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#26 Telescopeman54

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:16 PM

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 02:06 AM

I guess that puts the capacity of the MiniTower questions to rest! :roflmao: :scared:
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#29 Telescopeman54

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 10:06 AM

How about a 25 pound 1965 4" f/15 refractor with a 15 pound 6" MAK?

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 10:15 AM

Here's what you need to prevent "shutter shudder" when using a DSLR on a 3.5 Questar ;-)

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 12:12 PM

Losmandy GM8 with dual SV80BV and SV110ED refractors.
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 01:34 PM

More attractive than the factory blue I think... Tripod Spreader was also modified so that the legs would not have the gigantic spread of the standard tripod. Easy modification and raised the saddle so that I don't have to even extend the legs when using my 6" f/8 refractor.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 01:35 PM

Just the mount....

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 01:43 PM

The Casady Tandem16 arrived and I am now waiting for clear skies to test this out.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 01:48 PM

Orion Skyview AZ

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 01:48 PM

Great mount and scope. Terrific view! :jump:

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:42 PM

Celestrons BEST mount to date......The CGEPro

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:43 PM

Ready to go.......Wish I was

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 02:38 PM

my new rig waiting to find a home (moving house to dark skies at the moment)

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 06:20 PM

My new 1200 arrived! Here it is loaded up with a few refractors.

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 12:16 AM

Wow!

That's just awesome Luke!

Are you using a Casady Tandem bar?

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 06:25 AM

With all the saddles and plates I've got, I just made my own. :grin:
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Posted 02 June 2009 - 06:31 PM

Okay, here's one of mine:

Mint Super Polaris I bought off craigslist a couple months ago and added an iOptron Gotonova kit to. No mods of the mount required whatsoever - just the gotonova plastic motor covers.

Here it is with my also recently acquired TV NP101is, which also required no modifications to either the mount or the rings holding the OTA.

Looks like it came from a store like that, in fact.

-Tim.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 12:35 AM

Finally got a nice day to put this together.

Balance is not a problem at all.

This arrangement eliminates the need for 1 18lb counterweight!

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 12:41 PM

Here is my Light Speed Telescopes "Wagon" mount. Available in about 2000 to 2002, it was made by Charles Riddell (Half Hitch Mounts). Payload capacity is about 60 lbs and it is encoder equipped.

Barry Simon

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 12:44 PM

Here is another shot giving more a sense of how bit this is. I am 5' 9".

Barry

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 12:47 PM

Wagon Mount with closeup of "eyepiece caddy".

Barry

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 01:50 PM

Here is a homemade mount, an English cross-axis. I got the idea for this way back in the early 80's from a small drawing in "All About Telescopes" by Sam Brown. The cross-axis mount was invented in 1824. Using common galvanized plumbing pipe I designed this mount to work in an open box with a board tilted and off-set 30 degrees from vertical supporting the lower end of the right ascension axis and the inside of the box top at the same offset supporting the upper end of the right ascension axis. When not in use, everything fits inside the box. In addition the telescope tube has enough height above the box top so as to not be obstructed in any way by the box.

My mount was featured in the column - "Gleanings for ATM's" in the October, 1983 issue of SKY & TELESCOPE. Unfortunately the mount was sold years ago, but I still have the scope. In truth this setup was a bit cumbersome in this size. Someday I would like to make a smaller version, perhaps suitable for something like an AstroTech 66. In an updated version a smaller box could be attached to a tripod.

Here is a picture of the original mount I made before painting.

Barry Simon

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 01:53 PM

Another shot of the English cross-axis. The scope is a 4.25" f/4.1 (Edmund optics) with a traditional 5" diameter tube.

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 02:34 PM

That's cool Barry!

Was it adjustable for proper polar alignment??
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