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BYoesle
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Ed Byers retiring new
      #6158586 - 10/26/13 02:45 AM Attachment (48 downloads)

Ed is retiring and selling the last remaining stock of his telescope drives. These are about the best that can be obtained, and when they are gone – well you know...

http://www.ebay.com/sch/erbyers/m.html


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NHRob
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Re: Ed Byers retiring new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6158751 - 10/26/13 08:44 AM

Awesome work. I always wanted one of his drives.

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TxStars
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Re: Ed Byers retiring new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6159243 - 10/26/13 02:01 PM

Ed has been going to "Retire" for several years now.
I dont think he can stop working. lol


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BYoesle
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Re: Ed Byers retiring new [Re: TxStars]
      #6159264 - 10/26/13 02:11 PM

Ed told me he has made his last Series II mount, and the drives you see on eBay are all that remains. He's 87 and has health issues, and no one is taking over his business.

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Calypte
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Re: Ed Byers retiring new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6160113 - 10/27/13 01:52 AM

Quote:

Ed is retiring



Again??


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Re: Ed Byers retiring [Re: Calypte]
      #6160523 - 10/27/13 10:58 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Ed is retiring



Again??




That was my first thought as well. Didn't he start retiring about twenty years ago?!


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Starhawk
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Re: Ed Byers retiring new [Re: rmollise]
      #6174506 - 11/03/13 09:15 PM

OK, so how does one get one of these puppies to do GOTO?

-Rich


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TxStars
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Re: Ed Byers retiring new [Re: Starhawk]
      #6174804 - 11/04/13 02:45 AM

A Gemini or Si-Tech drive kit with encoders does the job.

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netwolf
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Re: Ed Byers retiring new [Re: TxStars]
      #6174941 - 11/04/13 07:19 AM

Has anyone retrofitted a Ed Byers gear on a losmandy Mount?

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orlyandico
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Re: Ed Byers retiring new [Re: netwolf]
      #6174982 - 11/04/13 08:21 AM

apparently, some of the most elderly Astro-Physics mounts are Meade mounts retrofitted with Byers gears. e.g. http://www.astromart.com/classifieds/details.asp?classified_id=820909

but these are really, really old and i can't find any documentation on them (they predate the 504 and 706 mounts).

but that said.. a Meade DS16 mount and a Byers gear from ebay could be a faithful reproduction of an early-1980s AP mount

The earliest Bisque mounts like the Paramount GT1100 also sported Byers gears.


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Spacetravelerx
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Re: Ed Byers retiring new [Re: orlyandico]
      #6175012 - 11/04/13 08:43 AM

Quote:


apparently, some of the most elderly Astro-Physics mounts (the 706 is probably one of them..) are Meade mounts retrofitted with Byers gears. e.g. http://www.astromart.com/classifieds/details.asp?classified_id=820909

but these are really, really old and i can't find any documentation on them (they predate the 504 and 706 mounts).

but that said.. a Meade DS16 mount and a Byers gear from ebay could be a faithful reproduction of an early-1980s AP mount

The earliest Bisque mounts like the Paramount GT1100 also sported Byers gears.





Hey hey hey,

Watch that elderly comment! 1980s aren't that old…



Byers gears…great name on great products.


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Jeff B
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Re: Ed Byers retiring new [Re: orlyandico]
      #6175052 - 11/04/13 09:22 AM

Quote:


The earliest Bisque mounts like the Paramount GT1100 also sported Byers gears.




Parallax uses Ed's gears for current production. I wonder what Joe is going to do once his current gear supply runs out? There is always Mathis.

Jeff


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jimegger
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Re: Ed Byers retiring new [Re: Jeff B]
      #6181191 - 11/07/13 02:29 PM

There is also Aeroquest Machining for precision drives.

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