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js.cougar
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #5348250 - 08/02/12 07:15 AM Attachment (188 downloads)

Hi all,
I'm a newbie here and this is my little baby which I've recently bought in Canada and brought to Europe...
(sorry for that mess around)


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Starman81
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: js.cougar]
      #5387783 - 08/26/12 11:23 AM Attachment (129 downloads)

I've read that it is the mount that makes it a Nexstar, so these might not qualify, but oh well... The 8SE on the Voyager mount:

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Starman81
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starman81]
      #5387786 - 08/26/12 11:25 AM Attachment (113 downloads)

And can't forget the 4SE (on the same Voyager mount). My favorite grab and go!

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RonnyKelly
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Reged: 08/15/12

Loc: Portrush, NI.
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starman81]
      #5414785 - 09/11/12 08:58 AM Attachment (139 downloads)

My 8SE.

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Peter9
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: RonnyKelly]
      #5414813 - 09/11/12 09:22 AM

That's a set-up to be proud of Ronny.

Hope it gives years of enjoyment.

Regards. Peter.


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RonnyKelly
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Reged: 08/15/12

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Peter9]
      #5415124 - 09/11/12 12:30 PM

Yes mate I am proud of it. If I can just get the damn thing to work now!

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Smittty692k4
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: RonnyKelly]
      #5415136 - 09/11/12 12:37 PM

So which is the counterweight, the piggybacked cam, or the finderscope?



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Arthur Dent
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Loc: South Yorkshire, UK
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5415436 - 09/11/12 02:46 PM

Nice set-up Ron.

Don't think you'll see much through that bush though!

Art


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Amith
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Reged: 06/03/12

Loc: Durban, South Africa
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #5420344 - 09/14/12 02:14 AM Attachment (109 downloads)

This is my Nexstar 6SE (my second baby )with a home made heated dew cap.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/78833332@N04/7984707423/in/photostream/


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RonnyKelly
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Amith]
      #5420748 - 09/14/12 11:07 AM

Really nice set up. Love the paint job!

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Amith
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: RonnyKelly]
      #5427077 - 09/18/12 10:42 AM

Haha. Thanks Ronny, but it isnt a paint job.. it the material itself that I used to make the Dew Cap.

Its actually a solar system chart for kiddies.


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ourobouros2k2
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Reged: 11/10/11

Loc: okc area, oklahoma
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Amith]
      #5434464 - 09/22/12 01:29 PM Attachment (112 downloads)

Almost where I want to be. Just added Orion autoguider/ST-80 package. Only thing nagging at me now is wanting to get a hyperstar system. Seems like a waste to have the compatible secondary and not give it a go. It has been a fun journey from stock NS8SE to now, but I am really happy with the Sirius mount and running the setup through EQMOD. Added a Telrad, man what a difference over the stock RDF.

Might end up adding a green laser setup to the finderscope bracket of the ST-80.

Edited by ourobouros2k2 (09/22/12 01:30 PM)


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nanomole39
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ourobouros2k2]
      #5460993 - 10/08/12 05:34 PM

oh man your right where i want to be. thats the set up im aiming for....err one day !. more pics please ourobouros2k2

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ourobouros2k2
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: nanomole39]
      #5464501 - 10/10/12 10:04 PM Attachment (75 downloads)

I fear that this setup may be too heavy for f/10 AP. Have to try it out on f6.3 to be sure. I am loaded at about 19ish pounds which bypasses the rule of 1/2 load rating of mount for AP. Careful balancing and experimentation will eventually tell. I am convinced I am going to purchase the hyperstar setup here eventually, so at f/2 it should be good for I hope up to 2 minute or better subs (local LP makes anything longer problematic anyway).

Going to include 3 more shots for poster's request above hope it doesn't offend anyone. I should also add that obviously the extra weight is beyond the ability of one counterweight to compensate for. Can't really play with the new additions until I order another one (c'mon payday!)

Edited by ourobouros2k2 (10/10/12 10:09 PM)


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ourobouros2k2
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ourobouros2k2]
      #5464503 - 10/10/12 10:05 PM Attachment (51 downloads)

another angle

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ourobouros2k2
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ourobouros2k2]
      #5464508 - 10/10/12 10:07 PM Attachment (53 downloads)

Last one. This one shows the Orion pier connecting mount to CG5 tripod. Very stable setup.

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rotorwash4944
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ourobouros2k2]
      #5464672 - 10/11/12 12:05 AM Attachment (75 downloads)

Here's my setup, with homemade motofocus, and without dew shield. Taken in Westhampton, NY during the New Moon of September. It was a beautiful night! I finished it with this photo of Jupiter over Orion. Next purchase: piggyback mount for my Canon 60D.


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Tel
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ourobouros2k2]
      #5464855 - 10/11/12 05:07 AM

Quote:

I fear that this setup may be too heavy for f/10 AP. Have to try it out on f6.3 to be sure. I am loaded at about 19ish pounds which bypasses the rule of 1/2 load rating of mount for AP. Careful balancing and experimentation will eventually tell. I am convinced I am going to purchase the hyperstar setup here eventually, so at f/2 it should be good for I hope up to 2 minute or better subs (local LP makes anything longer problematic anyway).

I should also add that obviously the extra weight is beyond the ability of one counterweight to compensate for. Can't really play with the new additions until I order another one (c'mon payday!)




Hi Andrew,

A few comments perhaps for what they're worth.

I operate a Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro GEM which I believe is the direct equivalent of your Sirius EQ-G, with a maximum, recommended payload of 16 Kg (35lbs).

This mount supports my Nexstar 8i OTA plus a 102mm (4") f/5.9 refractor together with an 8 X 50 finder, one 1.25" diagonal, one 2" diagonal and two CCD cameras (Atik 314L and Meade DSI). Alternatively, I can swap the Atik for a Canon 350D leaving the DSI which I use for guiding purposes when necessary and, should I choose merely to observe, I use relatively heavy Baader EPs.

Thus the total load at any one time on my HEQ5Pro is somewhere between ca. 68-72% of maximum and requires 3 X 5 Kg (11lbs) counterweights to balance.

I can say that having run this particular set up for well over a year now, I have had absolutely no problems with this payload or the accuracy of the GoTos, while tracking is very satisfactory, permitting about 2 minutes unguided from the 4" refractor and ca. 10 - 13 minutes guided, (the N8i being used for the guiding at f/5 via a focal reducer to give me a wider FOV and thus more guide star options).

I admit that I tend to use the refractor almost exclusively for DSO imaging and the N8i OTA for guiding, except for planetary work, in which case I operate the N8i unguided but can still hold a planetary image on my LT screen for at least 3 minutes at f/30 (X3 Barlow) before it begins to nudge the edge of the FOV.

I realise my view on what is tolerable as far as this mount is concerned, is controversal and others will have entirely different opinions on the subject, but I can only state with all honesty, what works for me.

With regard to the stability my set up enjoys, I would add that it is housed in a small observatory and sits on a fixed cast iron pier.

One last point on the subject of light pollution. If it's as severe as you suggest it is at your normal viewing venue, the use of Ha and Olll filters will get you around this; at least for emission nebulae imaging.

As mentioned, Andrew, just some ramblings which you may or may not find useful.

Best regards,
Tel


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Mike Clancey
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Reged: 09/13/12

Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: js.cougar]
      #5465174 - 10/11/12 11:10 AM Attachment (80 downloads)

Here is my new setup (minus dew shield and camera

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ourobouros2k2
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Reged: 11/10/11

Loc: okc area, oklahoma
Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: Mike Clancey]
      #5466082 - 10/11/12 10:25 PM

Thanks Tel for your insight! Guess the best way will be testing, but I am very encouraged by your results!

much thanks
Andy


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