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alpal
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Reged: 06/15/09

Loc: Melbourne Australia.
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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turbo399
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Reged: 12/21/07

Loc: Michigan
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3276897 - 08/17/09 12:03 AM Attachment (390 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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turbo399
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Reged: 12/21/07

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3276905 - 08/17/09 12:07 AM Attachment (459 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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turbo399
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3276911 - 08/17/09 12:11 AM Attachment (397 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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turbo399
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3276949 - 08/17/09 12:33 AM Attachment (395 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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turbo399
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3276954 - 08/17/09 12:37 AM Attachment (419 downloads)

The CGE Pro Mount in it's final resting place....a big lump of concrete!!

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turbo399
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Reged: 12/21/07

Loc: Michigan
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: turbo399]
      #3276962 - 08/17/09 12:42 AM Attachment (413 downloads)

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

Clear Skies
Terry


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alpal
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Reged: 06/15/09

Loc: Melbourne Australia.
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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turbo399
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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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StarWrangler
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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,


Alan


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alpal
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Reged: 06/15/09

Loc: Melbourne Australia.
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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rwiederrich
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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

Rob


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turbo399
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Reged: 12/21/07

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: alpal]
      #3280205 - 08/18/09 05:10 PM Attachment (342 downloads)

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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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CounterWeight
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Reged: 10/05/08

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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [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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alpal
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Reged: 06/15/09

Loc: Melbourne Australia.
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [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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turbo399
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [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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DeanS
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Loc: Central Kentucky
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: turbo399]
      #3285557 - 08/21/09 09:03 AM Attachment (442 downloads)

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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RichfromRoch
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Reged: 01/30/08

Loc: Rochester, NY
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: DeanS]
      #3300085 - 08/28/09 02:13 PM Attachment (353 downloads)

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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Phil Cowell
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Reged: 05/24/07

Loc: Southern Tier NY
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [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.
Phil


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alpal
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Reged: 06/15/09

Loc: Melbourne Australia.
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [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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