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tadpoletoo
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14 inch went home
      #5833064 - 04/30/13 07:32 PM Attachment (68 downloads)

Had some nice weather over the weekend, got the new scope out there and it has been cloudy since...go figure. Please ignore the grey hair. I can tell you a Meade lx 200gps 14 is not a grab and go! The dew shield doesn't fit in the 2.3 meter sirius dome.

Edited by tadpoletoo (04/30/13 07:37 PM)


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Kraus
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Re: 14 inch went home new [Re: tadpoletoo]
      #5833080 - 04/30/13 07:40 PM

It is a grab and go...grab it and there goes your back.

You two look like my wife and I when we muscled my LX-200, 14 incher from the ground to the wedge.

Bertha is her name. She's waiting for darkness. First object is the Owl nebula. No moon like last week.


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tadpoletoo
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Re: 14 inch went home new [Re: Kraus]
      #5833094 - 04/30/13 07:49 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. have not finished welding my homemade wedge, so there will be one more up and down with it.

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mikey cee
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Re: 14 inch went home new [Re: Kraus]
      #5833116 - 04/30/13 08:06 PM

Quote:

It is a grab and go...grab it and there goes your back.

You two look like my wife and I when we muscled my LX-200, 14 incher from the ground to the wedge.

Bertha is her name. She's waiting for darkness. First object is the Owl nebula. No moon like last week.


Nice to know your wife's name is Bertha. Mike

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Starman27
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Re: 14 inch went home new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5833826 - 05/01/13 08:31 AM

It took three to lift it to my wedge. One was a champion weight lifter.

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Startraffic
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Re: 14 inch went home new [Re: tadpoletoo]
      #5834205 - 05/01/13 11:58 AM

Tadpole,
This is why you need an engine hoist (http://www.harborfreight.com/shop-crane-1-ton-capacity-foldable-69445.html). I'm using a Tractor with a set of forks & strapping for my HGM-200. A #30 DEC assembly is a bunch to try & put on the RA shaft at chest level. DAMHIKT.

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Kraus
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Re: 14 inch went home new [Re: mikey cee]
      #5834670 - 05/01/13 03:32 PM


Ah ha ha. No the telescope's name is Bertha. Ah ha ha. I shan't let my wife see this one. Quit making me laugh. You made me blow a lung.


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audioaficionado
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Re: 14 inch went home new [Re: Kraus]
      #5878484 - 05/22/13 04:26 PM

You guys need to get a Foldable Engine Crane. Lots cheaper than back surgery.

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Raginar
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Re: 14 inch went home new [Re: audioaficionado]
      #5878526 - 05/22/13 04:45 PM

Wow, that is... awesome!

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MRNUTTY
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Re: 14 inch went home new [Re: audioaficionado]
      #5878713 - 05/22/13 05:55 PM

Quote:

You guys need to get a Foldable Engine Crane. Lots cheaper than back surgery.




I used to have one of those when I had my old GTO. I should have kept it, the hoist AND the car :-) Sadly, they don't really get high enough to use on a tall pier. It's just high enough to clear the fender with the oil pan, and that's it.

I'm thinking of putting a small winch in the observatory to get stuff on and off the pier too. I'm not so good with heavy weights at shoulder level. It's a b*tch to try to line up a vixen saddle like that.



Edited by MRNUTTY (05/22/13 06:15 PM)


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audioaficionado
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Loc: Medford, Orygun, USA
Re: 14 inch went home new [Re: MRNUTTY]
      #5878744 - 05/22/13 06:02 PM

I saw a 1 ton that had a crane height of 8 feet for under $200.

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MRNUTTY
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Re: 14 inch went home new [Re: audioaficionado]
      #5878784 - 05/22/13 06:14 PM

Nice! If we're still talking about the engine hoist; they need a lot of floor space to maneuver. The electric hoists from HF look ideal. I was wondering what a good strategy for "bolting it to the roof trusses" but still be able to move the hoist around away from the pier; to pick up or set down a scope or mount. Some kind of track hanging from the roof?

starting with something like this:

HF Electric Winch

sorry, click through, the images are to huge to post.


Edited by MRNUTTY (05/22/13 06:21 PM)


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CharlesW
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Reged: 11/02/12

Loc: Chula Vista & Indio, CA
Re: 14 inch went home new [Re: MRNUTTY]
      #5879967 - 05/23/13 10:48 AM

Cabellas has this game hoist. http://www.cabelas.com/product/Foreverlast-Tripod-Game-Hoist/741417.uts

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