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BigC
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #6221428 - 11/28/13 01:07 PM

I was shocked to discover how much improvement there is just going from squarish aluminum legs to round steel ones.

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RobertED
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: RobertED]
      #6222092 - 11/28/13 06:09 PM

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




.....gee, NO comments!!! I guess that answers my question!!!




...I guess you need to spend the 'big bucks!!!'.....


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LDW47
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: RobertED]
      #6222644 - 11/29/13 12:49 AM

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




.....gee, NO comments!!! I guess that answers my question!!!




...I guess you need to spend the 'big bucks!!!'.....


Right now COSTCO here in Canada has the 114AZ on for $150 but I don't know much about the scope !? It kind of looks like an older kids scope but go online and see how it reviews !

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CelestronDaddy
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: LDW47]
      #6223121 - 11/29/13 10:35 AM

Another good grab n go is the ES102 and Twilight 1 ...

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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6223489 - 11/29/13 02:04 PM

Black Friday, here in Rhode Island....I picked up a Celestron Powerseeker 114AZ reflector for 60% off.....paying only $60.00. Not a bad price regardless....I'll have to see the results for myself!!! thank you, LDW47.

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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: RobertED]
      #6224154 - 11/29/13 08:35 PM

Here's another one hand grab and go. I paid $100 and sold the finder that came with it for half that. Of course for little money I couldn't help but tare it apart and rebuild it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FbL8KvbIxs&feature=youtube_gdata_player


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gene 4181
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Pinbout]
      #6224366 - 11/29/13 11:00 PM

its unfortunate that skywatcher and orion no longer sell the az 4 or versago mount with the tubular legs any more. if i'm not mistaken , only orion sells them with alum. legs now.

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LDW47
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: gene 4181]
      #6224376 - 11/29/13 11:09 PM

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its unfortunate that skywatcher and orion no longer sell the az 4 or versago mount with the tubular legs any more. if i'm not mistaken , only orion sells them with alum. legs now.


I know SkyWatcher still sell both as I am in the process of buying one or the other ! I just haven't decided which one !?

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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: LDW47]
      #6224550 - 11/30/13 02:51 AM

I define grab and go in terms of time rather than weight, size, effort, or distance. If I can be observing in 5 minutes, that's grab and go for me. I see grab and go scopes and travel scopes as having some overlap but not being the same in all respects.

My personal grab and go kit is an AT72ED, DSV-M mount, and heavy duty photo tripod. It sits in my living room. The only decision I typically have to make is which one eyepiece to drop in the focuser before moving it out into the veranda.


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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: karstenkoch]
      #6224633 - 11/30/13 05:52 AM

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I define grab and go in terms of time rather than weight, size, effort, or distance. If I can be observing in 5 minutes, that's grab and go for me. I see grab and go scopes and travel scopes as having some overlap but not being the same in all respects.





That's it exactly.
Big scopes can indeed be grab and go too.
Specifically if stored at ambient temps.


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newtoskies
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: dpippel]
      #6224875 - 11/30/13 10:12 AM

When my XT6 is in the shed it's my GnG. I can lift it with one hand, set it anywhere in the yard and I am ready. I grab some ep's and stick them in my vest pockets before heading out.
I'd like to get one of those 70mm back pack refractors as a GnG for the road.


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newtoskies
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: RobertED]
      #6224885 - 11/30/13 10:19 AM

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Black Friday, here in Rhode Island....I picked up a Celestron Powerseeker 114AZ reflector for 60% off.....paying only $60.00. Not a bad price regardless....I'll have to see the results for myself!!! thank you, LDW47.




That's a great deal there. Was surfing the web and saw some nice deals too. Found a Nexstar on the walmart site, but out of stock...figures


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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: newtoskies]
      #6225169 - 11/30/13 01:06 PM Attachment (47 downloads)

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.


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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Mike E.]
      #6225428 - 11/30/13 03:36 PM

Mike,

I think you've nailed it. Beautifully classic!


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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: rockethead26]
      #6225795 - 11/30/13 07:39 PM

At this time of year, grab and go means setup and teardown is quick and painless (winter in Canada)

I was considering investing in an apo in the 5" range as my travel scope - an Equinox 80 - is a bit aperture-challenged.

Instead I repurposed a scope I already have - 6" F5 Newt and mated it to an Orion Versago III. So far I've been very happy with the results. What's not to like? A 10lb scope with 6 inches of aperture that is apochromatic, costs a little over $300, easy to set up, tear down and gives great views.

The mount/tripod combination weighs 19 lb and is rock solid. Who could ask for more?


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karstenkoch
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Mike E.]
      #6226296 - 12/01/13 01:46 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.




If that photo doesn't stir the heart of your inner observer, better check your pulse... Beautiful!


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Mike E.
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Re: Grab and Go [Re: karstenkoch]
      #6226366 - 12/01/13 03:39 AM

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If that photo doesn't stir the heart of your inner observer, better check your pulse... Beautiful!




Thanks Jim & Karsten.

My favorite observing spot, just up the mountain above our home in Wales. Its always green here, with clean air and pure water; a nice place to live, although I do miss the California weather.


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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: karstenkoch]
      #6226461 - 12/01/13 06:52 AM

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I define grab and go in terms of time rather than weight, size, effort, or distance. If I can be observing in 5 minutes, that's grab and go for me.




I think you may have just defined a 16" SCT in a OBS


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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: karstenkoch]
      #6226462 - 12/01/13 06:55 AM

Agreed, beautiful merger.

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karstenkoch
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Re: Grab and Go new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #6226548 - 12/01/13 08:56 AM

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I define grab and go in terms of time rather than weight, size, effort, or distance. If I can be observing in 5 minutes, that's grab and go for me.




I think you may have just defined a 16" SCT in a OBS




Actually, when I wrote that, I was thinking that Mt Palomar fit my description, too. The only problem is that Mt Palomar is not 5 minutes from my living room...

On the other hand, if you do have a 16" in a backyard observatory, then that's even better than a grab and go ... there's no grab, you just go.


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