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Posted 25 November 2003 - 05:13 PM

Stacy,
Thanks for the response. I will keep it in mind when I am ready to upgrade from my AT1010. It appears to be a heavy package sitting on a mount. Do you have any problems moving it around and setting up?

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 06:28 PM

Hey Jim that's great. Any date is fine, I just can't hardly read mine anymore and I'm running out of Scotch tape.

I'll e-mail you my snail-mail address.

Thanks!

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Posted 27 November 2003 - 03:21 AM

Stacy,
Thanks for the response. I will keep it in mind when I am ready to upgrade from my AT1010. It appears to be a heavy package sitting on a mount. Do you have any problems moving it around and setting up?

Jim


Well, it ain't no ED-80 that's for sure! It's a little bit of a job. I don't carry the mount with the weights on. It's about 4 trips all together (mount, weights/ep's/chair, scope). I'd say it's slightly easier than setting up the newt. Not exactly grab and go. I'm thinking a 127 MAK for that. I sure like the views through it though and it is quite fun for some reason.

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Posted 27 November 2003 - 10:49 PM

Hi,
Here's my 5" f/9.3 refractors dewshield. I made the baffles out of ~.050" aluminum and used a bevelling tool to make the knife edges. This was done with a common garage 48" table CNC mill.

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Posted 27 November 2003 - 10:57 PM

Hi Stacy,
My 5" is the pre-Meade AR5. MIne has a longer metal dewshield. Meade made them smaller for shipping and plastic for pricing. Your new dewshiels is much better. These are great scopes!

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Posted 27 November 2003 - 11:57 PM

Hi Al,

That looks great! Is that an ED? I have not had much opportunity to use any of my scopes lately. But Spring is coming!

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Posted 28 November 2003 - 08:46 AM

Hi Stacy,
This is the predecessor to the AR5. Burgess brought over about 20. 15 went to the University of Tennessee. He called and asked me if I wanted one of the 5 extras. This is it. Its an f/9.3 and has all metal lens cell and dewshield. Its not an ED, but its performance has been excellent. I've taken many images of Mars with this scope. It also now has a Crayford that I designed to be very heavy and smooth.

Meade has the total production of this scope at prersent.

Al M

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Posted 29 November 2003 - 11:04 AM

Head's up Jim, your mailbox is full.

AlM, that looks great. I used the 3/16" foamboard for my baffles. It turned out well, but what a pain cutting all of them out. I put six in mine.

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Posted 29 November 2003 - 01:36 PM

Schultze,
Did you really notice any diff with the dewshield baffles? I put several in my dewshield and tested it both with and without and didnt notice much diff, I dont think they are worth the trouble. In the OTA I think is where they really shine. The dewshield however did help over stock stopping the dreaded dew and slightly better contrast. I think the felt lining helped more than anything to be honest. Mine were 3/16 foamboard too your right what a pain to make! Dave

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Posted 29 November 2003 - 01:57 PM

I don't know yet. I've added quite a few new accessories including my second home made dewshield to my 6", but Meade still has my mount. I haven't been able to try any of the new stuff out yet.

The first dewshield I made from 8" Sonotube was 11" long and was unbaffled but had felt lining. It really did help with the dew problem. In fact, it never did dew up on me, while on some nights the OTA had water running off of it.

This new dewshield is 15" long, the same as the aftermarket aluminum models selling for $80. I don't know if the baffles will help or not, but I am hoping so. I would like to slew the scope around to the south every now and again, but there is a streetlamp about 45 degrees from my viewing position and about 90 feet away.

I'm hoping the longer baffled shield will cut out all stray light from this streetlamp.

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Posted 29 November 2003 - 02:04 PM

Schultz,
I think the baffles will work for you as far as dirty light is concerned, sounds like you did the right thing. Im lucky here, no outside lites in my neighborhood after midnight, they are on timers and switches luckly. I usually dont start viewing till midnight, does make for a long eve tho. Dave

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Posted 29 November 2003 - 02:32 PM

When I run out of film on the throw-away camera I have, I'm going to have them processed to CD and try and post some pictures.

Last time I wanted print pictures posted I had to send them to The Netherlands. Thanks Peppe!


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