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Fireball
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Reged: 03/24/06

Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: UmaDog]
      #5653582 - 01/31/13 03:35 AM

The Horizon is definitely good news. A new concept that will address a lot of things we all like. I am looking for a scope 20-26" in a more compact size for some time, which does not need a big ladder.
Hopefully the price will be still reasonable to have a chance to get one.


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Mike B
Starstruck
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Reged: 04/06/05

Loc: shake, rattle, & roll, CA
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Fireball]
      #5654189 - 01/31/13 11:55 AM

An absolutely thrilling scope! The engineering & detailing are nothing short of inspirational.

Good stuff, Michael- thanks for the guided tour.
Carry on.

Someday, maybe someday... when i grow up.... something like this will grace my Dobservatory!


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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5654659 - 01/31/13 04:43 PM Attachment (68 downloads)

Hi All,
A few more pics showing the wiring set-up.

Well...The altitude encoder and arm just had to go on the outside and add .625” to the outside dim. Not Happy at all !!!

Mike


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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5654674 - 01/31/13 04:50 PM Attachment (49 downloads)

Showing rear panel with servocat box and wiring panel with a single RJ45 DSC encoder plug and 12V supply for Argo, dew system, etc.

The gray wire to the right goes to the altitude encoder

Mike

Edited by michael (01/31/13 05:32 PM)


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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5654678 - 01/31/13 04:51 PM Attachment (58 downloads)

Showing Argo Navis Podium with scope at zenith. Note that the Argo podium mounts in the same place that the rear transport handle will go.

Mike

Edited by michael (01/31/13 05:00 PM)


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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5654680 - 01/31/13 04:52 PM Attachment (61 downloads)

With the Horizon at the horizon.

Edited by michael (01/31/13 05:39 PM)


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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5654685 - 01/31/13 04:56 PM Attachment (51 downloads)

Another view of rear panel.

Edited by michael (01/31/13 05:40 PM)


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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5654712 - 01/31/13 05:12 PM Attachment (55 downloads)

Last picture showing the back of the Argo Navis.

Wanted to say that I FINALY got rid of that 2-4 conductor wires in the RJ45 set-up Never liked that.

Now have a single cat5e cable for the encoders. Much nicer!

Edited by michael (01/31/13 05:34 PM)


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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Mike B]
      #5654757 - 01/31/13 05:37 PM

Thanks Guys...much appreciated.

Mike


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johnnyha
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Reged: 11/12/06

Loc: Sherman Oaks, CA
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5654857 - 01/31/13 06:32 PM

Mike - beautiful.

I have a question though - does the AN stalk have to be removed in order to transport the scope?


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John Kuhl
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Reged: 11/10/05

Loc: SoCal
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5654917 - 01/31/13 07:14 PM


Hey Mike, is there anything you haven't thought of on this scope? Come on there must be something, although I have yet to find it.

Best, John


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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5654936 - 01/31/13 07:38 PM

Hi John.
I wouldn't recommend it. On the Horizon The podium mounts in the handle hole so you can't do that anyway.

Mike


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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: John Kuhl]
      #5654972 - 01/31/13 08:04 PM

Hi John,
I'm sure I have.

Time will tell.

I've been working this design for a long time and have really tried my best to think everything through.

After 15 years of building these things I can honestly say there's no such thing as the perfect scope. Probably never will be.

All I know for sure is I'm having a blast with these scopes.

Got some big ones on the horizon (pun). Next is a 30" F3.6 then a 34" F3.6 both with Lockwood optics. Then a 36" F4.

Been talking with Mike L. about designing out a 40 / 42ish F3. This is where this design will really shine

Good Stuff...

Mike

Edited by michael (01/31/13 08:08 PM)


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crazyqban
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 12/16/08

Loc: Miami, Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5655090 - 01/31/13 09:11 PM

Mike, many astronomers are starting to integrate their iPads, SkyFi and Sky Safari to use with their scopes. Do you think that it would be a good idea to design a podium that can accommodate the Argo as well and an iPad?

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Bob S.
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 07/14/05

Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5655592 - 02/01/13 05:10 AM

Quote:

Mike, many astronomers are starting to integrate their iPads, SkyFi and Sky Safari to use with their scopes. Do you think that it would be a good idea to design a podium that can accommodate the Argo as well and an iPad?




Sergio, That is a great suggestion. More of us are using planetarium programs to drive the telescope and operate things such as cameras in our Newtonians. Bob


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Thomas Karpf
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 02/09/09

Loc: Newington, CT
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5655730 - 02/01/13 08:09 AM

Drool...

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johnnyha
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Reged: 11/12/06

Loc: Sherman Oaks, CA
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5656821 - 02/01/13 05:33 PM

Quote:

...does the AN stalk have to be removed in order to transport the scope?



Quote:

Hi John.
I wouldn't recommend it. On the Horizon The podium mounts in the handle hole so you can't do that anyway.

Mike



I am still unclear Mike - if the AN stalk or "Podium" mounts in the handle hole, then it seems to me that you would have to remove the Podium each time you want to use the handle?


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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5656906 - 02/01/13 06:23 PM

Hi John,
sorry bad words on my part...yes you have to remove the podium to transport the scope.

Mike


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Bob S.
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 07/14/05

Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5657312 - 02/01/13 10:46 PM

Mike Z. I know this is a bit off topic but relates to your Starstructure telescopes. I just got clearance this morning to be able to use my right eye that just had cataract surgery last week. I decided that I wanted to use a scope for my first night back that was simple to use but with excellent optics and easy, excellent motion. Well, to make a long story short, I picked my 12.5" f/5 Zambuto/Starstructure for my first starlight with my "new" eye. WOW! Although the LE series is winding down, it is such a friendly and easy scope to use that it was simply a great pleasure tonight like I almost cannot describe. The combination of smooth movements and exceptional views with a very differently performing dominant eye are almost indescribable. People who have not used or looked through one of your scopes need to do it. I personally can't wait to see one of your Horizons performing like I think it will at Chiefland Astronomy Village. Thanks for making a superb 12.5" scope that helped to usher in a new era for me tonight in visual observing. Bob

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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Bob S.]
      #5658278 - 02/02/13 02:35 PM Attachment (52 downloads)

Hi All,

Quick pic of the scope with the light shroud installed.

Mike


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