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svthomas
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Baader VariLock T2 Extension Tube 29-46mm
      #5555854 - 12/05/12 03:25 PM

I just purchased a used QHY8 camera, and I am now shopping for spacers to get the proper distance between the Field Flattener (AT2FF) and the sensor. I came across the following product, and am curious if anyone has any experience or thoughts on it. Would this be rigid enough? The reason I ask is that this would actually be convenient when switching between a reducer/flattener to a standard flattener when changing scopes, as the corrective products I will be using require different spacing.

Link to said product:
http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=15087&kw=VariLock&st=2


Thanks in advance for your help.

-SV


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Re: Baader VariLock T2 Extension Tube 29-46mm new [Re: svthomas]
      #5556149 - 12/05/12 06:33 PM

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Re: Baader VariLock T2 Extension Tube 29-46mm new [Re: tecmage]
      #5556345 - 12/05/12 08:18 PM

Works Great!

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Re: Baader VariLock T2 Extension Tube 29-46mm new [Re: wolfman_4_ever]
      #5556354 - 12/05/12 08:23 PM

I second the "works great" notion. The guys from Boren-Simon (the PowerNewt guys) were the ones who first suggested it to me, so if they were good with it, I figured I'd be good with it. Easy, straightforward, no flex. I have the shorter one as well, for when I use a filter tray.

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Re: Baader VariLock T2 Extension Tube 29-46mm new [Re: psandelle]
      #5556635 - 12/05/12 11:03 PM

I have an AT6RC with *lots* of imaging equipment on it. I have one of these extensions between my rotator and ST10/CFW8. My Optec focuser has only 0.6" of travel, so the spacing needed to be precise. Instead of having a custom spacer machined, I got the VariLock.

The VariLock works beautifully. I have the sensor on my ST10 right in the middle of that short range.


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Re: Baader VariLock T2 Extension Tube 29-46mm new [Re: WadeH237]
      #5556659 - 12/05/12 11:25 PM

Pretty much anything from Baader "Works Great"!

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Re: Baader VariLock T2 Extension Tube 29-46mm new [Re: svthomas]
      #5556686 - 12/05/12 11:46 PM

Quote:

I just purchased a used QHY8 camera, and I am now shopping for spacers to get the proper distance between the Field Flattener (AT2FF) and the sensor.

Link to said product:
http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=15087&kw=VariLock&st=2




I used one to get the spacing correct between a QHY8PRO camera and a Hotech field flattener...essentially the exact same thing you're asking. It was a perfect solution. You should order one. You'll be happy.

Mike


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svthomas
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Re: Baader VariLock T2 Extension Tube 29-46mm new [Re: Mike Wiles]
      #5556805 - 12/06/12 02:10 AM

Fantastic, thanks for the help everyone--always nice to see such positive feedback. I will get one of these ordered tomorrow and check it off of my list.

-SV


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Re: Baader VariLock T2 Extension Tube 29-46mm new [Re: svthomas]
      #5556927 - 12/06/12 06:13 AM

I just bought one these too . Like everyone said, anything from Baader works just great so I took a plunge. Good review on Agena as well.

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