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Equipment Discussions >> Refractors

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Kunama
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Reged: 10/22/12

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5537806 - 11/24/12 08:31 PM Attachment (135 downloads)

After 3 weeks separation, due to mount restoration, it was time to get the Istar Perseus and the Gaunt back together again:

Istar Perseus AT150 F10 Achromat refractor circa 2012 and
Gaunt Equatorial Telescope Stand circa 1877, 135 years age difference yet they look like they were always destined to be together:

Refractor + Mount + Pier = 307 lbs not your average Grab-N-Go


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mgwhittle
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Reged: 08/24/11

Loc: Chattanooga, TN
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Kunama]
      #5537873 - 11/24/12 09:24 PM

Matt, that is such a beautiful combination, absolutely wonderful!

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plyscope
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Reged: 11/23/06

Loc: Perth, West Australia
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Kunama]
      #5537886 - 11/24/12 09:34 PM

Good job Matt, it looks great.

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zjc26138
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Reged: 02/24/05

Loc: Mingo Junction, Ohio
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: plyscope]
      #5537940 - 11/24/12 10:12 PM

Gorgeous setup you have Matt!

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rockethead26
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/21/09

Loc: Arizona, USA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5537982 - 11/24/12 10:37 PM

Matt, That pair needs an observatory if you don't already have one. It's beautiful!

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ISTAR Optical
Vendor- IStar Optical
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Reged: 08/09/09

Loc: Page, Arizona
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Kunama]
      #5538303 - 11/25/12 05:49 AM

Amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing with others. Yes the scope and the mount were made for each other. Great job on restoring the mount.
cheers,
Ales


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Don Allen
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Reged: 07/07/05

Loc: Charleston, SC
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: ISTAR Optical]
      #5538393 - 11/25/12 08:55 AM

Very Nice...as I said before the mount is a thing of beauty. Keep us posted on the final set up arrangement.

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Mr Onions
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Reged: 04/14/07

Loc: Newcastle upon Tyne.
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: Don Allen]
      #5538567 - 11/25/12 11:30 AM

That's a belter that.

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jrbarnett
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Reged: 02/28/06

Loc: Petaluma, CA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: rick rian]
      #5538577 - 11/25/12 11:38 AM

Correction: That should be "Lord High Admiral of the Wash" Onions.

He's using the Skylight to keep the northeastern shores free of the Norwegian scourge and Danish raiders. You across the pond owe Barty. Big time. I'll be setting up a Paypal donation page shortly. Proceeds will go to fund the purchase of brass polish and beer. For me. Not for him.



- Jim


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EddWen
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Reged: 04/26/08

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) new [Re: mgwhittle]
      #5538655 - 11/25/12 12:28 PM

Very elegant !! You're probably smiling like a new Dad.

Think about duplicating the focuser knobs and ring bolts to brass. Shouldn't cost too much.

Thanks for the image.


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mikey cee
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Reged: 01/18/07

Loc: bellevue ne.
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: EddWen]
      #5538766 - 11/25/12 01:54 PM

Matt great setup you've got there. The only thing out of sync that catches my eye in similar mount pics is that the Dec. shaft extension is seems to be "missing". Tell us about your observatory plan. You do have one don't you? Mike

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Kunama
professor emeritus


Reged: 10/22/12

Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: mikey cee]
      #5538909 - 11/25/12 03:03 PM

My thanks for all the comments and compliments, much appreciated

The counterweight and attachment to the dec shaft are not original. My plan for the counterweight is to wait until I have all accessories attached, indeed there is a plan to include a little refractor to ride on top as well as a finder. I will paint them to match the Istar.
Once it is all together, I will be drilling five 25mm diameter holes through the counter weight (at 72 degree spacing around the centrebore) then adjustments can be made sliding a 25mm diameter brass rod into as many of the holes as needed. Should look nice too
I am also going to change all the nickel plated fittings on the Istar for brass items or gold plate them to suit.
Unles Istar decide to offer gold plating as an option for a countercell and backplate ????

I will make a sliding counter weight to allow for variations in eyepiece and diagonal settings, this will hang under the main tube.
More pics to come when I get back home later this week.

Next I need to build an observatory!!


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elmiko
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Reged: 07/28/09

Loc: Arizona
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Kunama]
      #5538983 - 11/25/12 03:39 PM Attachment (61 downloads)

My grab and go set up. AT 80 ED on Vixen starguy mount.Picked it up at AZ astro expo Nov. 10

Edited by elmiko (11/25/12 03:41 PM)


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Agatha
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Reged: 06/04/12

Loc: Coulee Region, Wisconsin
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: elmiko]
      #5539700 - 11/26/12 01:06 AM

Very nice AT 80 on the Porta. That's a fun combination. Enjoy.

Best, Linda B.


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ISTAR Optical
Vendor- IStar Optical
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Reged: 08/09/09

Loc: Page, Arizona
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Kunama]
      #5539763 - 11/26/12 02:44 AM

Hmmmm... CAN be done! I double checked

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Chuckles34
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Reged: 08/03/11

Loc: San Antonio, TX
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: ISTAR Optical]
      #5546426 - 11/29/12 11:08 PM

My Sky-Watcher 100ED and our resident alien Bonphiglio



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psi_chemie
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Reged: 05/01/11

Loc: Leawood, KS, USA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: Chuckles34]
      #5547723 - 11/30/12 07:18 PM Attachment (45 downloads)

My 4" Istar
Homebrew $10 tube... eBay find.

Edited by psi_chemie (11/30/12 07:41 PM)


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psi_chemie
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Reged: 05/01/11

Loc: Leawood, KS, USA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: psi_chemie]
      #5547760 - 11/30/12 07:41 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

Pic2

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psi_chemie
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Reged: 05/01/11

Loc: Leawood, KS, USA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: psi_chemie]
      #5547761 - 11/30/12 07:42 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

Pic3

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psi_chemie
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Reged: 05/01/11

Loc: Leawood, KS, USA
Re: Post a picture of your refractors (PART 5) [Re: psi_chemie]
      #5547765 - 11/30/12 07:43 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

Pic4

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