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#1526 jgraham

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 09:03 PM

...and a sand-cast fork as well. Very nice!

 

Enjoy the scope!



#1527 kirkwannabee

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Posted 04 July 2018 - 10:14 AM

Me too, got this a few weeks ago. C14 Edge hd on Meade lx850


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#1528 Billytk

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 07:53 PM

Just got my new mount. Now I have to figure out the "Cable Management".

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#1529 kirkwannabee

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:22 AM

should have added the pic

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#1530 Starman27

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:24 AM

Iowa scope ready for the night. 

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#1531 Frankastro64

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:42 AM

Hi

 

My second Cat : A Mak 127 in planetary action

 

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#1532 Frankastro64

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 10:59 AM

And my third Cat which i really love for DSO astrophotos : my Orion RC8" :

 

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#1533 MalVeauX

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 11:40 AM

Fooling with a solar filter on the Meade #2120 this morning.

 

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Very best,


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#1534 Cometeer

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 02:41 AM

A mini update to the set-up I posted a month ago. Managed to stuff even more things into my C5 case and everything is still padded sufficiently. Pretty much complete now.

 

New additions:

Radian 4mm

3 Orion Sirius Plossls for outreach with young children (a foam block goes over these eyepieces, but it was removed for the picture)

 

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This brings it to 6 eyepieces in total, a 1.6x barlow cell, 3 filters, focal reducer, Rigel finder, diagonal, flashlight and a screwdriver for collimation. Don't believe I can get any more grab and go than this for the aperture.

 

The downside is that the bag is quite heavy now. Will be reinforcing it with a cinch strap to prevent things from spilling should the zipper fail. The only thing I might possibly add is a 1.25" UHC filter, but so far I've been getting by with the OIII.


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#1535 Stargazer3236

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 11:31 AM

Fooling with a solar filter on the Meade #2120 this morning.

 

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Very best,

Just for aesthetics, why not paint your angle plates to make it more attractive? Maybe some black or white spray paint...?



#1536 CCD-Freak

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Posted 27 July 2018 - 08:22 PM

Here is my buddy Phil with his C14 / CGE having some fun under those DARK Okie-Tex skies.

 

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#1537 Stargazer3236

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 11:39 AM

Here is a picture of my Cat on my ZEQ25 mount, with the AT60ED refractor on the Losmandy dovetail plate on top, using ADM accessories tube rings on losmandy shuttles. Cameras are ZWO: ASI385MC on the Refractor and ASI290MM on the Nexstar 8.

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#1538 Dwight J

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 06:48 PM

[]Here are some pics of my 8" Cerevolo F5 MN.  It is a heavy beast maxing out the payload capacity on my Tak EM200.  I too a pic of the cooling fan that threads onto the rear cell.  There are vents around the corrector that pull in air and the fan moves it out the back.  I dusted (literally) it off for this close apparition of Mars and it did not disappoint despite the low altitude from here.  

 

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#1539 MalVeauX

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 10:31 PM

Was planet-watching in the 10" tonight from obs. Don't mind the red LED lights, I dim them otherwise.

 

These nights you can see Venus, Jupiter, Saturn & Mars in rapid sequence in a short 2 hour period.

 

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Very best,


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#1540 cam1936

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 10:48 PM

I took old faithful out for a spin last night:

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#1541 Dave Ponder

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 09:53 AM

...for quick grab ‘n go....”massive” C90 on a NexStar 4SE mount with Baader Mk IV Zoom...

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#1542 jgraham

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 06:51 PM

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I have been curious about these for a long time and I finally had a chance to pick one up. This is the ETX-90 M, also called the ETX-90RA. This is the pre-GoTo version of the ETX-90 that is fully manual with slow-motion knobs on both axis and a battery operated clock drive in the base. For most observing the scope is very comfortable to use in altaz mode, but when observing the moon or planets at high magnification the driven equatorial mode is nice. I have the scope mounted on a Meade #884 field tripod which makes it easy to switch between the two modes. Having used modern GoTo scopes for so long it is nice to have a simple grab’n go scope with nothing to align, calibrate, or synch. If you look closely you’ll see that I replaced the original (and largely symbolic) 8x21 straight-thru finder with a laser pointer. That really saves a lot of wear’n tear on the ol’ back! I had this little scope out a couple of nights ago for a very enjoyable evening observing Venus, the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars and the image quality was wonderful!


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#1543 Joe1950

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 07:22 PM

The RA model is known to have exceptional optics. I have one and it is very good to use. Enjoy!



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Posted 16 August 2018 - 11:34 PM

µ180 on orion svp during outreach at Adler Planetarium tonight

 

 

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#1545 Astrojedi

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 05:16 PM

My C9.25 on a M2C mount with DSCs... This is my favorite visual deep sky setup right now even though my 14" Dob goes deeper.

 

9.25" inches of aperture with the simplicity of Alt Az plus lightweight, compact and rock solid. Whats not to like : )

 

Ready for an evening of observing... in my backyard and at a campsite.

 

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 09:41 AM

Celestron C11 on Losmandy G11
 
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Posted 03 September 2018 - 12:00 AM

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My newest cat, a 150mm Orion Maksutov-Cassegrain on a Vixen Porta II mount. 

 


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Posted 03 September 2018 - 01:02 PM

Two kittens: the Skywatcher 90/1250 on a diminutive phototripod

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and the widely "overmounted" Vixen VMC95, which has replaced the SW as holiday telescopes

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The SW90/1250 packed (bottle was here just for reference)

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#1549 CCD-Freak

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 09:53 PM

I am still working on my Ultima 8 and this is the current status of this project.  I found a nice black ribbed cell OTA which has really nice optics and a very smooth focuser.  I have installed 10K encoders for the Astro Master DSC system and a Scope Stuff fine focus knob.  I also manged to find an original DEC motor.  I added a Lumicon 50mm finder and equipped it with an Orion 20mm illuminated reticle eyepiece.  It sits on a Milburn wedge and a C14 HD tripod so it is about as stable as they come.  This scope is a joy to use for visual observing.

 

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I also got it to autoguide and tried it out for some imaging work.  Who says you can't image with a fork mounted SCT !!  M66 12 x 5 minutes with a ZWO ASI-1600MC-Cool

 

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#1550 elwaine

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 02:47 PM

Nice setup John... and a great astro-photo.

 

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