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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon *DELETED* new [Re: michael]
      #5648954 - 01/28/13 06:46 PM Attachment (77 downloads)

Last Picture Servocat.

Of all the installs I've done, not only on my scopes but several other brands as well, this one is the cleanest yet. With everything contained to one corner the motor / encoder wires are very short and the engage levers are both on the same side of the scope. Also the install of the altitude cable is a snap. Nothing in the way if you need to remove it for mirror box separation.

The altitude motor is contained inside the rocker so no additional 2.375" added to the width of the scope.

Mike

Edited by michael (01/28/13 06:54 PM)


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Bob S.
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon *DELETED* new [Re: michael]
      #5649030 - 01/28/13 07:27 PM

Quote:

Last Picture Servocat.

Of all the installs I've done, not only on my scopes but several other brands as well, this one is the cleanest yet. With everything contained to one corner the motor / encoder wires are very short and the engage levers are both on the same side of the scope. Also the install of the altitude cable is a snap. Nothing in the way if you need to remove it for mirror box separation.

The altitude motor is contained inside the rocker so no additional 2.375" added to the width of the scope.

Mike




Unreal Mike!!! You are solving so many niggling problems that Newtonians have had with this new Horizon! The width of the scope is an absolute big deal and not having a motor hanging out to get banged is an equally big deal. Great job! Bob


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plav1959
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Reged: 05/10/07

Loc: Central Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5649079 - 01/28/13 07:48 PM

Very slick Mike! Looks like there will be plenty of rooms for batteries as well.

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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: plav1959]
      #5649144 - 01/28/13 08:10 PM

Paul,

Thanks for bringing that up. There is much more room for batteries in the Horizon design despite the smaller size.

At the lowest point there is 2.5" of clearance. This is on all sizes.

Mike


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PatrickD
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5650531 - 01/29/13 03:08 PM

Hi Mike,

Fantastic pictures of the servocat arrangement. Am I assuming correctly it will be the same compact layout for the smaller Horizons (in particular my future sweet 16'') ? I like in particular the location of this altitude motor...

Patrick


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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: PatrickD]
      #5650745 - 01/29/13 05:03 PM Attachment (63 downloads)

Hi Parick,
This arrangement will be on all sizes. Smaller sizes may differ slightly.

Picture showing the finished rear of the rocker with Servocat box and wire hook-ups. Note that you can easily reach the collimation bolts even at zenith.

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]
      #5650749 - 01/29/13 05:04 PM Attachment (54 downloads)

Another view of rear.

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michael
Vendor (Starstructure Telescopes)


Reged: 01/24/04

Loc: Trinity Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5650753 - 01/29/13 05:05 PM Attachment (53 downloads)

View of the front where the batteries will go.

Both front and rear panels are removable to access the innards. Note that service for everything in the rocker can be done without removing the mirror box.

Mike

Edited by michael (01/29/13 05:10 PM)


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John Kuhl
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Reged: 11/10/05

Loc: SoCal
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: PatrickD]
      #5650756 - 01/29/13 05:06 PM


Mike, This has got to be the best thought out scope I've ever seen. Props to you and keep up the good work.

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: John Kuhl]
      #5650769 - 01/29/13 05:13 PM

Thanks John.

Mike


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winterprillan
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Reged: 04/14/11

Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: michael]
      #5652333 - 01/30/13 01:31 PM

Amazing work Mike. What batterys can be fitted inside the rocker?

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Doug Culbertson
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Reged: 01/06/05

Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: winterprillan]
      #5652399 - 01/30/13 01:58 PM

Arrgghhh, please stop posting photos! I am *this* close to mortgaging the house to buy one, much to the wife's disapproval.

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turtle86
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Reged: 10/09/06

Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Doug Culbertson]
      #5652843 - 01/30/13 05:38 PM

Quote:

Arrgghhh, please stop posting photos! I am *this* close to mortgaging the house to buy one, much to the wife's disapproval.






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plav1959
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Reged: 05/10/07

Loc: Central Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Doug Culbertson]
      #5652846 - 01/30/13 05:40 PM

Go ahead Doug. You know you want to.....

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rockethead26
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Reged: 10/21/09

Loc: Arizona, USA
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Doug Culbertson]
      #5652876 - 01/30/13 05:57 PM

Quote:

Arrgghhh, please stop posting photos! I am *this* close to mortgaging the house to buy one, much to the wife's disapproval.




Doug,

Go ahead and get a 24". Then you could mount your EON 120 ED on it for a finder! Zowie!!!


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Doug Culbertson
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: plav1959]
      #5652918 - 01/30/13 06:15 PM

Quote:

Go ahead Doug. You know you want to.....




I do, I really do. Actually, I could be happy with a 22".

Jim, thanks, but I don't need more encouragement!


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plav1959
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Reged: 05/10/07

Loc: Central Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Doug Culbertson]
      #5652991 - 01/30/13 06:45 PM

I hear you Doug. I would love to get a 22 or a 24". Problem is I could never part with my 16, so I'd have to find a way to keep two SSTs!

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Doug Culbertson
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Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: plav1959]
      #5653004 - 01/30/13 06:50 PM

Paul, nothing wrong with 2 STSs, IMO.

I would definitely keep my 14.5" SM too. Gotta have a travel scope.


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CHASLX200
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Reged: 09/29/07

Loc: Tampa area Florida
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon new [Re: Doug Culbertson]
      #5653009 - 01/30/13 06:52 PM

I could be happy with a 20" F/6.

Chas


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UmaDog
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 09/15/10

Loc: Long Island, NY
Re: Starstructure 26" F3.3 Horizon [Re: CHASLX200]
      #5653228 - 01/30/13 09:17 PM

Looking great!

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