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Show off your GPS/CPC setup!
      #504285 - 07/05/05 08:58 PM

I would love to see how everyone sets up their GPS or CPC telescope with all your accessories and gadgets. Please show off! Pictures and comments would be great!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #508898 - 07/08/05 10:53 PM

this should be a great thread..have a look at the Meade lx/rcx section and look for a post called show off your rig...It would be nice to see some black and orange versions out there

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: southmike]
      #509092 - 07/09/05 07:41 AM

Well as soon as the weather allows I will post a pic!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #509258 - 07/09/05 12:03 PM Attachment (2837 downloads)

OK, Here is a quick one.CPC 8" XLT. Telrad, Orion 9X50 R/angle finder, Kendrick Dew heaters and controller,Celestron dew shield, Celestron Power Tank 17, 2" diagonal and 35mm Orion 2" EP.

Jerry

Edited by JZaun (07/09/05 12:51 PM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: JZaun]
      #510574 - 07/10/05 09:34 PM Attachment (2778 downloads)

NS11 GPS XLT:

Losmandy rails

Orion ST80 piggyback refractor

Telrad

Antares 12x80 Finder

Starizona counterweights

Kendrick dew strips on corrector, Telrad, finder objective, refractor objective, refractor EP, and Bino EP's

Denkmeier Binos

Starizona spreader / accessory tray

Landing Pad

Wing Thing hand controller holder

AstroZap dew shield


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #510849 - 07/11/05 03:08 AM Attachment (2477 downloads)

Hi Guys,

Well, Im new to the forums and just got my NS11 GPS XLT last week, and have yet to collimate it properly. So havent seen anything really. I built a power system into a roll around tool chest that should power the scope and dew heaters and my laptop for a day or so. It has about 50 Amp Hours so it should last quite awhile.

I am still waiting on some accesories but a quick list is as follows, DewBuster, AstroZap Dew shield, Televue Piggycam, Losmandy Counter balance, Dew-Not heaters, Rigel Finder (not mounted yet), Denkmeier X-Power Diagonal (not here yet) Kendrick Solar Filter, Anti Vibration pads and a WO Digiscoping device for my Canon SD500. Im looking to run the scope from my Tapwave Zodiac Palm device using Bluetooth with Astromist software. The Bluetooth dongle hasnt arrived yet though, so I havent tried it.

Also, I havent been able to get the scope to link to satellites yet so have a few things to work out before real observing can commence. Look forward to learning a great deal here and think this is a great thread idea.

Took this tonight while I was trying to get the GPS to link up


Almost forgot, thats Gus in the pic with the scope, he thinks its all for him:-)


Rick

Edited by Run (07/11/05 08:49 AM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Run]
      #511049 - 07/11/05 09:57 AM

Welcome to CN Rick! Nice scope, nice dog, good times ahead.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: rboe]
      #511158 - 07/11/05 11:22 AM

The new tripod looks real good. I wish the came with a eyepiece tray!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: nreid]
      #511207 - 07/11/05 11:50 AM

Actually there are holes for 2in. and 1.25in. EPs in the club-shaped spreader piece.

B


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: nreid]
      #511777 - 07/11/05 05:05 PM Attachment (1969 downloads)

Burnim is right, it does come with the Eyepiece tray, and it looks cool and works great. Here is a closer shot of it for those interested. I like the way it looks and mine seems to be cast aluminum which is quite heavy and helps stabilize the tripod. The other leg of the triangle has the 2" eyepiece holes in it.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Run]
      #511896 - 07/11/05 06:19 PM

My setup is posted elsewhere in this topic. I just added a "FeatherTouch" to my TV-85, it's "SWEEEEEET".

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: rboe]
      #512341 - 07/11/05 11:46 PM

BTW Thanks to all for the warm welcome, I know Im going to learn a lot here and have a great time doing it. I have already garnerd a great deal just reading old posts, so thanks for that too:-)

Clear Skies to all!


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Run]
      #513756 - 07/12/05 09:17 PM

that power station is nice what tool box did you use and where did you get it.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: garyc11]
      #514140 - 07/13/05 03:44 AM

Hi,

Yea I really like the way the power station turned out. I got it at a fire sale from Home Depot, they actually had a fire and it was smoke damaged. Anyway, its a Husky and there is no model number on it and I think I paid like 30 dollars for it. Presently I have 3 - 12Ah and 3 - 7Ah Gel Cell batteries all stored in the bottom compartment. The bottom compartment is a bin and not a drawer per say. When you pull the handle the bin rotates towards you pivoting on it's bottom. I could probably get about 75 A hours of batteries in there but it would be way too heavy to lift using the handles. The top of the tool box comes off and is a small carry around that I stuffed with pick & pluck foam and a heater pad for eyepieces. The drawer below that holds all my heaters and the dewBuster. I went looking for stuff from Husky for it like accesories and never found anything. matter of fact I never found their main website. It has accessories you could get for it but I dont know where you get them, neither does Home depot, Go figure:-)

Thanks

Rick

PS, when you going to post your NexStar pics?


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Run]
      #563098 - 08/17/05 04:41 PM

Here's my GPS 11 and my new Scopebuggy. I'm using Starizona's weight system, Landing Pad, and accessory tray. I also have a 22 Pan, 35 Pan, 12 Radian, WO diagonal and focuser, Astro Physics 2" visual back . And I use a Telrad and the Powertank 17.





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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: JZaun]
      #563834 - 08/18/05 02:38 AM

Nice looking rig. It looks like you have both a telrad and the stock finder installed. I'm curious how you attached the telrad? My shiny new CPC 800 XLT arrives tomorrow and I was figuring I'd just need to replace the stock finder with the telrad... Having both like you have would be very cool indeed.

-Erik


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
      #564345 - 08/18/05 12:55 PM

Erik,

Look up a few replies and you will see my cpc 8 XLT with the Telrad. I replaced the stock finder (it will not focus the cross hairs) with the Orion finder off my 13" dob. I like to have both. I even use the Telrad for the initial alignment step. Its easier and faster than the finder.

The Telrad attaches with 2 sided tape already on its base. Works well.

Jerry


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: JZaun]
      #564368 - 08/18/05 01:10 PM

Works well till the tape pulls off! I hate that when it happens.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: nreid]
      #564766 - 08/18/05 06:34 PM

I haven't had that problem, it's always taken "goo gone" or peanut butter to get the stuff off my OTAs.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: JZaun]
      #564787 - 08/18/05 06:47 PM

Cool thanks. I must admit to being a bit hesitant about attaching the telrad with tape. Seems like it'd end up sortof wobbly. I guess I'll try it that way, and if it ends up not as solid as I like I can always try attaching it some other way...

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
      #565103 - 08/18/05 10:44 PM

I am not too crazy about the tape aspect myself. I have the Rigel and the stock finder and the rigel tape just came off twice, so now I have two different lines of tape *Word deleted by the gnaughties gnomes* on the scope. Whats Goo gone and is it any good? I would love to find something that would remove the tape residue from the rear cell. Also, Im getting ready to piggy back a Orion ED80 so will probably get rid of the Celestron Finder all together.

Rick

PS Nice Scope and how do you like the Scope Buggy? I have access to welding rigs and was thinking of making something like it, but with ten inch wheels to let it go across fields and such.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Run]
      #565143 - 08/18/05 11:20 PM

you should be able to get "Goo Gone" in a grocery store, or Wally World or such. It releases adhesive and I have never seen it damage a surface. Doesn't mean it won't but haven't seen it do anything other than remove adhesive.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: b1gred]
      #565470 - 08/19/05 08:39 AM

Goo Gone is incredible - it removes glue that nothing else seems to tough. Lighter fluid also works, but Goo Gone is better. Note that it is an oil-based goo-remover, so you need to clean it up once you are done with it, but it works miracles.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ForgottenMObject]
      #565678 - 08/19/05 12:32 PM

Peanut Butter works also. Makes you wonder if "Goo Gone" is a derivitive of PB or if PG contains GG... Mmmmm, think I'll go have a PBJ for lunch.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
      #587952 - 09/05/05 08:46 PM

Hi everyone,
There's new pictures and updated info about the CPC 9.25 and CPC 11 at Celestron website. They're both pretty cool looking.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #588002 - 09/05/05 09:32 PM

Don't worry about the telrad. It stays put I just seem to catch the base on something everytime I put it up for the night.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: nreid]
      #590756 - 09/07/05 08:59 PM

Run, about your Telrad tape problem: Here was my solution.

You can read about it in my post. here
Velcro Rocks for these solutions. I always liked realigning my Telrad anyways any time i take it off the base.

Edited by RandyR (11/24/05 07:45 PM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #590881 - 09/07/05 10:39 PM

David,

Great solution, thanks for sharing it. I havent gotten the time to get the goo gone stuff to remove the excess tape yet, its on the list of things to do though and now so is some of those straps.

Thanks again

Rick


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
      #702176 - 11/24/05 07:40 PM

Alright everyone, I think we should give this thread another shot.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #702192 - 11/24/05 07:52 PM

I've made THIS thread "Sticky" so as not to lose the continuity of a thread that was already started. SO, sorry for any confusion, but let's post our pictures of our setup HERE>>>

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #703382 - 11/25/05 06:03 PM

Here is my CPC 800 XLT About 2 hours before a star hopping session with friends.

Seen is...

CPC 800 XLT
Heated Dew Shield
Kenrick Heat Controller
Telrad
Power TanK 17
IBM Think Pad w/ Starry Night Pro 5.1
NexImage

This Scope...




Took This Picture



God I love this Hobby!!!!


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
      #703425 - 11/25/05 06:31 PM

I've had a Rigel attached to my C8 with plain ol' electricians tape for two months now. It's not rock solid but when I do my polar alignment I simply adjust the rigel a tad once the scope is centered and it doesn't give me any trouble.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Nocturnal]
      #703443 - 11/25/05 06:43 PM Attachment (1044 downloads)

Here's a pic of the business end of my Super C8+. You can see the homemade bracket for my laser and tape attached Rigel. Good thing it's dark at Starparties!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Nocturnal]
      #703446 - 11/25/05 06:44 PM Attachment (934 downloads)

Here's one with the laser attached. 10 mW to point the way!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Run]
      #755077 - 12/31/05 06:50 PM Attachment (1010 downloads)

Howdy all;

I am just getting the NS8 GPS set up in my observatory, so I will post it later. Here is my 11 incher that I take to dark skies. Often it has the Orion 100mm f/6 refractor piggybacked. I have an Orion red dot finder, Starizona landing pad and eyepiece tray and weight system.

Lots of fun;
Steve Coe

Edited by RandyR (01/02/06 04:43 PM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: stevecoe]
      #779132 - 01/15/06 07:57 PM

The Orion ED80 has since been sold, soon to be replaced with a William Optics ZenithStar 66mm APO. Its space is now occupied with a Canon Digital Rebel (mere mortal, not XT) and a 75-300mm zoom lens on the Losmandy dovetail mount thingy.


(clicky img to see full size and be in awe)

Also my new garage isn't quite as messy.
And it's in Arizona versus Pennsylvania.
And it's ~70F here today.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #795678 - 01/26/06 03:17 PM Attachment (1064 downloads)

Hi everyone,
Here are some pictures of my CPC 800 GPS XLT. Including orion ez finder II, celestron dew shield, william optics 2" 97% reflectivity diagonal, and William Optics 40mm SWAN eyepiece(just arrived today).


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #795682 - 01/26/06 03:21 PM Attachment (755 downloads)

and another picture of the rear cell...

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #795687 - 01/26/06 03:25 PM Attachment (801 downloads)

...and here are my newest toys: Wiliiam Optics 2" 97% reflectivity diagonal and William Optics SWAN 40mm 2" eyepiece, my first 2 inch eyepiece!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #795816 - 01/26/06 05:18 PM

Nice scopes guys and uh matt do you sleep with your scope or do you just like keeping it close to ya when your taking a snooze

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #795998 - 01/26/06 07:58 PM

Haha Preston, Yes I agree that it is strange to have the scope in my bedroom. I actually only have it in my bedroom because of the really cold and cloudy weather we've been having. And it's not all that popular with the rest of the family when its in the living room...I'll have to get them hooked on astronomy then I can keep it wherever I want!
And plus, it would probably hog all the covers.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #796593 - 01/27/06 09:18 AM

Matt,
Wives hate telescopes, espically ones that don't look good next to the China cabinent My wife didn't like my old 10in f/6 dob that I kept next to the TV in the family room. She kept telling me to move it to the back bedroom and I told her that Mars was at opposition (this was in 2003) and that I would be going out that night to look at it, and I didn't want to try and bring the scope through the hallway. Well my wife is a sharp lady and when Mars starting getting smaller after opposition she tried again, so my reply was, "but honey Saturn starting to come up and by midnight is going to be well placed for viewing." Eventually I sold the dob On the other hand the wife doesn't mind the LX200 too much, since it looks like a telescope and not a cannon


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #796594 - 01/27/06 09:18 AM

Matt,
Wives hate telescopes, espically ones that don't look good next to the China cabinent My wife didn't like my old 10in f/6 dob that I kept next to the TV in the family room. She kept telling me to move it to the back bedroom and I told her that Mars was at opposition (this was in 2003) and that I would be going out that night to look at it, and I didn't want to try and bring the scope through the hallway. Well my wife is a sharp lady and when Mars starting getting smaller after opposition she tried again, so my reply was, "but honey Saturn starting to come up and by midnight is going to be well placed for viewing." Eventually I sold the dob On the other hand the wife doesn't mind the LX200 too much, since it looks like a telescope and not a cannon


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #796825 - 01/27/06 12:06 PM

Preston,
I can definitely relate to that! It started getting too hard to come up with good excuses so I was eventually forced to move it. But once the snow starts to melt and spring arrives, you can be sure the scope will be back downstairs need the door once again!


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #797341 - 01/27/06 06:34 PM

I keep mine in the living room (CPC 800). My says that we can call it "art"!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
      #797618 - 01/27/06 10:18 PM Attachment (1092 downloads)

Well, I know its not a CPC/GPS rig, but it is a Celestron and this is the closest forum to post it on. Plus, I think it is sweet!
C.925 on a CGE with a WO FLT110 guidescope.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #798164 - 01/28/06 09:34 AM

VERY nice!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Jeff_Richards]
      #798247 - 01/28/06 10:35 AM

Very nice setup!
I think this thread should be open to any other Celestron owners that want to post their setup photos, not just CPC/GPS.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #801518 - 01/30/06 12:52 PM

Awesome setup!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #805884 - 02/01/06 11:18 PM

WOW Luke, that is just superb! The 9.25 for long focal lengths and the FLT110 for short - what a combo!! Also, from what I hear, the CGE tracks really well for it's price class. I think you've got an excellent setup there.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: LittleDob]
      #807731 - 02/03/06 06:52 AM

THANKS!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
      #854189 - 03/05/06 01:30 AM Attachment (951 downloads)

Here's a new pix of mine with the DenkII on it, and a slightly different angle than the others in the thread.

Edited by RandyR (03/05/06 01:34 AM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: b1gred]
      #855542 - 03/05/06 11:06 PM

Thats purdy!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #923516 - 04/22/06 05:14 PM Attachment (1055 downloads)

I FINALLY got around to taking some images of my setup to share with the gang! I’m lucky that I have 2 good scopes, a CGE 1100 XLT and a NexStar 11 GPS XLT. I use my CGE for imaging, and while it and the computer are doing their thing, I use my NexStar for visual observing.

My equipment list is as follows:

Scope Setup:
CGE 1100 XLT w/GE Mount
Celestron C80 ED piggy back for guiding
Losmandy Dove Tail and Rings
Telrad Finder
USB Hub mounted to scope helps cut down on cable mess.

CCD/Imaging:
Meade DSI Pro w/Filter kit
Mead DSI Color
(I will be replacing both DSI’s with either the ST-2000XM this week!!!)
f/3.3 & f/6.3 CCD Focal Reducer/Field Flattener
Meade #647 Flip-Mirror
Meade #1209 Zero image-shift Microfocuser
Vibration pads
Dell Inspiron 1150 P4 w/512MB RAM 17” monitor

Dew/Power
Kendrick # 2082 12A/18AH Power Pack
Kendrick Premier Digital Dew Controller
Kendrick heaters for both scopes and eyepieces
Kendrick controller software package
Astrozap aluminum Dew Shield

Loads of 1.25” and 2” eye pieces, adapters etc. Last but not least, an A/V cart and 3 large hard shell cases to carry/store it all.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ScottS]
      #923517 - 04/22/06 05:15 PM Attachment (863 downloads)

Here is another image!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ScottS]
      #923668 - 04/22/06 06:59 PM

Impressive setup Scott! That CGE is one solid looking mount.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #923682 - 04/22/06 07:15 PM

Randy, Nice set up!

Do you have problems getting enough back focus with the denks with the reducer lense?

Mine would never reach focus with that crayford taking up precious back focus. I have to use Denks special attachment to reach focus with the reducer lense.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #923978 - 04/22/06 11:17 PM

I haven't had that problem...

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: b1gred]
      #924057 - 04/23/06 12:31 AM

Quote:

I haven't had that problem...




That's great Randy - you got a great scope there!

For those considering the vernable 9.25 - some 9.25 scopes have more back focus than others. Now, this is no problem if you just use single EP's or a binoviewer without a focal reducer.

BUT, if you use a binoviewer with a focal reducer you may get a 9.25 scope that will not reach focus. A focal reducer (like denkmeier's Star Sweeper) is a wonderful screw in lense that will give you a very wide expansive view -- it's very cool and one of my favorite ways to use the scope!

This is a fairly specific problem but if you are a bino junky like me - it's something to contend with.

If I had known this was an issue that was different on different 9.25's, I would have returned my scope for one with more back focus like Randy's.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #925311 - 04/23/06 09:14 PM

In most cases with my scope, when I try to go to a magnification which is too low, I end up with the dreaded "central obstruction" black spot.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: b1gred]
      #927666 - 04/25/06 01:31 PM

I finally took a photo of my Nexstar 9.25 GPS XLT that I can live with. It's not easy getting decent photos of black shiny objects.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: b1gred]
      #927667 - 04/25/06 01:33 PM Attachment (1051 downloads)

Lets try that again, this time with the photo.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: strgzrSulli]
      #939599 - 05/03/06 12:28 PM

guys do you also give names to your babies???

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Flashy]
      #940406 - 05/03/06 10:25 PM

I did, I named My CPC800 Seymour, thinking that was the plants name in "Little Shop of Horrors" (fitting since the plant always cried out "Feeed Meeee" and this is what my scope tells me on a daily basis). Unfortunately, I realized afterwards the plants name was Audrey jr, but somehow I can't bring myself to changing the name, so looks like the Seymour name has stuck.

Funny, Seymour works too, since I get to "see more" with this scope than I've ever had previously.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: The Loafer]
      #944402 - 05/06/06 06:22 PM

Flashy,
No I do not name my scopes. I have enough trouble keeping the kids names straight. Lets see; Sarah, Adele, Kathryn, Laura, Dean, and Erin. Throw in a dog (Audrey (yes Little Shop of Horrors)), a cat (Tornado), two rabbits (Babs and Denver)and I couldn't possibly handle one more name!

Edited by strgzrSulli (05/06/06 06:26 PM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: strgzrSulli]
      #944699 - 05/06/06 11:00 PM

Lets thats 10 now if you count yourself that be 11,, you could start a football team, or staff a good basketball team.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #969552 - 05/24/06 08:45 AM

Here's mine:



WO Focuser, Lumicon filter holder, Denk and Celestron binoviewers with a piggy-backed ETX90 (got to do something about that clashing Meade blue!). All on a scope buggy with Black & Decker 17 amp-hr PS (orange of course, to keep with the color scheme).


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: strgzrSulli]
      #1024177 - 06/30/06 10:02 PM Attachment (852 downloads)

I'd certainly agree about black, shiny objects. Here's my first scope -- a CPC-800 XLT with Telrad, DewBuster, and Dew-Nots. Notice the cable clip on the inside right fork arm... my solution for strain relief.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: djh]
      #1037142 - 07/10/06 07:49 AM

I've named my CGE1100 the "Money Pit" and my NexStar 11 the "Money Pit II".

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ScottS]
      #1039008 - 07/11/06 12:02 PM

Did anyone try to photo in the fastar focus of C11? I wanted to, but I simply cant put the CCD in the primary mirror place. And I just cant find any adapter on the net. Have I missed sth?

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #1039297 - 07/11/06 03:19 PM

Quote:

Did anyone try to photo in the fastar focus of C11? I wanted to, but I simply cant put the CCD in the primary mirror place. And I just cant find any adapter on the net. Have I missed sth?

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You will need a Hyperstar from Starizona.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #1039321 - 07/11/06 03:32 PM

I was afraid of that answer but I guess that is the only way I have Maxcam ME2 and some say that its too heavy for 11' corrector plate.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #1039348 - 07/11/06 03:46 PM

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I was afraid of that answer but I guess that is the only way I have Maxcam ME2 and some say that its too heavy for 11' corrector plate.




Hyperstar is compatible with only a few cameras; Starizona can tell you which ones. Since Celestron never produced Fastar for the C11 the Hyperstar is the only game in town.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #1039445 - 07/11/06 04:34 PM Attachment (849 downloads)

Well heres my scope, living in the back bedroom.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #1039777 - 07/11/06 08:13 PM

Is that where you're living now, too, Preston?

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: b1gred]
      #1040300 - 07/12/06 08:05 AM

Nope not yet... the wife has commented "thats a big freaking telescope" several times though

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #1040719 - 07/12/06 01:58 PM

Yes, it is.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #1050313 - 07/19/06 05:54 AM

Here's Mine:

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: justin2992]
      #1050509 - 07/19/06 10:17 AM

Here is my setup trying to see through the trees.



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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Terlingua]
      #1050575 - 07/19/06 10:54 AM

How's that "looking thru the trees" working for ya?

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: b1gred]
      #1050730 - 07/19/06 12:19 PM

With a computer scope you can actually see between the leaves. If you had to star hop it would be harder.

Edited by Terlingua (07/19/06 05:30 PM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: b1gred]
      #1050974 - 07/19/06 02:55 PM

Justin, I can barely see a telescope with that eyepiece blocking!! Just kidding!!!

Nice pictures everyone!!


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: spaceydee]
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well here is mine,, yeah I know who is that posterchild?? He forsure is need of help

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: krackerjack9]
      #1051770 - 07/19/06 11:05 PM

where?

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: b1gred]
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its earlier here some people have a hard time remembering what buttons to push

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: krackerjack9]
      #1053114 - 07/20/06 06:59 PM Attachment (793 downloads)

OK, this shows off my boys more than the scope... but that is my N11 in the background, taken in Sept 05. (about 2 months old - the scope that is).

No bells and whistles at that time except the Telrad, the AP diagonal and the Nagler inserted in it... or that may be a Radian?


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: tjswood]
      #1053386 - 07/20/06 10:31 PM

That garage is to neat, though looks like some wordworking takes place in there, to far from Texas to make me some cabniets,

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: krackerjack9]
      #1053412 - 07/20/06 10:44 PM

Ahhh... but you've never seen it in the midst of a project... don't let the pics fool you!

Plus, my brother had just finished painting the walls and floor, and I had a new door put on. It was a great photo opp! That was last Sept when the photo was taken, it looks much different (and not as neat) now.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: tjswood]
      #1178840 - 10/03/06 05:10 AM

Hi all... another non-CPC/GPS scope looking for a place to show off..here's my C8-NGT showing off its Wilcox's!

Go black and orange!



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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Foehammer]
      #1197944 - 10/14/06 04:26 PM Attachment (597 downloads)

My new (to me) & pretty vanilla so far NexStar 11 GPS.

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      #1217263 - 10/25/06 10:36 PM Attachment (532 downloads)

Be careful - the next thing you know, the N11 will load itself up with bling!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Rusty]
      #1217291 - 10/25/06 10:54 PM

If it's going to do that, It better get itself a job first

Nice rig!


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Greg K.]
      #1218990 - 10/26/06 07:14 PM

Yes scopes seem to attract accessories. Greg have you gotten a 2in diagonal for yours yet?

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: LivingNDixie]
      #1219129 - 10/26/06 08:22 PM

It came with one. But I want a dielectric..

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Greg K.]
      #1219572 - 10/27/06 12:04 AM

Quote:

If it's going to do that, It better get itself a job first

Nice rig!




Thanks; a job seems to be out of the question - it still lives at home, and only rarely comes out of its case...and then only when I prod it!


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Rusty]
      #1219756 - 10/27/06 04:50 AM

I just picked this guy up a couple of hours ago. Haven't even aligned the finder yet!

There are clouds overhead so no playing with new toy tonight



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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: sejanus]
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Now if I can only figure out what I did wrong can see a thing thur the NX11!
I know it has to be operator error and as soon as some one tells me what I did I will nominate myself for CN's Idiot of 07 award for Febuary.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: krackerjack9]
      #1424575 - 02/14/07 07:00 PM Attachment (600 downloads)

Here is my CPC9.25 from the observing deck of my new house.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Randy Roy]
      #1424664 - 02/14/07 07:47 PM

What an unimpressive observation point.....that beautiful patio with a lake view is too distracting for a serious stargazer.

How do you like the wheely setup? I'm awaiting my scopebuggy at this time.

Edited by Ohatchee (02/14/07 07:48 PM)


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      #1424803 - 02/14/07 09:13 PM

Thanks, I think

Actually, I had the Scopebuggy and it was very nice. The Scopebuggy's footprint was too large for my needs, but otherwise would have been a keeper.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Ohatchee]
      #1424817 - 02/14/07 09:21 PM Attachment (725 downloads)

Here is another vantage point showing why I need the smaller footprint of the the JMI versus the Scopebuggy.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Randy Roy]
      #1425001 - 02/14/07 10:56 PM

Great set up Randy, you can stargaze while your waiting for the fish to bite.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Randy Roy]
      #1425026 - 02/14/07 11:15 PM

The new picture makes it seem like your house was designed with a telescope observation point in mind. Nice setup. My comment earlier was definitely a compliment....about your view from both the deck with your eyes, as well as your telescope!

Edited by Ohatchee (02/14/07 11:15 PM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Randy Roy]
      #1439321 - 02/21/07 08:24 PM

What a great spot,hope you get to take advantage of it.

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      #1439330 - 02/21/07 08:30 PM

What an awesome and commanding looking place! Wow!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Paul McC]
      #1439435 - 02/21/07 09:21 PM

Thanks guys. I recently retired and am out every clear night. I've been in the hobby continuously since I was 10 (I'm 56 now) and have never had a place to keep my scopes set up full-time. I have a tool cart that I use for my eyepieces and accessories, so all I have to do is roll out the CPC and roll out the accessory cart and I am in business. There is no more hauling out the cases, setting up, tearing down and packing back up again, except when I go to a public observing event or to your club's observing site. These CPCs are really neat for that.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Randy Roy]
      #1439601 - 02/21/07 10:44 PM

46 years! Is there anything you've yet to see?

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: bkushner]
      #1471762 - 03/09/07 12:53 PM

Sorry for not seeing this question sooner. I was fortunate to find Saturn, Jupiter, M42 and the Moon in the months after getting my first scope at age 10. I mostly just happened upon them, looking at bright objects. If the sight of Saturn and Jupiter for the first time doesn't hook someone, this probably isn't the hobby for them. Since then, I have always had at least one scope and have never missed more than a month or so, here and there without observing.

And the best thing is, though I have seen thousands of objects (stars, nebulae, clusters, asteroids, and galaxies, I haven't seen everything yet and of what I have seen, I enjoy the reruns as much as the premieres.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #1473445 - 03/10/07 12:58 PM Attachment (691 downloads)

Finally got around to taking some pictures of my setup. Here it is......

Edited by Ohatchee (03/10/07 01:20 PM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Ohatchee]
      #1474078 - 03/10/07 07:40 PM

Very nice Brian!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: bkushner]
      #1474328 - 03/10/07 10:57 PM

Thanks Brian.....it is kind of like sharing baby pictures with your friends!!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Ohatchee]
      #1508448 - 03/27/07 04:13 AM

Just one question - do those ScopeBuggies fit hitches with 1-7/8" or 2" balls?

Seriously, I'm really glad that some of these pictures included people for size reference. These things are HUGE. I was hoping for an 11" CPC, but now I fear my wife will take one look at it and say "no way!"

Maybe I should start looking at 16" dobs, show my wife what they look like, and then "settle" for a little CPC1100


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Altazi]
      #1510147 - 03/27/07 08:45 PM

Good strategy.....show her the 16" Dob and guilt her into the CPC1100. Now you are thinking!

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      #1516710 - 03/31/07 10:07 AM

That is a excellent plan and should be nominated for some sort of prize!!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: krackerjack9]
      #1519707 - 04/01/07 10:29 PM

Nice setup, Brian! The counterweight looks cool, too. I've always wondered what they look like and how it's configured on a CPC 1100. Is that one weight enough for all the stuff on the scope? (I'm guessing yes) With that weight in place, do you get perfect balance without the clutches locked in all orientations of the scope? (11" SCT Celestrons are kinda back heavy- it might be worth it even without the extras)

Do scope buggys lock the tripod down in anyway or does it just sit on there? If going up/down a hill, isn't there a chance of the scope toppling over? (I see a bungee cable on one leg)

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Paul McC]
      #1520369 - 04/02/07 11:01 AM

Hi Paul,

I looked at a CPC1100 sitting on a scope buggy at the Sunriver Observatory. The tripod legs appear to just sit in the little holes, although if you shorten the legs, the metal caps on the ends of the legs will catch just underneath the top parts of the holes in the scope buggy. I wouldn't think this would be very robust in retaining the tripod. I would hope that there would be some more secure method for holding the scope in place, other than just gravity.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Altazi]
      #1576044 - 04/30/07 11:15 AM

Here is mine;







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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Elliot]
      #1576078 - 04/30/07 11:29 AM

Here is the new Feather Touch;





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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: CheesyD]
      #1630950 - 05/28/07 10:12 PM

How do you like the scopebuggy? I am considering getting one for my soon to arrive CPC9.25. How does it compare to the weelie bar from JMI. The wheels on the scopebuggy look much better.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: rrenauc237]
      #1632088 - 05/29/07 02:30 PM

Really nice set up Elliot. Obviously a lot of thought (and I won't mention $$$) went into getting your observatory the way you wanted. How are the views with that 31T5? It's on my dream wish-list.

Bryce


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: BVirgo]
      #1633402 - 05/30/07 09:11 AM

Thanks! And yes a lot of cabbage has gone into this hobby.

The views are nothing short of amazing. Its the "Cadillac" (Do people still say Cadillac?) of eyepices.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Elliot]
      #1651077 - 06/08/07 01:17 PM Attachment (496 downloads)

Fresh out of the box...

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      #1651079 - 06/08/07 01:17 PM Attachment (419 downloads)

One more shot..
Hubert


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #1688085 - 06/28/07 11:56 AM Attachment (482 downloads)

My Wife's CPC.9.25 next to my 12 inch,Sorry for the picture but it is the only one I have with me a work.
I will say that the Little CPC 9.25 is optically fantastic.
It is on par with the 12 inch as far as sharpness of Image.

Edited by Steve Hopkins (06/28/07 09:36 PM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Steve Hopkins]
      #1689131 - 06/28/07 10:36 PM

Here is a couple of shots of my CPC 1100 on my deck with my home made light block that extends all the way around me.

Andreas





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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Andreas]
      #1689485 - 06/29/07 06:27 AM

Heres mine:





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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: SteveL]
      #1710131 - 07/10/07 07:58 PM

Nice setup Steve,Hows the light pollution over on your side?

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: yonkrz]
      #1710716 - 07/11/07 04:26 AM

Where I live, I am fortunate that the LP isnt that bad.... when the clouds actually decide to leave me alone, its Mag 4/4.5 skies, with the occasional Mag 5+ if I am lucky. Elsewhere, its like any other large city or community anywhere in the world... the yellow glow is terrible. The biggest problems here right now are:

- it has been the wettest June on record for the UK, and July isnt looking much better.

- at 52N, the sky doesnt get "black" dark for 6-8 weeks during the summer

So sessions are far and few between, and when I do manage to get out, there is a "very dark blue sky" period for about 90 minutes or so (skies start to noticable turn lighter blue at 1.45-2.00am !!)

Looking forward to Autumn (for "Fall" for our colonial friends ) and the longer/darker nights.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Andreas]
      #1711072 - 07/11/07 10:59 AM

What focuser is that? And, on an SCT would you use one with the diagonal? I hope this question makes sense. Thanks!

Edited by Star Gazer (07/11/07 11:00 AM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: SteveL]
      #1731810 - 07/22/07 09:01 AM

Just added a William Optics ZenithStar SD 66mm to my setup, just awaiting delivery from the other side of the Atlantic of my ADM counterweight rail and my Bobs Knobs, and I`ll be ready for (almost) anything now. (This does not mean, of course, that I will be purchasing/adding any less equipment to my list )




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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: SteveL]
      #1731904 - 07/22/07 10:39 AM

Nice set-up Steve, looks almost just like mine.
Your gonna love that 66SD up there. I use mine as a widefeild scope and a finder. It tis amazing!!!

CS's
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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: arowana]
      #1732043 - 07/22/07 11:56 AM

Hey Stargazer, not sure if anyone answered your question about the electronic focuser on the back od Andreas' rig. Its a Celestron motofocus. About $150.00.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: 1965healy]
      #1756111 - 08/03/07 05:55 PM

Hi Steve,

Nice set up chap! Glad to see the ADM scope mount fitted and the counterweights on the way. Have just ordered mine today from Anthony.

You must have flown your stuff to the Med to get sun shine like that in July. ;-) Out here in Oxford it hasn't stopped raining for nearly 3 months!

When I get a clear spell, I'll take a piccy or two of my rig for this thread.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: 1965healy]
      #1756581 - 08/03/07 10:46 PM

Quote:

Hey Stargazer, not sure if anyone answered your question about the electronic focuser on the back od Andreas' rig. Its a Celestron motofocus. About $150.00.




Thanks!


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Star Gazer]
      #1759153 - 08/05/07 10:52 AM

Man look at how tall and green that grass is!!! All I got over here is a endless supply of tan colored Dust and Dirt!!
That WO66 is a winner!!


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: krackerjack9]
      #1763651 - 08/07/07 01:02 PM

That will be the 3 months of almost constant rain that the UK has just emerged from (finally!). The ADM counterweight rail turned up today, so maybe I`ll get a real first light with it soon.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: SteveL]
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Solar Piggyback new [Re: SteveL]
      #1775712 - 08/13/07 09:54 PM Attachment (363 downloads)

I got a little crazy this weekend during the day and decided I wanted to use my PST WITH my 9.25 and a Baader filter:

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      #1775716 - 08/13/07 09:55 PM Attachment (262 downloads)

So, not having the right screws, I improvised:

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Of course the other end wasn't right either:

But necessity is the mother of invention or something like that...

Edited by RandyR (08/13/07 09:56 PM)


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      #1775724 - 08/13/07 09:57 PM Attachment (409 downloads)

But it worked like a champ.

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It's amazing what you can do with some vinyl tape and water bottle caps.

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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: b1gred]
      #1775855 - 08/13/07 10:48 PM

RandyR that little holder pad for the controller? I need one, you make that or buy it?? I can remember not having a place to put other than just holding it all the time. To put it back in the slot is to much of pain to tuck in the cord and all at night

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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: b1gred]
      #1775889 - 08/13/07 11:02 PM

SLEAZY, but effective!

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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: krackerjack9]
      #1776019 - 08/14/07 12:00 AM

Quote:

RandyR that little holder pad for the controller? I need one, you make that or buy it?? I can remember not having a place to put other than just holding it all the time. To put it back in the slot is to much of pain to tuck in the cord and all at night




That is a "Wing Thing", it's available from S&S Optica (303) 789-1089, tell 'em I sent you and you'll get nothing special, but I always get a great hug from Cathie whenever she knows I sent someone her way...


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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: 1965healy]
      #1776023 - 08/14/07 12:01 AM

Quote:

SLEAZY, but effective!





That's me, to a tee!

SLEAZY, but effective. It's why I'm an Enginerd.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #1776038 - 08/14/07 12:09 AM Attachment (483 downloads)

Hi Guys,
I've at attached a picture of my setup. I've got a bit more info about myself and my setup at my Web Site

cheers,
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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: b1gred]
      #1776045 - 08/14/07 12:12 AM

I was an Audio Enginerd for Capitol Records for 10 years and I was SLEAZY but effective as well. Bailed out when I realized that Rap Music was here to stay and I'd be forced to listen to it ad nauseum. There really is nothing you can do to Rap to make it sound better except disconnect your speakers or put your fingers in your ears.

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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: 1965healy]
      #1776072 - 08/14/07 12:23 AM



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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: b1gred]
      #1777524 - 08/14/07 06:25 PM

Hi Randy,

Do you have a website address for S&S Optica?

Cheers

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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: Stef]
      #1777542 - 08/14/07 06:35 PM

They don't sell via the web. You would need to call them at +1(303)789-1089

Their web page (which is JUST contact information)is: http://www.sandsoptika.com/

Edited by RandyR (08/14/07 06:38 PM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: StephenM]
      #1778803 - 08/15/07 11:30 AM

Wow pretty nice looking place. Looks like a extreeemly relaxing place to be. I wish was there or anywhere right now its been one of those days here

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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: b1gred]
      #1778831 - 08/15/07 11:47 AM

I give them a call RandyR thanks. So I mention your name and you get a hug
Some how this sounds so unfair


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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: krackerjack9]
      #1779414 - 08/15/07 04:25 PM

Hey, I'll take 'em however I can get 'em.

You'll love the "Wing Thing", it really makes using the HC a pleasure with a place to "hang it"....

Keep your head down my friend, wish you were home, but I know you're doing a necessary and valuable job over there.


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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: b1gred]
      #1779706 - 08/15/07 06:15 PM

Here here to that krackerjack9

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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: Stef]
      #1779710 - 08/15/07 06:18 PM

I'm going to call Cathie next week to order my "Wing Thing"

Prepare your self for a barrage of hugs and kisses Randy

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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: Stef]
      #1780118 - 08/15/07 10:02 PM

Don't call them on Monday, they're not open. Call 'em tomorrow or Friday, I'll be going there on Saturday...

Have fun.


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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: b1gred]
      #1780518 - 08/16/07 03:33 AM

Can you adjust how far back the "wing thing" can lean?

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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: SteveL]
      #1783594 - 08/17/07 04:35 PM

360 degrees if you want. It rotates on the mounting bolt and will stay wherever you put it once you tighten it down.

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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: b1gred]
      #1794815 - 08/23/07 01:28 AM

I love my wing thing, best 29.99 I've spent.

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Re: Solar Piggyback new [Re: andersha4000]
      #1795079 - 08/23/07 09:08 AM

Healy, I always thought "Rap Music" was an oxymoron.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: SteveL]
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My setup:

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The business end:
(I now have a FeatherTouch focuser instead of the stock one)

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Michael Nugent]
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Stellarvue F80M Finder:

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Michael Nugent]
      #1797888 - 08/24/07 03:27 PM Attachment (477 downloads)

At rest:

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Michael Nugent]
      #1798116 - 08/24/07 05:58 PM

That's a beautiful scope, finder, optical train, & buggy you have there, Mr. Nugent!

A couple of those shelves look a bit dodgy, though.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Astroboy86]
      #1798128 - 08/24/07 06:09 PM

Thanks about the gear, and you're right about those shelves. My car got a little too close a couple of times - of course, that was BEFORE I put the astro gear there - now I'm a tad more careful! We are in the process of replacing all the shelves on that far wall of the garage.

Clear skies,

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Michael Nugent]
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New pic. (Any excuse will do... )
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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Pedestal]
      #1802992 - 08/27/07 05:45 AM

Anyone know how I can get more stuff onto my mount/OTA? I seem to be running out of room



Edited by SteveL (08/27/07 05:46 AM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: SteveL]
      #1805448 - 08/28/07 11:58 AM

Yo Steve !

I think I can see a little more space for a "Wing Thing"

If you get a cable tidy to that lot you may find space for a further piece of kit

Have fun.

Stef (UK)
p.s Got my ADM Counterweight from the US. Work great!


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #1813202 - 09/01/07 10:46 AM Attachment (511 downloads)

Here is my setup. I just received my rebate so I'm hoping to either get a WO 66ED or AT66 to piggyback on the scope.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
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Just got mine yesterday...but the weather turned cloudy in the morning and it looks pretty much like Saturday night might be my first light with it. I almost have to believe the curse is true.

Here's a picture of the latest arrival posing with our two border collies...Mystic and Phantom (they hid from it for about an hour). Just like with the children, the delivery was rough (109 pounds shipping weight), but Daddy smiled the whole way through...

Good thing the CFO doesn't read Astronomy forums!


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Hello All,

Objective here was to absolutely minimize setup time to viewing in a very humid environment (coastal Florida) for the CPC1100 Santa brought us this past Christmas. In essence, everything is contained so that only one trip outside is needed. Plug in one socket, screw three bolts, pull 3 pins and scope is solidly mounted, level, and ready to align. I apologize in advance for the length of this description.

Scopebuggy Modifications
Severed gooseneck and screwed 1 1-4 and 1-inch steel tubing (sanded, primed and painted) inside ends for quick disconnect. These stock sizes (from local welding shop) fit nicely inside the stock Scopebuggy 1 ½-inch tube and each other, and are plenty strong.
Replaced cotter pins on rear wheels with quick disconnect hitch pins; removing wheels (and gooseneck) grants essentially full access to scope while still on Scopebuggy.
Replaced the stock 3/8-16 hand-knob leveling rods with 3 ½-inch long bolts having double nuts locked to prelevel tripod when screwed down.
Drilled 3 shallow index holes in concrete patio to permit correct seating of these three new leveling rods. Will paint with fluorescent paint (thanks Shirley!)
Made holster (scrap rubber plumbing fitting held to tripod with cable ties) for rechargeable electric screwdriver (orange in picture at left; mounted on tripod leg) with charger and cable hardwired in. Caulked the 9/16-inch socket to adapter in screwdriver so it cannot fall off. Simply screw the three leveling rods all the way down to the double nuts & remove wheels and gooseneck for correct level.
Tripod held to Scopebuggy at all 3 corners with straps.

Scope Modifications
Using sticky sided Velcro® attached Dew-Buster controller and Starizona piggyback power supply to fork mount. Piggyback serves as a UPS so scope alignment is preserved when line current flickers (happens often here). Thus, only two cables to rotate.
Cable clips (white on fork) to take up slack when transporting so they cannot drag under wheels.
Five Dew-Not heaters permanently mounted via cable wrap, including Telrad and corrector with thermocouple. Denk II BV has separate permanent BV heater around body. Denk 2-inch enhanced diagonal has the Dew-Not BV dual heater with each element wrapped around the opposite ends of the Power Switch / Filter Switch. A 2-inch EP heater is left dangling by diagonal.

Heated EP holder
Enables loading of all EP’s (17 1 ¼-inch + 5 2-inch holes) while still in house with no dew forming on top or bottom of EP’s; slides onto stock CPC EP tray holding rod. See description & picture posted 2 Sept 2007 on:
Telescope Specific Forums >> NexStar GPS / CPC Telescopes / CPC 8 accessory tray

Equipment Mounting
White 1 x 4 strapped to tripod leg with rubber bungee (right side in picture) holds controllers for both heaters in EP holder and holster for hair dryer. Two flat LED touch lights are mounted on bottom of EP holder for illumination of document tray beneath.
Both trays below EP holder are held in place by 6 3-inch long, square ¾-inch diameter wood dowels screwed into bottom side of trays, snug against each side of tripod and Scopebuggy framework. No connectors; trays lift out easily but lock tightly in place.
Bottom tray holds:
a) Self-retracting 30-foot main power cord spool with GFE, attached with two ¼-20 bolts,
b) Power supplies for piggyback and heater controller, held with sticky Velcro®,
c) Power strip, Velcro®. All wood urethaned and unnecessary cable lengths tied up.

Chair
Not pictured well is the CATSPERCH PRO with a MINIPERCH-type hinge/brace modification. This gives the height of the PRO without having to remove dowels or anything else to adjust the seat & footrest height over the total range. Awesome.

Most Expensive Mod
Replacing exterior window with double French doors opening to viewing patio at rear of house. CFO approval obtained based on favorable adjudication of personal appeal and house resale factors.

Full setup time has dropped from ~30 minutes to less than 5.

Bob R

Edited by richardsonrl1100 (09/08/07 04:51 PM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: richardsonrl1100]
      #1829233 - 09/08/07 09:47 PM

Hi Bob, Sweet setup! Thanks for posting the picture. Sure looks like fun. You have all those dew heaters AND a hairdryer!!! Only those of us in warm, humid Florida can understand why you NEED all that. How many trips did you make to Home Depot?

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CPC 1100 XLT
Antares Focal Reducer
William Optics 2" Visual Back
William Optics 2" Quartz Dielectric Diagonal
William Optics 2" UWAN Eyepiece (TFOV 1.3 degrees)
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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: NGC007]
      #1957613 - 11/03/07 01:16 AM

I will post both versions of my Nexstar C-8 GPS tomorrow hopefully. One set up is the standard f/10 SCT then the other is a amazingly fast imagingset up shooting at f/1.8 with a 8" SCT!

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BWskyward here. "Happy" new CPC 1100 owner picture.
Only 2nd. light on my new CPC1100. Still fiddling with eyepiece selection and accessories and going through learning curve ect. I realy like this telescope. Views have been great. Collimation out of the box is almost right on.


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Great collection you have BW.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
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My cpc and onyx. CPC1100

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CPC800 "in process" as always.

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SV 80mm NHNG
SV 9X50 RACI finder w/illuminated reticle EP
Celestron 7X50 Polar alignment scope w/illuminated reticle EP


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
      #2107849 - 01/09/08 03:05 PM

Celestron CPC 1100 GPS,
Meade DSI II
Assort, Eyepieces & Filters
Pentax Zoom
Sony Vaio Laptop
JMI Hardcase

old bed side table, And the wife's old hair dryer (hitec Dew Zapper)

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: gilligan]
      #2109490 - 01/10/08 06:12 AM

New goodies for me: Hyperstar v3 for C8 (Along with Feathertouch and Microtouch focus kit on the back of the OTA). First light from this was quite spectacular, but I need to reprocess it again before I post it on here.





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My typical setup at a Star Party - when the dob doesn't come along. This one from last fall at the All Arizona Star Party and my first party with the new chair.

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      #2153110 - 01/29/08 09:52 AM

what is that blue stuff at the top of your image? Yes, above the mountains....

I have to say that when I was doing the road trip through California in February last year, the skies were just utterly amazing compared to what I get to see over here, even on the best of nights, and even from a dark site.

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      #2157005 - 01/30/08 10:09 PM

Visit the Big Sky country next time.....

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      #2160468 - 02/01/08 12:17 PM

I am (California, Nevada, Arizona... April some time...)

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: SteveL]
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And you're SKIPPING Colorado...

Missing a good bet.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: b1gred]
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My backyard observatory:

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Awsome shot Stuart,were did you get that EP tray?

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To heck with the tray, Give me the Catalina's! Nice view!

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Awsome shot Stuart,were did you get that EP tray?



Thanks! That's a Starizona accessory tray ($99) (it's listed in my signature actually along with all my other stuff, can you see that image?). Unfortunately, last time I talked with Dean from Starizona, he told me they were temporarily out of stock. However, you can always send him an email to find out when they will be available again.

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To heck with the tray, Give me the Catalina's! Nice view!




Someone who knows his terrain! The mountain in that picture is aptly named "Mule Ears" and it is a very distinguishing feature of the Catalinas. My "actual" observing pad a smal 9' round field stone patio further back by the Adirondack chair (partially visible in the photo). It gives me a 360 degree view of the sky. It's one of the reasons I had the landscaper put it there Here's a cool pic of a full rainbow that really gives you a sense of opennes:




I know you can't see it in that picture, but on a clear day you can see one of the observatories on Mt Lemmon behind the first range where Mule Ears lies. I spot my telescope on that sometimes to see if there is any activity.

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With PST on during Mercury Transist.

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With WO Z66SD and GLP:

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CPC 1100 GPS XLT
Astro-Tech AT66ED
Thousand Oaks Dew Control/Strips
Astrozap Dew Shield
RoboFocus
Celestron f/6.3 focal reducer/flattener
Axiom 2" set
Astro-Tech 2"/1.25" dielectric diagonals
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----------Currently in transit to me----------
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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: OUAstrphys]
      #2226167 - 02/28/08 09:44 PM

Very nice, OUAstrphys!

Are those Naglers I see on that Jack Russell?


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Here's mine and I owe a lot to my friends here on CN for all the help and tips.

It's a basic CPC1100.

I mounted a Telrad on the top left and have installed ADM Minirails on top and bottom. A William Optics ZS66ED APO rides on top and the ADM counterweight hangs off the bottom. I installed a FeatherTouch Microfocuser and I prefer to use the Celestron Focal Reducer all the time. The scope is powered by a Starizona Piggyback battery and the Kendrick dew controller uses two motorcycle batteries hooked up in series.

Most of my observing is from my balcony deck in Virginia. I have a great view of the western sky from north to south. I find that an after work observation session is a great way to relax and unwind.

The little Piggyback APO is my wide field scope and gives me great views of those "binocular" targets like the Hyades and Pleiades, etc. I like chasing DSOs and it's a real thrill to spot one of the faint NGC galaxies.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: RAKing]
      #2230847 - 03/02/08 10:09 AM

Ron,

Very nice set up! How do you like the piggy back power pack? Does it last all night?

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: OUAstrphys]
      #2232702 - 03/03/08 07:33 AM

Quote:

How do you like the piggy back power pack? Does it last all night?




Alex,

Thanks for the compliment. I love the Starizona piggy pack. It's light enough to carry with the scope (16.65 oz.) and it should last all night.

I haven't had an opportunity yet to really verify that, but the piggy pack comes with 4500mah Canon camcorder batteries. Since the CPC doesn't draw much current, they should give you enough power. I'll learn the answer when the weather warms up around here.

BTW - the pictures were taken before I switched my piggyback scope to a Teleview 60 degree star diagonal. It's easier to use up there on top of the 1100.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: RAKing]
      #2235129 - 03/04/08 08:48 AM

Ron,

What have you pushed into the spare Aux plugs on the base of your CPC?

Clear Skies from the UK


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: RAKing]
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Quote:

Quote:

How do you like the piggy back power pack? Does it last all night?




Alex,

Thanks for the compliment. I love the Starizona piggy pack. It's light enough to carry with the scope (16.65 oz.) and it should last all night.

I haven't had an opportunity yet to really verify that, but the piggy pack comes with 4500mah Canon camcorder batteries. Since the CPC doesn't draw much current, they should give you enough power. I'll learn the answer when the weather warms up around here.

BTW - the pictures were taken before I switched my piggyback scope to a Teleview 60 degree star diagonal. It's easier to use up there on top of the 1100.

Take care,

Ron




Ron,

Sweet setup . I had to do a double-take just to make sure you did not steel my scope Looks just like mine (with the TV diagonal, AT Diagonal and PB scope, ADM Rings, FT Micro Focuser, etc.). I see you put some cut off jacks in your AUX and PC ports. Any reason for that? Keeps em clean perhaps? Or maybe from shorting out from dew collectiosn? Just curious.

Also, the Starizona BP you have is ~4.4 AH and when I talked with Dean, he mentioned it should last somewhere between 4-5 hours (depending on use). I have the old version which is 2 AH and that lasts just over 2 1/2 hours. When that's just about spent, I park the scope and bring out my 33AH Kendrick Astro BP (which, I might add weighs a ton!). Eventually, I'll pick up a spare Starizona BP and use that along with the older model.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: stulevine.com]
      #2235478 - 03/04/08 11:55 AM

Quote:

Sweet setup . I had to do a double-take just to make sure you did not steel my scope Looks just like mine (with the TV diagonal, AT Diagonal and PB scope, ADM Rings, FT Micro Focuser, etc.). I see you put some cut off jacks in your AUX and PC ports. Any reason for that? Keeps em clean perhaps? Or maybe from shorting out from dew collectiosn? Just curious.

Also, the Starizona BP you have is ~4.4 AH and when I talked with Dean, he mentioned it should last somewhere between 4-5 hours (depending on use). I have the old version which is 2 AH and that lasts just over 2 1/2 hours. When that's just about spent, I park the scope and bring out my 33AH Kendrick Astro BP (which, I might add weighs a ton!). Eventually, I'll pick up a spare Starizona BP and use that along with the older model.




Stuart,

Great minds think alike. You and I have shared ideas, plus I have read your posts as well.

Stef and Stuart et al,

Those are cutoff network plugs and they are there to reduce the amount of dew that may or may not run into those ports. It took all of five minutes with the crimper and some plugs. I deliberately left some wire on the plugs - they are easier to remove that way. Tape would work just as well, but this is the idea I thought of first.

Thanks for the battery run time info. The Starizona batteries are Canon camcorder packs. You can buy them at any photo shop, etc. The new BP-535 (4500mah) packs are very light (under 8 ounces each), so you can easily pack a spare set.

Ron


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: RAKing]
      #2237602 - 03/05/08 12:30 PM

Ron : I noticed those plugs in you spare aux ports, too.

Where I live there is very little dew, but plenty of dust blowing around.

Very cool idea! I'm going to copy you!


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My setup.

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      #2353583 - 04/26/08 05:55 PM

Scott,

I like your scope -- I love that back yard.

Looks like you have plenty of places to aim your scope.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: RAKing]
      #2357823 - 04/28/08 04:47 PM

Here is my CPC1100, Mallincam Video Camera, and Stellarvue finder, which really helps get quick and accurate allignments...



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Here is a couple of pics of my CPC 1100.
Still have a few mods to go.

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The buisness end.

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      #2379261 - 05/08/08 12:03 AM

Finally, my vision has came together! My CPC 1100 GPS XLT!







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Wow, very nice setup Psyire ...

I didn't know Celestron included the Coke holder tho ...

Looks great!


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: rick rian]
      #2397162 - 05/15/08 10:52 AM

Therock
very nice. I recently purchased a CPC 11 and have ordered a Mallincam. There is moderate light pollution, rural in the charts, especially in the summer, I am about 60 miles north of Atlanta. I noticed you dont have a wedge do your images smear much?
Thanks for you help


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
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The CPC1100 is quite a scope right out of the box! All I changed was the finder (Televue Starbeam), and I added the Starizona counterweight set. I may get into imaging some day, but for now I'm content to just observe.

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      #2433153 - 06/01/08 12:04 PM

Recent photo taken at Moab, my little spot away from it all.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #2433263 - 06/01/08 01:15 PM Attachment (397 downloads)


OK, here's "RAMSES II", my new CPC 1100, with all my aftermarket upgrades attached:

Starizona Counterweight Kit
StellarView 10 X 60mm RACI Finder and Ring Mount
Jasper "ALWAYS" GLP in Lumicon Mount
GSO 2-speed Crayford Focuser (I find it as silky-smooth as the Starlight focuser)
William Optics 2" Dielectric Diagonal
Surplus 12-Volt 7 A.H. Gel-Cell Battery on non-skid sheet-rubber bottom. (No cord-wrap here, and the battery cost me $5 at our annual Astronomy Expo)
Heavy-duty home-made tripod bolts with 1-1/2" Knobs, which can exert more tightening torque than the Factory bolts.

This scope will be used in my High Desert Town of Apple Valley, Southern California (3000'), where the humidity is extremely low the year round, eliminating any need for dew chasers!

A Clear Sky...
HAL

16" Meade LightBridge
12.5" Discovery PDHQ
11" Celestron CPC 1100
4.5" Orion StarBlast children's telescope (Which I'm giving to my Grandkids)
Coronado PST Solar Scope
Celestron Ultima 9X63mm Binoculars
Two DSLR Cameras
A new bottle of Tabasco

Edited by Hal Pollner (06/01/08 01:20 PM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #2433325 - 06/01/08 02:00 PM

Hi Hall,
Can you tell me more about the Surplus 12-Volt 7 A.H. Gel-Cell Battery. How can I get this set up?
Also, I just got my CPC 11 a few days ago. I have very similar finder scopes. Do I need the extra counter weights, or are you adding more weight than shown in the picture?
My heaviest rear end is a W/O 2" diagonal, Feather Touch focuser, and a 31mm Nagler.
Thanks
Bill
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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Bill Harden]
      #2452426 - 06/10/08 07:07 PM Attachment (351 downloads)


HEY BILL:

It will do you no good to try to copy my setup, because I don't use those heavy 31mm Naglers and Feathertouch Focusers!

As for the batteries, I get mine every year for the surplus price of $5 each at the annual RTMC Expo in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear.

The weight and positioning of the balance weights (both X and Y), is entirely dependent on the amount and location of the mass to be balanced, and it's different with every telescope, unless one scope is a direct copy of another.

So just use your own ingenuity and common sense...that is probably the most important part of being an Amateur Astronomer!

A Clear Sky...
HAL (not HALL)

(Here's my back yard...the 10 ft. pool is temporarily occupying my Observing Pad)

Edited by Hal Pollner (06/11/08 11:41 AM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #2504617 - 07/07/08 04:22 PM

Update!

Ready for action with my new EarthWin binoviewing setup and 8mm-Ethos!





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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Psyire]
      #2507504 - 07/08/08 11:18 PM

Nice!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ]
      #2507662 - 07/09/08 12:57 AM Attachment (389 downloads)

My Celestron CPC 1100 has recently taken up residence in Mount Jennings Observatory!

Aren't new toys nice!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Greg K.]
      #2527951 - 07/19/08 08:22 AM

Here are a few images of my CPC1100/Hyperstar setup taken at Chiefland Astronomy Village in February of 2008.

The first shows the power supply that I set up on the tripod base:



The next shows the focuseer side of the scope with the controller, monitor and DewBuster visible:



The next shows the wiring from the corrector side of the scope. Seen are the 12 VDC distribution box, the rear of the Wated monitor and the AirCables BlueTooth transmitter Velcroed to the fork arm by the controller:



Finally, here is a view of the mallinCam Color HYPER PLUS mounted on the Hyperestar lens. The wires are routed through a notch in the AstroZap heated dewshield:



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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Psyire]
      #2544756 - 07/27/08 06:10 PM Attachment (475 downloads)

After 2 months of waiting for parts here's my CPC1100 just about ready for some astrophotography.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ennbr]
      #2554988 - 08/01/08 05:01 PM

Bruce,

How does the Ethos 13 look through the 1100?


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: OUAstrphys]
      #2555748 - 08/02/08 07:22 AM

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Bruce,

How does the Ethos 13 look through the 1100?




I wish I could show a picture from the Ethos 13mm. I'm very happy with quality and it's exactly what I was expecting from the purchase. For myself with very few eyepieces I think it was a good choice. Before I ordered the Ethos I had modeled it best I could using Starry Night Pro 6 to get an idea of what to expect magnification wise.

I've since purchased a 12.5mm Plossl illuminated Reticle from Orion for Star Alignment on the CPC1100 and can see the difference of a inexpensive eyepiece to the Ethos 13mm.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: ennbr]
      #2699242 - 10/14/08 06:50 PM

My Nexstar 8" GPS w/ Starbright XLT.
Now just to add a few more toys to it...




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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: mattb]
      #2714473 - 10/23/08 02:47 PM Attachment (481 downloads)

There's been lots of time this year for modifying, but very few clear skies for actually viewing.

- CPC 925
- SkyWatcher 70 x 500 Guide Scope (Inexpensive and light)
- DIY rail system
- Orion Starshoot autoguider
- Meade 647 flip mirror, modified to take Crayford focuser
- Heavily modified Crayford focuser (machined to half thickness for weight, draw tube shortened 30 mm to not impact the mirror.)
- Feather Touch micro focuser (I use this to focus the camera, then use the Crayford to focus the EP's)
- Sony A700 DSLR
- Sony VAIO TZ series for guiding (stuck to the wedge with LOTS of velcro)
- DIY dew shield (2 mm plastic sheet & pop rivets)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: mattb]
      #2840626 - 01/03/09 12:14 PM Attachment (374 downloads)

I finally got all the basics together on mine!

The JMI EV-1c works very well in this setup and the diagonal is the new WO 2" Dura-Bright Dielectric Carbon Fiber. The idea is to use the slimmest focuser and lightest 2" diagonal. I still have 2" of clearance at the bottom. The "final" addition will be a counterweight system. I should help with some of these grenade-sized EPs!


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Psyire]
      #2862795 - 01/13/09 05:39 PM Attachment (342 downloads)

I hope i posted this in the right place and way. Still a little new to this. Heres my little bit of a crude setup for my Celestron CPC 11 inch SCT. At the very bottom a big round self, a middle shelf with four holes for 1.25 EP'S and storage. On right fork arm is metal holders for 12v battery and clip board with built in plastic dew shield. And on the left fort arm a metal holder for hand controller and another clip board with dew shield for holding papers, maps etc.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: saturn5]
      #2862858 - 01/13/09 06:02 PM Attachment (326 downloads)

Here's the latest from Mount Jennings Observatory. My CPC 1100 with 'all the wires' finally in place (for now...), and my little grab and go Vixen ED80Sf on a Porta Mount that's hiding behind the dew cap.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Digital Don]
      #2862866 - 01/13/09 06:05 PM Attachment (268 downloads)

Here's the CPC 1100 alone.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Digital Don]
      #2875538 - 01/19/09 03:46 PM


Here is my setup. The CPC800 with the Canon EOS 20D on the backside


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: STiMULi]
      #2918297 - 02/09/09 07:25 PM Attachment (308 downloads)

Here's my Celestron 9.25 GPS Nexstar on a Milbourne wedge with ST2000XCM and AO-7. I've since replaced the AO-7 with a AO-8 and added a RoboFocuser to the scope.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: idahoman]
      #2918553 - 02/09/09 09:34 PM

Here is a shot of mine:



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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
      #2963890 - 03/04/09 06:35 PM Attachment (354 downloads)

Finally finished (?)

Just got it back from C with a new corrector plate - this time, it's flawless. My wife, who is a pro photographer, looked it over thoroughly. She says she absolutely will not let me mount her (ha ha) Nikon D3 to the thing, so we bought a D90. That's the next project.

We'll see tonight if collimation survived shipping. The Starizona weights have this balanced perfectly vertically and horizontally.



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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: H Rosen]
      #3135288 - 05/30/09 04:27 AM

Hello!
Can i ask something?
Why everyone of you have either a microfocuser or a crayford and nowone have a jmi motofocuser?
Thanks.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: laskos]
      #3159868 - 06/12/09 09:39 PM Attachment (262 downloads)

Here is a Nexstar 8 GPS on a modified c11/c14 wedge, c11/c14 locked leg tripod with an Onyx 80EDF with homebuilt Baader solar filter mounted on ADM rings on a modified c8/c11/c14 dovetail with a c90 on my homemade camera mount. No sunspots today. It's one or the other mounted otherwise it has more limited movement than a Questar.
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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: jacktechie]
      #3232070 - 07/22/09 10:34 AM Attachment (240 downloads)

My Nexstar 11GPS + Orion 120mm f/5!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: laskos]
      #3232074 - 07/22/09 10:37 AM Attachment (304 downloads)

second..

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      #3232087 - 07/22/09 10:46 AM Attachment (276 downloads)

third..

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: laskos]
      #3240171 - 07/26/09 08:21 PM Attachment (301 downloads)

The Dark Knight is finally home.
Modded and Powder Coated.


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One More to show the awesome Powder and paint coating done by Jason at Kustom Paint And Powder Coat.
Also would like to thank Bobs Knobs,Starzonia,and Anthony at ADM.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: laskos]
      #3273767 - 08/15/09 08:23 AM

Quote:

third..



Looks like we can see right out the back of your scope.
Did you take the mirror out and forget to put it back?


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Martin Lyons]
      #3274502 - 08/15/09 04:38 PM

Quote:

Looks like we can see right out the back of your scope.



I think we're seeing reflections of more bushes (behind us) in the primary mirror.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: brianb11213]
      #3274535 - 08/15/09 04:58 PM

It is a reflection of more brush opposite of the scope. But it does almost line up to look like that!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: NCMountains]
      #3276516 - 08/16/09 08:32 PM Attachment (242 downloads)

Here is my setup:

CPC800 with Astrozap dew shield; Celestron Motofocus; GSO 2" diagonal; Antares 7x50 rt. angle finder scope; Celestron bottom weight rail.

I also use Celestron binoviewers; Baader Hyperion 8, 17, and 24mm EP's; Vixen 30mm plossl; 20mm Vixen plossl's with the bino's; Orion StarShoot II CCD; Celestron NexImager; Orion glass solar filter.

All in all a decent little setup for my purposes.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: NCMountains]
      #3289665 - 08/23/09 05:32 PM Attachment (235 downloads)

Sorry for the poor picture quality, Scope setup in the storeroom. I absolutely love this scope. Does anyone have a cure for this disease? I am spending way to much money.

Cheers


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: andersee]
      #3324365 - 09/09/09 03:32 PM

Here my CPC with counterweigth, I still cant ballance to take photos?

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New CPC 11 new [Re: megrez1]
      #3337888 - 09/16/09 06:31 PM

Stock CPC 11, ready for viewing in the backyard!



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Re: New CPC 11 new [Re: John Miranda]
      #3337895 - 09/16/09 06:34 PM

Welcome to Cloudynights. You have found a wealth of friendly knowledge...I am so envious!

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Re: New CPC 11 new [Re: Jack Tripper]
      #3339029 - 09/17/09 09:31 AM

Thank you! Actually I do have one addition of a Telrad finder. I think it works really well. I completed a successful alignment on my first attempt with the telescope (first attempt with any Go To telescope)...

I look forward to learning from this forum.


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Re: New CPC 11 new [Re: John Miranda]
      #3339075 - 09/17/09 10:08 AM

From the looks of things, John, I think the best "accessory" you have is that lovely Arizona sky.

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Re: New CPC 11 new [Re: letimotif]
      #3339190 - 09/17/09 11:06 AM

Quote:

From the looks of things, John, I think the best "accessory" you have is that lovely Arizona sky.




And he does not have to buy a lot of gas for the lawn tractor...which means he does not have the work or the expense of cutting the grass so he has more time and money for Astro Goodies...

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: mattb]
      #3345901 - 09/20/09 11:46 PM Attachment (223 downloads)

Ok.. I finally remembered to take a few photos once I got it setup.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Roy Salisbury]
      #3345908 - 09/20/09 11:51 PM Attachment (190 downloads)

And another. Wider image.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Roy Salisbury]
      #3345914 - 09/20/09 11:53 PM Attachment (194 downloads)

And from the other side. A bit dark (sun was going down). But it gives an idea of the site I was setting up at.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Roy Salisbury]
      #3346235 - 09/21/09 07:57 AM

Hi Roy, that is a really nice looking setup!
I'm still pretty new to the hobby, what is the computer on the wedge?


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Roy Salisbury]
      #3346324 - 09/21/09 09:25 AM

That's what I'd call Hardcore, sweet.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: aglaaluk]
      #3346606 - 09/21/09 12:12 PM

The computer is a Sony Viao UMPC. I got at a few years back for a project I was working on and have not used it in a while.. so figured I would make it the computer that controlled all my equipment. I can now hook everything up to that via wireless and use a remote desktop session from my larger laptop while in the house or my car when I am out in the desert.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Roy Salisbury]
      #3346917 - 09/21/09 02:03 PM

That sounds cool but still lightyears ahead of me at the time. Thanks for getting back to me Roy.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: aglaaluk]
      #3364870 - 09/29/09 09:56 PM

Here is my Carbon Fiber tube Nexstar 11 GPS with Starbright coatings and Hyperstar getting ready to do some imaging at a recent club star party:









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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Fordracer1]
      #3377545 - 10/07/09 11:08 PM Attachment (181 downloads)

This is my CPC1100 in my front yard at Lake Whitney, TX. It's real happy there.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: mattb]
      #3378693 - 10/08/09 04:45 PM

This is my CPC800 XLT GPS fitted to an Orbit Engineering wedge.

Polar alignment in less than 3 minutes,,




And a little vid how it all works

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96FIxc9oYhI


Coco..
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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Coco]
      #3448330 - 11/14/09 07:02 PM Attachment (224 downloads)

Two shots of my setup. The first without the piggyback, but with my AstroTrac setup next to the scope. The second with my EON 80ED piggybacked.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: antimorris]
      #3448333 - 11/14/09 07:02 PM Attachment (243 downloads)

EON 80ED piggybacked with Meade DSI II Pro mounted to it.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: antimorris]
      #3448613 - 11/14/09 10:05 PM

Wow, nice kit there.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: rboe]
      #3448627 - 11/14/09 10:14 PM

Thanks

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: antimorris]
      #3448632 - 11/14/09 10:19 PM

How is that mounted on the CPC? It strikes me as pretty high up and far back compared to others I have seen .. and yet I see can't see a bracket in that pic.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Roy Salisbury]
      #3448681 - 11/14/09 11:04 PM

Its magic!!! .... Actually it is mounted on the Celestron camera piggyback adapter. I was told that it would not be stable enough for the scope, but it seems to be working just fine so far. I will probably eventually get a dovetail system and rings, but for now, the piggyback is working great.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: antimorris]
      #3448829 - 11/15/09 01:23 AM

OK.. I would have thought that would have been unstable as well... Then again, I thought 30 seconds was too short to get good detail for DSO's.. Your 2 for 2 ..

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: antimorris]
      #3454600 - 11/18/09 07:28 AM

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Two shots of my setup. The first without the piggyback, but with my AstroTrac setup next to the scope. The second with my EON 80ED piggybacked.




Similar to my setup.

I have an astrotrac also, I use the polar scope on the orbit wedge as its designed to use that scope


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Coco]
      #3456886 - 11/19/09 12:39 PM Attachment (282 downloads)

The didactic CPC 1100 in repose. Other than public nights, this set up is rare. Usually, I only need a finder, and if I'm lazy I won't add the piggyback.

Dewstrips are in place, but I hadn't yet added the AstroZap flexible dewshield. I like the AstroZap because it holds its shape well, while still remaining flexible.

So:

CPC 1100
Orion 120ST w/GSO-Antares 2" Crayford installed
Stellarvue 13X80mm Finder w/Rigel Pulseguide Illuminator
AstroTech Multiple Reticle Finder (on far side)
ADM rails on top, Starizona on bottom w/Losmandy c/weights (12.5 lbs)
DewNot strips and Thousand Oaks controller
JMI Motorized focuser
Stellarvue 2" Dielectric diagonal on CPC
William Optics 1.25" Dielectric diagonal on 120ST
Baader Hyperion eyepiece w/Celestron Focal Reducer/Field Flattener on CPC
Meade UWA 5000 14mm on 120ST

I think that's it.

See second pic for another view.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: letimotif]
      #3456896 - 11/19/09 12:43 PM Attachment (210 downloads)

And another view.

Note useful duct tape (had to get that in) on the TO controller lights. Thank heavens for velcro that holds the TO controller and JMI focus controller right to hand.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: mattb]
      #3457537 - 11/19/09 05:55 PM Attachment (252 downloads)

Let me know what you all think!
Here are the pictures of the project I just finished for a friend. Features include:

GOTO
Removable laptop shelf
USB Hub
Dew Zapper
USB Focus control of JMI
Wireless Keybd and mouse
Wireles VGA through USB transmitter
USB to serial computer control
Sky 5 control
USB Image Source camera
Power supply for Telescope, Dew Zapper, & Laptop permently mounted
Custom box mounted around the fork for mounting equipment, shelf, & hiding cables
A/C outlets for power supplies
Dew shield
F/6 focus reducer
JMI MotoFocuser
Heater system for managing condensation under TeleGizmo telescope cover
TeleGizmo Telescope & tripod covers
Custom made "Scope Buggy" type telescope transporter with levelers
Total remote observing from the house

Edited by bacesp (11/19/09 06:05 PM)


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Coco]
      #3457579 - 11/19/09 06:26 PM

I,m looking to get this where did you get it and what was the cost,if you do not mind me asking?

Brian


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Coco]
      #3458253 - 11/20/09 05:43 AM

Hey Coco Brian here how do I go about obtaining that very nice mount and how much USD

Thank you Brian


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: reddog15]
      #3458646 - 11/20/09 11:06 AM

I made the fork adapter and shelf. The parts are off-the-shelf.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: bacesp]
      #3498915 - 12/13/09 10:25 AM Attachment (238 downloads)

Here is my setup with a feathertouch crayford...

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: AlienRatDog]
      #3498917 - 12/13/09 10:26 AM Attachment (363 downloads)

Another one...

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: AlienRatDog]
      #3498919 - 12/13/09 10:27 AM Attachment (307 downloads)

One more!

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: AlienRatDog]
      #3563207 - 01/15/10 07:03 PM Attachment (298 downloads)

Well, I could have sworn I'd posted a pic of my 11" NexStar GPS here, but I don't see it in the list. I can't even find a pic of it on the tripod with all the accessories including my home-made eyepiece holder. Guess I'll have to post that some other time. However, here's the setup on my pier for the observatory I'm working on.

Beo


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Lord Beowulf]
      #3637069 - 02/20/10 06:30 PM Attachment (269 downloads)

CPC 800 on Mitty Proline wedge.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Peter in Reno]
      #3877558 - 06/21/10 01:32 PM Attachment (171 downloads)

CPC0800 with focal reducer, Hutech OAG, Lodestar and SXVR-M25C camera.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Peter in Reno]
      #3877561 - 06/21/10 01:34 PM Attachment (153 downloads)

Closeup of AP equipment.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Peter in Reno]
      #3891808 - 06/28/10 09:29 PM Attachment (199 downloads)

I don't think I ever posted a pic of my setup in this forum, so here goes...

This is my 49th Anniversary Edition Celestron CPC-800. It's mostly stock, but upgrades include a GSO 2" 99% Dielectric Diagonal, a GLP from Amazon.com mounted in an Orion GLP to Telescope Bracket, a GSO 8x50 RACI Finder, Celestron Dew Shield and a Wagan 400 Power Dome to run it all. Lucky for me, active dew control is not necessary here.

Future upgrades will (hopefully) include FeatherTouch Microfocuser or possibly a Crayford, Starizona or ADM counterweight system and a piggybacked 80mm frac.

Oh, also in the picture is my loyal pal, Zurich.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Fimpster]
      #3891818 - 06/28/10 09:32 PM Attachment (166 downloads)

Another pic of the whole family including my CPC, my Orion 8" XTi dob, eyepiece and gear cases and my (AWESOME!) new StarDust Chair. Oh and Zurich again too.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: mattb]
      #3902328 - 07/04/10 01:50 PM Attachment (155 downloads)

My newly acquired NexStar 8 GPS. I added a TelRad - which I can't live without, added a new hand controller, and updated all firmware to the latest levels. I can now use SkyAlign just like any modern Celestron GoTo.

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Fimpster]
      #3902371 - 07/04/10 02:18 PM

Nice scope and nice Dog. I have a Burner as well. Nice dog if not a bit clumsy.

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I don't think I ever posted a pic of my setup in this forum, so here goes...

This is my 49th Anniversary Edition Celestron CPC-800. It's mostly stock, but upgrades include a GSO 2" 99% Dielectric Diagonal, a GLP from Amazon.com mounted in an Orion GLP to Telescope Bracket, a GSO 8x50 RACI Finder, Celestron Dew Shield and a Wagan 400 Power Dome to run it all. Lucky for me, active dew control is not necessary here.

Future upgrades will (hopefully) include FeatherTouch Microfocuser or possibly a Crayford, Starizona or ADM counterweight system and a piggybacked 80mm frac.

Oh, also in the picture is my loyal pal, Zurich.




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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Footbag]
      #3902640 - 07/04/10 05:33 PM

Thanks, Adam! Zurich is a bit clumsy too. I think all BMD's are. hehehe

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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: Fimpster]
      #3956550 - 08/01/10 12:30 AM Attachment (181 downloads)

Ok after putting this off for a while I figured I'd better post a few pics. It's not a GPS or CPC but it's not the first CGE based setup on here. Besides the C11 was at one time a NexStar 11 GPS so I guess it deserves to be here.

First shot, the C11 and TMB115 on the CGE. The C11 is setup with a Mallincam, the TMB as a visual scope. The CGE is on a Scopebuggy (leveling bolts extended so it's rock solid) and there's a pair of 12v power supplies in the tray at the bottom. You can also see the Dewbuster controller velcro'd to the pier and the hand controller extended length cable.


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Re: Show off your GPS/CPC setup! new [Re: mclewis1]
      #3956553 - 08/01/10 12:31 AM Attachment (119 downloads)

2nd shot ... different angle (got to show the glass)

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