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#26 WadeH237

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 08:17 PM

The scopes partied until sundown.

After that, I had about 15 kids out there looking through them for several hours. They had a great time.
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Posted 30 October 2009 - 09:10 AM

C8 on GM-8 ... great combo.

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 09:13 AM

another ...

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#29 rick rian

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Posted 30 October 2009 - 09:16 AM

and one more

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#30 Dixie

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 06:13 AM

Cat number one - ready for action at a dark sky camp last month. On a CGE.

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#31 Dixie

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 06:15 AM

Cat number 2 long since sold - 9.25 sat on a Vixen GPDX and heavy duty field tripod.

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#32 Dixie

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 06:18 AM

Cat number 3 - first time assembled, had to knock down a wall to get it out of the kitchen.

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#33 Ouranos

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 04:58 PM

Classic C8

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#34 Ouranos

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 05:03 PM

One More - Classic C8

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#35 David Knisely

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 05:32 PM

My NexStar 9.25GPS-XLT at the Nebraska Star Party:

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#36 David Knisely

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 05:37 PM

My NexStar doing public outreach at the "Howling Homestead" night at Homestead National Monument (a GREAT outreach scope, especially for kids):

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#37 stevew

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 09:24 PM

David, Nice set up.
Does the C9.25 ota swing through the fork arms?
It looks like it does.

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#38 scopethis

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 05:40 AM

Hey David, ever have a problem with the brim of baseball caps hitting/bumping things on your scope (finder, EP, scope tube).?

#39 David Knisely

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 02:49 PM

David, Nice set up.
Does the C9.25 ota swing through the fork arms?
It looks like it does.

Steve


It does quite easily with three inches of clearance between the back end of my 2" star diagonal and the base of the fork. Here is a shot of one of my fellow club members Dave Churilla (the guy in the funny hat) with his CPC 9.25 equipped with an aftermarket external focuser at the same event:

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#40 David Knisely

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 02:52 PM

Hey David, ever have a problem with the brim of baseball caps hitting/bumping things on your scope (finder, EP, scope tube).?


I have problems like that all the time with any scope equipped with a big star diagonal, so I just turn my cap around (or I don't wear it while observing). Clear skies to you.

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 04:09 PM

My very nice optically 10" LX200 - circa 1999

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 04:14 PM

I just got this (see my "carrion" thread in this forum), and am still tweaking the collimation and tightening things up here and there, but so far, it's looking to be a winner!

-Tim.

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#43 Zotty

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Posted 03 November 2009 - 06:36 PM

Don't you just love getting home from work only to find out the postman came by :) The setup is not complete yet, but it surely qualifies as a picture of a CAT!

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#44 Lane

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 01:42 AM

I thought I would try a dual scope setup, to avoid lugging two mounts around all the time. Here is the CGEM with a C9.25 and ED80 mounted on an ADM side by side. Damping time is still under 2 seconds even though it is at the limit of the scope - 40 lbs of equipment and 40 lbs of counterweights. Kind of surprised at how easy it was to balance too.

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#45 skybsd

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 03:40 AM

Nice collection there!

How do you mount each of them?

Regards,

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 03:42 AM

Hi David,
Really good job you did there..,

I'm not brave enough myself..,

Regards,

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#47 Wes James

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 05:29 AM

My Cat??? Sure! :grin:

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#48 Phil Frederick

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 11:37 AM

Wes,

It's clear who rules at your house! Ahhh, the arrogance of those little critters.... :lol:

Phil (who is also ruled by a Cat!)

#49 Lane

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 10:16 PM

Nice collection there!

How do you mount each of them?

Regards,

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I usually use the Sirius mount and C8 in the backyard because it is pretty fast to setup and takedown. So I can get a couple of hours observing done on a work night.

If I am really short on time I usually use the ED80 on the AT Voyager mount.

When I have a lot more time to view, like on a weekend or when I travel to the dark site, I always use the CGEM and either the C11 or C9.25. I will also set up the AT Voyager with the ED80 along side the CGEM to get some good wide field views. I decided to try out this new dual mount idea to see if could eliminate having to take the AT Voyager mount with me all the time. After trying it out last night on the moon and a few star clusters I was very impressed. It also solves the dew issue for me too. Having the scopes on the same mount means I don't need two dew controllers and two batteries, I just need to plug two wires in the dew controller on the CGEM.
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#50 Danno2006

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 06:48 PM

C14 on a G11

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