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#51 LLEEGE

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 06:52 AM

THANKS! :cool:

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Posted 05 March 2006 - 01:30 AM

Here's a new pix of mine with the DenkII on it, and a slightly different angle than the others in the thread.

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Posted 05 March 2006 - 11:06 PM

Thats purdy!

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 04:14 PM

I FINALLY got around to taking some images of my setup to share with the gang! I’m lucky that I have 2 good scopes, a CGE 1100 XLT and a NexStar 11 GPS XLT. I use my CGE for imaging, and while it and the computer are doing their thing, I use my NexStar for visual observing.

My equipment list is as follows:

Scope Setup:
CGE 1100 XLT w/GE Mount
Celestron C80 ED piggy back for guiding
Losmandy Dove Tail and Rings
Telrad Finder
USB Hub mounted to scope helps cut down on cable mess.

CCD/Imaging:
Meade DSI Pro w/Filter kit
Mead DSI Color
(I will be replacing both DSI’s with either the ST-2000XM this week!!!)
f/3.3 & f/6.3 CCD Focal Reducer/Field Flattener
Meade #647 Flip-Mirror
Meade #1209 Zero image-shift Microfocuser
Vibration pads
Dell Inspiron 1150 P4 w/512MB RAM 17” monitor

Dew/Power
Kendrick # 2082 12A/18AH Power Pack
Kendrick Premier Digital Dew Controller
Kendrick heaters for both scopes and eyepieces
Kendrick controller software package
Astrozap aluminum Dew Shield

Loads of 1.25” and 2” eye pieces, adapters etc. Last but not least, an A/V cart and 3 large hard shell cases to carry/store it all.

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 04:15 PM

Here is another image!

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 05:59 PM

Impressive setup Scott! That CGE is one solid looking mount.

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 06:15 PM

Randy, Nice set up!

Do you have problems getting enough back focus with the denks with the reducer lense?

Mine would never reach focus with that crayford taking up precious back focus. I have to use Denks special attachment to reach focus with the reducer lense.

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 10:17 PM

I haven't had that problem...

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 11:31 PM

I haven't had that problem...


That's great Randy - you got a great scope there!

For those considering the vernable 9.25 - some 9.25 scopes have more back focus than others. Now, this is no problem if you just use single EP's or a binoviewer without a focal reducer.

BUT, if you use a binoviewer with a focal reducer you may get a 9.25 scope that will not reach focus. A focal reducer (like denkmeier's Star Sweeper) is a wonderful screw in lense that will give you a very wide expansive view -- it's very cool and one of my favorite ways to use the scope!

This is a fairly specific problem but if you are a bino junky like me - it's something to contend with.

If I had known this was an issue that was different on different 9.25's, I would have returned my scope for one with more back focus like Randy's.

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 08:14 PM

In most cases with my scope, when I try to go to a magnification which is too low, I end up with the dreaded "central obstruction" black spot.

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 12:31 PM

I finally took a photo of my Nexstar 9.25 GPS XLT that I can live with. It's not easy getting decent photos of black shiny objects.

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 12:33 PM

Lets try that again, this time with the photo.

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 11:28 AM

guys do you also give names to your babies??? :)

#64 The Loafer

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 09:25 PM

I did, I named My CPC800 Seymour, thinking that was the plants name in "Little Shop of Horrors" (fitting since the plant always cried out "Feeed Meeee" and this is what my scope tells me on a daily basis). Unfortunately, I realized afterwards the plants name was Audrey jr, but somehow I can't bring myself to changing the name, so looks like the Seymour name has stuck.

Funny, Seymour works too, since I get to "see more" with this scope than I've ever had previously.

Yes, I admit it, I need help ;)
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#65 strgzrSulli

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 05:22 PM

Flashy,
No I do not name my scopes. I have enough trouble keeping the kids names straight. Lets see; Sarah, Adele, Kathryn, Laura, Dean, and Erin. Throw in a dog (Audrey (yes Little Shop of Horrors)), a cat (Tornado), two rabbits (Babs and Denver)and I couldn't possibly handle one more name!

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 10:00 PM

Lets thats 10 now if you count yourself that be 11,, you could start a football team, or staff a good basketball team.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 07:45 AM

Here's mine:

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WO Focuser, Lumicon filter holder, Denk and Celestron binoviewers with a piggy-backed ETX90 (got to do something about that clashing Meade blue!). All on a scope buggy with Black & Decker 17 amp-hr PS (orange of course, to keep with the color scheme).

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Posted 30 June 2006 - 09:02 PM

I'd certainly agree about black, shiny objects. Here's my first scope -- a CPC-800 XLT with Telrad, DewBuster, and Dew-Nots. Notice the cable clip on the inside right fork arm... my solution for strain relief.

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 06:49 AM

I've named my CGE1100 the "Money Pit" and my NexStar 11 the "Money Pit II".

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 11:02 AM

Did anyone try to photo in the fastar focus of C11? I wanted to, but I simply cant put the CCD in the primary mirror place. And I just cant find any adapter on the net. Have I missed sth? :question:

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 02:19 PM

Did anyone try to photo in the fastar focus of C11? I wanted to, but I simply cant put the CCD in the primary mirror place. And I just cant find any adapter on the net. Have I missed sth? :question:

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You will need a Hyperstar from Starizona.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 02:32 PM

I was afraid of that answer but I guess that is the only way :bawling: I have Maxcam ME2 and some say that its too heavy for 11' corrector plate.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 02:46 PM

I was afraid of that answer but I guess that is the only way :bawling: I have Maxcam ME2 and some say that its too heavy for 11' corrector plate.


Hyperstar is compatible with only a few cameras; Starizona can tell you which ones. Since Celestron never produced Fastar for the C11 the Hyperstar is the only game in town.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 03:34 PM

Well heres my scope, living in the back bedroom.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 07:13 PM

Is that where you're living now, too, Preston?


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