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b1gred
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1760106 - 08/05/07 07:18 PM

They sell it at "S&S Optica" 303-789-1089. They're not open on Monday. You can ask them if it'll work with the 6SE.

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Starlighter
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: b1gred]
      #1760188 - 08/05/07 08:10 PM

Thanks Randy. I'll give them a call. I would think it should work with six incher. Aren't the remotes identical? How does it mount?

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BrianRG
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1760257 - 08/05/07 09:05 PM

The 6SE and the 8SE use the same mount, so it should work.

Brian


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b1gred
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: BrianRG]
      #1760280 - 08/05/07 09:16 PM

There you go.

There is a shaped plate that fits in the Hand Controller slot and a knob that tightens the plate against the angled flange on the Wing Thing. You can angle the WT to any convenient position. The HCs are the same, so there's no problem with it fitting.


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BrianRG
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: b1gred]
      #1770909 - 08/11/07 12:09 AM Attachment (1221 downloads)

Time to breathe some life back into this thread. Here's a picture of my 8SE I took tonight in my backyard while I was waiting for it to get dark. We finally got a clear night again in NE Ohio, but there's a little too much skunk activity tonight for my liking. This scope is 100% stock (aside from the dew removal equipment), but Hal has inspired me to replace the RDF with a SV F50. The 24mm Pan matches up great with this scope.

Brian


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Flying_Fox
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: astroman68]
      #1782259 - 08/16/07 11:46 PM Attachment (1111 downloads)

How come I am late for such a thread?

Here is mine:


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Starlighter
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Flying_Fox]
      #1784344 - 08/18/07 01:31 AM

Very nice!

I'm still waiting to receive my Wing Thing from S&S Optica. I ordered it over a week ago.

And I ordered a Meade My Sky, but was told the wait could be as long as three months. It seems everyone wants one.

I take it you like the Stellarvue binoviewer. I looked at a pair today at my local optical store.


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A.J.
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1787967 - 08/20/07 12:00 AM

^Oh you too. I'm going to call them as Cathy specifically said that it was going UPS ground and should be there by Tues. Well, it's just about a WEEK late. No way UPS is late. Someone screwed up....

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Hal Pollner

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Reged: 08/30/05

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: A.J.]
      #1788691 - 08/20/07 12:10 PM Attachment (1001 downloads)


Here's my 8SE:

I have it on my bench for a calibration check of the Sidereal drive rate. It's only about 9 seconds fast per hour, (which is 0.25 percent, or 1 part in 400), so no need to adjust the two phase-lock trimpots.

HAL

Edited by Hal Pollner (08/20/07 12:13 PM)


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Astroboy86
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #1789023 - 08/20/07 02:38 PM

Quote:

I have it on my bench for a calibration check of the Sidereal drive rate. It's only about 9 seconds fast per hour, (which is 0.25 percent, or 1 part in 400), so no need to adjust the two phase-lock trimpots.




Hal,

Just curious, how does one bench-test the calibration of the sidereal drive rate, or locate a procedure for doing so? I couldn't find anything here or on Michael Swanson's NexStar site. Thanks.

-Harry


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: A.J.]
      #1789154 - 08/20/07 03:39 PM

Me too. When I called Cathy on Saturday she informed me they shipped it out the day before which was a week after I placed the order. Still waiting. Hopefully I'll get it by Tuesday.

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Hal Pollner

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1789249 - 08/20/07 04:16 PM


Before I lead you guys too far astray with this "caliibration check" stuff, I should let you know that the photo was staged, and the text is baloney!

Being a retired electronics engineer/technician, I used to perform bench checks all the time on aircraft communications, navigation, and weapons control systems.

I just couldn't resist the deception!

HAL (You may now curse me!)

Edited by Hal Pollner (08/20/07 04:18 PM)


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Astroboy86
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #1789481 - 08/20/07 05:45 PM

Quote:

Before I lead you guys too far astray with this "caliibration check" stuff, I should let you know that the photo was staged, and the text is baloney!

Being a retired electronics engineer/technician, I used to perform bench checks all the time on aircraft communications, navigation, and weapons control systems.

I just couldn't resist the deception!

HAL (You may now curse me!)




That was excellent, sir. Swallowed it hook, line, and sinker!

Thanks for spilling the beans before I dragged my trusty (and dusty) o-scope, freq counter, & function generator out of storage. Obviously, I was blinded by my eager anticipation of a great excuse for cracking open my wife's new telescope and poking around in its guts.
Now that I look at the photo a bit closer, your scope's mount enclosure does look suspiciously intact.

-Harry

PS: My dad would have enjoyed your little practical joke. He was a retired QA Supervisor at Naval Air Rework Facility Norfolk, where he inspected EA-6 radio & missile guidance system repairs. He and the bench techs were known to play little jokes on each other...but never when he was holding that little red rubber stamp!


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Hal Pollner

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Astroboy86]
      #1789745 - 08/20/07 08:01 PM

Thanks for stringing along that far anyway, Harry! I can tell you're not THAT gullible!

(Never mess with QA!)

HAL
p.s. Is Norfolk still known as xxxx City?

Edited by Hal Pollner (08/20/07 08:03 PM)


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Starlighter
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #1789848 - 08/20/07 08:54 PM

Nick,

How is it that your heavy-duty tripod has what appears to be black anodized legs when the Celestron website only shows it available with silver legs?


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spaceydee
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1795420 - 08/23/07 12:14 PM

I have moved the last number of "Wing Thing" posts and created a new thread with those posts in this forum. Let's try to keep this one on topic!

Thanks!


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Flying_Fox
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Loc: Halifax, NS Canada
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1796633 - 08/23/07 10:52 PM

Yes, that's all black legs heavy-duty tripod that was used with NexStar GPS series. It had the version with the mounting plate for NexStar 8i and this version is discontinued now. I bought one last year from the remaining stock.

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Starlighter
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Flying_Fox]
      #1797663 - 08/24/07 01:33 PM

It looks great. Too bad it's no longer available.

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Clint M
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Reged: 06/03/07

Loc: Madison, WI
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1802592 - 08/26/07 11:03 PM

Finally managed to get around to this ...

Nothing too special here - a plain ol' 8SE. The only thing that's new is an Orion 9x50 finder mounted where the old finder was. The old finder was moved a screw-hole down and is used for quick aiming.



For fun, I tried my take at using a camera with the scope tonight. Keep in mind this is me holding my digital camera up to the eyepiece and keeping my fingers crossed, so show mercy






Edited by Charlie Hein (05/10/08 05:39 PM)


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DerekDRP
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Reged: 07/16/07

Loc: Michigan
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Clint M]
      #1813870 - 09/01/07 06:21 PM

Hal is that an Old rc car on the shelf in your testing station room?

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