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Mirzam
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Klingon Deathray/travelscope
      #4154019 - 10/31/10 09:38 AM Attachment (338 downloads)

To make my interstellar plundering trips more efficient I decided to construct a new Deathray/travelscope.

Earthling shown for scale; note dissection table in background.


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Mirzam
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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Mirzam]
      #4154022 - 10/31/10 09:39 AM Attachment (217 downloads)

The Deathray/travelscope uses a primary optic (d=250 mm; f/l =1400 mm) fabricated by slave labor on planet Delmarva.

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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Mirzam]
      #4154029 - 10/31/10 09:43 AM Attachment (179 downloads)

Because the focal ratio of 5.5 is quite long for a Deathray/travelscope, several small mass units were added to the lower end to achieve balance. These can always be used for reactor fuel if necessary.

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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Mirzam]
      #4154032 - 10/31/10 09:44 AM Attachment (171 downloads)

The upper module of the Deathray/travelscope uses a scavenged finder from the Rigel system and a very lightweight 31.75 mm HC-1 focuser from KineOptics. The temperature sensor and diode indicator light of the Astrosystems secondary dew heater are visible on the spider hub.

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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Mirzam]
      #4154033 - 10/31/10 09:45 AM Attachment (169 downloads)

The Earthling fabricated a photonic shroud using primitive technology--incorporating something called an "embroidery hoop". It works well as we shall see. The Earthling received a double portion of gruel as a reward.

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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Mirzam]
      #4154035 - 10/31/10 09:46 AM Attachment (163 downloads)

Collimating the Deathray/travelscope.

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Mirzam
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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Mirzam]
      #4154036 - 10/31/10 09:46 AM Attachment (188 downloads)

Another view of the Deathray/travelscope with the photonic shroud in place. Landing pod in background.

Happy Halloween

Mirzam


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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Mirzam]
      #4154132 - 10/31/10 10:55 AM

Will give you 867 Feldar for the earthling. Mine ran away.

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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Mirzam]
      #4154134 - 10/31/10 10:55 AM

Very creative! Oh, and the scope too.

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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: magic612]
      #4154150 - 10/31/10 11:00 AM

Looking good, Jim!

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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: cheapersleeper]
      #4154177 - 10/31/10 11:15 AM

Quote:

Will give you 867 Feldar for the earthling. Mine ran away.




That Earthling is in very good condition. Worth at least 900 Feldar. Enjoys making photonic shrouds too.


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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Mirzam]
      #4154302 - 10/31/10 12:34 PM

No selling the forum. Please take your discussion off line or offer an ad in Shop n Swap or the Classifieds.

It keeps the Ferengi at bay.


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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: rboe]
      #4154334 - 10/31/10 12:54 PM Attachment (123 downloads)

"... offer an ad in Shop n Swap or the Classifieds"

Good Idea!

Incidentally, the aliens over at Moonlight Telescope made me some nifty connectors that allow truss tubes to be split in half and reconnected securely back together. This way someone without their own spaceship can simply toss the shorter tubes into a suitcase.


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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Mirzam]
      #4154378 - 10/31/10 01:16 PM

Not selling. Technically an indenture contract.

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RedIrocZ-28
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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: cheapersleeper]
      #4154427 - 10/31/10 01:46 PM

Are you wearing the Vibram 5 finger shoes?

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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: RedIrocZ-28]
      #4154458 - 10/31/10 02:06 PM

I only wear them on Halloween. Klingon bounty hunters are not slaves to fashion.

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Keith Howlett
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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Mirzam]
      #5503879 - 11/04/12 12:49 PM


*** Klingon bounty hunters are not slaves to fashion. ***

It's just not true is it.

Cool scope and trailer. Is that your cool dome behind the earthling?

Keith


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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Keith Howlett]
      #5503998 - 11/04/12 02:14 PM

Sweet scope.

--Ross


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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: RossSackett]
      #5504029 - 11/04/12 02:35 PM

Thanks!

The dome was built around 20 years ago by the previous property owner and now houses my 20" dob.

The travelscope went with us to Chile in early 2011 and worked really well. I'm currently finishing up a 14" to take on the next trip.

JimC


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Re: Klingon Deathray/travelscope new [Re: Mirzam]
      #5505323 - 11/05/12 11:53 AM

Is the Dome aluminum? or steel?

Aircraft aluminium should be strong enough to build a good dome.

Great title to your post.


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