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Broke Back Solutions #2: How to make big heavy scopes easy to move

Apr 19 2012 11:50 AM | tomharri in How to . . .

Here is my solution for a one trip, everything at once, no heavy lifting, already set-up to go, scope.

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How to Calculate the Focal Length of an SCT

Mar 19 2010 06:33 AM | EdZ in How to . . .

This question comes up fairly often, particularly when people are interested in knowing the actual magnification they are using while viewing with an SCT. It has come up in

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Project Box - Battery Holder for Celestron CG5 Controller

Dec 22 2009 09:25 AM | Guest in How to . . .

The battery holder that comes with the telescope mount is a light plastic bag which contains a four-battery holder and some wire that are only lightly attached. I do not like this contraption so I redesigned my own

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How to Build an Economical "Double-Stack" Finder

Dec 17 2009 09:49 AM | Zamboni in How to . . .

As many astronomers know, no single type of finderscope can be considered the end-all and be-all of sighting equipment. Many observers have multiple sighting devices on a single telescope. One of the most common combinations is the

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Author name: Tristan Schwartz
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Convert Any Flashlight to a Night Vision Ready Red

Dec 17 2009 11:56 AM | Guest in How to . . .

As many astronomy gazers might discover, dark adaption is the utmost priority in viewing the night sky. And, unless you're

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Connecting RoboFocus to CCD Soft

Dec 08 2009 07:24 AM | Awesomelenny in How to . . .

I have had the frustrations in connecting RoboFocus with CCD Soft in the setup. Even though CCD Soft does have RoboFocuser in its pull-down menu, the user like me is confronted with a nagging error message in CCD Soft saying it Failed to connect to Focuser! After I got this to work, I documented it.

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Passive Tool Collimation and the Newtonian

Aug 25 2009 04:45 AM | Starman1 in How to . . .

Collimation is the alignment of the optical parts of a telescope. Though lining up the secondary under the focuser is essential for uniform illumination of the field of view, there are only two alignments in collimation: the focuser axis (done by adjusting the secondary mirror), and the Primary Axis (done by adjusting the primary mirror).

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Modifying a Mirror Cell to Support a Royce Conical Newtonian Mirror

Aug 06 2009 07:57 AM | deSitter in How to . . .

The Royce conical mirrors represent a great advance in Newtonian mirror technology

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Author name: Danny Lunsford
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How-to Make an Alt-az Pipe Mount

Feb 20 2009 06:29 AM | mathteacher in How to . . .

Why make an alt-az pipe mount?

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Author name: Ging-Li Wang
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Modification of the Meade LXD55/75 Polar Finder

Feb 12 2009 12:15 AM | Guest in How to . . .

Modification of Meade Polar Finder

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Author name: Norman Lloyd
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How to dehumidify a Telescope

Aug 09 2008 01:59 AM | Guest in How to . . .

How To Remove Humidity from the INSIDE of your SCT

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Author name: Dan Kuchta
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Complete Collimation of the Meade Schmidt Newtonian

May 09 2008 02:26 AM | Guest in How to . . .

Other than seeing conditions, nothing will improve the optical performance of a telescope than accurate collimation - the act of ensuring that all optical and mechanical elements of a telescope are aligned as perfectly as possible

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Cooling Fan for a 12" Dob

Apr 15 2008 07:47 AM | tannehill in Amateur Telescope Making (ATM)

This describes my installation of a cooling and boundary-layer scrubbing fan on my Bintel 302 mm Dobsonian telescope

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Author name: Scott Tannehill
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How-to Optimize YourSkyView Pro Mount

Dec 07 2007 01:10 AM | David Rosenthal in How to . . .

SkyView Pro German Equatorial Mount (GEM) made by Orion is a nice light weight, portable and stable mount

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Building a Schiefspiegler

Sep 27 2007 02:15 AM | Bill Cheng in Amateur Telescope Making (ATM)

A Further Improved 4.25 Inch Unobstructed Oblique Reflector

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Collimation Using a Web Cam

Jul 27 2007 05:35 AM | tannehill in How to . . .

Web Cam-Based Newtonian Collimation using a Barlowed Laser Collimator

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Author name: Scott Tannehill
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Scribbling in the Dark

May 21 2007 02:25 AM | desertstars in How to . . .

Thoughts on How and Why to Record Observations

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Author name: Thomas Watson
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How To Build a Portable Astronomy Hutch

Apr 04 2007 02:23 AM | Dennis_Oz in How to . . .

This article describes how I designed and built a portable, collapsible observing hutch

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Author name: Dennis Simmons
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Upgrading a C11 to a Carbon Fiber Tube

Mar 24 2007 01:52 AM | JerryWise in How to . . .

I've always liked the look and feel of Carbon Fiber OTAs.

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Indoor Artificial Star and Null Test

Mar 20 2007 05:16 AM | Darren Drake in How to . . .

Have you ever received a new prized telescope only to have cloudy skies for what seems to be weeks at a time?

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Update on ATM 16" Ultra-compact Dob

Feb 22 2007 03:16 AM | Guest in Amateur Telescope Making (ATM)

Update on My 16" UltraCompact/Ultra-Light Dob

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Author name: Craig Combes
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Scrubbing the Light Cup's Optical Chimney for Santa

Dec 23 2006 06:58 PM | Ron B[ee] in How to . . .

If you're hesitant, afraid, or paralyzed with fear about clean the objective lens of your refractor, read what Chicken B[ee] has done.

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DIY GOTO

Oct 31 2006 05:08 AM | Guest in Amateur Telescope Making (ATM)

Most amateurs these days seem to want a goto scope, and those of us who are into ccd imaging all lust after the AP 1200’s and the Paramounts of the world

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Author name: Gary McKenzie
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Writing For Your Club's Newsletter

Oct 26 2006 06:48 AM | jrcrilly in How to . . .

Like most amateur astronomy organizations, your club probably publishes a newsletter. They are generally used to distribute useful information to the membership

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ATM: My Classical Cassegrain

Sep 26 2006 06:18 AM | Lusty in Amateur Telescope Making (ATM)

The first and last Classical Cassegrain telescope I made was a 12.5-inch f/4 – f/16 system that had a 3.5-inch secondary

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Author name: Jeff Beish
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