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#226 rick rian

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 07:51 PM

... Wow! I can see a slight bend in the visual back. :jawdrop:


Thanks Clive,

The mirror in the diagonal is adjustable to account for that. :whistle:

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 07:54 PM

One more for all you 'Holy Hand Grenade' fans ... The Scopos 35mm! Nice views, but a bit on the heavy side. :)


Rick:

That big eyepiece looks ridiculous in that 'scope!

Brian :poke: :wron:


Brian, now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about ... I lust for your finder dude! :cool:

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 12:38 PM

That's a nice rig Rick! :bow: You are so much more than just another pretty face! :poke:



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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:13 PM

Holy cow, Rickster! Makes me think back to some of the "be careful viewing alone" threads in Beginners forum. That thing could be used as a protective weapon! :grin:

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 06:24 PM

One more for all you 'Holy Hand Grenade' fans ... The Scopos 35mm! Nice views, but a bit on the heavy side. :)


Rick:

That big eyepiece looks ridiculous in that 'scope!

Brian :poke: :wron:


What eyepiece?

Now this is a big eyepiece!

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 05:58 AM

Here's my latest setup. Since my last post, I've added a 'wing-thing', Feathertouch Microfocuser and TV 24mm Pan.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 11:32 AM

Nice.

I wish the FT Microfocuser would fit my scope, but checking its length I discovered it would hit the bottom of my WO 2" diagonal.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 12:26 PM

Here's my latest setup. Since my last post, I've added a 'wing-thing', Feathertouch Microfocuser and TV 24mm Pan.


Very nice setup ... :bow:

How do you like the Baader 40mm Super Sky Surfer V RDF? I always thought they looked interesting.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 02:19 PM

Nice.
I wish the FT Microfocuser would fit my scope, but checking its length I discovered it would hit the bottom of my WO 2" diagonal.

That's a shame - it really is a well engineered accessory, and well worth the money.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 02:37 PM

How do you like the Baader 40mm Super Sky Surfer V RDF? I always thought they looked interesting.

Yes, the solid construction, larger aperature and clearer optics are certainly an improvement over the standard Celestron RDF that came with my scope. I'd still like a RACI finder aswell :smirk:

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:58 PM

I made a mount for my RA88's, for those nights when the "wide field" bug bites. Here's a view of the new mount, along with my DIY HC mount.

Joe

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#237 rick rian

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:05 AM

Nice job Joe ... :bow:

Excellent idea and follow through! Any clearance issues with reaching zenith?

EDIT:
Delete that zenith question ... I just saw your other pics in the binoculars thread! Impressive ...

I think my chin would hit the base of the mount at zenith tho ... :grin:

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 11:29 AM

I made a mount for my RA88's, for those nights when the "wide field" bug bites. Here's a view of the new mount, along with my DIY HC mount.

Joe


That is nice! :waytogo:

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 04:57 PM

Here's a better angle for zenith coverage. Jay Leno would have enough chin clearance.

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 05:01 PM

Also, Pics shown are sans EP's. The EP's will place the head further back. Keep in mind, the mount base that look closest to my chin is several inches inboard. See previous pic.

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 06:18 PM




Excellent... :bow:

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:20 PM

Also, Pics shown are sans EP's. The EP's will place the head further back. Keep in mind, the mount base that look closest to my chin is several inches inboard. See previous pic.


I guess tht answers the chin question Joe ... VERY cool! :bow:

Thanks for posting the photos ... :)

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:42 PM

Hi Joe,

Can you get an alignment and track with your unit? Curious as logic would say as long as the mount can count the 'ticks', it should work. Having the dovetail at 90° from level does look a bit strange I must admit. :)

Inquiring minds you know ... :cool:

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 10:31 PM

I can't wait to find out myself. It seems to track fine in the house, but clouds have prevented my from giving it an official test drive. It looks like my next chance will be Sunday.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 12:00 PM

Good luck Joe ... please keep us posted!

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 01:01 PM

Nice piece of engineering Joe ! As Rickster says, please don't forget to give us the "Low Down" on its performance as soon as you get the chance.

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 02:32 PM

First light with a real mount. I purchased the Antares EQ5 Mount to replace the less than perfect one that came with my Nexstar 102SLT.

This mount is amazing, it is so nice to be able to push the tube where I want it to go. When I tighten the clutch I can manually track all I want.

There is one issue though, my telrad is too far back, when I observe I pick an area of the sky to stay in for my session. I will want to rotate the tube by loosening the rings to keep the finder and focuser the right way but the Telrad is in the way, I can mount the telrad more forward on my custom made mounting bar but being that the telrad is now part of the tube rings, it will stay stationary while the finder will move. Oh well, I use the telrad more anyway. if I want to use the finder I would just remove the telrad. The focus knob problem does not bother me in the least.

It was daytime so the only astronomical object I could view was the Sun, with the new mount I found it with ease. Amazing addition to my collection.

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 02:48 AM


My 114 GT small but noble.. :bow:


Here's mine capturing the November 2006 Mercury Transit.

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 05:28 AM

Hi Arellanon,

Welcome to CN.

Lovely flowers, palm trees, full sunshine, great 'scope and all in November ! Where do you live ? Eden ? :bow:

Best Regards,
Tel

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 05:50 AM

Lovely flowers, palm trees, full sunshine, great 'scope


Nice cars, too! :p

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