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mitsos68
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Starhuckster]
      #6114826 - 10/03/13 10:04 AM Attachment (89 downloads)

My Celestron 8 inch Schmidt CAmera, with C5 guide scope on Celestron Powerstar I.

Edited by mitsos68 (10/03/13 10:06 AM)


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dmcnally
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: mitsos68]
      #6131295 - 10/11/13 02:44 PM

Here's my C14, fork and wedge, mounted on the "quad-pod." I built the quad-pod out of 2x4 and 4x4 pressure treated lumber. The two legs of the quad-pod furthest from the house are anchored 30 inches into the ground.

Why did I build the quad-pod? Because the heavy duty tripod was too tall for me to comfortably put the wedge and fork on. I designed the quad-pod so that the eyepiece is at a comfortable height for viewing while I'm sitting in a chair.

Dave



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tom63
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: dmcnally]
      #6132584 - 10/12/13 08:31 AM Attachment (77 downloads)

... this is my new 'little fatty' grab n go mount/scope - replaces a pentax 75 on giro mini mount ...
manfrotto 504HD | takahashi fsq85 | berlebach uni 22c

kind regards
tom

Edited by tom63 (10/12/13 09:33 AM)


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Falcon-
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tom63]
      #6137715 - 10/14/13 07:37 PM Attachment (94 downloads)

Taken after a long night of imaging at Clarks Pass on the Northern rim of Joshua Tree National Park about a week ago while on a trip down south.

Foreground mount is my brand-new ZEQ25 and the background mount is my Celestron CI-700, with 492 digital drive and NGC-MAX DSC on an adapted CG5 2" steel tripod.

The ZEQ25 has two cameras and a guide scope (50mm finder-guider, 300mm lens and 50mm lens) and the CG-700 is carrying an AT6RC with a 3rd camera and OAG.


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Mkofski
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Falcon-]
      #6137722 - 10/14/13 07:45 PM

Sean,

Great shot! How do you like your z25?

Mike


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Falcon-
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mkofski]
      #6139896 - 10/15/13 10:01 PM

Quote:

Sean,

Great shot! How do you like your z25?

Mike




So far so good! Worlds better mechanically then the CG5 (though I miss the NexStar system's ease and accuracy). I have not adjusted it or anything yet but even so it is guiding better then the best I ever got from the CG5.


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Mike X.
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Loc: Greece-Athens and Rome-Italy
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Falcon-]
      #6140158 - 10/16/13 12:55 AM

Beautiful photo Falcon,congrats on you new mount!!

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SpaceNetworks
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mike X.]
      #6147135 - 10/19/13 05:33 PM Attachment (72 downloads)

This setup is optimized for binos: Zhumell 25x100 with homemade glare shield, mounted on a Manfrotto 028B tripod, 502HD head, Oben quick release assembly and plate, and post extension

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SpaceNetworks
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: SpaceNetworks]
      #6147138 - 10/19/13 05:34 PM Attachment (80 downloads)

…but also works with a small refractor: Orion ED80. Gotta keep the storage cave small.

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APshooter
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Reged: 10/14/13

Loc: Camby, In.
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: dmcnally]
      #6169439 - 10/31/13 11:34 PM Attachment (92 downloads)

Here's mine in the backyard of my new house:

Edited by APshooter (10/31/13 11:34 PM)


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tybee
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #6186408 - 11/10/13 11:45 AM Attachment (83 downloads)

I've been working on getting my Wide Sky Optics Millennium Mount converted to Gemini. I've finally got it up and running. Still have a little dress up work to do but it's set up in the observatory and has had first light.

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David PavlichAdministrator
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tybee]
      #6186496 - 11/10/13 12:30 PM

That mount has an interesting design, Tybee. Motors and gearboxes at the bottom of the axes, not in the conventional positions. How's it performing for you?

David


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tybee
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: David Pavlich]
      #6186605 - 11/10/13 01:14 PM

First light was very satisfying! I worked on fine tuning the polar alignment and within a short period I had it within 2' of the pole. I did a quick modeling in Gemini and everything I pointed to on both sides of the meridian was close to center in a 9mm reticle eyepiece. Thats over 330x with this OTA!

I did notice it took much less weight to counterbalance the OTA on this mount than on the G11. I attribute that to the DEC gear at the lower end of the head contributing to the counterbalancing weight. And the worm is on the front of the DEC axis rather than the rear so the motors are safely out of the way and the mount can't crash into itself as on the G11. That's a big plus!

This thing handles this heavy 12” OTA as easily as the G11 handled a C8. I've got a C14 to mount on it and I expect it to be able to handle it and about an extra 30lbs with ease.

The periodic error on these mounts are around 5 arc second out of the box. I'm expecting less than 2 arc seconds after PEC training. I've yet to test any of that.


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detector
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Loc: douglasville ga.
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tybee]
      #6187290 - 11/10/13 06:26 PM

nice set up looks great , glad to see you back at it

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tybee
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: detector]
      #6187448 - 11/10/13 08:09 PM

Thanks Mike, It's good to be back! I've been having some fun again.

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Ed D
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tybee]
      #6208331 - 11/21/13 08:44 PM Attachment (52 downloads)

My home-made alt-az mount on a construction tripod, ready for a bit of afternoon solar bino viewing. All of the materials were salvaged and everything made by me, except for a few screws and washers (not seen in the photo).

Ed D


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Ed D
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Ed D]
      #6208336 - 11/21/13 08:48 PM Attachment (44 downloads)

It also works great with my little Vixen.

Ed D


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Ed D
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Ed D]
      #6208343 - 11/21/13 08:51 PM Attachment (41 downloads)

Do Dob bases count? Yep, mostly made from stuff kept out of the landfill.

Ed D


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ngc2289
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Ed D]
      #6208465 - 11/21/13 09:58 PM

That is really a nice looking mount you made there ED D.

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NHRob
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: ngc2289]
      #6209105 - 11/22/13 10:25 AM

Hi Ed,
Nice mount!
Hey, I have the same tripod as you. What do you do about spreaders for the legs?
I have a chain between the legs to keep them from spreading out. However, I'd like also to keep them from collapsing in while I am moving the tripod.


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