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johninderby
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: johninderby]
      #4932805 - 11/24/11 11:08 AM Attachment (233 downloads)

Another photo.

John


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johninderby
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: johninderby]
      #4932856 - 11/24/11 11:40 AM Attachment (195 downloads)

And in Alt-Az mode

John


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GlenM
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Reged: 05/20/07

Loc: Lancashire England
Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: johninderby]
      #4933290 - 11/24/11 05:38 PM

Nice work,John

I know quite a lot of work went into this.

Clear Skies.


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johninderby
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: GlenM]
      #4933342 - 11/24/11 06:16 PM

Thanks Glen

Do you think a 100mm f/13 refractor would look nice on this mount?

John

PS
Just waiting for the paint for the OTA to arrive and then I can get the project finished.


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ahlberto
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: johninderby]
      #4933858 - 11/25/11 07:45 AM

In short words,-yes,in a heart beat.One of mi friends have it and its an wonderfull mount.Amazing mount at an incredible priçe...

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GlenM
Vendor - Lyra Optic


Reged: 05/20/07

Loc: Lancashire England
Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: johninderby]
      #4934767 - 11/25/11 07:04 PM

Now a Carton 100mm f/13 on one side and a 4" f/11 on the other would be just about right

Wait until the guys on here see your Carton build

I've seen it and it's looking GOOD.


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johninderby
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: GlenM]
      #4995253 - 01/01/12 07:07 AM Attachment (128 downloads)

OK Glen here it is with the Carton 100mm f/13 and the Lyra Optic 102mm f/11.

John


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GlenM
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: johninderby]
      #4999478 - 01/03/12 03:53 PM

I missed this post,sorry. They certainly look very nice indeed.Good to hear first light went well

I think you should get rid of that Shabby Berlebach tripod. I could take it off your hands for a nominal fee


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JMB
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Reged: 12/23/11

Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: GlenM]
      #5030160 - 01/21/12 10:37 AM

Seems to be the same, seems to be available in the US (CA) with tripod http://telescopes.net/store/mounts-tripods/canadian-telescopes-heavy-duty-duo-t-mount-w-tripod.html
or without
http://telescopes.net/store/mounts-tripods/canadian-telescopes-heavy-duty-duo-t-mount.html


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keenan
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: JMB]
      #5085660 - 02/22/12 01:43 PM

Hi John,

I just purchased a Sky Tee Duo. Quick question. How did you mount the additional ADM saddle on the end? Did you drill holes in the end piece and then one larger one for the shaft through the saddle?

I have a Meade AR6 on one end, and even without a coubterweight its rock solid. What a great mount very smooth also in the movements.

Thanks,
Keenan


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WRAK
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Reged: 02/18/12

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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: johninderby]
      #5086942 - 02/23/12 09:45 AM

Quote:

... I did replace the standard dovetail saddles with ADM ones and moved one of them from the "top" position onto the counterweight shaft end. Makes it much better when used in Alt-Az mode with two scopes... John




The standard dovetail saddles are really not sufficient and moving one saddle to the counterweight shaft end makes also sense. Intend to do the same. Which ADM saddles did you exactly use?
Wilfried


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vmstar
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: WRAK]
      #5100614 - 03/02/12 08:24 AM

ok this is my first post on cn.
i bought a mount at canadian telescope that is quite the
same as the skytee 2 here is the link.
http://www.canadiantelescopes.com/Accessories_2/Mounts-Tripods/Canadian-Telescopes-Heavy-Duty-Duo-T-Mount#.T1DIJIc7qf4

the price is for the head only.
they probably ship to the usa.
i did not have much time to use it but first impression is very good.i use it with a explore scientific 150 f 6,5.

i order a JMI TNT FOR VIXEN and will fit on it.
when it is done i will comeback with pictures and coments

good sky

Vincent


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netwolf
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: vmstar]
      #5768258 - 03/31/13 08:54 AM

John, excellent modifications, but can give more details why the goto / tracking will not work in Alt/Az?
I can understand Synscan may not have an Alt/az mode as its designed for EQ5 but is that the only reason?


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Geo.
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? [Re: netwolf]
      #5768439 - 03/31/13 10:16 AM

Seems a no brainer. ES has acquired the Giro brand after knocking off the Giro 3 with the Twinstar. So future Giros will be made in the PRC. Tech2000 has introduced a US made replacement for the Giro that runs $600 and ES is having success with the Twinstar. I have the Giro three and often wish for slomotion controls. OTOH the simple to set up Alt/Az is my most used mount. Mine is also set up to use the HEQ-5/6 tripod, but requires a 10mm retention bolt rather that the 12mm. It can also be used on a CG-5/GP tripod so it can be used with as light or heavy tripod as is needed. For the WO 72mm the old style CG-4 tripod is fine. You really can't ask for a better grab and observe package. I'd have to consider the SkyTee 2 for its greater flexibility.

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MLB
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Geo.]
      #6132033 - 10/11/13 09:37 PM

After reading through this thread I've searched high and low looking for any distributors that have these in stock. No luck! Canadian telescope had the Duo-T at one point, but appear not to sell them anymore. Have they dropped off the market due to problems with the mounts or lack of demand? Figures I come late to the party on mount that would be perfect for my needs!
Btw Joh, awesome job on mod-ing up yours!


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Mkofski
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: MLB]
      #6132086 - 10/11/13 10:03 PM

Quote:

After reading through this thread I've searched high and low looking for any distributors that have these in stock. No luck! Canadian telescope had the Duo-T at one point, but appear not to sell them anymore. Have they dropped off the market due to problems with the mounts or lack of demand? Figures I come late to the party on mount that would be perfect for my needs!
Btw Joh, awesome job on mod-ing up yours!




Don't know why Canadian Telescope stopped selling their version of the mount but I doubt that it was because of problems with it. I had a SkyTee II and loved it. If you can fInd one buy it. Don't know what shipping would be from Europe, that may make it prohibitively expensive. For about $400 without the tripod it was a great buy.

Mike


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MLB
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: Mkofski]
      #6132141 - 10/11/13 10:29 PM

Mike,
I posted a "Wanted" in the classifieds, watch and wait I guess. I agree, haven't really seen bad postings on them. I have family that travels to Europe fairly frequently, I suppose just the mount would fit in a carry on bag. We'll see which one pans out first.......


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Mkofski
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: MLB]
      #6132172 - 10/11/13 10:51 PM

The mount would fit easily in a carry on bag but is on the heavy side. About 15 to 20 pounds as I remember. It fits nicely on a CG5 tripod and uses the same size counterweight. Good luck finding one.

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jrbarnett
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Re: Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? new [Re: ioflying]
      #6132232 - 10/11/13 11:34 PM

"Would you buy a Skywatcher SkyTee 2 if available ? If available in the USA that is...."

Nah.

There's no shortage of good alt-az mounts available in the USA. Desert Sky Astro, Disc Mounts, Half Hitch, T-Rex, UA, etc.

CT sold a similar Chinese import called the Duo T for awhile, too.

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11/Number/5137585/Main/5135042

Not sure why they dropped it, but I believe it was in the $450 range.

Regards,

Jim

Edited by jrbarnett (10/11/13 11:40 PM)


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