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Hal Pollner

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: DerekDRP]
      #1814511 - 09/02/07 02:08 AM Attachment (563 downloads)

HEY DEREK:

Yes it is. It's an R/C model of an Army Fast Attack Desert Recon Vehicle. (Unofficially called a "Whisky Buggy")

It mounts an M-60 machine gun.

HAL

Edited by Hal Pollner (09/02/07 02:14 AM)


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #1814547 - 09/02/07 03:03 AM

Quote:

HEY DEREK:

Yes it is. It's an R/C model of an Army Fast Attack Desert Recon Vehicle. (Unofficially called a "Whisky Buggy")

It mounts an M-60 machine gun.

HAL


Very cool Hal. One of my friends got to drive one of thease in real life with a radio control unit.

he was in the army or which ever branch he was in to be able to drive the driverless car via radio. and he said it was a thrill of a life time.


Now where in the heck would I be able to get of thease little guys?

I'm an R/C nut.


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: DerekDRP]
      #1814948 - 09/02/07 10:41 AM

Hal can pm you with the details, Derek. Let's get this thread back on topic. Any further discussions of R/C, etc will be removed.

Thanks guys.


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Re: Show off your NexStar *DELETED* new [Re: Erix]
      #1815360 - 09/02/07 02:27 PM

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Re: Show off your NexStar *DELETED* new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1815371 - 09/02/07 02:34 PM

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Re: Show off your NexStar *DELETED* new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1815389 - 09/02/07 02:47 PM

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1815834 - 09/02/07 06:34 PM Attachment (875 downloads)

This is my Nexstar 6 SE:

Edited by Starlighter (09/02/07 11:03 PM)


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1815876 - 09/02/07 06:56 PM

As you can see, I mounted the Wing Thing and got it to be almost perpendicular to the arm at its center before it curves inward.

I have several eyepieces. My current favorite for close-up viewing is Celestron's 10mm X-Cel series. I also have a Superview 15mm Wide View Four Element along with the two eyepices that came with the scope. I also have several eyepieces that came with Celestron's accessory eyepiece/filter kit. Add to that both AC and DC power cables.

When in my backyard, I always power it by the AC adapter. What bugs me is how the power cord tends to get twisted around the base since when the scope moves, so does the socket. I understand with their ETX series, Meade has its plug where it remains stationary. I wish this was the case with this otherwise fine scope.

I replaced the less than satisfactory star diagonal that came with the scope with one made by Lumicon. The difference was quite noticeable. I went with the LumiBrite Dielectric Coated Diagonal which reflects 98 percent of the light coming in.

And I bought the necessary dew shield, this one made by Astrozap.

Next purchase will be Meade's My Sky whenever I can find one. It must be great since there's a long waiting list.

Edited by Starlighter (09/02/07 11:11 PM)


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BrianRG
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1815971 - 09/02/07 08:04 PM

Looks good, Starlighter. I recently replaced my stock diagonal, too, with a WO dielectric. It does make a difference.

Brian


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: BrianRG]
      #1816137 - 09/02/07 09:52 PM Attachment (753 downloads)

Here's a larger photo of my Nexstar 6 SE:

Edited by Starlighter (09/02/07 09:53 PM)


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: astroman68]
      #1816905 - 09/03/07 10:29 AM Attachment (849 downloads)

My week old Nexstar 8se!! Other items: StellarVue 9x50(F50M), 50S mounting brackets, JMI controller bracket. Lots more to do as time goes on I suspect.

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ngphotog]
      #1817843 - 09/03/07 05:57 PM

Nice setup.

How easy was it to mount the Stellarvue? I'm thinking of purchasing one.

I tend to prefer the look of the JMI controller bracket over my Wing Thing. Yours tends to look like it mounts more perpendicular to the arm. I had a heck of a time fooling around with mine to make it straight up and down and it's still slightly canted to the right.

Edited by Starlighter (09/03/07 09:20 PM)


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1817915 - 09/03/07 06:25 PM

For what its worth Starlighter, I also have a JMI HC holder on my N8i. Once bolted together at the desired angle, the fitting to the mount arm requires no screws. You merely compress the sprung steel within the hand and slip it into the gap left by the HC. You then just mount the HC in the holder.

The downside is however, finding the holder's taper in the dark ! I'm in fact thinking of red light illuminating mine because I find it a frustration to use for this reason.

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1817996 - 09/03/07 07:12 PM

StellarVue went on with the regular screws where the factory red-dot went. This purchase was influenced by Hal and a few others and man am I glad I did that. The 9x50 made life much much easier. 2 minute aligns...

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ngphotog]
      #1818281 - 09/03/07 09:17 PM

Well, if it's that easy to mount the Stellarvue finder, looks like I'm making another purchase.

Thanks Tel and Sam for the info.

Edited by Starlighter (09/03/07 09:20 PM)


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: astroman68]
      #1831079 - 09/09/07 08:07 PM Attachment (692 downloads)

OK, After reading Dee's instructions VERY carefully, I'll try this again.

Here is my Nexstar 5. All I've added is the 9x50 finderscope


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: fireman]
      #1843443 - 09/15/07 12:47 PM Attachment (680 downloads)

By way of update to my previous post, I've now added the following "aftermarket" accessories to my 8SE:

1. "Wing Thing"

2. William Optics 2" Carbon Fiber Diagonal

3. Stellarvue 9x50 RACI Finder

Brian


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: BrianRG]
      #1843771 - 09/15/07 04:35 PM

Nice setup.

Do you find the Stellarvue to work better than the red dot finder? I think the red dot works well myself. My only problem is remembering to shut it off.

The tongue of the insert of your Wing Thing needs to be seated at the base between the two protrusions. That way it'll be a little straighter. I fooled around with mine and got it to be almost perpendicular.


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #1844524 - 09/16/07 04:36 AM

You're right about the Wing Thing, Starlighter. I eventually did get it to seat correctly.

I think the red dot finder works well, too. Ideally, I'd like to have both the RACI and the RDF, but the way Celestron positioned the accessory screws on the SE series makes that difficult -- although they're positioned fine if you're using the OTA on a GEM. So I'm going to add a mounted laser pointer to use for quick targeting and alignment.

Brian


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: BrianRG]
      #1845571 - 09/16/07 05:38 PM

I've seen some people move the red dot finder to the other side affixing it there with double-stick tape. That route doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. Unless there's a way to use the single remaining screw, I doubt I'll buy an additional finder. The red dot works just fine for my application and I wouldn't want to lose its quick function. But that big RACI does look great mounted on your scope.

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