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Mark Jenkins
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Reged: 06/25/08

Loc: Wisconsin
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #3141047 - 06/02/09 01:16 AM

Wow!

That's just awesome Luke!

Are you using a Casady Tandem bar?


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LLEEGE
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Reged: 03/03/05

Loc: Cloud-chester,NY
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mark Jenkins]
      #3141280 - 06/02/09 07:25 AM

With all the saddles and plates I've got, I just made my own.

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tim53
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Loc: Highland Park, CA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #3142398 - 06/02/09 07:31 PM Attachment (732 downloads)

Okay, here's one of mine:

Mint Super Polaris I bought off craigslist a couple months ago and added an iOptron Gotonova kit to. No mods of the mount required whatsoever - just the gotonova plastic motor covers.

Here it is with my also recently acquired TV NP101is, which also required no modifications to either the mount or the rings holding the OTA.

Looks like it came from a store like that, in fact.

-Tim.


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Mark Jenkins
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Reged: 06/25/08

Loc: Wisconsin
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: tim53]
      #3148231 - 06/06/09 01:35 AM

Finally got a nice day to put this together.

Balance is not a problem at all.

This arrangement eliminates the need for 1 18lb counterweight!





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BarrySimon615
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Reged: 03/01/04

Loc: New Orleans, LA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mark Jenkins]
      #3152372 - 06/08/09 01:41 PM Attachment (649 downloads)

Here is my Light Speed Telescopes "Wagon" mount. Available in about 2000 to 2002, it was made by Charles Riddell (Half Hitch Mounts). Payload capacity is about 60 lbs and it is encoder equipped.

Barry Simon

Edited by BarrySimon615 (06/08/09 01:43 PM)


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BarrySimon615
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Reged: 03/01/04

Loc: New Orleans, LA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3152376 - 06/08/09 01:44 PM Attachment (642 downloads)

Here is another shot giving more a sense of how bit this is. I am 5' 9".

Barry

Edited by BarrySimon615 (06/08/09 01:45 PM)


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BarrySimon615
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Loc: New Orleans, LA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3152378 - 06/08/09 01:47 PM Attachment (455 downloads)

Wagon Mount with closeup of "eyepiece caddy".

Barry

Edited by BarrySimon615 (06/08/09 01:53 PM)


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BarrySimon615
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Reged: 03/01/04

Loc: New Orleans, LA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3152461 - 06/08/09 02:50 PM Attachment (670 downloads)

Here is a homemade mount, an English cross-axis. I got the idea for this way back in the early 80's from a small drawing in "All About Telescopes" by Sam Brown. The cross-axis mount was invented in 1824. Using common galvanized plumbing pipe I designed this mount to work in an open box with a board tilted and off-set 30 degrees from vertical supporting the lower end of the right ascension axis and the inside of the box top at the same offset supporting the upper end of the right ascension axis. When not in use, everything fits inside the box. In addition the telescope tube has enough height above the box top so as to not be obstructed in any way by the box.

My mount was featured in the column - "Gleanings for ATM's" in the October, 1983 issue of SKY & TELESCOPE. Unfortunately the mount was sold years ago, but I still have the scope. In truth this setup was a bit cumbersome in this size. Someday I would like to make a smaller version, perhaps suitable for something like an AstroTech 66. In an updated version a smaller box could be attached to a tripod.

Here is a picture of the original mount I made before painting.

Barry Simon

Edited by BarrySimon615 (06/08/09 02:52 PM)


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BarrySimon615
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Reged: 03/01/04

Loc: New Orleans, LA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3152465 - 06/08/09 02:53 PM Attachment (501 downloads)

Another shot of the English cross-axis. The scope is a 4.25" f/4.1 (Edmund optics) with a traditional 5" diameter tube.

Edited by BarrySimon615 (06/08/09 02:55 PM)


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Mark Jenkins
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Reged: 06/25/08

Loc: Wisconsin
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3152514 - 06/08/09 03:34 PM

That's cool Barry!

Was it adjustable for proper polar alignment??


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BarrySimon615
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Loc: New Orleans, LA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Mark Jenkins]
      #3152575 - 06/08/09 04:07 PM

Altitude adjustment - tilt of the bottom board and the lid - with the bottom attachment being tilted 30 degrees from vertical, the ra axis is angled at 30 degrees which is what we need for my location in New Orleans.

Azimuth adjustment - kick the box with your shoe - we are not talking rocket science here!

Barry


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Jimmy2K63
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Reged: 04/26/09

Loc: Alberta, Canada
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #3155509 - 06/10/09 10:21 AM

But...But...But...it couldn't possibly work. It's not a CGEM or an Atlas or a Tak and it's got that thing in there that looks like a wheel wrench. :-)

Very nice mount Barry. Loved Gleaning's. I once built the barn door for astrophotographers I saw there - little manually guided mount with threaded rod, couple of boards, piano hinge, you may remember. Too bad I don't have any pictures of it. You may remember the Edmund's books about mounts and so forth - think Sam Brown wrote them. Lots of good ideas for homemade mounts in there.


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drg
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Reged: 05/01/09

Loc: Georgia, USA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) new [Re: Starlighter]
      #3162414 - 06/14/09 01:14 PM Attachment (547 downloads)

CG5 Equatorial GoTo

Edited by drg (06/14/09 01:16 PM)


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lenny arsenault
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Reged: 06/09/09

Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: pferendzo]
      #3232935 - 07/22/09 06:49 PM

I will try and post pictures of one of my starliner mounts in restoration. Lenny

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gnowellsct
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Reged: 06/24/09

Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: lenny arsenault]
      #3234170 - 07/23/09 11:53 AM Attachment (476 downloads)

AP900QMD on ATS pier

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gnowellsct
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Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: gnowellsct]
      #3234182 - 07/23/09 11:59 AM Attachment (495 downloads)

G11 on Berlebach tripod

Edited by gnowellsct (07/23/09 11:59 AM)


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Mike Clemens
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Reged: 11/26/05

Loc: Alaska, USA
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: gnowellsct]
      #3242413 - 07/28/09 12:53 AM

LOVE THE QMD on the ATS!!!

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tbone0168
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Reged: 04/23/09

Loc: Long Island, New York
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #3249386 - 07/31/09 07:05 PM Attachment (475 downloads)

Orion 120 ST f/5 on a date with CGEM and Black and Decker....

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MeadeMan
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Reged: 08/25/08

Loc: West Sussex, UK
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: tbone0168]
      #3249403 - 07/31/09 07:15 PM Attachment (416 downloads)

Meade 5000 series 127mm and 80mm ED APO's on a Tele optic Giro 2 Deluxe and Berlebach Uni 18 tripod.

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tbone0168
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Reged: 04/23/09

Loc: Long Island, New York
Re: Post a picture of your mount!! (Part 3) [Re: tbone0168]
      #3249406 - 07/31/09 07:17 PM Attachment (412 downloads)

Orion 127 Mak and Astro Tech Voyager....travelling light tonight....

Edited by tbone0168 (07/31/09 07:18 PM)


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