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#26 Roger~E

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 12:43 PM

That IS a beautiful scope!! Congratulations. :bow:

#27 Emanuele

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 12:48 PM

yup, ADM is bookmarked for me. I'll start saving up once more...that is all I do in my life I guess!

Thanks very much Roger!

#28 Flix

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 02:41 PM

I was just wondering why would you consider adding a counterweight to the scope itself? After all you are putting it on a rather nice GEM so you can just move it to balance it even with the addition of a guild scope on top of it.

#29 Emanuele

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 02:46 PM

hmmm do you think I will be able to balance it, with no counterweights? A try is a must I know :)

QUestion: should I balance the scope with the hard dew shield and diagonal in place? or without?

#30 Flix

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 02:58 PM

IDK I would think you could with out the counterweight. From my understanding the reason for the counter weight bars put on actual tub were for a fork mounted STC since you can not adjust the balance on it with out some sort of movable weight. Were on a GEM you should be able to just move the whole tube.

After all the less weight you put on your mount the more stable it should be. Plus who wants to lug around another 10lb weight when you don't have to :-p

#31 Emanuele

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 03:05 PM

yes, that makes sense :grin:

what about the second question guys? :)

#32 Flix

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 03:13 PM

I would say you should balance with whatever you are going to be viewing with on the scope. So yes I would balance with the dew shield on and the diagonal and even your most used EP if it is a rather heavy one.

#33 southmike

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 06:54 PM

ahhhh good point on the counter weight...my setup is on a fork mount..So an eq set up would not need it.
you can add another weight or slide it down on the gem

...but you still need the rail and rings . eq or not...there are some cost effective options on weights for eq mounts also..(like bar bell weights) you can adjust the tube some ,but it still may be necessary to ad weight.

#34 Emanuele

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 07:53 PM

hmm I will skip the weights for now and try without them....

oh.. I might never have a first light with this scope: if the weather keeps being like this....sigh

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Posted 24 July 2005 - 03:54 PM

awesome scope for sure! Nice hardwood flooring by the way :)

#36 Emanuele

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Posted 24 July 2005 - 06:46 PM

Thanks Preston! :)

I love hardwood.

#37 Bluemeanie

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Posted 24 July 2005 - 07:44 PM

Emanuele, Great setup! Have fun with it!

#38 Emanuele

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Posted 24 July 2005 - 07:55 PM

Thank you Walt...

still haven't had the chance for first light... bad weather in Miami.

#39 John_Gillies

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 06:05 AM

Don't skip the counterweight thing. Balancing your new scope on the mount is very important to the drive motors and the scope staying upright. Don't forget to include your binoviewer and eyepieces when balancing. You may not have gotten enough weight with the mount so you will need to get more.

Bad weather in Miami may be a good thing right now. It will give you time to get these important issues taken care of before you set it outside and turn it on.

Pretty scope by the way! :grin:

#40 Emanuele

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 09:12 AM

Thanks John :grin:
Much appreciated all the suggestions. I will for sure need another weight, maybe a 7lbs...


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