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#1651 Bataleon

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 07:47 AM

Pretty humble compared to other scopes that I see here, but... my Celestron 127SLT. I drew up and printed an adapter so that I could add my green laser.


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How do you like that thing? I've been thinking of getting a 5" mak for those nights I don't feel like lugging out the SCT but want a little more punch than the 90.

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#1652 Ssayer

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 08:16 AM

How do you like that thing? I've been thinking of getting a 5" mak for those nights I don't feel like lugging out the SCT but want a little more punch than the 90.

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I'm very happy with it. I had an OLD Edmund Scientific 6"EQ (1/4 wave) reflector for years until I lost it in a garage fire. If I had them side by side right now, I'd be playing with this one with ONE caveat. I'll be doing something with the mount. While it is reasonably steady, it just has a tad too much shake for me. Of course, I'm comparing it to a beast of a mount that was for my old scope...



#1653 Bataleon

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 08:23 AM

I'm very happy with it. I had an OLD Edmund Scientific 6"EQ (1/4 wave) reflector for years until I lost it in a garage fire. If I had them side by side right now, I'd be playing with this one with ONE caveat. I'll be doing something with the mount. While it is reasonably steady, it just has a tad too much shake for me. Of course, I'm comparing it to a beast of a mount that was for my old scope...

Yeah, the SLT mount is kind of crappy. It shakes horrendously with the 102 refractor that came with it (which has since been transplanted to a VX). I thought that was due to the polar inertia inherent to long scopes like refractors, but it shakes badly with my little 90 mak as well. Just not a very robust mount, but then it wasn't meant to be. It's Celestron's bargain basement goto unit, so you get what you pay for. Anywho, yeah Maks are great fun. I like being able to get higher contrast on singular targets than my SCT. Believe it or not, but this little guy rivals my 8" on planets. I usually only lug that one out for DSOs or star parties.

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#1654 Ssayer

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 09:33 AM

For sure, I was checking out Jupiter and his moons (will I get in trouble for a gender based description? :p ) last night on a 2/5 night. It was still pretty darn good. Once again though I'm comparing it to my old scope which, while 6", was only 1/4 wave...


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#1655 Bataleon

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 09:43 AM

For sure, I was checking out Jupiter and his moons (will I get in trouble for a gender based description? ) last night on a 2/5 night. It was still pretty darn good. Once again though I'm comparing it to my old scope which, while 6", was only 1/4 wave...

I mean, Jupiter was a male god

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#1656 eros312

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 07:53 PM

Meade SCTs are so much more aesthetically pleasing than C-trons lol. It looks like there might be just a hair more secondary obstruction though? Can't tell.

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They really are.  I believe the Meade is 3 inches and the Celestron is 2.75.


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#1657 Boom

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Posted 31 August 2019 - 08:19 PM

They really are.


I know a scope is meant to be looked through and not looked at, but I agree that industrial design is definitely not Celestron's strong suit.

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#1658 jgraham

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 04:21 PM

My new-to-me Explore Scientific David H. Levy Comet Hunter 6" f/4.8 Maksutov Newtonian configured for imaging on an Orion Atlas mount...

 

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Love this scope!

 


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#1659 Phil Cowell

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 04:36 PM

My new-to-me Explore Scientific David H. Levy Comet Hunter 6" f/4.8 Maksutov Newtonian configured for imaging on an Orion Atlas mount...

 

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Love this scope!

You’ll have a blast with the Levy. It’s really immersive and the star pin-points like a refractor. 


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#1660 desertlens

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 10:10 PM

I posted this C8 a couple of pages back but here's a different angle plus finder and shield.

 

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#1661 Colin exraaf

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Posted 02 September 2019 - 06:07 AM

The Dark Aster has landed...

 

Orion Optics 200 Deluxe :

- test report with 98.7% Sterhl & 1/8 wave

- 4000mm focal length f20 @ 22% obstruction

-CNC losmandy dovetail

-micrometer focuser

 

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Oh, Yes please  .... Beautiful Scope ...!!


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#1662 TomTTuttle

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 11:42 AM

Orion Argonaut/Intes MK-67  (now with Feather Touch dual speed focuser)

Mounted on SkyWatcher  AZ-EQ5 

Soon: RPi4/4GB w/StellarMate OS  & some kind of camera(s).

 

 

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#1663 TerryWood

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 11:33 PM

Here's my Ultima C-11 (re-painted white) on the older style fork mount, wedge and tripod. The views are fantastic! Unfortunately it doesn't quite fit through the doorway and must be disassembled and re-assembled outside. It's much sturdier (with less vibrations) on these forks etc. than the original fork, wedge and tripod it came with. I really like it a lot!

 

V/R

 

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#1664 BigKahuna

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Posted 12 September 2019 - 05:20 PM

Here are mine. A Celestron 8SE and a ETX-90EC OTA on a ETX Observer Base.

 

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 07:13 AM

C8 on CG5 mount.

Polar alignment scope.

Feather Touch focuser.

Bob’s knobs.

William Optics 2” visual back with roto-lock.

Gerd Neumann filter drawer.

William Optics 2” mirror diagonal with roto-lock.

William Optics 2” to 1.5” adapter with roto-lock.

Pinty green laser pointer.

Celestron StarSense.

Celestron SkySync GPS.

Celestron SkyPortal WiFi.

Five amp power converter.

Dew Buster.

Anti-vibration pads.

 

Waiting

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#1666 RTLR 12

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 09:51 AM

My new Celestron Edge HD 9.25 on top of one of my favorite CG-5’s mounts.

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#1667 wrvond

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 10:35 AM

My new Celestron Edge HD 9.25 on top of one of my favorite CG-5’s mounts.

 

I can't see it well enough to tell...

How much counter weight do you have on there?



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Posted 13 September 2019 - 10:56 AM

I have two 7# and two 4# weights on a longer CGEM shaft.

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#1669 Castor

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 12:05 PM

My new Celestron Edge HD 9.25 on top of one of my favorite CG-5’s mounts.

 

Congratulations RTLR 12, a 9.25” Edge HD is as good as it gets concerning to aperture on a modest size mount like the Celestron CG-5, I imagine the wonderful flat field views! wink.gif

 

I always enjoy reading your informative posts about the upgrades to your CG-5’s -nice tripod spreader bar and wooden tray by the way! waytogo.gif 


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#1670 Castor

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 12:11 PM

C8 on CG5 mount.

Polar alignment scope.

Feather Touch focuser.

Bob’s knobs.

William Optics 2” visual back with roto-lock.

Gerd Neumann filter drawer.

William Optics 2” mirror diagonal with roto-lock.

William Optics 2” to 1.5” adapter with roto-lock.

Pinty green laser pointer.

Celestron StarSense.

Celestron SkySync GPS.

Celestron SkyPortal WiFi.

Five amp power converter.

Dew Buster.

Anti-vibration pads.

 

Very nice deluxe accessorized C8 setup on the CG-5 wrvond, anti-vib pads and the special chair included, you missed nothing! bow.gif 


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#1671 Castor

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Posted 13 September 2019 - 12:18 PM

Here's my Ultima C-11 (re-painted white) on the older style fork mount, wedge and tripod. The views are fantastic! Unfortunately it doesn't quite fit through the doorway and must be disassembled and re-assembled outside. It's much sturdier (with less vibrations) on these forks etc. than the original fork, wedge and tripod it came with. I really like it a lot!

 

V/R

 

Terry

Excellent color choice Terry, your C-11 looks wonderful and unique drool5.gif –how I wish white and black SCTs were commercially available, I still remember how much I liked the white C5 SCT in the one fork arm from the 90’s!

 

You are privileged with that view from your deck!


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#1672 Jeffmar

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 04:49 PM

New scope!

 

Got my new C14 yesterday. Going to a dark site tonight. dalek12.gif  


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#1673 Castor

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 10:21 PM

 

 

 

Got my new C14 yesterday. Going to a dark site tonight. dalek12.gif  

 

 

Congratulations Jeffmar, that’s an impressive telescope setup! waytogo.gif 


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#1674 Tyson M

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 12:30 AM




Got my new C14 yesterday. Going to a dark site tonight. dalek12.gif


Looking forward to hearing your thoughts with that scope. I am tempted to try a C14 some day.
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#1675 Jeffmar

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 02:06 AM

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts with that scope. I am tempted to try a C14 some day.

 

It is 12:15 am and I just got back from trying out my big scope. After sunset but before it got dark I put my C14 on Jupiter. I did a rough collimation on the planet and then went back and forth from Jupiter and Saturn. The views weren't that impressive so I waited for an hour for the scope to cool down. When I got started again I polar aligned my mount and started doing the two star alignment. The first star my scope went to was very elongated so I realized my scope was not really collimated at all. It took me about 15 minutes to get the donuts symmetrical, I finished the alignment, then started slewing to objects in the sky. The first target was M13. I haven't seen M13 look that big and detailed since I saw it through a 15 inch Obsession scope a couple of years ago. I just kept staring at M13 because the contrast and resolution were really good. M57 was more subtle but still large and very blue. I went back to Jupiter but it was so low in the sky I gave up and switched to Saturn. The planet was unusually tight looking  and I could see different colored bands on the surface with amazing detail, especially for Saturn.  The Cassini division in the rings was more obvious and I could see it almost all the way around the planet. THEN THE MOON CAME UPfrown.gif I slewed to the moon just in case  and got a huge, bright, but somewhat fuzzy image of the crater Tyco and surrounding area. That is pretty much it. I was always impressed with my C11 but this new scope is really something else. It is a comparative beast but it wasn't too much for me to handle and my mount worked beautifully with the load. I will be staying up late a lot for the next few weeks just to see how all my favorite targets look with the extra aperture. WHAT FUN!!!!!!

 

I was switching between a Pentax 20mm eyepiece and my binoviewer with 21mm eyepieces. They both worked quite well


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