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donnie3
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tracking question new
      #3561694 - 01/15/10 12:36 AM

i have a lx 10 8"sct that i use only in altazimuth. i just set the base of the fork on a table and move the scope around the sky. i find this to be more comfortable then in equatorial. im trying to find a way to track with this scope. i was thinking about a dob tracking platform but most of them are way too large for the small base of the fork ( about 7"x 9" ) ive been looking online to see if someone sales a mini tracking platform with no luck. ive looked at orions teletrack but it dont look like it would handle a 8" sct. im about to give up!! if anyone could give my some suggestions or ideas i would really appreciate it. thanks, don

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LLEEGE
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Re: tracking question new [Re: donnie3]
      #3562018 - 01/15/10 08:18 AM

I'm not too familiar with the LX10's. Doesn't the RA drive track on its own? Look for a used set of forks from an LX200 or LX90. They come up from time to time, used.

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LLEEGE
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Re: tracking question new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #3562025 - 01/15/10 08:21 AM

Quote:

I'm not too familiar with the LX10's. Doesn't the RA drive track on its own?


Duh, I guess in al/az that wouldn't be of much use if the DEC doesn't have a drive system.
If you're not looking for goto or drive motors, you could also mount it on an al/az mount like a WO EZTouch or something of that nature.


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jrcrillyAdministrator
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Reged: 04/30/03

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Re: tracking question new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #3562035 - 01/15/10 08:33 AM

Quote:

I'm not too familiar with the LX10's. Doesn't the RA drive track on its own?




It would, if he used the wedge. For wedge-free tracking your LX200 suggestion is a good one.


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LLEEGE
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Re: tracking question new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #3562069 - 01/15/10 08:58 AM

Quote:

Quote:

I'm not too familiar with the LX10's. Doesn't the RA drive track on its own?




It would, if he used the wedge.


Yeah, that dawned on me after I posted.

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Re: tracking question new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #3562073 - 01/15/10 09:02 AM

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Yeah, that dawned on me after I posted.






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donnie3
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Re: tracking question new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #3562483 - 01/15/10 12:52 PM

the lx 200 sounds like a real good suggestion ( wedge free ) but already having the lx10 all i would need is the fork unit. where would i get one of these. don

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LLEEGE
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Re: tracking question new [Re: donnie3]
      #3562552 - 01/15/10 01:30 PM

You can post a want ad in the Shop and Swap section as well as the classifieds here and on other venues. Some people who get into astrophotography decide they want to mount their OTA's on a gem and defork them which leaves them a set of forks they cant use.

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donnie3
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Re: tracking question [Re: LLEEGE]
      #3563242 - 01/15/10 07:20 PM

i sure would like to build a small tracking platform. ive got motors, gears, etc, but cant find a real good set of basic instructions. i have a general idea of how to build one but would like details and photos. the only one i found online was called " poncet platform" but not enough detail to get started. don

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