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Hawkeye
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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: ]
      #557403 - 08/13/05 08:25 AM

Woo hoo. Over 10,000 views. (But who's counting.)

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Hawkeye]
      #557429 - 08/13/05 09:15 AM



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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Grizz]
      #569566 - 08/22/05 06:16 PM Attachment (530 downloads)

Here's mine. No, your eyes aren't deceiving you - those are flames on the OTA!

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Hal Pollner

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Hawkeye]
      #611255 - 09/22/05 02:36 PM Attachment (529 downloads)

Here's my new (9-6-05) 10" LX200GPS/UHTC setup in my game room. At our remote star party site the setup is just the same.

Can you spot the 6 aftermarket modifications on my LX200? (There are actually 7, but 1 is unattached.)

Pictured:
12.5" Discovery PDHQ Dob
10" Meade LX200GPS/UHTC
5" Orion Mak-Cass
40mm Coronado PST (unmounted)
1.16 Megavolt Van de Graaff with discharge terminal.
400KV Van de Graaff with discharge terminal.

Hal (Mr. Science) Pollner



Edited by Hal Pollner (09/23/05 11:01 AM)


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Sky Captain
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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #612094 - 09/23/05 12:34 AM

Nice scope (Mr.Science)
Hey, what focuser are you using .


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Hal Pollner

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #612579 - 09/23/05 11:17 AM

KERRY:

The focuser I'm using is a William Optics SCT Crayford unit. ($150 plus shipping from Astronomics)

I installed the identical focuser on my 12" LX200GPS when I bought it new in 2003, and I just had to have one on the new scope, too!

Since I'm strictly a visual astronomer, I don't need a super-precise, multi-speed electric focuser...just a no-nonsense in-line "refractor-style" focuser that I can snap in and out of focus with a twist of the wrist! My Crayford is ideal, as it's generous 1.25" of drawtube travel allows plenty of focal latitude for a variety of eyepieces without resorting to the "2-knob dance" on the Factory focuser!

For more commentary on the subject, read my reply to the "Question about the focuser on LX200GPS" post by sinthor.

HAL


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #613157 - 09/23/05 07:02 PM

Thanks for the reply Hal!
I have been thinking of getting one, the picture you posted really helped.


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #613401 - 09/23/05 10:07 PM

looks like it will still swing through..how much clearance is there? and with just the focuser...

and do you have a closer shot of that laser bracket..is that on the finder? thanks


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Hal Pollner

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: southmike]
      #614929 - 09/25/05 11:44 AM Attachment (471 downloads)

SOUTHMIKE:

Per your request, here is the information and a photo of my installations on "SCORPIO", my new 10" LX200GPS/UHTC.
(I name all my scopes...my 12.5" Discovery PDHQ Dob is named "ANTARES!)

With the Crayford focuser racked in all the way with a 2" diagonal and eyepiece, there is swing-through clearance with 1/8" to spare. With the focuser at mid-travel (5/8"), the diagonal bumps the RA locking lever, but still points about 80 degrees toward the vertical.

If I want to view something right at the zenith, I'll just wait an hour and it'll be 15 degrees down toward the West!

You can now see the Lumicon laser mounting bracket separated from the bracket which holds my Lumicon 12X80mm RACI finder, which I "stole" from my 12.5" Dob. (It got the 8X50mm RACI finder which was on Scorpio.)



Cheers, SOUTHMIKE! (what IS your real name, if you don't mind?)

HAL

Edited by Hal Pollner (09/27/05 10:34 PM)


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #618103 - 09/27/05 02:15 PM

I thought i should but in my .02$. I also use a laser pointer mounted on my LX200 10 inch, it is one of the handiest accessories during the alignment procedure. I dont even bother much with my finderscope. Worth every penny. I thought about getting the lumicon bracket, but i ended up getting the scopestuff.com mount and modding it to be more "quick release" - I will post a picture of it if anyone is interested.

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: faltered]
      #618203 - 09/27/05 03:21 PM

Faltered, like you I have a laser pointer on my 10" LX200 (Its a telerad) and I love it. I NEVER use my finder scope, in fact I don't even put it on the scope.
Worth Every penny.


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Hal Pollner

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: ProfLemoi]
      #618767 - 09/27/05 10:40 PM



HEY FALTERED:

I don't see how any dovetail bracket can be any quicker in release than my two Lumicon brackets! Just loosen the thumbscrews and they slide right out with no upsetting of the collimation when returned!

HAL


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #623904 - 10/01/05 05:10 PM

Hal,
I agree, now that I read my post again, it left the impression that i was suggesting the lumicon was not quick release - I am sure it is. I will post a picture of my set up - I think its a sleeker fit - this is one of my favorite threads on this site - i love to see how people have their scopes set up. It gives lots of great ideas. My wallet has been abused because of this thread!


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: faltered]
      #624637 - 10/02/05 10:52 AM



HEY FALTERED:

Yeah...ain't that the truth!

HAL


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #653672 - 10/23/05 10:04 AM Attachment (416 downloads)

Here is my new setup. 10"LX200 EMC on a super wedge with a Antares Sentinal 80mm doublet piggy backed. The "cube" on the shelf is a small computer I built running XP Pro so I can run it using a remote desktop from my office inside. The shed is a Suncast avalable from Sears ($399). The floor was very soft, so I added a sheet of 3/4 plywood, lagged to the deck, and added the Meade anti-vibration pads. The shed is small, but I do most of my imaging from inside, and the roof is removable with a few very easy mods. It has rained 12 of the 14 days since I've gotten the scope, but the 2 nights were fantastic.

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Joel
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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: f29pc]
      #654548 - 10/23/05 10:32 PM

Nice setup Paul. Got a question with the DSI placement. The book says (and I have been mounting mine this way) put the usb cable to the right of the ota like you have it pictured. I wonder if this is being presented in the maual this way because most people will shoot through a diagonal? I don't use a diagonal, just straight in to the microfocuser with a fr and t-adapter. My images are all rotated about 60-80 degrees to the right like this so I wonder if I should point the usb cable down? Anyone?

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: Joel]
      #654574 - 10/23/05 11:00 PM

I would say that you can rotate your DSI and route your USB cable any way that fits you best. The photons certainly don't care which CCD pixel they charge up

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: Nocturnal]
      #654584 - 10/23/05 11:05 PM

Quote:

I would say that you can rotate your DSI and route your USB cable any way that fits you best. The photons certainly don't care which CCD pixel they charge up




True, but I can tell with some images I have taken that they are oriented differently than all the others I see. Here's my M1.


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: Joel]
      #654598 - 10/23/05 11:22 PM

Well image direction depends on both the location of the object and the angle of the camera relative to the object. In other words, if you don't have a wedge (didn't read whole thread, sorry) and you always mount your camera the same way then the image will be rotated depending on your location and time.

It doesn't matter anyway as long as you know which side is which. You simply rotate the image after the fact to put it right side up.


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: Nocturnal]
      #654642 - 10/23/05 11:48 PM

wow I missed a lot...nice setup hal...
I just mounted an etx70 with a lumicon 80mm finder mount looks pretty similar...

thanks mike

nice setup too f29..
this thread is def one of my favorites and a major source of inspiration and financial devastation.


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