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#3026 Garyth64

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 04:15 PM

It's been cloudy lately, and for me, I still have to do something with my telescope stuff.

 

So, I got this Unihex that I would like to use on other scopes other than the Unitrons.  I've played around with it before, and bingo!  it came together!

 

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I started a separate thread.


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 11:17 AM

I'm going to put my Astrostick back together I remember its fine views. 

I thought about a 2 inch focuser and maybe even a 2 inch diagonal to

take full advantage of the f/5 focal ratio.

The Bazooka (Sam Brown's idea - All About Telescopes) was really fun

I might do it again.

 

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 11:47 AM

Love the Astro-stick Robert! Love the Bazooka, Love Sam Brown, Love, love, love Edmund!


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 12:16 PM

Hmmmm. That's the most love I've seen since Woodstock, Terra.

 

One thing Robert! With the climate of things as they are today don't use the Bazooka Scope where people are gathered. Someone or several someones may think it is something else.

 

Yesterday being Halloween, there was a sign on the door of a convenience store asking that folks remove their mask before entering the store. I know they don't like people coming in wearing full ski masks in the cold weather.

 

 

The Astro Stick - a fine build Robert.


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#3030 Chuck Hards

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 12:36 PM

I'm restoring another Mayflower/Manon mount at work, during lunch and break times.  Just put the first coat of stain on the sanded leg parts.  I'm going for the same finish I did on my Swift 838 reproduction tripod.  One application of American Walnut, followed by three applications of Minwax Golden Oak. 

 

Here are the legs, waiting for the walnut stain to dry.

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The leg bracket hardware.  I have sanded them down to clean metal and sprayed on the primer.  Wrinkle finish to follow after the primer cures for a day.

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 12:43 PM

I'm going to put my Astrostick back together I remember its fine views. 

I thought about a 2 inch focuser and maybe even a 2 inch diagonal to

take full advantage of the f/5 focal ratio.

The Bazooka (Sam Brown's idea - All About Telescopes) was really fun

I might do it again.

 

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I like the idea of using the toilet to make an optical testbench! smile.gif

 

David


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#3032 Chuck Hards

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 12:48 PM

It doubles as an observing chair.  


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#3033 david-p

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 12:54 PM

I have a new ES/Losmandy G-11 and an ES127-FCD100. As it looks like it is going to be very cloudy and cold here for maybe a week, I have been getting used to it in my apartment -- making it show off its GoTo skills with Cdc and Stellarium. It may not sound very exciting to you, but it is to me at this point. I am scratching my head to figure out how to practice pole alignment without real stars (I have a Polemaster). I put the extensions on, managed to focus on a car on the other side of the street, and was able to read quite clearly Made in Poland and the wheel size on the tyres...

 

Well, it keeps me off the streets!

 

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 12:58 PM

 

I'm going to put my Astrostick back together I remember its fine views. 

I thought about a 2 inch focuser and maybe even a 2 inch diagonal to

take full advantage of the f/5 focal ratio.

The Bazooka (Sam Brown's idea - All About Telescopes) was really fun

I might do it again.

 

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I like the idea of using the toilet to make an optical testbench! smile.gif

 

David

 

 

Robert wanted his new scope to have a "Go To" mount.

 

It has three slewing rates: Fast mode, Slow mode and Co mode.

 

He wanted to call it the "Astro Can."


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 04:05 PM

Everyone had some great ideas when I first built the scope like

using the toilet and building a "Porter split-ring equatorial" or a "Porter-Potty" or

a "Porter garden scope" with the bowl and stick.

 

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#3036 Joe1950

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 04:25 PM

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 11:17 AM

My old Vixen Pulsar 102M with the original R&P focuser had the holes wallowed out for the thumbscrews that hold the diagonal in the focuser tube. The material in the adapter at the end of the focuser tube is quite thin and the 

original thumb screws were loose.  I re-threaded the holes for a #4 screw and used new thumbscrews but they also started to get loose. 

My fix was to file off paint around the screw holes,  put a #4 nut on a #4 screw, and insert it in the hole.  First I

coated the screw threads with some Chapstick lubricant before threading on the nut 3/4 way up the screw. With the screw in the adapter hole, I spread JB Weld around the hole covering the bare metal, then moved the nut down to where it was snug on the adapter, then coated the outside of the nut with more epoxy.  It looked like a

small volcano with the screw coming out the top.

After it mostly dried, I made sure the screw would rotate, then let it cure completely.  I wanted to make sure that the threads of the nut and the threads of the adapter were lined up.  When completely cured, I painted the adapter with flat black paint.  I left the screws inserted while painting so paint wouldn't get in the nut.

With the added thickness of the nut, the thumbscrews would barely touch the diagonal.  So I cut small pieces off a paint spray can nozzle and dropped them in the holes, then screwed in the thumbscrews.  They hold the diagonal securely and prevent the thumbscrew from marring the diagonal.

This mod is working well for me.  I don't worry about the nozzle pieces being loose since I won't ever remove the diagonal in normal use.  I don't worry anymore about the security of the diagonal and eyepiece while viewing.  Maybe this can help save some other focusers from similar problems.

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 11:38 AM

My straight-through finder scope and 40mm/68° EP arrived from Explore Scientific this morning. That was a nice surprise, as they were scheduled on the UPS website for Monday delivery. So I had to unpack and play with them.The illuminated finder looks nice and the EP weighs all of 1003 grams -- as someone else said, these would make a useful weapon if attacked in the dark! I then went out to continue my search for 1/4-20 nuts and bolts (in vain unless I buy 100 at a time) and dc plugs and sockets for the lead-acid battery I got yesterday to power the mount GoTo. I also got some nice pieces of wood cheap yesterday: one to make a Vixen-like dovetail for my camera (hence the search for a source of unified nuts and bolts), and the other to cut up to put the tripod legs on so that they dont cut divots from the turf where I shall be to observe!

 

As you can imagine, I have quite a bit of Do It Myself ahead of me: soldering, sawing and planing. Looking at the weather forecast, I can see that there is no hurry...

 

David


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Posted 03 November 2017 - 09:11 PM

Got the Astrostick all back together.

Thats not a pimple on Mendy's cheek, the 1/8th wave Edmund mirror is center marked with what

looks like pink fingernail polish.

I noticed when the focuser is vertical the coffee can doesn't vibrate nearly as bad, so I'm going to

change the mounting to a Unitron alt/az which will put the stick at six O' clock, focuser vertical.

I can't get over how nice this scope performs. Its really quite a sight with a Edmund RKE 28mm

or better yet the pre RKE 1-1/8" which doesn't have a field stop.

Robert

 

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Posted 04 November 2017 - 01:14 PM

It doubles as an observing chair.  

...for regular observations.


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Posted 04 November 2017 - 03:17 PM

 

It doubles as an observing chair.  

...for regular observations.

 

 

Who's up for a look at Uranus?

 

Dave

 

That poor planet is the butt of a lot of jokes....


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Posted 04 November 2017 - 05:07 PM

Continuing the saga from #3038 above, today I soldered the cables and connectors for the battery to run the PMC-Eight in the field. Attached the finder scope and did a rough alignment of this to the OTA on the shop signs opposite. Later on I looked through an open window at the moon above the roof tops through the clouds and not yet totally bare tree limbs -- a full moon, so not very interesting. I was surprised that I needed to use a 35mm extension tube to achieve focus (I had used 2 x 35mm earlier). Presumably the moon is not far enough away for the distance to be regarded as oo.

 

I think I am all set to take my new kit out under the skies when the weather improves. I am looking forward to it.

 

David

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 04:39 PM

Odds & Ends today:  The shed was too hot for the Tacky Glue and the brass label fell off my JaegerMeister 4.  Put it back on with Gorilla Glue.  Returned my C5 to its fork mount, now that I have the power cord.  That's a trickier operation than with the Meade 2045 if you want to avoid scratching the paint.  And who'd want to damage such a cute scope? 


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 04:03 PM

For the new folks, I used an Italian-made vintage Filotecnica surveyor tripod to carry my HEAVY brass-tubed 1950s Unitron 152 (4" F15 EQ):

 

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I sold that scope & mount, but kept the tripod:

 

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Today I got started on adding a 4" diameter x 6" tall pedestal section to the top of the tripod hub to which I'll attach my second 1980s Meade StarFinder / MTS EQ mount:

 

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Thanks to Dave, I'll have a field version of a mount that can carry 30 pound scopes -- like my Tinsley 6" Cassegrain.  Better still, Dave included the Magellan DSC system, which will come in handy at dark sites with my current 4" & 5" refractors -- and my future 5+ inch APO.  My Polaris/Eagle can't carry the Dakin 4 or Edmund 4, and I'm not gonna haul the tall pedestal Meade SF out to the country.


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 08:09 PM

Continuing the saga from #3038 above, today I soldered the cables and connectors for the battery to run the PMC-Eight in the field. Attached the finder scope and did a rough alignment of this to the OTA on the shop signs opposite. Later on I looked through an open window at the moon above the roof tops through the clouds and not yet totally bare tree limbs -- a full moon, so not very interesting. I was surprised that I needed to use a 35mm extension tube to achieve focus (I had used 2 x 35mm earlier). Presumably the moon is not far enough away for the distance to be regarded as oo.

 

I think I am all set to take my new kit out under the skies when the weather improves. I am looking forward to it.

 

David

A brand new chinese refractor and Losmandy PMC8 probably belongs in a forum other than "classics".  


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 08:50 PM

Today I took delivery of an ADM dual saddle for my AVX.  That will keep the weather cloudy for days...



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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:22 PM

Folks, the discussion is for things you did with your classic equipment, not current selling equipment.  It is one thing to add a new current selling item to a classic mount or scope, it is another to deal with only current selling equipment.  Posts dealing with only current sellling equipment should be in equipment or other specific forums.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:31 PM

Folks, the discussion is for things you did with your classic equipment, not current selling equipment.  It is one thing to add a new current selling item to a classic mount or scope, it is another to deal with only current selling equipment.  Posts dealing with only current sellling equipment should be in equipment or other specific forums.

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I apologize.  The name of the thread is "What did you do to your scope/mount today?" and I got to it via View New Content without noticing what category it was in, or without realizing the category was interpreted narrowly.


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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:39 PM

HEY Robert ! ...... Hows about a Star-Liner update .looney.sml.gif



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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:03 AM

HEY Robert ! ...... Hows about a Star-Liner update .looney.sml.gif

The Star-Liner is coming along great!

The cold weather is a major handicap on my progress, but the mounting is ready to go!

I just finished the diagonal mirror and its support system, and I'm working on the primary

cell getting it ready for the mirror.

I need to polish the tube and I'd like to do indoors, on a day when wifey's not at home!

It's a massive dinosaur of a scope and I love it very much! 

 

Robert


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