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Locoman
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: donnie3]
      #6088927 - 09/18/13 09:24 PM

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got my setting circles all ready on the 10" dob now all I need is a moon less clear night and that can take a while as you well know. donnie




I've been following your quest with your project and am happy you have succeeded! How about some pics of your completed degree circles because I might try to copy!


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donnie3
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: Locoman]
      #6089078 - 09/18/13 10:49 PM

will post some photos tomorrow. donnie

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donnie3
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: donnie3]
      #6090318 - 09/19/13 05:03 PM Attachment (56 downloads)

locoman,here is some photos I took on my covered patio. It was raining so could not go out side.

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donnie3
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Re: Degree Circles [Re: donnie3]
      #6090324 - 09/19/13 05:07 PM

locoman, I could not post another photo on this one so I will create a original post and call it " setting circle finished product"

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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: csa/montana]
      #6162893 - 10/28/13 04:22 PM

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What should be the proper orientation of a degree circle markings should I use, CCW or CW on top of the box board? Carol, in your attached photo, it appears that you have it both ways. Thanks.

shien




If you mount the degree circles on the bottom fixed base, then the numbers should increase clockwise. If you mount them on the top board, then the numbers are counter-clockwise, and the pointer would be attached to the bottom base.




Finally found this reply as I had forgotten what the answer was. I was reading this thread Saturday night with much interest. I just bought an AD10 and I cannot wait to put it together and learn how to use it. I've come across lots of great ideas and the pics are fantastic. Glad I found you guys and gals!


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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: cool arrow]
      #6166586 - 10/30/13 02:47 PM

Any advantages/disadvantages on the location of the setting circle whether top/bottom base plate of dob?

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csa/montana
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: cool arrow]
      #6166593 - 10/30/13 02:50 PM

Putting them on the top base, eliminates having to cut out a section of the base to see the pointer area on the degree circles, if mounted on the bottom base.

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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: BradC]
      #6187052 - 11/10/13 04:40 PM

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I took Gordon's 24" original (for 12" scopes), and scaled it to 22" for 10" scopes. While I was at it, I went ahead and added intermediate numbers, every 5 degrees.

Please note this one is clockwise-only, so wouldn't work attached to the TOP of the base--it should be attached to the BOTTOM part.

I printed it today, and it looks perfect for the Zhumell 10" scope. The PDF file itself is actually 23" x 23" (because of a slim margin around the circle). When they print, just make sure they print it at 100% size, and don't do a "shrink to page size" (took two printings for my local OfficeMAX to get it right).

I'll post pics when I get it installed. Thanks for the fabulous ideas, everyone!




Thanks BradC for your version of the 22" circle. It worked out perfect! I took the file to my local Staples and had them print/laminate it. I wound up paying $7.89 for it. I will post pics of my progress.


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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: cool arrow]
      #6272637 - 12/25/13 07:09 PM

can someone print out a circle for a 12in dob base? and i will pay them for it? i dont have a printer and i soooo not good at this stuff. lol
this is the type i like to have. i will cut a piece out of the side of the 2nd plate. (| < if this gives idea..
any help would be awsome. i would waste more paper then its worth to print for me..
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk15/stargazer424/Telescope%20stuff/IMG_14...


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SDTopensied
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: DsoS4Life]
      #6272888 - 12/25/13 10:48 PM

PM Sent.

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DsoS4Life
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: SDTopensied]
      #6274386 - 12/26/13 08:40 PM

got to thank sdt for stepping up.. awsome deal.. thank you very much ..

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DsoS4Life
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: DsoS4Life]
      #6321900 - 01/19/14 10:21 AM

ok i went to the setting circle site. but i can not print out for a 33 inch radis circle.
says i have to be a gold memeber. all i can get is one page . that isnt good.
any place i can goto to print one out . iam looking to go 11 inchs * pi = around 33 inchs.. doesnt have to be purfect.
ive wasted a small forest already tryin to get this printed lol


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donnie3
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: DsoS4Life]
      #6329125 - 01/22/14 06:44 PM

what do you people use for coordinates. pocket pc, tablet. laptop. I would like to use a pocket pc but not sure where to get one and the software? I am not up on these tablets and pocket pc ( I guess the pocket pc`s are out dated) donnie

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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: donnie3]
      #6329203 - 01/22/14 07:19 PM

I use a Nexus 7 tablet with skysafari plus. It's a very popular combination. As far as I know you can get a Nexus 7 with 16GB or 32GB of storage space. Although I seldom use the tablet for anything but skysafari when at home, I got the 32GB version just in case of future needs. You can actually do most of the things that you would normally do on a home pc. in a very compact package.

Eric


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donnie3
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: beatlejuice]
      #6329298 - 01/22/14 08:19 PM

beatlejuice, thank you very much for that info, I will look the tablet up and probably order one. thanks again. donnie3

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donnie3
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: donnie3]
      #6329370 - 01/22/14 09:04 PM

just ordered the nexus7 tablet from walmart, the local store didn't have them in stock. donnie

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Tom Andrews
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: donnie3]
      #6352190 - 02/02/14 10:28 PM

Donnie,

I use a very old (in computer years) HP iPaq pocket pc with Pocket Stars. It's a very basic program with only Messier and Caldwell objects. There are other more expensive programs that offer more data.


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Noisykids
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: Tom Andrews]
      #6441422 - 04/01/14 12:41 PM

i've got my circle printed, laminated and installed, a magnetic bar with an allen wrench for a pointer, a digital torpedo level, and i installed leveling pads using threaded rod, nuts, lock washers, lock nuts, and hockey pucks. i can level the base to .5 degree on my slanted living room floor, but the threaded rods could be a little longer. is .5 degree going to be close enough? i have no problem getting longer rods. i'm going to level the base, put the ota back on, and then use the inclinometer to get that perfectly vertical before i figure out a fixture to hold the digital level.

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stargazer424
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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: Noisykids]
      #6512216 - 05/07/14 03:16 PM

FYI: I just posted my degree circle design to instructables.com:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Manual-Setting-Circle-for-Dobsonian-Telescope/


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Re: Degree Circles new [Re: GregBuchholz]
      #6512717 - 05/07/14 07:58 PM

That's cool

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