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shark-bait
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Loc: New Port Richey, FL USA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Super08]
      #5301256 - 07/03/12 09:09 PM

FYI, I purchased this mount on June 26th and Celestron dropped the price $200 on June 30th. That is my luck... fortunately they were kind enough to credit me back $200.

Now that I have a better idea of the size of the DX, your 14" is a monster. That 1400 may be my next upgrade. How does it perform on the DX? Is the DX enough for imaging with that size scope?


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iceblaze
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Reged: 10/15/11

Loc: 33.9° N, 118.4° W Lawndale, ...
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: shark-bait]
      #5301382 - 07/03/12 10:23 PM

My killer GnG mount.. Vixen Porta II w/ Manny's Panhandle and focus knobs. Absolutely *amazing* for starhopping! Vixen should contract him for his panhandle and put it on all of their Porta II's.

-James





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Hikari
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Reged: 01/05/11

Loc: Maine, USA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: shark-bait]
      #5303743 - 07/05/12 01:04 PM

Quote:

Fresh out of the box. They always seem bigger in person than a picture. Weird.




That's kids for you...


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kfiscus
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Reged: 07/09/12

Loc: Albert Lea, MN, USA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: pferendzo]
      #5316904 - 07/14/12 01:21 AM Attachment (136 downloads)

My own design for my dob base. It's for my recently gotten almost-new Z12. It's on a dedicated Atomic EQ Platform (no ground board). I lowered the scope, cut some weight, and prettied it up.

Edited by kfiscus (07/14/12 01:24 AM)


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jmiele
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Reged: 12/04/10

Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5317085 - 07/14/12 08:24 AM

Very slick! Looks wonderful. Nice work.. Joe

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kfiscus
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Reged: 07/09/12

Loc: Albert Lea, MN, USA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: jmiele]
      #5318140 - 07/14/12 10:09 PM Attachment (129 downloads)

Thanks, Joe. Here's a front view.

Edited by kfiscus (07/14/12 10:12 PM)


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Casey Thrower
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Reged: 07/29/12

Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5347752 - 08/01/12 09:38 PM

Funny how the mounts can cost hundreds and more likely thousands more than the scopes themselves.

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kfiscus
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Casey Thrower]
      #5348096 - 08/02/12 02:24 AM

The 3rd Earl of Rosse would agree...

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DrBuck
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Reged: 12/10/08

Loc: Susanville, No. Calif.
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: pferendzo]
      #5351322 - 08/04/12 07:52 AM

Just finished building this ALT AZ mount for my exterior OBS Pier----yes its 1/4 inch welded steel.

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johnthomas
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Reged: 10/18/11

Loc: Oklahoma City
My pipe mount new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #5351627 - 08/04/12 12:25 PM Attachment (136 downloads)

Just thought I'd share a few picks of heavy duty alt-az pipe mount I built for my newt on top of a pre-existing concrete pier. I had a different version which used a set of rings I have, but I like this setup better. The pipe handles under the scope make for pretty fine control (& it feels kind like your "driving" a periscope!).

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johnthomas
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Reged: 10/18/11

Loc: Oklahoma City
Re: My pipe mount new [Re: johnthomas]
      #5351642 - 08/04/12 12:29 PM Attachment (91 downloads)

mount detail

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johnthomas
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Reged: 10/18/11

Loc: Oklahoma City
Re: My pipe mount new [Re: johnthomas]
      #5351647 - 08/04/12 12:31 PM Attachment (67 downloads)

az circle. I need a slimmer/finer pointer.

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SomeDoSomeDont
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Reged: 01/17/10

Loc: deathRay, Michigan
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5356716 - 08/07/12 04:01 PM Attachment (115 downloads)

A polyurethane RenShape 5169 mount that weighs about 1/2 that of aluminum. Very rigid polyurethane used in die making. Remnants are sometimes available.
You can stop making them out of aluminum. Smooth as silk just like a real one. This one I made is 190mm and a homebuilt 5 inch f/8 on it.

P.S. I do not and will not sell these but they are pretty simple to make. This material cuts like hardwood.
They can be made with a band saw, drill press and sand paper. A lathe would make it even easier.
Just need the right plastic and HeliCoil threaded inserts. Google for a source.
I have never personally seen an original aluminum dm only pictures...just sayin'


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jmiele
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: SomeDoSomeDont]
      #5356852 - 08/07/12 06:05 PM

Very nice. I does however look like a rip off of the very patented DM DiscMount designed by Tom Peters. My guess is they are not sold in the US?

Joe


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ngc2289
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Loc: Corpus Christi, TX.
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: jmiele]
      #5356857 - 08/07/12 06:08 PM

It is a home made mount jmiele.

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SomeDoSomeDont
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Reged: 01/17/10

Loc: deathRay, Michigan
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: jmiele]
      #5357017 - 08/07/12 07:51 PM Attachment (146 downloads)

These are not sold anywhere. Unless dm decides to make them.
If this is still America I believe I can MAKE most anything I want for my personal use But not more than ONE of a kind and I will NEVER make one to sell to anyone on the Planet. I've made six different sizes. All with various differences of construction.
I wanted one for myself OK. But I couldn't stop makin' em' until I was satisfied with the movement and how to hold pressure. I believe my method is much simplier than dm.
In that respect I believe my mount is a nice improvement over the original dm. And they could be sold at a premium with no increase in manufacturing cost. I incourage dm to look into making a new line of light weight hybrid models based on my changes in their design. They are welcome to these ideas. Everybody wins. Now dm can rip ME off.
I found a european blogger that wanted a larger dm than the ones that are currently offered so I made the 12 inch model just for fun. A huge tripod is required for that one. Again, not for sale.
I believe there is a place for light weight dm models of strong SpaceAge plastics. And different sizes and colors. But I seriously doubt they will be produced. Here is a picture of my complete collection from 80mm thru 304mm. When I croak dm mount can have them all just for asking and paying the freight.
This HOBBY is still called Amateur Telescope Making I trust.
Just havin' fun!!!


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SomeDoSomeDont
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Reged: 01/17/10

Loc: deathRay, Michigan
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: SomeDoSomeDont]
      #5357072 - 08/07/12 08:27 PM Attachment (103 downloads)

And a pic of the back of some of them.
The 190mm lights up with Scorpius. Another innovation by yours truly...BLING. You saw it HERE first.


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herrointment
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Reged: 03/12/11

Loc: North of Hwy. 64
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: SomeDoSomeDont]
      #5357122 - 08/07/12 08:56 PM

Alright, that's enough!

I barely have time to complete my copy of some great idea that someone posted here and then BAM....here comes the next one.

A guy needs sleep and this site is no help.

I'm sticking to the "post a picture of your pet" threads from here on out.


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SomeDoSomeDont
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Reged: 01/17/10

Loc: deathRay, Michigan
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: herrointment]
      #5357133 - 08/07/12 09:05 PM

I'm here for ya man.

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jmiele
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Reged: 12/04/10

Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: SomeDoSomeDont]
      #5357379 - 08/07/12 11:48 PM

As it's homemade and not purchasable, I guess there is not issue. Given the production quality I assumed it wasn't. My mistake.

And yes it's still America, you know, free speech and all, which I was exercising.


Joe


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