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Tom L

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Reflector Links of Interest
      #90474 - 04/14/04 02:59 PM

Hi folks, Thought I'd finally get around to creating this thread. If you have any links of interest that are specifically for reflectors of any type, please post them here. I encourage you to add any link that you believe will help the reflector community. Please feel free to also post links to manufacturers and vendors that cater to reflectors.

Here is the link to the NEWT program.

http://home.att.net/~dale.keller/atm/newtonians/newtsoft/newtsoft.htm


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: Tom L]
      #90481 - 04/14/04 03:23 PM

Collimation (two favorites)

The Collimation - (Why to collimate)

http://perso.club-internet.fr/legault/collim.html


FAQ about Collimating a Newtonian telescope - (Why and How to collimate)

http://zebu.uoregon.edu/~mbartels/kolli/kolli.html

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Tom L

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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: Tom T]
      #100101 - 04/30/04 02:26 PM

This one was added in the new "beginners Forum" and is an excellent link for step-by-step collimation of an XT8 newtonian OTA.

http://www.schlatter.org/Dad/Astronomy/collimate.htm

Definitely recommended reading for someone just learning to collimate there newt. In his article, it might be advantageous to add Stacy's grid paper in place of the orange background paper to aid in correct placement of the physical secondary mirror/holder...maybe one of his colors (orange, neon green or neo yellow) with a grid on it.

Edited by Tom L (04/30/04 03:56 PM)


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: Tom L]
      #120065 - 06/05/04 08:42 PM

I have used Newt on many a many of occasions... good post

Tom


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kiwisailor
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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: ]
      #140061 - 07/03/04 04:25 PM

Some mirror cooling links that you might find useful:

http://www.gmpexpress.net/~tomhole/thermalmanagement.pdf

http://www.fpi-protostar.com/bgreer/sep2000s&t.htm

http://astro.umsystem.edu/atm/ARCHIVES/MAY03/msg00110.html

http://home.t-online.de/home/mrimkus/mirror/mirrmain.htm

www.nvc.stockholm.se/NVC-filer/Plexiglass_telescope.pdf anslag

Steve


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kiwisailor
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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: kiwisailor]
      #140074 - 07/03/04 04:52 PM

Couple more to add to your bookmark file

Collimation start with this link http://www.astro-tom.com/telescopes/newtonian.htm and have a look at this link for some star test info http://home.digitalexp.com/~suiterhr/TM/Topten.htm

Steve

Edited by kiwisailor (07/03/04 04:53 PM)


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kiwisailor
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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: kiwisailor]
      #141595 - 07/06/04 01:56 AM

EQ Mount Links:

http://www.astronomyboy.com/eq/

http://www.astronomy.net/articles/4/polaralign.html

http://www.celestron.com/polar.htm

www.skywatchertelescope.net/ Downloads/PolarscopeForEQ6.pdf

24.237.160.4/files/Astronomy/Mounts/PolarAlignment.pdf

Steve


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kiwisailor
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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: kiwisailor]
      #143289 - 07/08/04 12:41 AM

Some star test links:

http://members.aol.com/billferris/startest2.html

http://www.lincolnastrosoc.freeserve.co.uk/startest.html

http://www.astunit.com/tutorials/startest.htm

http://astro.geekjoy.com/scopes/tube_currents.html

Steve


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kiwisailor
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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: kiwisailor]
      #145456 - 07/11/04 02:32 AM

More Collimation links:

http://skyandtelescope.com/printable/howto/scopes/article_790.asp

http://www.tomhole.com/Barlowed%20Laser.htm

http://www.propermotion.com/jwreed/ATM/Collimate/Collimate.htm
Checking a laser collimator
http://www.atmsite.org/contrib/Kniffen/collimate/la-ck.jpg

Steve

Edited by kiwisailor (07/13/04 04:25 AM)


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kiwisailor
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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: kiwisailor]
      #146853 - 07/13/04 03:41 AM

Mirror cleaning links:

http://astronomy.trilobytes.com.au/scope/fix-it.htm#alignment

http://www.sas.org/E-Bulletin/2003-05-02/labNotesAS/body.html

www.backyardastronomy.com/appendix/cleaning.pdf

http://home.covad.net/~alcoat/al_2.htm

http://cobalt.golden.net/~kwastro/Caring%20for%20Optics.htm

http://www.corvus.com/faq/aa01faq8.htm

http://observers.org/tac.mailing.list/2001/Oct/0426.html

http://www.weatherman.com/oldscope.htm

http://www.ghg.net/cshaw/clean.htm

http://www.rhinodev.com/oldscope/atspages/techtips.htm

These links are not in any particular order, and you use any of them at your risk.

Steve


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kiwisailor
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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: kiwisailor]
      #147558 - 07/13/04 10:35 PM

Optical theory as it relates to Newtonian reflectors and their design:

http://www.fsz.bme.hu/~szirmay/gascon/vnt/vnt_paper/

http://www.licha.de/astro_article_mtf_telescope_resolution.php

http://www.oregonvos.net/~jgarlitz/thermal.htm

Steve


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Tom L

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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: kiwisailor]
      #151096 - 07/19/04 03:56 PM

This site contains an excellent tutorial for collimating a reflector. I highly rcommend it to everyone!

http://www.andysshotglass.com/Collimating.html


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest *DELETED* new [Re: Tom L]
      #227120 - 10/20/04 10:08 PM

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kiwisailor
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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: Kevin201]
      #230316 - 10/24/04 03:58 PM

Mirror recoating resources

Swayze Refiguring

Newport Glass

L&L Optical-Mirror Recoating
Galvoptics-UK recoaters

ProSpec Mirrors- Testing, Refiguring & Rcoating

Majestic Coatings

Steve


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: kiwisailor]
      #230326 - 10/24/04 04:28 PM

Other mirror coating services:
http://www.dentonvacuum.com/
http://www.clausing.com/
http://www.qsptech.com/site.htm
http://www.navitar.com/coating/
http://www.photoninstrument.com/photon11.html
http://www.precisionapplied.com/
http://www.spectrum-coatings.com/telescop.htm


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: Kevin201]
      #231960 - 10/26/04 10:47 AM

Orion has added the 2.48" diagonal mirror to their site. So if you want to delete this message you can.

LOOK I fixed the long link.

Quote:

If your looking for a new secondary mirror for Orion XT10 I found it on amazon.com

Orion 2.48" Secondary Mirror $26.95

diagonal mirror






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kiwisailor
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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: Kevin201]
      #251749 - 11/14/04 11:42 PM

Dew Control

Home Brewed Dew Zapper Controller

Secondary Dew Heater

Anti Dew Heater Tech Paper

Astro Systems Secondary Heater

Another Home Brewed Heater Controller

Telrad Anti Dew Heater

Telrad As A Distribution Board

Don Clement's Controller For Dew Heaters

Steve


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: kiwisailor]
      #262032 - 11/24/04 10:35 PM

More Anti Dew Links:

Home Brewed Heater Strips

Home Brew Nichrome Heaters

Mark Kay's Dew Heaters

Steve


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: Tom L]
      #288065 - 12/21/04 08:13 PM

reflector reviews

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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: LesB]
      #290215 - 12/23/04 06:47 PM

Scope rings and counterweights:
Ken's Rings

Steve


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kiwisailor
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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: kiwisailor]
      #297703 - 01/02/05 12:55 PM

Planeterium programs/Star Map Sites:

Cartes du Ciel Sky Charts,Free program to draw sky charts
For use with Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
http://www.stargazing.net/astropc/

Hello Northern Sky or HNSKY for short:
http://www.hnsky.org


One page field maps of each constellation to find some of the Messier objects. Complete with Telrad circles:
http://www.atmob.org/Articles/skymaps_jsmall.html

Month by month, one page full sky maps for your correct hemisphere to find said constellations:
http://skymaps.com/downloads.html

And if none of the above meet your needs, then look here for other options/OS's/platforms etc:
http://nineplanets.org/astrosoftware.html

Steve


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: kiwisailor]
      #1367441 - 01/17/07 05:23 PM

Updated ref for One page field maps of each constellation to find some of the Messier objects. Complete with Telrad circles:
http://www.atmob.org/library/member/skymaps_jsmall.html


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: drzeus]
      #2185583 - 02/12/08 07:26 AM

Televue's Paracorr specs and performance chart: Paracorr page
Paracorr Performance charts

Alan Adler's Cool.exe. program - to model mirror cooling with various thicknesses, fans, etc.:
Cool.exe

Jarad


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: Jarad]
      #2198023 - 02/17/08 12:56 PM

The Degree Circle Thread:
Degree Circles

Link to PDF Degree Circle Thread:
Degree Circle PDF


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest new [Re: Don W]
      #2198050 - 02/17/08 01:03 PM

Link to use of Catseye Collimation tools:
Catseye Collimation Tools


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Tom L

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Collimation for Extra Dummies! new [Re: Tom L]
      #2236586 - 03/04/08 09:55 PM

Thank you, Marya!!!

Collimation for EXTRA Dummies


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Re: Collimation for Extra Dummies! new [Re: Tom L]
      #3576921 - 01/22/10 12:28 PM

The original link for Dale Keller's Newt Software in the original post is no longer valid.

Here is the current link:

http://www.dalekeller.net/ATM/newtonians/newtsoft/newtsoft.htm


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Reflector Links of Interest-- Synta vs. GSO new [Re: Don W]
      #4357055 - 02/01/11 11:12 PM

Synta vs. GSO

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Re: Reflector Links of Interest-- Synta vs. GSO new [Re: Rob E]
      #4595505 - 05/22/11 03:24 AM

Reflectorians:

This post can be removed, and probably should be after it's answered, but could someone recommend good sources for flocking material for a Newtonian?

Thanks ahead of time


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest-- Synta vs. GSO new [Re: CollinofAlabama]
      #4595902 - 05/22/11 10:21 AM

Quote:

Reflectorians:

This post can be removed, and probably should be after it's answered, but could someone recommend good sources for flocking material for a Newtonian?

Thanks ahead of time




Start a new thread and ask the question


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Re: Reflector Links of Interest-- Synta vs. GSO new [Re: Jason D]
      #4599552 - 05/24/11 01:30 AM

Good thing Jason's not a policeman, or a school crossing guard.

Found this ...

CN flocking description

... and it's a good read, for sure, though the author spends little time discussing the flocking options, rather than the most generic, dismissing the Protostar 'Light Trap' with little detail. I'm a bit more interested in the detail. Of course, the reason such a recommendation belongs here, as opposed to a post I might make, is that such information does, in fact, belong on a 'sticky' post that won't disappear in the myriad other topics. Given that collimation is talked to death in these stickies, doesn't flocking a newtonian merit some permanence? I would certainly agree that collimation has greater importance, overall, for newt owners, but after this subject, I'd think flocking, at least opposite the focuser and near the objective might deserve attention on a lasting, 'sticky' post.


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