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Megabusa
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Focuser Question
      #5703525 - 02/27/13 01:33 PM

Anybody here use a Moonlite Focuser , If so how do you like it I'm looking to get one for a 11" Edge

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gfeulner
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Re: Focuser Question new [Re: Megabusa]
      #5703552 - 02/27/13 01:48 PM

I don't have a Moonlight but I have the Feathertouch on my C11. I can't do without it especially when imaging Jupiter. It eliminates mirror shift while focussing and the fine focus is a must. I recently bought a used C8 and sent away for an adapter so I can use the focusser on both scopes. The price is a little high but to me it's a work of art and worth every penny. I'm sure the Moonlight is every bit as good and wouldn't hesitiate on buying either one. Gerry

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Megabusa
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Re: Focuser Question new [Re: gfeulner]
      #5703578 - 02/27/13 02:06 PM

Quote:

I don't have a Moonlight but I have the Feathertouch on my C11. I can't do without it especially when imaging Jupiter. It eliminates mirror shift while focussing and the fine focus is a must. I recently bought a used C8 and sent away for an adapter so I can use the focusser on both scopes. The price is a little high but to me it's a work of art and worth every penny. I'm sure the Moonlight is every bit as good and wouldn't hesitiate on buying either one. Gerry


I think your using a FT Mini mirror Focuser , I'm looking at the 2.5" with the 1.5 D tube & the Hi ress stepper motor

Edited by Megabusa (02/27/13 02:07 PM)


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Jim Davenport
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Re: Focuser Question new [Re: Megabusa]
      #5703581 - 02/27/13 02:07 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

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Anybody here use a Moonlite Focuser , If so how do you like it I'm looking to get one for a 11" Edge



The dual speed "Moonlite" is one of my best investments for my C-11.
Just about eliminates mirror shift.


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gfeulner
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Re: Focuser Question new [Re: Megabusa]
      #5703834 - 02/27/13 04:51 PM

No, actually it's the 2" dual speed focuser with the 1.5" draw tube. Gerry

Edited by gfeulner (02/27/13 05:08 PM)


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zippeee
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Re: Focuser Question new [Re: gfeulner]
      #5703851 - 02/27/13 05:03 PM

Yes



I like Moonlight crayfords more than Feathertouch BUT IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FUNCTIONALITY of either of them. They're both fine pieces of hardware. To me, there's more of a 'custom' appeal to what Ron does. I just dig it.


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Megabusa
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Refocuser Question new [Re: zippeee]
      #5703934 - 02/27/13 05:52 PM

Quote:

Yes



I like Moonlight crayfords more than Feather Touch BUT IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FUNCTIONALITY of either of them. They're both fine pieces of hardware. To me, there's more of a 'custom' appeal to what Ron does. I just dig it.


Supper nice guy Ron is, You and Jim are getting me in a lot of HOT water Now you Guys have to help me come up with some thing to tell my Wife to why I had to buy this Crayford with the Autofocus are She will put me in Orbit

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Megabusa
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Refocuser Question new [Re: gfeulner]
      #5703983 - 02/27/13 06:17 PM

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No, actually it's the 2" dual speed focuser with the 1.5" draw tube. Gerry


After looking at all Reviews that I could find and to what you Guys said, Both are top grade stuff , I looked at the Feather Touch and the Moonlite and with the Autofocus on both Apples to Apples the Moonlite is less $$$ and $$$ I don't have much of so I went with the Moonlite, I ordered mine in the Gold . Thank You all for the help and the Photos

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dobsoscope
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Re: Refocuser Question new [Re: Megabusa]
      #5755879 - 03/25/13 10:53 AM

What do you think about the Rigel Sys electric focuser to the stock Celestron focuser instead of the Feathertouch Microfocuser? I am mainly interested in planetary imaging. With the stock focuser I often turn the knob many times before reaching focus..

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rigelsys
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Re: Refocuser Question new [Re: dobsoscope]
      #5758264 - 03/26/13 01:33 PM

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What do you think about the Rigel Sys electric focuser to the stock Celestron focuser instead of the Feathertouch Microfocuser? I am mainly interested in planetary imaging. With the stock focuser I often turn the knob many times before reaching focus..




Here's an example of what can be done, motorizing the stock focus knob... (in this case with a stepper)

http://www.pbase.com/skybox


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MHamburg
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Reged: 06/21/06

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Re: Refocuser Question new [Re: rigelsys]
      #5758773 - 03/26/13 06:03 PM

That seems to be a Taurus Tracker III on that set up. Do you know what has happened to them?
Michael


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dobsoscope
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Re: Focuser Question new [Re: zippeee]
      #5759563 - 03/27/13 04:20 AM

If I may ask - how come the FT microfocuser is installed together with the Moonlite? Doesn't the crayford render the microfocuser useless?

The thing I dont like abt the crayford is that if I understood correctly if you want to use the Celestron Focal Reducer this has to be attached behind the focuser.. ie. the focuser needs to be removed and reinstalled every time..PITN!


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Yes



I like Moonlight crayfords more than Feathertouch BUT IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FUNCTIONALITY of either of them. They're both fine pieces of hardware. To me, there's more of a 'custom' appeal to what Ron does. I just dig it.




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Ed Wiley
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Reged: 05/18/05

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Re: Focuser Question new [Re: Megabusa]
      #5760041 - 03/27/13 11:33 AM

I recently bought a used C11 Edge with an older version (no clutch) of the high-resolution Moonlite focuser controlled by the Mini V-2. Love it. It is the third Moonlite, one with the DC motor (with clutch) on the 8" DK, another single focus on the 8"SN. All are quality units and the Moonlite folks are great to work with.

Ed


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