM Attachment (258 downloads)

Finally, here is a picture of the larger #152 mount, sold with the 4" equatorials. Upscaled version of the smaller #142 and the #128, but with additional features including tapered roller bearings of the polar axis and radial and thrust bearings as part of the driving worm. In addition the tripod mounted version of the 4" Unitron mount had a screw in "flashlight" that shined down on the accessory tray. The way this was done seemed pretty cool at the time before the advent of all the advanced electronics of today. Unitron telescopes and mounts have become highly collectable, yet they still are very functional. For anyone wanting to learn how to use setting circles the old fashioned way - no digital readout, no encoders, Unitron is a great way to go.

Barry Simon

Edited by BarrySimon615 (11/03/09 01:10 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3434490 - 11/07/09 11:27 AM Attachment (309 downloads)

I've been debating on CloudyNights about getting one of these for months, asking lots of questions and getting lots of advice. Thanks to everyone. Anyway, after a long but not unexpected wait, it arrived on Wednesday. I know you've seen plenty of them before, but here's my new G11 (and 18-year old C8). I can also use the G11 with the Meade 127mm ED.

I haven't tried it out yet, as the weather's been very showery for about 10 days; I've also yet to sort out a power supply.

Regards.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mike C]
      #3438256 - 11/09/09 02:34 PM Attachment (267 downloads)

Here is my newly refurbished Takahashi EM-100 mount.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3449274 - 11/15/09 11:35 AM Attachment (356 downloads)

Here is mine!
Loving it....


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: snommisbor]
      #3449360 - 11/15/09 12:26 PM

Here's my CGEM getting ready for some Jupiter imaging.

Stock with the exception of an ADM Saddle.





Edited by Adam E (11/15/09 04:17 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: AJT12]
      #3464994 - 11/24/09 12:41 AM

This is my setup from the other night while imaging in 17 degrees ... luckily I can control most of it from the warmth of my living room.... except for the running outside periodically to warm the optics to keep the frost away.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3478111 - 12/01/09 04:35 PM Attachment (316 downloads)

Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Maurice Toet]
      #3487342 - 12/06/09 08:12 PM Attachment (228 downloads)

Another manual alt/az. AT Voyager head on a modified GP half-piller with HAL 120 tripod.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: imargazi]
      #3487510 - 12/06/09 09:59 PM

Quote:

This is my setup from the other night while imaging in 17 degrees ... luckily I can control most of it from the warmth of my living room.... except for the running outside periodically to warm the optics to keep the frost away.






Pretty neat...a cooled DSLR!

David


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #3495427 - 12/11/09 07:52 AM

Here is my self-hypertuned Atlas with my new AT8IN and Tak FS-60C.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mark Jenkins]
      #3527021 - 12/29/09 01:41 AM

Barry, This is what I call out-of-the-box. Awesome mount!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: guyroch]
      #3529032 - 12/30/09 06:27 AM Attachment (219 downloads)

Vixen Porta grab and go.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: plyscope]
      #3532049 - 12/31/09 05:24 PM

New LXD75 with ZS66:



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: pferendzo]
      #3533241 - 01/01/10 10:25 AM

My CGEM with the AT8RC and miniBorg 50 guider.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3542971 - 01/06/10 10:20 AM

Barry, i never tire of looking at unitron mounts. Some nice setups you have there! thanks for sharing.. john

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3561621 - 01/14/10 11:32 PM Attachment (279 downloads)

Here we have the ISOstatic mount. I don't see too many of these around. Does anybody know if are worth anything? I am going to get a new mount to replace this.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mr.Burns]
      #3601137 - 02/02/10 09:53 PM Attachment (207 downloads)

Here's my new Atlas undergoing the first load test - 8in Newt with a piggybacked 80ED.

Edited by m4ilm4n (02/02/10 09:57 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3611728 - 02/07/10 11:06 PM Attachment (184 downloads)

One of my mounts. Old C-8 wedge and tripod reconfigured as a camera platform. The scope's new home is a CG-5.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: emag]
      #3616121 - 02/10/10 02:13 AM Attachment (275 downloads)

I just sold everything and upgraded. Here is the new set-up.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: polaristom]
      #3616140 - 02/10/10 02:38 AM Attachment (226 downloads)

CGEM and ATLAS

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Jim7728]
      #3616469 - 02/10/10 10:05 AM

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Another manual alt/az. AT Voyager head on a modified GP half-piller with HAL 120 tripod.




Update: Just wanted to say the FS-102 was a bit much for that setup, a shorter length ota would be a better match. Should have tested before posting.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Jim7728]
      #3623117 - 02/13/10 06:32 PM Attachment (289 downloads)

Here's what happens when you forget the counterweights. I got good images of the Lagoon Nebula and the lunar occultation of Venus at sunrise that time!
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: coopfore1]
      #3623239 - 02/13/10 08:02 PM

Hello CS Gary,

Very nice observatory and equipment you have. Is that an AT111EDT mounted on your Atlas mount? If not, which is it? Everything looks great.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Joe F Gafford]
      #3647788 - 02/25/10 09:49 PM Attachment (256 downloads)

Here is my *remade* and heavely modified Cave Observatory series large mount with 2.5" shafts.

Upgrades include a new Byers drive.....side reinforcing plates on the DEC RA junction..and on the alt and RA base.

I rebuilt the saddle with reinforced steel strapping and I built the 12" tube rings and brackets from rolled steel.

Just finished designing and building the new sector drive and fork....It sits with a new coat of paint too.

Last thing to do is build the 12v reduction drive motor for the sector drive. This thing has to hold and run my 10"f/15 around so it needed the upgrades. Its as rigid as anything now.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3647798 - 02/25/10 09:56 PM Attachment (261 downloads)

Other side.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3647841 - 02/25/10 10:14 PM Attachment (289 downloads)

Here is my G-11 with AT111EDT and AT80EDT waiting for dark...

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3648634 - 02/26/10 11:12 AM

Hey Rob,

Great job,

Looks like it was suppose to be their
from the Factory.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #3665454 - 03/07/10 11:56 AM Attachment (252 downloads)

Gibralter 5 head with dsc's on Vixen tripod and half piller.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: StarWrangler]
      #3667976 - 03/08/10 04:06 PM Attachment (212 downloads)

Quote:

Hey Rob,

Great job,

Looks like it was suppose to be their
from the Factory.


Alan




Thanks Alan.... I try to make my mods as professional looking as possible..though I am no professional.

Here are some updates to that mount.

A new drive motor for the sector drive for the DEC. Made from planitary gears from an old drill motor and a windshield wiper motor.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3668027 - 03/08/10 04:37 PM Attachment (237 downloads)

Here's my Atlas with a newly added ADM dovetail saddle....'works for me!!'

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: RobertED]
      #3668338 - 03/08/10 06:47 PM Attachment (274 downloads)

My new CGE Pro and C14 XLT My dream scope on a mount that is truly proving itself worthy of carrying the legendary C14!

Wayne

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: WayneJ]
      #3668379 - 03/08/10 07:13 PM

Hey WayneJ, I see on your picture that you are only using 2 counter weights and not 3 like indicated in the owner's manual.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Luke Skywalker]
      #3668558 - 03/08/10 09:07 PM

One of the counterweights was damaged when it arrived, so it's being replaced. In the meantime, the bottom weight is actually a 35lb weight off an old mount. It's well balanced, but not pretty

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: WayneJ]
      #3671145 - 03/09/10 11:03 PM

Awesome Rig!!, WayneJ!!!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: RobertED]
      #3672433 - 03/10/10 02:05 PM

Great setup Wayne. Will you use it for Photography? ,,, maybe a Hyperstar?

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3673579 - 03/10/10 11:16 PM

Here's a picture of my used Parallax HD 150 I bought from Mark at Teton Telescopes, who was great to deal with, the stainless pier and Newtonian telescope are still Marks, Ijust bought the mount ...



It's with Joe at Parallax Instruments being checked out, stripped and repainted, and he's making one of his lovely portable piers for it. After that's done, I'm upgrading it to Gemini L4 with Maxon motors. I'll definitely post pictures of it on my deck when it's done with my Mewlon 250 on it ...

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #3674452 - 03/11/10 11:45 AM

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Great setup Wayne. Will you use it for Photography? ,,, maybe a Hyperstar?




Thanks Robert and Mattyfatz Yes, this will be used almost exclusively for planetary astrophotography. You can see one of the first light images here...

By the way, I'll be posting some impressions of the CGE pro in a few weeks.. after I've had time to enjoy getting acquainted with it and putting it through more rigorous paces. Already, though, I can say that with some basic calibration and using the PEC (and two runs through the calibration and polar alignment routines), I was imaging at F/55 (about 19.5 meter focal length) on a 1/3" chip with a 30" FoV and the mount held the target dead-center with only slight corrections between 9-12 minute RGB imaging runs.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: WayneJ]
      #3675016 - 03/11/10 04:02 PM Attachment (220 downloads)

Here's a shot of my Atlas with the C-11 and new dovetail and saddle parts from ADM...

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3675614 - 03/11/10 09:21 PM Attachment (258 downloads)

Here's my monster mash. The mounting is homebuilt with Optic-Craft drives (6" dia.). Did all the work myself which included some machining. If I had been able to take more time in Machine Shop classes I would have done something very different! But it is solid and tracks very well with little or no correction with good polar alignment.
Fafnir bearings, 1.5" RA axle and 1" Dec axle. The cool unique part is that the legs for the pier are easily removed by yanking up in the pier after removing a single bolt on each leg.

Edited by rogercelliott (03/11/10 09:25 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: rogercelliott]
      #3675618 - 03/11/10 09:24 PM Attachment (208 downloads)

Close up of the RA axle:

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: rogercelliott]
      #3694449 - 03/20/10 08:42 PM Attachment (207 downloads)

Modified NEQ5

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Takaholic]
      #3696393 - 03/21/10 07:31 PM Attachment (189 downloads)

Here is my Voyager with Ken Dauzat Right Angle Adapter for Porta & Voyager Mounts.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: bbyrd]
      #3709044 - 03/27/10 07:23 PM Attachment (233 downloads)

Cave observatory "binocular mount"

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: charles genovese]
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10" f/4.5 is a little overmounted

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: charles genovese]
      #3709069 - 03/27/10 07:37 PM

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Cave observatory "binocular mount"



LOL


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: charles genovese]
      #3712451 - 03/29/10 12:25 PM

Charles Genovese,

, that's some Binocular Mount.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: charles genovese]
      #3713195 - 03/29/10 06:50 PM

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Cave observatory "binocular mount"




I wish I had 3 of those counterweights..I only have one.

You need a bigger scope for that mount.....

Rob


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3713675 - 03/29/10 10:23 PM

Oh I have the 16" f/6 that came with it(and a 16" f/4.5 I need to make rotating rings for)but I havn't gotten around to restoring the OTA. primary looks OK (needs recoating) but I just can't get into yhe 175# OTA with a 55# 3 1/2" thick piece of glass. ( have 200# of counterweights)

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: charles genovese]
      #3714296 - 03/30/10 09:15 AM

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Oh I have the 16" f/6 that came with it(and a 16" f/4.5 I need to make rotating rings for)but I havn't gotten around to restoring the OTA. primary looks OK (needs recoating) but I just can't get into yhe 175# OTA with a 55# 3 1/2" thick piece of glass. ( have 200# of counterweights)




The science professor who gave me mine kept the 16" scope and converted it into a Dob. I'd shure love to get a hold of a 3.5" thick 16" mirror for my new project...weight isn't an issue.

I'm using my heavely modified Cave OB series GEM for my homemade 10"f/15 refractor....

Rob


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: rwiederrich]
      #3715892 - 03/30/10 11:18 PM

Rob- interested in the Cave mirror? I would consider selling the OTA or parts

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: charles genovese]
      #3720801 - 04/02/10 01:21 PM Attachment (331 downloads)

The Human Mount.........

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: ottovonrotton]
      #3720844 - 04/02/10 01:35 PM



Now THAT'S what I call value for money!

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skybsd
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The Human Mount.........




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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: skybsd]
      #3733509 - 04/08/10 08:48 PM

My new mount ...





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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: chuckscap]
      #3733906 - 04/09/10 02:23 AM

Hello Chuck,
That's the Parallax Instruments 150 you were refitting with Gemini, is it not?

Looks great.

How successful was the Gemini refit?

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: skybsd]
      #3734050 - 04/09/10 05:56 AM

Yes, thanks! My Mewlon 250 is going to be too small lol need a bigger scope! That tiny thing bolted to the top of the saddle plate is a 12" Robin Casady dovetail saddle. The Gemini with Maxon motor retrofit is back ordered. I ordered it about a month ago, it's still 3 months out.

Two more pictures with my Mewlon 250 on it. Either the pier's too high or I definitely need a bigger scope!







Chuck

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3770314 - 04/26/10 08:14 PM Attachment (184 downloads)

Just a pic of the R200SS on the Atlas

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: dbjohnso67]
      #3776480 - 04/29/10 08:19 PM Attachment (194 downloads)

losmandy gm-8 on 8" cement pier.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: guyinthesky]
      #3776496 - 04/29/10 08:24 PM Attachment (162 downloads)

another gm-8 pic.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: guyinthesky]
      #3776506 - 04/29/10 08:29 PM

John,
Do you cary the gm-8 out for each observing session, or just cover it over during non-use?


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: guyinthesky]
      #3777030 - 04/30/10 02:12 AM

Hello,
Nice set up there..,

Love the skies in the background, too!

Regards,

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: nemo129]
      #3777889 - 04/30/10 01:16 PM

Quote:

John,
Do you cary the gm-8 out for each observing session, or just cover it over during non-use?


hi, i have rollaway shed and pier. its a tiny one, 36x32 base. it all 2x4 construction/insulated with pink styro. i built it for my cg5 and scope, and now with the gm-8 the scope wont fit. im hoping when i get the g-11 it will clear the roof or i will have to buy taller wheels! i only carry in the scope and ep/cam box . john

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: guyinthesky]
      #3777946 - 04/30/10 01:42 PM

John,
Thanks, it was not clear from your pictures that you have an enclosure for the pier...great sky shots though!!
Did your G-11 show up yet? I bet that will keep you busy for a while!


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: nemo129]
      #3779897 - 05/01/10 03:18 PM Attachment (236 downloads)

yes! it came today im all tingling with excitement, got it on the pier, but also waiting for the clouds to show up. i bought the stock g-11, once im sure everything works i will transfer the gemini from the gm8 to the 11. anyone need a g11 tripod? it would be nice to sell to to a local astronomer cheap instead of ebay. here is a pic of them side by side. john

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: guyinthesky]
      #3780414 - 05/01/10 10:11 PM

John,
Nice picture...the G11 is just a bit beefier! I am not sure my CGEM would fit on a Losmandy tripod, but I agree it would be better to do a local deal and skip the shipping and eBay experience.
Lots of clouds here tonite...they chased me in last night after a decent first light on my new refractor..it would be a nice finder for your TEC 140!!


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: guyinthesky]
      #3780547 - 05/01/10 11:53 PM

Quote:

yes! it came today im all tingling with excitement, got it on the pier, but also waiting for the clouds to show up. i bought the stock g-11, once im sure everything works i will transfer the gemini from the gm8 to the 11. anyone need a g11 tripod? it would be nice to sell to to a local astronomer cheap instead of ebay. here is a pic of them side by side. john




Hi John,
Please PM me and let me know how much you would like for the tripod, I'm interested. Clear Skies, BrianB


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BKBrown]
      #3780605 - 05/02/10 12:57 AM

That little puck under the Mewlon250 looks like a real "weak link" in the chain.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mike Clemens]
      #3781303 - 05/02/10 12:20 PM

Actually the Tak "hockey puck" is very solid, my deck is the weak link in the chain. I'm bolting the "portable" pier to my patio below. I'll also get a much better view of the South and Western skies (away from the city).

Regards,

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: chuckscap]
      #3781414 - 05/02/10 01:16 PM Attachment (300 downloads)

Here's my Trapezium-modified iOptron MiniTower on a Berlebach tripod, eliminating the weak spot in the popular little iOptron mount- the tripod.
Mounted on it are an iOptron 152 Mak- and my homemade Carton-lensed 100mm f/13 refractor.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Wes James]
      #3781455 - 05/02/10 01:37 PM

Hello Wes,
Wow!

Talked about "armed and ready" - That's one "dangerous" looking set up, there

Which Berlebach tripod have you got under there?

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: skybsd]
      #3794780 - 05/08/10 10:46 PM

I just replaced an LXD75 with an Atlas on my pier. The pier adapter was based on a design I found online, and it was made for me by a machinist at work as a (very generous) favor. The scopes are a Meade 8" SCT and an f/6 100mm refractor which is mostly used as a guidescope. A 3/4" aluminum plate holds 2 ADM Vixen-style saddles. Weight is about 36 lbs. which is a little close to the 40 lb. spec but this mount has ceramic bearings and may be underrated. I think I've got it balanced well (note the forward weight on the refractor). In any event I don't plan on adding anything else right now. So far the difference between it and the 75 is outstanding (the 75 is rated at 30 lbs. and I had it configured with about 27 lbs., so the margin is similar). The Cloudy Nights forums have been of great value to me in building this setup - I appreciate all of the comments from the community.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: kw6562]
      #3794782 - 05/08/10 10:47 PM Attachment (291 downloads)

Whoops, forgot the pic....

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3803945 - 05/13/10 06:40 PM Attachment (290 downloads)

Just got this yesterday, Max Load.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Takaholic]
      #3804021 - 05/13/10 07:10 PM Attachment (265 downloads)

Not just the mount, but the whole imaging set-up. Man, is that LED on the SSAG bright, or what?

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Takaholic]
      #3804028 - 05/13/10 07:16 PM

The Max Load looks great, I want one!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: jmasin]
      #3804187 - 05/13/10 08:41 PM Attachment (238 downloads)

Here is my newly upgraded Atlas equatorial head on a Losmandy HD tripod...the "Atlosmandy" hybrid. This thing is rock solid and I have no worries about imaging with a C11 in this configuration. Thanks for looking!
Clear Skies, BrianB


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BKBrown]
      #3818173 - 05/20/10 06:07 PM





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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: ion]
      #3818391 - 05/20/10 08:17 PM



My humble setup.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3824596 - 05/23/10 08:13 PM Attachment (267 downloads)

Just got my Particle Wave Technologies Pinnacle portable pier (7"). Just a quick shot with most everything mounted.

Gary


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: gwmorris]
      #3825097 - 05/24/10 03:10 AM

Hello Gary,
Fantastic set-up there!

Congrats on the new pier!

Regards,

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: skybsd]
      #3827610 - 05/25/10 10:13 AM Attachment (226 downloads)

Here is my "Turco" Model II Crutch Tripod and Alt/Az Mount with my Orion 100mm f/6 on it. I completed the tripod and mount project back on 30 March and the whole project less the scope cost me right around $100.00 It is very sturdy, the wood part is made of solid cherry that has been screwed, glued and doweled and I figure it will easily hold 50#. My inspiration for this was from Ed Turco, a long time CN member and ATM'er.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: eric_zeiner]
      #3827621 - 05/25/10 10:17 AM Attachment (193 downloads)

Here is another

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: eric_zeiner]
      #3827946 - 05/25/10 12:45 PM

Hello Eric,
Looks great to me..,

Excellent job, there!

Regards,

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: skybsd]
      #3828020 - 05/25/10 01:19 PM

Quote:

Hello Eric,
Looks great to me..,

Excellent job, there!

Regards,

skybsd




Thanks!!!


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: eric_zeiner]
      #3843458 - 06/02/10 08:39 PM

Hey Eric,

Niiiice! Are those tripod legs originally crutches?


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: 10000rpm]
      #3847350 - 06/04/10 07:07 PM Attachment (294 downloads)

Here's my airline transportable ASGT system that works great with my lightweight, 11 pound, Stellarvue SV115T refractor.

The tripod and aluminum tube pillar fit in my checked baggage and the ASGT and counterweight fit into a carry on case that has enough padding that it can be checked as a second bag. The scope fits into a carry on bag as well.

It's actually quite stable for a "travel" GEM mount.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Preston Smith]
      #3855727 - 06/09/10 02:12 PM Attachment (289 downloads)

Here is/are my new "baby(s)"..
A used, but well loved, Atlas that has ben HyperTuned, and has a ton of upgrades..
Riding on top is my new(to me) M10 OTA!!!
I cant wait for first light. I am still waiting for one more CW(7#) for the M10, and I am also waiting for my friend to send me a "copy" of theSky6!!!!! EQMOD seems a bit confusing now..but so did the ol Magellan, and even the NexStar systems...Iw ill get used to it in due time...
I have several weeks to do my research since I am waiting for my pier adapter to be made along with some SS/CW's..
It is great having a friend that owns a C&C machine!!!


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: 10000rpm]
      #3856405 - 06/09/10 08:30 PM

Quote:

Hey Eric,

Niiiice! Are those tripod legs originally crutches?




Sorry for taking so long to respond but yes those are indeed aluminum crutches that I got for free from a local thrift shop.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: eric_zeiner]
      #3857208 - 06/10/10 10:34 AM Attachment (291 downloads)

Here's mine which I posted in another post. Made with garden stepping stone cemented to a flower pot which is concrete filled and so too is the 5 inch PVC tube for the pier.

The mounting plates were fabricated by a machinist friend and they hold a CG5 mount.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3865733 - 06/15/10 04:29 AM Attachment (308 downloads)

My permanent and portable gear...

Foreground: Mach1 on 54" Portable Pier w/Televue NP127is (setup is ~7 feet to the tip of the dew shield!) - ready for visual use for the first time. I have a Meade 12" LX200R(ACF) that will be used on it as well...

Background: AP1200 on 32" Portable Pier w/Meade 14" LX200R(ACF) + Meade Series 5000 80ED Triplet APO + CCD gear inside SkyShed POD (took 5x 18-lb CWs to balance the payload and is remotely operated!)

Clear skies!


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: WirelessDude]
      #3865745 - 06/15/10 05:04 AM

Talk about nailing your AP colours to the mast!

Nice!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3875020 - 06/20/10 02:09 AM Attachment (250 downloads)

This is my G-11 with Sky Commander DSC unit. The scope is the Orion Eon 120mm Apo. The mount tracks beautifully. Polar alignments are dead on using the polar alignment scope. The mount is capable of unguided, long-exposure imaging. I can watch a movie and return to the scope to find my star dead-center in my 12mm illuminated reticle. The G-11 is a solid, smooth, and pretty mount. For those new to astronomy, these mounts can be purchased used at very reasonable prices. I purchased mine through Astromart and it was in pristine condition. The mount is extremely well made and will last a lifetime if cared for properly. I adapted a Meade heavy-duty field tripod to the mount and it works great. I use an inexpensive piece of luggage with wheels and pull-handle that carries the mount, all accessories and electronics, as well as the counter weight shaft (in background in photo). Kudos to Losmandy!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: darylf96]
      #3875342 - 06/20/10 10:40 AM

That is one beautiful rig Daryl! And on that tripod it must be rock steady...
Clear Skies, BrianB


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BKBrown]
      #3877354 - 06/21/10 12:06 PM

i couldn't login on my old username so here under my own name ( o no )
since 3/4 weeks i got my new mount


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BKBrown]
      #3881054 - 06/23/10 03:20 AM

Thanks, Brian! Yeah, I thought of purchasing the Losmandy tripod, but it is pretty expensive and I see no reason to go that route. The Meade HD, with the leg spreader, is about as solid as one can get. Plus it allows for more height adjustment and fine adjustment for leveling.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Erwin Kats]
      #3881058 - 06/23/10 03:25 AM

Erwin:

That is a nice looking mount. One I have not seen before.

Daryl


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Erwin Kats]
      #3881975 - 06/23/10 03:23 PM

Erwin, the mount looks beautiful and very high quality....enjoy it!

Can you please share your impressions with us ?

Cheers

Sedat


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: bilgebay]
      #3882007 - 06/23/10 03:38 PM Attachment (252 downloads)

This is a restored Classic Mount designed and built by Mr. Maynard Clark sometime in the 70's. This 8" f/8 Newtonian won a Merit Award at RTMC in 1980 for Excellent Craftsmanship. See my sig for the story.

The legs and pier column were made by Cave Optical Co, the rest is all original. It is mostly aluminum, highly polished.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: bilgebay]
      #3882031 - 06/23/10 03:51 PM

Quote:

Erwin, the mount looks beautiful and very high quality....enjoy it!

Can you please share your impressions with us ?

Cheers

Sedat




sure i can, it starts here

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/3879590/page/1/view/collapsed/sb/5/o/all/fpart/1

Dan,
that mount looks awesome !

regards, Erwin

Edited by Erwin Kats (06/23/10 03:53 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Erwin Kats]
      #3882914 - 06/24/10 01:31 AM

Erwin:

No doubt, direct drive is the future. Very nice. If I did not love my wife, I would buy one! We hope you enjoy it for all of us who buy our stuff used, but love it just the same. Astronomy is such a blast. I think we sometimes will go hungry to buy the next wide-field eye piece.

Regards

Daryl


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Datapanic]
      #3896788 - 07/01/10 10:23 AM

Quote:

This is a restored Classic Mount designed and built by Mr. Maynard Clark sometime in the 70's. This 8" f/8 Newtonian won a Merit Award at RTMC in 1980 for Excellent Craftsmanship. See my sig for the story.

The legs and pier column were made by Cave Optical Co, the rest is all original. It is mostly aluminum, highly polished.




Wow that's beautiful.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: EricJD]
      #3896904 - 07/01/10 11:26 AM Attachment (221 downloads)

This is one of 2 mounts that I use. the Losmandy Titan I also have a Byers Cam Trak (under the titan)
On the Titan is a 5"apo, 3"apo (triplet) and a 80mm equinox apo.

The Titan is very accurate and has a very very low P.E. and I use ECU to control the mount.


Edited by kbastro (07/01/10 11:32 AM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: kbastro]
      #3896922 - 07/01/10 11:38 AM Attachment (172 downloads)

Here is the 2nd mount I use... an EQ-6 which is a very good grab and go setup offering very good goto and nice weight handling and though it is not as P.E. free as my titan mount, it still churnes up some very nice pictures! and is quite capable of holding 30# of ota & accessories and like the Titan I also use ECU to control this mount

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: kbastro]
      #3915174 - 07/11/10 01:34 PM Attachment (198 downloads)

I posted this in the classics forum, but it belongs here!

I had made an adapter plate to bolt my Tak NJP mount onto my Celestron Nexstar tripod. I mostly did this to allow me to use my Newts on the NJP without having to use a ladder (tall Tak tripod), but I figured it would be handy for taking to my dark sky site in SW Utah.

Well, I broke the tripod head on the Celestron tripod when I tried to drag the fully assembled scope a foot across the concrete pad to allow viewing Polaris through the polar finder. Fully assembled scope included orange C-8 with TV NP101IS piggyback on it. Luckily for me, the tripod didn't break completely, so the scopes didn't topple onto the concrete!

For a couple nights, I just used my Meade 2045/LX3, but quickly wanted goto and aperture back. So, I looked around the old farm site and found a section of irrigation pipe. Bought a few bolts and lag screws, had a spare 4x4 laying around, and cobbled this together, which has been christened, the "John Deere Pier":

-Tim.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tim53]
      #3915183 - 07/11/10 01:40 PM Attachment (192 downloads)

The Deere Pier was so easy to make that I brought home the other two pipe sections that I found to make 1 or 2 more for home/field use!

I ruminated over how to easily construct a 3-legged base for this, to avoid rocking tendencies, but decided that the 4-legged base was the easiest to make strongest. All I used was a circular saw to notch the 4x4's at the center, and a claw hammer to hog out the waste in the cut. It rocked a little after I was finished, but I managed to find a spot on the pad that was uneven in just the right way to hold the pier steady.

For the next 1 or 2 of these, I'll put casters with brakes and leveling screws. And, if I really want it to look "John Deere", I'll repaint the piers green and the legs bright yellow!

-Tim.


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tim53]
      #3919937 - 07/13/10 08:53 PM Attachment (215 downloads)

Just received today! My new (to me), used, Celestron CG-5 mount! Of course it's going to rain here for at least through the weekend!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3941633 - 07/24/10 03:16 PM



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: ion]
      #4004890 - 08/25/10 08:30 AM Attachment (236 downloads)

Overloaded and loving it.....

Edited by tomo (08/25/10 08:30 AM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tomo]
      #4005162 - 08/25/10 11:11 AM

CG5 mounted on my huge steel/concrete pier



Bolting on the 8" reflector and ST80 this week!


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Avi]
      #4008295 - 08/26/10 09:07 PM Attachment (181 downloads)

MAN!!!that cg5 mount is a real work horse. i have the none goto version and its really been a solid mount. ive never put that much weight on it. im thinking real seriously about getting the goto. have you had any problems with its goto setup. ive got mine on a table top i built. thanks, don

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: donnie3]
      #4010754 - 08/28/10 02:35 AM Attachment (185 downloads)

Well, here's my offering. EQ-3 mount (haven't seen one so far in this thread, though the CG5 is basically just this with a computer and black plastic housing) with home-made solid aluminium dovetail and sewer pipe clamshell. That's holding a Celestron 102mm F/5 achromat that I really love and an Olympus binoviewer originally from an AX-70 photomicroscope that I bought surplus from my work for very little. I really love the binoviewer too, but I hate the angle it's on. Unfortunately to put a 2" diagonal on I need to chop the back end off the scope to get to focus. Maybe this summer I'll build a new focuser...

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #4010973 - 08/28/10 09:18 AM Attachment (249 downloads)

HOME MADE ALT-AZ

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: hori58]
      #4012129 - 08/28/10 09:10 PM

That's awesome Hori! What kind of motors power the axes? Looks brilliant. I'm very tempted to try making an astrographic mounting instead of a GEM, so I can track passed the meridian (which yours would be with an equatorial wedge under it).

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Lightning]
      #4014324 - 08/29/10 11:39 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights, Hori. You too, Lightning. Impressive work. Kinda looks like one of those high tech robotic arms at an automotive assembly plant. Would you please share with us how this mount functions?

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Bob Myler]
      #4014970 - 08/30/10 10:34 AM

Hori58, I'm unable to stop looking at your photo! There's a certain beauty about home-built equipment that can go beyond functionality and enter the realm of the artistic. Is it your own design? Did you machine the parts yourself? Whether you did or not, that's one great-looking mount!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: DoctorNoodle]
      #4033367 - 09/08/10 07:52 AM

Superb mount Hori58


Does it work as good as it looks?


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: PhilCo126]
      #4041518 - 09/11/10 09:30 PM Attachment (171 downloads)

Hi All! Brand new to the site.
Finally got my venerable old 812 to be autoguided. Who sez you can't teach an old mount new tricks

Edited by rzep8 (09/11/10 09:38 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! new [Re: rzep8]
      #4056485 - 09/18/10 11:37 AM

My good ole HEQ-5 on its new Berlebach Planet tripod. One wonderful chunk of wood!




Thor


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! new [Re: ThorBob]
      #4056511 - 09/18/10 11:49 AM

That looks very professional! The views have got to be incredible!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! new [Re: lunar]
      #4058071 - 09/19/10 04:34 AM

Love the tripod Thorbob! The HEQ5 looks like a really nice mounting.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! new [Re: Lightning]
      #4058120 - 09/19/10 05:54 AM Attachment (205 downloads)

my beloved AP900, now permanently installed in my obsv

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! new [Re: nik hodges]
      #4061650 - 09/20/10 06:28 PM Attachment (169 downloads)

Just an old Meade mount on a homemade tripod.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! new [Re: jmclaugh2001]
      #4064888 - 09/22/10 12:42 AM

Old maybe - but well matched! Nice tripod.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! new [Re: Bob Myler]
      #4065544 - 09/22/10 10:54 AM Attachment (162 downloads)

my new fangled old parts camera system mount

I call this the "SMUDGE-SSSW" for:

Sturdily Mounted User Driven German Equatorial- Sexy in a Scientifical Sorta Way!!!


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tclehman1969
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: hori58]
      #4068765 - 09/23/10 06:31 PM

Incredible, Hori! Nice work!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tclehman1969]
      #4068777 - 09/23/10 06:36 PM

I just have to ask, in a humorous sort of way, but why is it that nearly all pictures of German Eq. Mounts have the scope tubes pointing north? I never see them "posed" for pictures as they would appear when in use.

Anyway, just curious:-)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tclehman1969]
      #4068843 - 09/23/10 07:08 PM Attachment (248 downloads)

Here's mine...a canniblized G11 turned into a Giro-style alti az mount on a pedestal. It supports my 10 inch with rock solid mounting.



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #4068849 - 09/23/10 07:11 PM Attachment (189 downloads)

Another...

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lunar
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #4069118 - 09/23/10 09:37 PM

Very nice!

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tclehman1969]
      #4069128 - 09/23/10 09:43 PM

Quote:

I just have to ask, in a humorous sort of way, but why is it that nearly all pictures of German Eq. Mounts have the scope tubes pointing north? I never see them "posed" for pictures as they would appear when in use.

Anyway, just curious:-)


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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #4069463 - 09/24/10 02:07 AM

Very nice Mr. Bill. I have an Orion 8inch set up almost the same way. Do you find it more comfortable to use when the tube is bottom heavy? Less movement up top at the eyepiece when you're sitting down.

John

Edited by jmclaugh2001 (09/24/10 09:50 AM)


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Mr. Bill
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: jmclaugh2001]
      #4070005 - 09/24/10 11:10 AM

Quote:

Very nice Mr. Bill. I have an Orion 8inch set up almost the same way. Do you find it more comfortable to use when the tube is bottom heavy? Less movement up top at the eyepiece when you're sitting down.

John




Hi John

Rarely sit down while using. As shown, tube is balanced and just matches my standing eye height when pointed at zenith. Very comfortable to use in that position in spite of the dreaded "Dobson hole."



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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #4070086 - 09/24/10 11:38 AM Attachment (204 downloads)

Well, I had one G11 axis left over.....here's a homemade "cube" alt azimuth that is mounted on a G11 tripod with a 12 inch pier extension. That's my TMB 130 onboard.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #4070092 - 09/24/10 11:40 AM Attachment (196 downloads)

Exploded parts view....

Bought another saddle. The shafts are 1 1/4 inch so a couple of 2 inch to 1 1/4 ep adapters function perfectly as bearings.

Sheet Teflon bought from Kerr-McMaster. Box made from oak.

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lunar
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #4070805 - 09/24/10 04:24 PM

Good job! That's a great innovation.

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mr. Bill]
      #4073789 - 09/26/10 03:10 AM

Another nice mount Mr Bill. I am goi