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beammeup
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LX80 Lookalike
      #5734790 - 03/15/13 07:49 PM

Not sure if anyone has mentioned this system in the forum yet, it's something I saw on a Spanish astronomy resellers website.



Instead of mounting a second scope piggyback or in tandem, it goes at the end of the counterweight bar. Works with any equatorial mount.
The big advantage is that you replace the counterweight with the second telescope, so you do not add any more weight to the setup, actually it REDUCES the total weight.
Great for smaller mounts, can maybe be used also for autoguiding? I was thinking of trying it on my new VX mount.

another picture:


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Webpage link (web page in spanish, but can easily be translated with google):

Duo Scope

Edited by beammeup (03/15/13 07:58 PM)


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Stew57
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Re: LX80 Lookalike new [Re: beammeup]
      #5734838 - 03/15/13 08:09 PM

Watch out for the tripod legs when slewing!

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Re: LX80 Lookalike new [Re: Stew57]
      #5734904 - 03/15/13 08:34 PM

I don't think it would be good for autoguiding. My guess is that there would be way to much flex

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beammeup
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Re: LX80 Lookalike new [Re: andysea]
      #5734911 - 03/15/13 08:37 PM

Yes. you're probably right about the tripod legs, might be OK on a pier...

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korborh
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Re: LX80 Lookalike new [Re: beammeup]
      #5735207 - 03/15/13 10:56 PM

Too much flexure for guiding

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Re: LX80 Lookalike new [Re: korborh]
      #5735605 - 03/16/13 07:26 AM

ADM accessories also has a saddle option that mounts at the end of the counterweight shaft:
ADM's DUAL-CW
Just FYI...


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Stew57
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Re: LX80 Lookalike new [Re: frozen.kryo]
      #5735962 - 03/16/13 10:56 AM

Might be useful for a short FL camera to take pictures while taking longer FL pictures from the main scope. Guiding would be problematic from the end or a flexi shaft.

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