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Hornblower
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Reged: 03/05/07

Loc: Idaho, USA
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Kim Miau]
      #1547432 - 04/16/07 11:17 AM

Yes, the scope on its tripod is a bit of a monster. I estimate the rig totals 350 pounds. But it's well centered, and that only comes to about 120 pounds per leg. I lifted the legs onto the buggy unaided. That's not much load on the 2x4s, and the tripod legs are almost over the wheels. I don't notice any flex in the 2x4's. When the buggy is parked, the tripod legs are directly over the bricks.

The rig is rock solid. I have stumbled over the legs a couple of times in the dark and there was no effect on the pointing. I'm impressed by the tripod; perhaps it is also intended to support still larger scopes. I have seen very slight image movement during wind gusts. I suspect the fork arms are actually the weakest part of the OTA support.

I selected the casters to support 175 pounds each. I avoided larger wheels because my driveway has enough of a slope to make a runaway a real concern. The smaller wheels provide enough rolling resistance that the rig won't move without a firm shove. Hence also the two-person rule for rollout.


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Kim Miau
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Reged: 07/17/06

Loc: Malaysia
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Hornblower]
      #1547503 - 04/16/07 11:54 AM

Quote:

Yes, the scope on its tripod is a bit of a monster. I estimate the rig totals 350 pounds. But it's well centered, and that only comes to about 120 pounds per leg. I lifted the legs onto the buggy unaided. That's not much load on the 2x4s, and the tripod legs are almost over the wheels. I don't notice any flex in the 2x4's. When the buggy is parked, the tripod legs are directly over the bricks.

The rig is rock solid. I have stumbled over the legs a couple of times in the dark and there was no effect on the pointing. I'm impressed by the tripod; perhaps it is also intended to support still larger scopes. I have seen very slight image movement during wind gusts. I suspect the fork arms are actually the weakest part of the OTA support.

I selected the casters to support 175 pounds each. I avoided larger wheels because my driveway has enough of a slope to make a runaway a real concern. The smaller wheels provide enough rolling resistance that the rig won't move without a firm shove. Hence also the two-person rule for rollout.



Oh, I am just worried that the wood will be flexed after some periods. The tripod is really sturdy. Actually, I am more hunger for the scope.


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VAvW
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Reged: 05/07/07

Loc: the Netherlands
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Kim Miau]
      #1591350 - 05/07/07 09:18 PM

Hi all,

Pictures of my setup can be found here !

Regards,


Victor


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Kim Miau
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Reged: 07/17/06

Loc: Malaysia
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: VAvW]
      #1592043 - 05/08/07 09:34 AM

Quote:

Hi all,

Pictures of my setup can be found here !

Regards,


Victor



Nice setup you have! Are you sure that the corrector plate is in blue hue if it has UHTC?


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obiedick
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Reged: 04/04/07

Loc: The Netherlands
Re: 3D new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #1594594 - 05/09/07 01:32 PM

Wow, what a site, crossing your eyes! I wonder if this kind of viewing even works afther your eyepiece. I just have to find it out when its stops raining here in The Netherlands

Dry Skies

Dick Mlolenaar (Miller)


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Dave24
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Reged: 04/22/07

Re: 3D new [Re: obiedick]
      #1594768 - 05/09/07 03:17 PM

Hey Victor,

Nice setup. It looks like you have the celestron battery/flashlight combo - do you like it? how is it, and what are the specs on it (average charge time, average amount of battery life, etc)?


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gillmj24
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Re: 3D new [Re: Dave24]
      #1595848 - 05/10/07 04:12 AM

If you mean the Powertank, there is a lot of discussion in the "Equipment" forum about it. I like mine (I would up with two) but the charger failed. One day both batteries suddenly stopped working despite charging it for days! I looked here on the forums and people said the charger goes bad frequently, and that was the problem! Two batteries saved (I spent 2 hours taking it apart to prepare for replacing the battery inside). Radio Shack sells a 15 volt charger for $30. I have the 2 17AH ones and use a Scopestuff DC cable for the LX/RCX/ETX to power the scope.

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konadan
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Reged: 10/22/06

Loc: Honomolino, Hawaii N19.12.33 W...
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: Hawkeye]
      #1718744 - 07/15/07 04:36 PM Attachment (311 downloads)

This is my temp setup in my carport. It's a 14" LX200R mounted on a Takahashi EM-400 GEM. I used a losmandy dove tail system to mount the scope. I also have an ED80 that I will use as a guide scope. Currently building an Obs to house everything. Aloha Dan

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LLEEGE
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Reged: 03/03/05

Loc: Cloud-chester,NY
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: konadan]
      #1719122 - 07/15/07 08:00 PM

Very nice! Love the J. Deere too!

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krackerjack9
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Loc: LSA Anaconda, Iraq
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #1719383 - 07/15/07 10:45 PM

How is that Moonlite focuser working for ya?? I think that is next on my list. Oh the Deere is nice I have me a Kubota L3400 if I could only teach it to build me a observatory I be happy!!

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konadan
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Reged: 10/22/06

Loc: Honomolino, Hawaii N19.12.33 W...
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: krackerjack9]
      #1719410 - 07/15/07 11:01 PM

The only problem with the moonlite is that you can't manually focus. You have to use either the buttons on the
control box or use a pc program like focusmax. I didn't realize I had my other expensive toy in the picture. The Deere is my daytime toy and the Meade is my night time one


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Crims
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Reged: 04/04/06

Loc: ijmuiden/holland
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: konadan]
      #1724080 - 07/18/07 10:41 AM

Quote:

This is my temp setup in my carport. It's a 14" LX200R mounted on a Takahashi EM-400 GEM. I used a losmandy dove tail system to mount the scope. I also have an ED80 that I will use as a guide scope. Currently building an Obs to house everything. Aloha Dan




lovely !


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nytecam
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Reged: 08/20/05

Loc: London UK
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: Crims]
      #1869210 - 09/27/07 09:55 AM

Here's a recent shot of my decade-old equatorially mounted 12" LX200 with piggybacked Meade ETX-70 as finder/widefield astrograph - Sept harvest moon via ETX-70

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Stardog
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Reged: 01/02/06

Loc: NH
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: nytecam]
      #1896572 - 10/08/07 10:38 PM Attachment (258 downloads)

Here's mine.

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Steve Hopkins
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Reged: 03/20/07

Loc: Manitoba Canada
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: Stardog]
      #1896653 - 10/08/07 11:03 PM Attachment (268 downloads)

Here Is my Rig

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impakt
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Reged: 04/08/07

Loc: Albany Western Australia
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: Steve Hopkins]
      #1897159 - 10/09/07 06:43 AM

Love your buggy! - exactly what I need until I can get my obs. built.

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Steve Hopkins
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Reged: 03/20/07

Loc: Manitoba Canada
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: impakt]
      #1897407 - 10/09/07 09:49 AM Attachment (243 downloads)

The JMI Wheely Bar works great I can be out of the garage and set up in minutes. I bought one for my wifes CPC 9.25 but she kept tripping over the big wheels in the dark... she went back to her plywood platform.
I'm going to replace her ten inch wheels with five inch wheels and see how she makes out.(Here is another picture)


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Kim Miau
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Reged: 07/17/06

Loc: Malaysia
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: Steve Hopkins]
      #1897508 - 10/09/07 10:39 AM

I saw Spirit!

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Pess
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Reged: 09/12/07

Loc: Toledo, Ohio
Re: Show off your LX, RCX setup new [Re: Hawkeye]
      #1938484 - 10/26/07 10:19 AM Attachment (252 downloads)

Started with the name 'Clarebelle' but after fighting with her a bit I'm going with 'Jezebelle'

Note red scuba diving weight hanging off back.

Pess E. Mist

Edited by Pess (10/26/07 01:09 PM)


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Joad
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Reged: 03/22/05

bwskyward's RCX in operation and at Griffith Park *DELETED* new [Re: Pess]
      #1941604 - 10/27/07 06:59 PM

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Edited by Joad (10/27/07 09:17 PM)


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