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mattyfatz
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Mike E.]
      #6226693 - 12/01/13 10:39 AM

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I like things to be refined, uncomplicated, easy to set up and take down. Until recently my grab and go was a 5" Intes Micro Mak on a Half/Hitch Mount, supported by an ancient Tiltall Tripod; all weighing in at 23 pounds.

My present grab and go is a 3.5" Mak, once again supported by our fifty year old Tiltall #4602 Tripod. The scope, mount, and tripod have a combined weight of just 13 pounds. A wedge isn't required, as it's a simple matter to use the declination circle to establish latitude and by setting a bubble level on the objective cover, and moving the tripod head to center the bubble.

For me, I doubt it can get much better than this.




I like how you refer to it as a 3.5" Mak.. as if its some run of the mill Synta product. If I had one of those the post would read
Q U E S T A R !!!


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Mike E.
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Reged: 01/26/10

Loc: Moonstone Observatory
Re: Grab and Go new [Re: mattyfatz]
      #6227053 - 12/01/13 01:17 PM

Quote:

I like how you refer to it as a 3.5" Mak.. as if its some run of the mill Synta product. If I had one of those the post would read
Q U E S T A R !!!




Sure, I could do that, I could also scream out Questar 7; guess I'm just modest, but my Wife isn't, and agrees with you.


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jca345
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Reged: 09/06/13

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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Mike E.]
      #6228577 - 12/02/13 08:38 AM

Quote:

I like things to be refined, uncomplicated, easy to set up and take down. Until recently my grab and go was a 5" Intes Micro Mak on a Half/Hitch Mount, supported by an ancient Tiltall Tripod; all weighing in at 23 pounds.

My present grab and go is a 3.5" Mak, once again supported by our fifty year old Tiltall #4602 Tripod. The scope, mount, and tripod have a combined weight of just 13 pounds. A wedge isn't required, as it's a simple matter to use the declination circle to establish latitude and by setting a bubble level on the objective cover, and moving the tripod head to center the bubble.

For me, I doubt it can get much better than this.




Incredible views! Very nice Questar too, btw.


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Starman81
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: jca345]
      #6229486 - 12/02/13 03:45 PM Attachment (41 downloads)

AT Voyager critical issue fixed and the grab'n'go is now a 'go' again!

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Eric63
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Loc: Ottawa, Ontario
Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Starman81]
      #6231995 - 12/03/13 07:10 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

Just Came in today ! My new Grab and go set up: Oberwerk BT70-45 Binocular Telescope

Can't wait to try it....but it's been cloudy for a while with no sign of clearing up

Eric

Edited by Eric63 (12/03/13 07:36 PM)


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LDW47
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Eric63]
      #6232198 - 12/03/13 09:01 PM

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Just Came in today ! My new Grab and go set up: Oberwerk BT70-45 Binocular Telescope

Can't wait to try it....but it's been cloudy for a while with no sign of clearing up

Eric


Think some of us aren't a little bit jealous ? Nice set up ( in between clenched teeth ) LOL !

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LDW47
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Eric63]
      #6232206 - 12/03/13 09:03 PM

Quote:

Just Came in today ! My new Grab and go set up: Oberwerk BT70-45 Binocular Telescope

Can't wait to try it....but it's been cloudy for a while with no sign of clearing up

Eric


I was in Ottawa last weekend . I thought I saw you trying to take peek - LOL !

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Eric63
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: LDW47]
      #6232306 - 12/03/13 09:57 PM

Thanks Larry, and I won't be getting rid of my SM 15x70

Edited by Eric63 (12/03/13 09:58 PM)


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Mike E.
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Eric63]
      #6234657 - 12/05/13 04:15 AM

Quote:

Just Came in today ! My new Grab and go set up: Oberwerk BT70-45 Binocular Telescope

Eric




Very nice.


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Starman81
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Mike E.]
      #6238457 - 12/07/13 02:12 AM

Couldn't resist a good deal on this one... The C90 is definitely a grab and go scope albeit it will require a good amount of cool down time.

On AT Voyager:


On Nexstar STL:


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LDW47
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Reged: 03/04/12

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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Starman81]
      #6238872 - 12/07/13 11:38 AM

Quote:

Couldn't resist a good deal on this one... The C90 is definitely a grab and go scope albeit it will require a good amount of cool down time.

On AT Voyager:


On Nexstar STL:



Nice set up incl.mounts.

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rnc39560
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: RobertED]
      #6239849 - 12/07/13 09:08 PM

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What about either Celestron Astromaster 90AZ refractor ....OR....the Celestron Cometron 114AZ reflector?????




Actually I think the 90 az is fine, and I even use my Konus 114 (similar to the 114 you mentioned) as a grab and go.


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Pinbout
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: rnc39560]
      #6246826 - 12/11/13 11:21 AM

an old grab-n-go large light bucket. I got rid of the sct, my dobs cool much faster, but I still miss it.



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contrailmaker
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Pinbout]
      #6246868 - 12/11/13 11:45 AM

I have three great grab and go setups.

An Orion 100ED on an alt/az mount.

Oberwerk 100D binoculars on a VersaGo mount and

Coronado PST on a camera mount.

The PST is by far the scope I use the most.

CM

CM


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penguinx64
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: contrailmaker]
      #6251357 - 12/13/13 05:20 PM

I'm a big fan of short tube Dob mount reflectors. Easy to transport and no setup hassle. The wide field of view makes it easy to find stuff. Also, it helps if your rig weighs less than 15 lbs. To me, Grab and Go means I can set it up anywhere in less than 5 minutes.

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jag767
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Loc: Massapequa, NY
Re: Grab and Go new [Re: penguinx64]
      #6252714 - 12/14/13 01:48 PM Attachment (29 downloads)

My favorite ultra portable g&g:

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jag767
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: jag767]
      #6252716 - 12/14/13 01:48 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

one more:

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Philler
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Reged: 07/15/13

Loc: Kansas, USA
Re: Grab and Go new [Re: dpippel]
      #6253820 - 12/15/13 04:08 AM

My definition of grab 'n go... Can you set up pretty easily at your DSS without disturbing others, and in less than 15 or 20 minutes, and in the dark, and no white light, just a dim red flashlight?
How about a small to medium Dob you can just place on its rocker?
I once saw this fellow struggling to set up something like a 16" Dob. It was taking him so much time and effort dealing with the trusses and everything else,(nice looking scope through, BTW). But it was like he was overhauling a car, it took so much time.

Edited by Philler (12/15/13 04:27 AM)


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daveingu
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Loc: Guelph, ON Canada
Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Philler]
      #6254591 - 12/15/13 02:25 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

I have the same definition of grab n go after trying some small refractors (they just don't show enough for me). I ended up with a 7" dob. The OTA and cradle is 22lbs and the base is 12lbs.
Dave


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Philler
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Reged: 07/15/13

Loc: Kansas, USA
Re: Grab and Go new [Re: daveingu]
      #6255459 - 12/15/13 11:21 PM

Quote:

I have the same definition of grab n go after trying some small refractors (they just don't show enough for me). I ended up with a 7" dob. The OTA and cradle is 22lbs and the base is 12lbs.
Dave




Nice setup Dave. I would add a small table for charts, and I have a Rubbermaid tool box especially adapt for eyepieces and such I keep near my Dob., and a thermos of coffee and snacks in my car...scoper's heaven. Can't wait to get out again.

Edited by Philler (12/15/13 11:31 PM)


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