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#1601 drewpletcher

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Posted 11 March 2018 - 11:44 PM

 
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Tak fsq106edx4 on AP Mach1 GTO and Celestron 9.25 Edge HD on a second AP Mach1 GTO


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#1602 Rudi Bjoern

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 02:26 PM

My brand new EQ5 successor; a NEQ6. 

It has only seen a few hours of clear skies, the weather has been misserable the past few months in Denmark. 

I knew my 5” newton was small, but it really looks small on the new mount. (Next item on astro budget is a10” newton )

 

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#1603 Tyson M

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 11:09 PM

DSV-M with extension on a Gitzo series 5

 

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#1604 Tyson M

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 11:15 PM

Vamo traveller on a Mantrotto 028 tripod.

 

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#1605 Tyson M

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Posted 15 March 2018 - 11:17 PM

And the Vamo traveller on a Gitzo Series 5 tripod.

 

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#1606 JakeJ

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 12:30 PM

My Atlas Pro AZ/EQ.

 

I really enjoy this mount with my MN66 in alt/az - the eyepiece is always in a comfortable position, no rotating rings required.

Very stable setup for high-power observing - no shakes whatsoever.

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#1607 nateman_doo

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 09:24 PM

My home made mount for the Orion Atlas

 

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#1608 junomike

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 06:56 AM

My home made mount for the Orion Atlas

 

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Take my Money! (How much did it cost to fabricate?)


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#1609 nateman_doo

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 04:27 PM

Parts list:

3' of schedule 40 6" steel pipe,  (main column)

6' of 2" tubular steel (1/8" wall) (legs)

6' of 1" tubular steel (1/8" wall) (bracing)

2' 4" x 3/8 thick flat stock (leg plates)

2' of 3/8 thick 1.5" width flat stock (for the mount)

6" of 1.5" x 1.5" bar stock (for the mount)

2' of 1" round stock (CNC'd to OD of the pipe)

3 5/8 carriage bolts with nuts (whatever length you desire (6" pictured)

12  1" socket cap (1/2-13)

6 1.5 socket cap (1/2-13)

factory Atlas tripod base w/hardware.

chunk of Delrin for sliding feet.

spray paint

 

My favorite feature is the adjustable legs.  SO easy to level the mount this way.  It held 400 lbs without the 1" bracing welded on, so its safe to say it could probably hold 1000 lbs (depending on the strength of the lower 6 bolts not pulling out of the welded studs.  Factory plate is elevated enough for me to get my hands in there to tighten the factory rod that screws into the base of the actual Atlas mount.

 

Materials costs was under $200.  Got the steel from a local steel supplier.  If I bought it at an online steel place where the goods are kept out of the weather it would have cost more.  So I just took a wire brush on an angle grinder and went to work. 

  

Strong as an ox, and no worries of any scope hitting the tripod legs.  I have a home made 14" sitting on this.  Took me the better part of a week to fabricate.

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Hope to take better pictures when the weather gets nicer.  I most certainly can take your money if you want one ;)


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#1610 Nippon

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 05:14 PM

I have been thinking very seriously about replacing my GPD2 with a Losmandy GM8. But I thought I would try installing an ADM GPD2 adapter and ADM saddle instead because the only thing I did not like about my GPD2 was the dovetail clamp.I am pleased with the result and can now spend my tax return on something else.

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#1611 DMach

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 05:15 AM

New toys have arrived!

 

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Haven't had a chance to do a full setup yet - turns out the included counterweight is too heavy for my current 'scope lol. (Perils of purchasing a "future proof" mount I guess.)


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#1612 nateman_doo

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 02:01 PM

New addition to my mount:  A lens tray:

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CNC'd the tray, bent it, and drill/tapped the main pier for 1/4-20 stainless.


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#1613 mandarpotdar

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 01:24 AM

My humble Orion Sirius EQ-G. Loaded to the brim. Photographed while imaging the Owl Nebula (posted here: https://www.cloudyni...#entry8497777).

 

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#1614 seawolfe

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 06:33 AM

My humble Orion Sirius EQ-G. Loaded to the brim. Photographed while imaging the Owl Nebula (posted here: https://www.cloudyni...#entry8497777).

 

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That's a HECK OF A LOT of counterweights!!!!! shocked.gif



#1615 mandarpotdar

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 09:17 AM

Actually 2x5kg is just sufficient when put at end of the shaft. But I am at low latitude (17deg) and this results in the counterweights to hit the tripod leg. This tripod has fixed post over one leg for azimuth adjustment. So cannot put 2-legs-to-north either.
Even with smaller diameter weights (4 x 1.25kg) at end, need to extend the South legs by few inches to avoid the big weights from hitting the leg.
Pier is the only real option I have. And I like the design few posts up :).
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#1616 wargrafix

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 07:47 AM

My Atlas Pro AZ/EQ.

 

I really enjoy this mount with my MN66 in alt/az - the eyepiece is always in a comfortable position, no rotating rings required.

Very stable setup for high-power observing - no shakes whatsoever.

That is lovely! That mini pier is the bomb! Everything on that mount just works. I have yet to try it in ALT-AZ mode


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#1617 JakeJ

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 05:13 PM

That is lovely! That mini pier is the bomb! Everything on that mount just works. I have yet to try it in ALT-AZ mode

Try it with your C9.25 - you will love it.



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Posted 06 April 2018 - 09:57 PM

My overburdened AVX mount with a Edgehd 8 (14 lb), a AT115EDT (13 lb), a Celestron Onyx (6 lb) and miscellaneous brackets, finders, VB and oculars (10 lb). And about 40 lb of CW.  I need a proper mount (e.g. AZ-EQ-6 ?) for this kind of side-by-side (tandem) visual observing buffet.

 

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#1619 dwmedic

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 02:58 PM

Here's my new grab & go. It's a Skywatcher AZ Pronto. Ordered it from FLO in the UK on Thursday and it arrived this morning. UPS needs to take some pointers on how to care for a package from DHL. Overseas and hardly a dent in the outside of the box. Some of my stuff from UPS looks like it just barely survived the apocalypse LOL. Of course the clouds and rain arrived too. Purchased it to hold my Meade ST80 looks like it's going to work just fine.

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#1620 jpbutler

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Posted 09 April 2018 - 06:29 PM

I have had the ap900 for a little over a year and I really love this mount.

Finally have a mount that just works.

Traded up for the edgehd11 from and edgehd8 a few months ago and I am still getting used to it.

 

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#1621 nateman_doo

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 10:06 AM

Dear god that is a busy telescope there John, how on earth do you image in Edison?  I couldnt even see the Orion Nebula from there.  You need to find your way up to Morris/Warren/Sussex Counties :) 


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#1622 Allanbarth1

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 11:16 AM

Not much better right down the road in E.B. half mile from Exit 9....lol 


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Posted 11 April 2018 - 11:41 AM

Nor down by Exit 5.


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#1624 nateman_doo

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 12:37 PM

Nice!  Jersey represents smile.gif

You guys should head up to Jenny Jump.  You will be amazed the difference. 

I used to live in Union, and I could hardly see anything.  You could read a book outside on a moonless night.


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#1625 luiscalle

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 12:06 PM

My little boy, finally ready for action!

Bresser 8-inch astrograph f 3.9 (812mm), Celestron AVX Mount, ZWO ASI294MC main camera, ZWO 2" Coma Corrector, Celestron Neximage5 (5mp) guiding camera and 50mm Helical Focuser Guidescope.

 

I put in performance all these equipment last night (04/16). Good seeing, no clouds but high light polution in urban east areas, near to the andean highlands of Lima city. I got surprised about my first results: only 0.78 arc secs error in guiding (good polar alignment), NGC 5139 pictures with only 250 gain and 10 secs exposure! (what a beast camera!) and a fast focal ratio. Finally, It's a joy knowing that my old Neximage5 is enough for guiding. It wasn't necessary to change it for a ASI120 or throw it away to the garbage.

However, i need to be more agressive with collimation because the coma and put the Corrector to the exact distance to decrease this horrible aberration. 

 

Regards!

Luis

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