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Tom Andrews
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: Locoman]
      #5103721 - 03/03/12 11:05 PM Attachment (52 downloads)

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I have been trying so long to figure out how to make those on the PortaMount. How did you make them?




You can use the PDF file in the beginnning of this tread, scale it down to the size you need on a standard home printer for the azimuth circle.

My friend did his Porta-Mount this way then bought a thin sheet of plexiglass and cut two round sheets to fit top and bottom to protect it. I'm kicking myself for not taking pictures of it.

He then used the Sears Torpedo digital level (which happens to be on sale right now) on the mount (at the red circled area in photo) for altitude degrees.


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Den Mama
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Loc: montana
Re: Degree Circles new [Re: Tom Andrews]
      #5104225 - 03/04/12 09:21 AM

Here's a link to the PDF files (sticky above here)

PDF Degree circle files


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Locoman
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: Tom Andrews]
      #5104292 - 03/04/12 10:01 AM

I use a Wixey Inclinometer but I made the declination dial to see how it works. The azimuth dial that you see that sits on top of the tripod I took off because it is less accurate than the one that I put on the stem of the mount.

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ErikRuud
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Loc: Saint Charles, IL
Re: Degree Circles new [Re: rnabholz]
      #5108549 - 03/06/12 01:56 PM

I created my own azimuth degree circle last year to use on my Ares 5 Dob.

I posted a more generic version for anyone that wants to use it.

The file was created using Inkscape but it should be usable by any program that understands SVG files.

Click here for the SVG file.

The SVG file is layered so you can have the degrees clockwise or counter clockwise depending on if the will be on the ground board or not. The compass rose is also layered so you can easily flip the direction or turn it off completely.


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Den Mama
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: ErikRuud]
      #5108920 - 03/06/12 05:23 PM

Thanks so much, for the link Erik!

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ErikRuud
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5110204 - 03/07/12 04:27 PM

You are welcome.

I should have mentioned that the .SVG can be scaled to whatever size is needed.

Here is what my custom version looks like.


This is the generic version from the link I posted.


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andrew0414
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: SkyArcher]
      #5185459 - 04/22/12 09:50 PM

my god! this forum is so old!!
i have meade lightbridge.. i don't know what to do...


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andrew0414
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digital setting circles new [Re: andrew0414]
      #5185461 - 04/22/12 09:51 PM

what does digital setting circles actually do??

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andrew0414
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Re: digital setting circles new [Re: andrew0414]
      #5185462 - 04/22/12 09:51 PM

do i still need to drill holes and make a degree circles??

thanks
andrew


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ChipAtNight
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Loc: N.C. (Love the Blue Ridge)
Re: digital setting circles new [Re: andrew0414]
      #5198626 - 04/30/12 04:47 PM

Hi,

Using an iPad, iPhone, PDA, laptop, etc, find the altuide/azimuth of the object use.

No holes required in our case.

It is an old but thread!


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Den Mama
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Loc: montana
Re: Degree Circles new [Re: andrew0414]
      #5198737 - 04/30/12 05:58 PM

Quote:

my god! this forum is so old!!
i have meade lightbridge.. i don't know what to do...




Yes, it is an old thread; but one that keeps members reading & utilizing the information in it.

Degree circles simply allow one to move the scope to coordinates of targets easily & accurately.

To know what to do; simply start at the beginning. There you will find the information needed to use & affix degree circles to your dob. Many photos are included from many members as to how they utilized the circles on their particular scopes.


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cheapersleeper
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5249976 - 06/01/12 04:14 AM

Just set up a third scope with the Degree circle and inclinometer. The other two worked, so I am assuming this one will. With the enormous database in Skysafari, I think I can possibly keep busy.

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Den Mama
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: cheapersleeper]
      #5250125 - 06/01/12 09:08 AM

Glad to hear that this is the third scope utilizing the Degree Circles; I think you win, having it on the most scopes!

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Tom Andrews
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5251191 - 06/01/12 10:23 PM

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Glad to hear that this is the third scope utilizing the Degree Circles; I think you win, having it on the most scopes!




Not so fast Den Mama, I have 3 also! Discovery, Coulter and a Z8 I recently inherited. Just keeping the score straight...haha!

Edited by Tom Andrews (06/01/12 10:53 PM)


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Den Mama
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: Tom Andrews]
      #5251197 - 06/01/12 10:25 PM

Revised: We have a tie!

Way to go, Tom!


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Tom Andrews
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5251258 - 06/01/12 10:59 PM Attachment (30 downloads)

Oh, wait a minute...I also have the system on my binocular parallelogram mount, does that count?

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Den Mama
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: Tom Andrews]
      #5251272 - 06/01/12 11:09 PM

You'll do anything for the win! Yup; you are now the winner!

I must say; that's pretty cool on your binocular setup!


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Tom Andrews
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: csa/montana]
      #5251347 - 06/02/12 12:14 AM

Quote:

You'll do anything for the win! Yup; you are now the winner!

I must say; that's pretty cool on your binocular setup!




It's all for the cause: manual degree circles WORK!



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cheapersleeper
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: Tom Andrews]
      #5251616 - 06/02/12 07:23 AM

Well, Tom, I will have you know that I printed an EXTRA circle while at Staples last week and am working on a scope for my son that could be finished soon.

And thanks to you I am going to level them a bit more carefully.

Regards,
Brad


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Tom Andrews
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Re: Degree Circles [Re: cheapersleeper]
      #5252800 - 06/02/12 11:59 PM

Uh, oh! What to do, what to do?

I'm assuming your son's scope will be in-house which might give you the edge.

I'm wandering if I could count the friends' scopes that I either installed circles on or helped install...


Probably not

Maybe we could put Carol on the spot and ask her to decide if we can count out-house installations No, that doesn't sound right, but you know what I mean.

If not, I'll have no other recourse than to resort to THIS:


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