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Carl Wright
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Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon
      #5624167 - 01/15/13 10:51 AM Attachment (446 downloads)

The first production of many of the newly designed Starstructure Horizon scopes is well under construction. This scope is a 26" F/3.3 that will be fitted with Lockwood Custom Optics.

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FrankG
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Reged: 07/13/04

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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Carl Wright]
      #5624185 - 01/15/13 11:02 AM

Looks terrific, Carl.

P.S. Is that your SST in current Sky & Telescope?

Edited by FrankG (01/15/13 11:03 AM)


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Carl Wright
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: FrankG]
      #5624223 - 01/15/13 11:29 AM

Yes, Frank that is my scope

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Carl Wright
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: FrankG]
      #5624230 - 01/15/13 11:32 AM Attachment (286 downloads)

Here is another pic of the 26"

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rockethead26
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Carl Wright]
      #5624236 - 01/15/13 11:36 AM

Interesting design.

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Fred1
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: rockethead26]
      #5624248 - 01/15/13 11:44 AM

Congrats, Carl. It looks awesome already, just imagine when it's finished.

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MDavid
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Fred1]
      #5624273 - 01/15/13 12:01 PM

Why are the truss tubes shorter on one side? Is it painted or is the box, frame, upper assembly, etc all aluminum? I guess I'm asking if you could, please, elaborate on this interesting looking design?

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Carl Wright
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: MDavid]
      #5624297 - 01/15/13 12:18 PM Attachment (212 downloads)

This pic should show the truss pole configuration better. I only stopped by the shop and shot a couple of pics of the scope in progress. As far as specifics go, it would be better to contact the builder directly.

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MDavid
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Carl Wright]
      #5624317 - 01/15/13 12:33 PM

I guess I'll have to wait:

"The HORIZON is the latest innovation from StarStructure Telescopes.

The new design has now been applied to all sizes from 8” to 40” and is ready for production
All information including specs, pricing and scheduling will be online soon."

The Horizon


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michael
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: MDavid]
      #5624376 - 01/15/13 01:08 PM

hi Dave, I'm real sorry about the lack of information on my site. It's very important to me that the info on the Horizon is 100% correct. I need to wait until the first run is completed before I can put up any info.

Thanks,

Mike Z


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Jarad
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: MDavid]
      #5624385 - 01/15/13 01:13 PM

If you look at the side view, the rocker box top is not parallel to the mirror, it is angled as if it were across the tips of the altitude bearings. The front trusses are attached near the top of the bearings. This allows the truss poles to be shorter and wider, and makes the truss more sturdy.

It's the same concept as many ultra-low profile designs that use the altitude bearings themselves as the truss connection points.

Jarad


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Bob S.
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Jarad]
      #5624594 - 01/15/13 03:01 PM

Carl, Thanks for giving us a sneak peak!!! Michael, congrats on getting the Horizon to the build stage. A 26" f/3.3 Lockwood/Horizon Starstructure is going to be a very special scope I suspect. Can't wait to see it in action. Bob

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VĂ­ctor MartĂ­nez
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Bob S.]
      #5624659 - 01/15/13 03:35 PM

I want one.......
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Chucky
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: VĂ­ctor MartĂ­nez]
      #5624705 - 01/15/13 03:59 PM

<< Can't wait to see it in action. Bob >>

As the saying goes 'never say never'.....with respects to saying 'no' to buying more high-end large scopes. So is it possible one of these new Horizon's might be in your future?


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Bob S.
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Chucky]
      #5624755 - 01/15/13 04:29 PM

Quote:

<< Can't wait to see it in action. Bob >>

As the saying goes 'never say never'.....with respects to saying 'no' to buying more high-end large scopes. So is it possible one of these new Horizon's might be in your future?




Chucky, If I was to get a larger scope which I am not going to, a large Lockwood/Horizon would be on the shortest of lists. If I were going to buy a super-large Newtonian say in the 40"-60" range, I would only consider getting a Lockwood/Horizon. I think Lockwood and Zammit are the only people I would trust to make such a large scope and one that would flat perform. Bob


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Tom Clark
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Bob S.]
      #5624834 - 01/15/13 05:20 PM

60" Bob? Now you're talking. I'm sure Mike would like the challenge…

Lockwood has finished refiguring my mirror. As Mike says, it had demons in it.

Tom


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MDavid
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Jarad]
      #5624875 - 01/15/13 05:50 PM

Jarad,

Ohh! I see now! It's a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma...Just kidding...I've never seen this done and I like the concept mostly cause I'm 5'6" but also for the altitude bearing shaped rocker box...very slick.

Mike Z,

Thanks for the follow-up. I'll look forward to the website update as it will be a few years before I'll be able to consider a purchase. Will you be attending the Texas Star Party?


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Bob S.
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Tom Clark]
      #5624882 - 01/15/13 05:52 PM

Quote:

60" Bob? Now you're talking. I'm sure Mike would like the challenge…

Lockwood has finished refiguring my mirror. As Mike says, it had demons in it.

Tom




Tom,

You are going to have to rename your 42" f/4 scope. I can't wait to see how that "beast" performs in your New Mexico skies. Thor's Helmet which I know is one of your favorites is going to be eye popping. I can't wait to see the Horse again with your newly figured Lockwood mirror. You now have what is arguably one of the finest 40+" mirrors on the planet. Bob


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alancygnusx2
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Carl Wright]
      #5624958 - 01/15/13 06:47 PM

Looks great. I didn't think the standard starstructure design could get any better, as I think its already the best structure on the market- but Mike keeps pushing the envelope. Let us know the details from its first operation and light. Congrats!!

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klim
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5625064 - 01/15/13 07:47 PM

Hi Mike. Could you tell us what the eyepiece height might be for this particular sample? Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Mark


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