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bobmarleyou812
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Side by side or stacked for refractors?
      #5631719 - 01/19/13 03:05 PM

Curious to see what the preference is for refractors. I have my TV85 and ST80 mounted side by side and I like it enough, but I can also stack the ST80 on top of the TV85 guide scope style. Which do you prefer?

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DaveJ
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: bobmarleyou812]
      #5631733 - 01/19/13 03:14 PM Attachment (66 downloads)

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Curious to see what the preference is for refractors. I have my TV85 and ST80 mounted side by side and I like it enough, but I can also stack the ST80 on top of the TV85 guide scope style. Which do you prefer?




Personally, I prefer side-by-side for visual as shown in this photo.


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Bill Cowles
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: DaveJ]
      #5631775 - 01/19/13 03:36 PM

Fantastic Solar setup!

Bill


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DaveJ
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: Bill Cowles]
      #5631950 - 01/19/13 05:53 PM

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Fantastic Solar setup!




Thanks, Bill. I've been a solar observer since the summer of 1961 when I got a Hershel Wedge from Edmund Scientific for my then year-old 4.25" Palomar Jr. reflector. It was a replacement for the stalk-mounted secondary. I still have both the scope and that Herschel Wedge but it doesn't get a lot of use any more with the newer stuff taking center stage. I use this for outreach, often with binoviewers, too. The side-by-side setup along with the Vixen zoom eyepieces (as shown) allow H-alpha and white-light views to match exactly. It's interesting to see the H-a activity around the sunspot groups. Back to the original posters question - the side-by-side is the way to go for this setup since over-under wouldn't work real well for this purpose.


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bobmarleyou812
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: Bill Cowles]
      #5632043 - 01/19/13 07:05 PM

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Fantastic Solar setup!

Bill




Yes - great setup there!


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MikeBOKC
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: bobmarleyou812]
      #5632050 - 01/19/13 07:07 PM Attachment (34 downloads)

Side by side for solar yes -- TMB92L and PST:

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MikeBOKC
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5632053 - 01/19/13 07:08 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

Another view:

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rigel123
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5632334 - 01/19/13 10:19 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Another side by side, my Lunt LS60T and ED80T set up for white light viewing.

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steven40
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: bobmarleyou812]
      #5632437 - 01/19/13 11:31 PM Attachment (46 downloads)

Here's how I do it.

Steve


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bobmarleyou812
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: steven40]
      #5633501 - 01/20/13 04:20 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

Some nice setups here, thanks for sharing.

Here is a shot of my side by side. When I'm imaging I put an eyepiece in the ST80...not guiding yet.

I extended the dewshield to show the full size difference between the TV85 and the ST80.

Edited by bobmarleyou812 (01/20/13 04:23 PM)


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BarrySimon615
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: bobmarleyou812]
      #5634762 - 01/21/13 11:36 AM Attachment (45 downloads)

You could do it both ways......times 3 or 4!

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t.r.
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #5634771 - 01/21/13 11:40 AM

Holy schnikes !?!?!

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Jarno
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #5634832 - 01/21/13 12:13 PM

I'm guessing that's your grab 'n go setup?

Jarno


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mikey cee
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #5635464 - 01/21/13 06:06 PM

Barry are you sure there is enough light source to share?? Mike

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Spyke
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5635503 - 01/21/13 06:34 PM

Side by side for me too...



Ant


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Spyke
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: Spyke]
      #5635512 - 01/21/13 06:36 PM

NB that's an old pic - both those scopes have been replaced now!

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Aquarist
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: Spyke]
      #5635562 - 01/21/13 07:15 PM

I prefer side by side since one is a solar scope (Lunt) and the other is for night time activities as well as the sun in white light.

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mattyfatz
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: BarrySimon615]
      #5636044 - 01/22/13 12:46 AM

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You could do it both ways......times 3 or 4!



Barry,
That's a neat setup. I'm curious to learn more about it. What sort of mount is that and what's its capacity? Do all those scopes point at the same thing? Can you make adjustments to allignment the scopes on the same target?
What is the hardware underneath?

Thanks


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Sky Captain
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: bobmarleyou812]
      #5636169 - 01/22/13 03:03 AM Attachment (20 downloads)

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Which do you prefer?




Which ever way gets them on the mount....for a photo.


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FoxTrot
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Re: Side by side or stacked for refractors? new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #5636182 - 01/22/13 03:19 AM

Barry, SkyCapt, you guys are just bragging now...! Fox

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