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#1201 Woj2007

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Posted 04 July 2021 - 05:30 PM

No, though it's possible. I just like to used the tablet as an atlas at the scope. Super convenient.


Great idea, and a great looking scope!

#1202 clusterbuster

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Posted 05 July 2021 - 01:54 AM

214061784_4428804873819814_2152824817552384374_n.jpg My MEADE 10" f/4.5 Starfinder EQ (converted to Dob), Thank You Mr. John Dobson !!!

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I will post a pic of my TAKAHASHI 12" DOB next !

 


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#1203 clusterbuster

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Posted 05 July 2021 - 01:56 AM

185037758_4263462277020742_7484560316018530325_n.jpg My Zhumell 12" Deluxe Dob (converted to a TAKAHASHI)...

 

Mark


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#1204 osbourne one-nil

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Posted 05 July 2021 - 02:24 AM

Being a Tak, was that handle a $700 option?


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#1205 Voyager 3

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Posted 05 July 2021 - 07:05 AM

Cool beard ;) .
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#1206 Dave Bush

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Posted 06 July 2021 - 05:48 PM

Here's a good upgrade for those with a Synta Dob (SkyWatcher/Orion) with the single speed Crayford focuser.  This adds dual-speed capability.   You can get it here for about $100 shipped to the US (took only about a week)...

 

https://www.365astro...ayford-focusers

 

 

 

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#1207 clusterbuster

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Posted 10 July 2021 - 03:33 AM

171136219_4440048036028831_7007646438113431658_n.jpg The Meade 10 Dob.

 I have put a better focuser on it and painted it !

Mark


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#1208 KidOrion

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Posted 11 July 2021 - 06:12 AM

attachicon.gif171136219_4440048036028831_7007646438113431658_n.jpgThe Meade 10 Dob.

 I have put a better focuser on it and painted it !

Mark

You just need a Roger Dean paint job on it!


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#1209 James1996

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Posted 14 July 2021 - 10:23 PM

Here's a considerably better quality photo of my XT8 Classic with my curious pet beagle Shippo standing in front of it.

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Edited by James1996, 14 July 2021 - 10:24 PM.

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#1210 Garyth64

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 07:58 AM

Did you know your dog was part Goa'uld?

 

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#1211 clusterbuster

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Posted 17 July 2021 - 05:21 AM

219381308_4462667353766899_6385704555543041890_n.jpg 219882541_4464394143594220_3511951471225834654_n.jpg 219517346_4464394460260855_5917015070047819581_n.jpg My MEADE 16" Starfinder  (custom)....

 

4" Solar Filter built into the dust cap !

76mm Finder

Lazer Pointer

Mirror Temp Sensor

Sliding Counterweight System

On Wheels

and I have a torpedo loader mechanism for loading it in my SUV.

The black top section can be removed reducing the tube length to 69" for transport !

 Mark


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#1212 John Fitzgerald

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Posted 17 July 2021 - 01:39 PM

attachicon.gif219381308_4462667353766899_6385704555543041890_n.jpgattachicon.gif219882541_4464394143594220_3511951471225834654_n.jpgattachicon.gif219517346_4464394460260855_5917015070047819581_n.jpgMy MEADE 16" Starfinder  (custom)....

 

4" Solar Filter built into the dust cap !

76mm Finder

Lazer Pointer

Mirror Temp Sensor

Sliding Counterweight System

On Wheels

and I have a torpedo loader mechanism for loading it in my SUV.

The black top section can be removed reducing the tube length to 69" for transport !

 Mark

Nice!  That sliding counterweight system looks like the ones on the C14.


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#1213 Dobs O Fun

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Posted 17 July 2021 - 03:26 PM

That meade 16, wow, just wow.
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Posted 20 July 2021 - 08:36 AM

My last build; another split tube dob. Trying 2 pieces, but might make it 3, because I can. Sections next to my 10" f/6 Swayze, with the mirror currently moved up for binoviewing.

 

The other will have the optics out of a 1967 Cave Astrola 12.5" f/8 and refigured by 

Mike Lockwood.

 

Clear Skies.

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#1215 clusterbuster

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Posted 20 July 2021 - 09:04 AM

My last build; another split tube dob. Trying 2 pieces, but might make it 3, because I can. Sections next to my 10" f/6 Swayze, with the mirror currently moved up for binoviewing.

 

The other will have the optics out of a 1967 Cave Astrola 12.5" f/8 and refigured by 

Mike Lockwood.

 

Clear Skies.

Your painting skills are TOP NOTCH !

Mark



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Posted 23 July 2021 - 11:24 AM

I realize this isn’t exotic and you’ve all seen it a thousand times before, but this is my SW 200p. I bought it used a year ago. It was in factory-new condition then. I was thrilled to finally own a telescope, something I had wanted since before I could read (I’m retired now). The last time I had paid attention to amateur astronomy, an 8” scope was considered huge.

I'm a tinkerer at heart, and this telescope posed a series of problems to be optimized. The first was sub-standard azimuth adjustment. After researching on the net, I installed a lazy Susan bearing. Next came manual setting circles. That helped. Then, on this site, I read that Arduino-based DSC was simple and economical, so that came next. Finally I added slow-motion controls. So it’s pretty modified now (lots of less obvious changes, like flocking and dual-speed focuser, too). Eyepieces are a whole other ball of string. I was unhappy with the standard eyepieces - especially the 10mm - and assembled  a ragtag collection of eBay purchases. After using those, and figuring out what I want, it’s time to buy good ones. Scopes come and go, after all, but eyepieces are forever.

So I’m happy with this. It’s as large as is practical for me; I won’t be getting anything bigger. I’m having fun. My first-ever view of globular clusters was an unexpected joy.

 

steven

 

200p

 


Edited by stevo58, 23 July 2021 - 11:36 AM.

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Posted 24 July 2021 - 01:55 AM

Thought I would place a marker here for when I get my Orion XX14g set up and show it off. My first BIG dob and my last. I wanted something big for planetary imaging and for planetary nebula imaging, which I happen to enjoy immensely. Should arrive here on Wednesday 7/28/21, but the weather up here has been ghastly. Looking forward to the cooler temps of late Summer through late Autumn.


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#1218 mpickering

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Posted 24 July 2021 - 10:19 PM

Just got my new Orion XT10+ on Friday.  Set up on second night.  And a nice view of the laser collimator in action.

 

First light was awesome.  I had seen M13 in my 5 inch reflector and 100mm and 120mm refractors as a fuzzball with a bright center.  In the XT10 even in the 24mm Panoptic it was a breathtaking sight.  With my 9mm Nagler it filled the eyepiece with hundreds of distinct stars.  Totally different experience.  Thoroughly happy with having added a "light bucket", even a smallish one, to the stable.

 

My scope plus a nice shot of my laser checking collimation after my viewing session last night.  A hint of dust in the air in the tube made the beam visible.

 

Matt

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 12:27 PM

Hi Steve,

 

did you do the inlay on the banjo heads?



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Posted 25 July 2021 - 03:43 PM

Hi Steve,

 

did you do the inlay on the banjo heads?

HI Mike

 

no, they are custom builds by Karsten Schnoor in Hamburg. The Weymann design is on an open-back 5-string, and the B&D No. 5 is a tenor.



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Posted 25 July 2021 - 05:42 PM

Thanks for the reply….. Both are attractive patterns (and somewhat unique, at least to me)



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Posted 26 July 2021 - 12:32 AM

Thanks for the reply….. Both are attractive patterns (and somewhat unique, at least to me)

You can see quite a few very elaborate banjos here: http://www.banjoworld.de/brands.htm. He doesn’t have a Weymann 1500, though, which is where the one on the left comes from.



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Posted 27 July 2021 - 06:12 AM

attachicon.gif219381308_4462667353766899_6385704555543041890_n.jpgattachicon.gif219882541_4464394143594220_3511951471225834654_n.jpgattachicon.gif219517346_4464394460260855_5917015070047819581_n.jpgMy MEADE 16" Starfinder  (custom)....

 

4" Solar Filter built into the dust cap !

76mm Finder

Lazer Pointer

Mirror Temp Sensor

Sliding Counterweight System

On Wheels

and I have a torpedo loader mechanism for loading it in my SUV.

The black top section can be removed reducing the tube length to 69" for transport !

 Mark

 

I love this! I have a great fondness for massive solid tube dobs and newts. I'd honestly take this over a new high end truss, provided it is either on wheels or in an obs! Tubes are to behold, to be admired. 

 

So much nostalgia looking at the S&T ads from Orion, Meade and Celestron in the late 90's, early 2000's as a kid wishing... 


Edited by HellsKitchen, 27 July 2021 - 06:18 AM.

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Posted 11 August 2021 - 08:08 PM

Took the "split tube dob" apart and retired the optics for now.

 

Same base with DSC, new tube, and faster mirror.

 

"Comet catcher" was built once before, I needed one, so did some upgrades with this one.

 

Clear Skies.

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Posted 11 August 2021 - 10:19 PM

Took the "split tube dob" apart and retired the optics for now.

 

Same base with DSC, new tube, and faster mirror...

Is your new primary enough faster to warrant a larger secondary for a larger fully illuminated field? Have you swapped that out too?




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