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GeneT
Ely Kid
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Reged: 11/07/08

Loc: South Texas
Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: Jan Owen]
      #5365114 - 08/12/12 05:48 PM

Years ago, I used the same moving system for my Coulter. My wife loved the look in our family room.

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mdowns
Pooh-Bah
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Reged: 06/12/10

Loc: Englewood,FL
Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365160 - 08/12/12 06:11 PM

Nice sequence of shots.Hope you can share your first light reports soon.I look forward to it!

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actionhac
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Reged: 08/09/08

Loc: Seattle
Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: mdowns]
      #5365192 - 08/12/12 06:29 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

Tonight I hope to have a report. If not tomorrow night.
Two small problems have been encountered.
One is this joint in the concrete, doesn't look like much but with Odyssey 2 it's a major obstacle.


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actionhac
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Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365196 - 08/12/12 06:32 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

Problem two is the weathered driveway.

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actionhac
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Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365203 - 08/12/12 06:39 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

I'll try this.
Move the scope on to the sheetmetal. Remove the sheet from behind and place in front. Move scope again. Repeat previous steps.
I need larger wheels but only if the big Odyssey is not a coma filled fuzzy mush.


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bob midiri
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 06/17/04

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Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365305 - 08/12/12 07:44 PM

Is tonight first Light??? Harbor Freight has some very nice LARGER dollies at very reasonable prices!! I am really interested in your first light report! Congrats. the mirror, outwardly, looks very nice. Bob

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CHASLX200
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Loc: Tampa area Florida
Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365329 - 08/12/12 07:56 PM

Quote:

I'll try this.
Move the scope on to the sheetmetal. Remove the sheet from behind and place in front. Move scope again. Repeat previous steps.
I need larger wheels but only if the big Odyssey is not a coma filled fuzzy mush.




Crank up the power to 600x and see what ya get.



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actionhac
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Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5365333 - 08/12/12 07:57 PM

Tonight should be first light. I don't see why not. I have run through the sequence and I think Odyssey 2 is a "go".

Robert


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bob midiri
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Reged: 06/17/04

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Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365361 - 08/12/12 08:08 PM

These scopes weren't made to be used at high power. I think Robert should be thrilled if its a good enough mirror for what its intended for, that is, to inexpensively view DSO's. I have fond memories of a friends 17.5" and seeing faint fuzzy objects like I never did before!!

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mdowns
Pooh-Bah
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Reged: 06/12/10

Loc: Englewood,FL
Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: bob midiri]
      #5365553 - 08/12/12 10:28 PM

I agree.These scopes were designed to be large scale rfts.Personally,if I got a decent image at 250x,I'd be pleased.I hope the best for you and this old fav.

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RobDob
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Reged: 04/10/10

Loc: Brentwood (East Bay Area), CA
Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: mdowns]
      #5365697 - 08/12/12 11:57 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

Robert,

Looking forward to your first light review! Now, I'm inspired to take out my Compact as a sign of support for your endeavor!

It's chillin by the pool, don't know if the haze and high clouds will cooperate tonight...

Rob


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actionhac
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Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: RobDob]
      #5365797 - 08/13/12 01:43 AM Attachment (21 downloads)

I have lots of work to do.
My testing was cut short by severe stiction. Azimuth is fine, altitude will not break free without way too much effort. Impossible to move the telescope. I'll try synthetic wax on the bearings.
I like your dolly Rob, I had all kinds of problems with mine slipping out, even when rolling on the sheetmetal. I think I'm going to abandon the furniture dolly idea.
Here are a few more pictures.


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actionhac
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Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365805 - 08/13/12 01:51 AM Attachment (20 downloads)

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actionhac
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Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365806 - 08/13/12 01:52 AM Attachment (21 downloads)

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actionhac
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Loc: Seattle
Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365808 - 08/13/12 01:54 AM Attachment (13 downloads)

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actionhac
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Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365812 - 08/13/12 02:00 AM Attachment (11 downloads)

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actionhac
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Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365814 - 08/13/12 02:01 AM Attachment (16 downloads)

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actionhac
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Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365816 - 08/13/12 02:03 AM Attachment (18 downloads)

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RobDob
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Reged: 04/10/10

Loc: Brentwood (East Bay Area), CA
Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365826 - 08/13/12 02:26 AM

Quote:

I have lots of work to do.
My testing was cut short by severe stiction. Azimuth is fine, altitude will not break free without way too much effort. Impossible to move the telescope.
I like your dolly Rob, I had all kinds of problems with mine slipping out, even when rolling on the sheetmetal. I think I'm going to abandon the furniture dolly idea.
Here are a few more pictures.




I used Turtle wax to free up my stiction, not perfect, but manageable. Slathered all contact surfaces and buffed with a soft towel. Don't know if this would work on that 17". That's a huge load!

Rob


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bob midiri
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Reged: 06/17/04

Loc: pa 19320
Re: Coulter Odyssey 2 new [Re: actionhac]
      #5365836 - 08/13/12 02:43 AM

Robert, hard to tell from photo what size teflon ( or teflon like ) pads are on the altitude cut out of the rocker, but that appears to be the problem. Proper movement require 15lbs per square inch total on all 4 pads on both sides. The altitude bearings appear to have a metal ring on the trunnion. Might need to polish it up , but if that scope weighs 150lbs then you need 10 inches square of teflon divided evenly into 4 pads to have the proper feel. Bob

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