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Peter9
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #4401628 - 02/21/11 01:35 PM

I took it to be a counter weight Phil, but it's just a guess as I have not seen the like before.
I'm sure kkokkolis will enlighten us shortly.

Regards. Peter.


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Arthur Dent
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Peter9]
      #4401675 - 02/21/11 02:02 PM

Looks like a counter-weight to me too!

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kkokkolis
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #4402023 - 02/21/11 04:48 PM

You are right. It is a multipurpose Baader Planetarium Dovetail Clamp V Style, used for mounting several things, among them a special 1kgr weight. But I used it for my finder until I got the Celestron Quick Release mount, and to mount scopes with dovetail to a Manfrotto Photo Tripod. Astrophotographers use it for guidescopes and piggybacking. It is very versatile.
You may find it here:
http://www.telescopes.com/telescope-accessories/mount-accessories/baaderplanetariumdovetailclampvstyle.cfm


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #4403071 - 02/22/11 03:01 AM

Quote:

You are right. It is a multipurpose Baader Planetarium Dovetail Clamp V Style, used for mounting several things, among them a special 1kgr weight. But I used it for my finder until I got the Celestron Quick Release mount, and to mount scopes with dovetail to a Manfrotto Photo Tripod. Astrophotographers use it for guidescopes and piggybacking. It is very versatile.




Okay, I'm looking at it, but I don't see how one would attach anything to it. I see it is attached onto the outside of the rail, but I don't see any way to hook anything TO it. There is no 1/4-20 or anything else that I can see. Please??


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kkokkolis
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: mexjon]
      #4403415 - 02/22/11 09:56 AM

There are several holes at the diameter of 1/4-20 screws. You pass the screws through them. You can use a ''Butterfly'' on the other side (I am not a master of English technical terms, sorry).
Believe me, it works.


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #4403452 - 02/22/11 10:17 AM

Here's a link to the device. All the vendor pics are of the dovetail side. From the other photo, it looks like three equally spaced holes around the perimeter and likely 1/4-20 or M6.

http://www.telescopes.com/telescope-accessories/mount-accessories/baaderplanetariumdovetailclampvstyle.cfm


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kkokkolis
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Arctic_Eddie]
      #4403467 - 02/22/11 10:25 AM

Here's the weight: http://www.astronomy.gr/images/photos/lg/1804_0LL1LZTYKS.jpg
http://nimax-img.de/Produktbilder/zoom/15456_2.jpg
http://nimax-img.de/Produktbilder/zoom/15456_4.jpg

And I thought you would like my filter wheel with the Baader ClickLock!


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #4403969 - 02/22/11 02:49 PM

Quote:

There are several holes at the diameter of 1/4-20 screws. You pass the screws through them. You can use a ''Butterfly'' on the other side (I am not a master of English technical terms, sorry).
Believe me, it works.




Okay, that makes more sense than just looking at the picture, to me.


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kkokkolis
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: mexjon]
      #4404008 - 02/22/11 03:09 PM Attachment (111 downloads)

I insist that this is the interesting part.
A WO 2'' Dielectric diagonal, an Atik Manual filter wheel with 3 Baader deep sky filters and a Baader Clicklock adapter. Observing is more fun now.


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Tel
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #4405894 - 02/23/11 12:18 PM Attachment (128 downloads)

As many know, last April I invested in a Pulsar observatory in which to house my Nexstar 8i OTA, pier mounted, on a Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro GEM. Many will also remember that after its construction, a lively debate ensued as to what this observatory should be named and ultimately, the best came from Midnight Dan with, what else but the most apt "Telstar" !

I now have to report that a little time ago, following my last birthday, my dear CN friend and colleague Peter9, produced and sent me a superb nameplate which I have now had the pleasure to place proudly on the surface my "dome". I thought therefore, that a few pictures of the set up were now appropriate together with a few words to show my gratitude to Peter.

Thanks Peter !

Best regards,
Tel


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Tel]
      #4405899 - 02/23/11 12:20 PM Attachment (107 downloads)

And one at wider angle:-

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Tel]
      #4405904 - 02/23/11 12:21 PM Attachment (109 downloads)

Plus what I can show of the inside set up.

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Skip
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Tel]
      #4405941 - 02/23/11 12:37 PM

Great pics, Tel, thanks. And a very nice observatory!

Best regards,


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Skip]
      #4406009 - 02/23/11 01:01 PM

Very nice indeed Tel!!!

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: flboy]
      #4406047 - 02/23/11 01:19 PM

Most excellent! Nice job on that nameplate, Peter!

-Dan


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: flboy]
      #4406054 - 02/23/11 01:24 PM

Thanks for your nice words Tel.

I'm happy you are pleased with the nameplate. Just my way of giving a little back for all you've given me, and many others, here on the Nexstar forum.

Your Observatory looks great. Thats a good shot of the inside, difficult to take, I'll bet. Gives the impression you have plenty of room in there.

Thanks for posting.

Best Regards. Peter.


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Arthur Dent
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #4406055 - 02/23/11 01:24 PM

Thanks for sharing that Tel.

Awesome-looking nameplate Peter


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #4406060 - 02/23/11 01:26 PM

Thanks for posting the images, Tel! What a fantastic setup.

Kudos on the nameplate Peter!


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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Tel]
      #4406156 - 02/23/11 02:08 PM

Very nice, Tel. And it looks like you now have a pier, though I can't really make it out.

But doesn't that hulking brick structure behind the dome block your views in that direction? That has to go


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Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: Phil Wheeler]
      #4406214 - 02/23/11 02:32 PM

Wow Tel! That is one INCREDIBLE setup! I am sooooper jealous. I can only imagine how much fun that thing must be. Although Phil is right, you should get rid of that hulking brick structure behind the dome.



I dig the nameplate too, TelStar is the perfect logo!


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