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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: okieav8r]
      #5782375 - 04/06/13 06:36 PM

I just wanted to do the simplest conversion possible. My scopes are in my house, plus I've got a 20" mirror that I need to build a scope for. (I have some of the components already.)

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5782391 - 04/06/13 06:45 PM

Nice job Greg, wish I had something like that. That 20" mirror project sounds interesting, going to be a light one or regular classic K&B type telescope?

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: starman345]
      #5782404 - 04/06/13 06:49 PM

Definitely not light. I'm planning on making in driven from the get-go and I want it to be accurate.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5785396 - 04/08/13 07:59 AM

Do you have some details on the 20" mirror? How thick, what material is it made of?, what is the focal ratio?

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: starman345]
      #5786323 - 04/08/13 04:17 PM

Sure, It's 1.75" thick, f/3.5, fused silica, made by Gordon Waite.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). [Re: seryddwr]
      #5786484 - 04/08/13 05:37 PM

f/3.5, perfect for keeping the feet on the ground! Should be fairly light too at that thickness.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5789046 - 04/09/13 08:12 PM Attachment (15 downloads)

Quick Update: I bought a staple gun so that I could put up the trim pieces. This shot also shows the front "Skylight" feature that lets in some light, so I didn't insulate it. However you can also see the nice and shiny new insulation and the fully functional dome light. (The fixture had a switch on it which turned out to be bad. The wall switch is good, though.)

Edit, you can also see that I put some padding on the door frame. Can't tell you how many times I've hit my head on that frame, over the years. Now that I'll be using this for camping, I'll be going in and out more, hence the padding.

Edited by seryddwr (04/09/13 08:13 PM)


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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5796699 - 04/13/13 02:20 PM

GRRR! No good astronomy weather so I haven't tried the trailer out for camping yet.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: seryddwr]
      #5797541 - 04/13/13 09:51 PM Attachment (12 downloads)

Hello Greg
I saw this conversion a couple of years ago So I thought I would share.

Tim


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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: TimP]
      #5797549 - 04/13/13 09:56 PM

Woah! That one's sweet!

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: TimP]
      #5797551 - 04/13/13 09:57 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

Here is a shot of the inside.

Tim


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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: TimP]
      #5797553 - 04/13/13 09:59 PM

The floor opened up and the pier dropped down to the ground.

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Re: How I spent my spring break (Trailer conversion). new [Re: TimP]
      #5797556 - 04/13/13 10:02 PM Attachment (11 downloads)

Here's one more pic of the inside.

Tim


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