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pdfermat
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New Intelliscope base new
      #5607348 - 01/05/13 09:44 PM

I love how fast I can set up my solid tube xt12i, but the shaky, stiction plagued base was never a favorite of mine. I had toyed with the idea of re-building the base, but was always worried about messing up the dsc's. Well, I took the plunge, and have finally finished:



Stability and movement are much improved, and the dsc system works as well as it always did. I've got a more detailed thread here in the ATM forum, but I wanted to post about it here, just in case some people with Intelliscopes were curious about improving the base, and don't regularly visit the ATM forum.


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panhard
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Re: New Intelliscope base new [Re: pdfermat]
      #5607370 - 01/05/13 09:58 PM

Wow what a great job.

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kfiscus
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Re: New Intelliscope base new [Re: panhard]
      #5607522 - 01/05/13 11:27 PM

Beauty.

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FirstSight
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Re: New Intelliscope base [Re: kfiscus]
      #5607647 - 01/06/13 12:53 AM

I'm impressed, nice! Eventually, when the original particle board base begins to wear out too much, more of us may need to build a replacment along the lines you did.

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nirvanix
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Loc: Saskatoon, SK
Re: New Intelliscope base new [Re: FirstSight]
      #5608127 - 01/06/13 11:24 AM

Skookum!

I rebuilt my own base too using baltic birch and enjoy how much lighter it is than particle board. Particle board is a bad invention.


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Gastrol
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Re: New Intelliscope base new [Re: nirvanix]
      #5608268 - 01/06/13 12:33 PM

Excellent job on that base!

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pdfermat
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Re: New Intelliscope base new [Re: Gastrol]
      #5608434 - 01/06/13 01:52 PM

Thanks all - it was a lot of fun to do. For anyone who is on the fence about any type of atm project, I highly suggest looking around in the atm forum. There are some amazing projects over there, and lots of people with great talent who are willing to offer helpful advice.

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Agatha
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Re: New Intelliscope base new [Re: pdfermat]
      #5612212 - 01/08/13 03:55 PM

That is a beautiful upgrade. I do not own a reflector (yet). I have been looking at the Orion 12 truss tube Intelliscope for quite a while. I am not a fan of particle board, especially for a base that will sit outside. You have given me some good ideas. I will be sure to check out your thread in ATM.
Thanks for beautiful photo.

Best,, Linda B.


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GeneT
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Re: New Intelliscope base new [Re: pdfermat]
      #5612243 - 01/08/13 04:13 PM

Nice upgrade!

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frito
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Loc: Fremont, CA
Re: New Intelliscope base new [Re: GeneT]
      #5613123 - 01/09/13 03:56 AM

nice job.

all the orion dobs need bearing surface upgrades. i can tell you a sure fire way to fix them on a non intelliscope but i hear you on not messing up the intelliscope DSC's they will complicate things a bit for sure.


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tnranger
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Re: New Intelliscope base new [Re: frito]
      #5613856 - 01/09/13 02:52 PM

Neat job. I might consider this for my dob base someday.

I wonder if one could substitute good quality 1/2 inch plywood for 3/4, even if just for the vertical sections. It would certainly help reduce the weight if it was "stiff" enough. Just a thought.


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pdfermat
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Re: New Intelliscope base new [Re: tnranger]
      #5614078 - 01/09/13 04:53 PM

Thanks everyone, much appreciated.

I'm not sure if 1/2" ply would be stiff enough. The thing that was nice about using the 3/4" was that the original base pieces were also 3/4", so the measurements transferred over nicely. I could see it working if you included some extra supports or braces in key areas.


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Project Galileo
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Loc: Jefferson County, Colorado
Re: New Intelliscope base new [Re: pdfermat]
      #5614196 - 01/09/13 06:13 PM

Well done!

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Scott in NC
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Re: New Intelliscope base new [Re: Project Galileo]
      #5614523 - 01/09/13 09:16 PM

Excellent, Pat!

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