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hcsceo
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Re: $300 Astrophotography Bundle Challenge new [Re: Jeff in Austin]
      #5578191 - 12/19/12 12:04 AM

The 497 controller made it today and works fine. I'll build the computer serial cable for it tomorrow and start loading an old freebie P4 laptop I have laying around. Hopefully it has enough power to guide and image. I also have the old 494 controller that came with the scope that I'm going to list in classifieds for $25 to give me a little breathing room in my budget.

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Re: $300 Astrophotography Bundle Challenge new [Re: jgraham]
      #5588340 - 12/25/12 11:18 AM

Happy 9 year old! Now we can finish this project! Merry Christmas Everyone!



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Re: $300 Astrophotography Bundle Challenge new [Re: hcsceo]
      #5588357 - 12/25/12 11:30 AM

Now THAT is a nice picture! I hope that he enjoys it!

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Re: $300 Astrophotography Bundle Challenge new [Re: jgraham]
      #5588399 - 12/25/12 12:12 PM

Awesome !

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Re: $300 Astrophotography Bundle Challenge new [Re: NeilMac]
      #5594676 - 12/29/12 04:12 PM

OK guys I got the guidescope mounted today. The challenge was trying to mount it and balance the scope at the same time. Currently it balances with the DSI and Guidescope attached and the focus set to about the half way position. Fine balancing can be done with the cable routing. In any case the balance is much better than stock. Total weight added to the scope was 1.5 pounds exactly. This is the total weight of the DSI color and the Guidescope/webcam and mounting hardware that you see. I still need to sand and paint the guidescope mount but this should give you a good idea. That is 22 gauge mild steel and is solid as a rock. Will it all work? I don't really know. I have some serious doubts about the mount now that I've used it a good bit. I'll need to go through it at some point and try and improve it. I'll take some PE measurements along the way and use that as a guide to see how well we are doing. Here are some photos of todays work. All that is left is to build the computer cable and reload this old laptop I have and install software.







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