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#26 Optics Patent

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 02:51 PM

I'm happy swapping out the rattly snag-catchers for Allen bolts.  Cleaner look, and I won't need toolless adjustments.
 

IMG 1667
IMG 1668

 

On the very outside chance anyone replicates my modification, these are the perfect fit replacements from Bolt Depot which is a wondferful source of just about everything with a $4.95 shipping charge.

 

Product# Description Quantity Unit Price Subtotal
4516 Metric flat washers, Stainless steel 18-8 (A-2), 6mm 6 pcs $0.06 $0.36
6436 Metric socket cap, Stainless steel 18-8 (A-2), 8mm x 1.25mm x 30mm 3 pcs $0.49 $1.47
6420 Metric socket cap, Stainless steel 18-8 (A-2), 6mm x 1.0mm x 25mm 6 pcs $0.23 $1.38
4518 Metric flat washers, Stainless steel 18-8 (A-2), 8mm 3 pcs $0.08 $0.24
4778 Metric hex nuts, Stainless steel 18-8 (A-2), 8mm x 1.25mm 3 pcs $0.13 $0.39
2553 Hex lock nuts nylon insert, Stainless steel 18-8, #10-32 3 pcs $0.08 $0.24
2955 Lock washers, Stainless steel 18-8, #10 3 pcs $0.05 $0.15


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Posted 24 June 2019 - 02:38 PM

This doesn't deserve its own thread, but this comes from the recent eBay listing of a recent Q7.  I obtained a genuine full aperture solar filter for the Seven (for a little less than half the 2016 price list retail price).  I have never seen one of these for sale on the used market, so feel lucky - there probably have been some sold along with Q7 scopes.

It weighs in at a surprising 1-1/2 pounds, befitting the heavyweight (not necessarily a compliment) Seven.  A big cell and machined retaining ring.  I wonder how thick the glass is.  I was happy to have acquired the original empty box some time ago just in case (pun intended).  The off-axis filter for the 3.5" is shown for scale - this thing is a salad plate!

 

IMG 1924
 
Also, I've always wanted to do this, and simply couldn’t wait until next April 1 to reveal my high-resolution solar imaging setup:

IMG 1925

 


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Posted 24 June 2019 - 05:44 PM

The amount and degree of detail you embed in your posts is always greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much...

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Posted 25 June 2019 - 04:10 AM

 

This doesn't deserve its own thread, but this comes from the recent eBay listing of a recent Q7.  I obtained a genuine full aperture solar filter for the Seven (for a little less than half the 2016 price list retail price).  I have never seen one of these for sale on the used market, so feel lucky - there probably have been some sold along with Q7 scopes.

It weighs in at a surprising 1-1/2 pounds, befitting the heavyweight (not necessarily a compliment) Seven.  A big cell and machined retaining ring.  I wonder how thick the glass is.  I was happy to have acquired the original empty box some time ago just in case (pun intended).  The off-axis filter for the 3.5" is shown for scale - this thing is a salad plate!

 

 
 
Also, I've always wanted to do this, and simply couldn’t wait until next April 1 to reveal my high-resolution solar imaging setup:
 

 

 

One of the nice things about the off-axis solar filter that came with my Q7 scope was that it is actually the full solar filter for the Q3.5. It unscrews nicely from the Q7 solar filter mount and screws directly on my Q3.5’s where I am more likely to use it. 

 

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 05:09 PM

The wedge arrived today.  It exceeded expectations.  I still have an azimuth adjustment to install.

 

The setup has been rolled without peril from my office to the front door, where it can roll out for viewing on the front driveway with no steps.

 

I might someday paint the white legs to something more gray or silver to match a color that already exists.  But I'm darn happy.  The wedge was actually $665 shipped, which includes the black anodizing up-charge I'm glad I chose to avoid the wedge competing with the scope. 

 

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 05:39 PM

Looks good, and very stable.



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Posted 28 June 2019 - 05:41 PM

That looks awesome!  The legs of the pier in black versus the current white would dress it up to the nines!

 

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 10:28 PM

As hoped, it rumbles over thresholds and paving bricks without the sense that it's damaging or loosening optics.

 

Time from eye at eyepiece to all locked up in my office was under 3 minutes on the stopwatch.

And Jupiter was spectacular even in hazy light-polluted skies.


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Posted 28 June 2019 - 11:57 PM

As hoped, it rumbles over thresholds and paving bricks without the sense that it's damaging or loosening optics.

 

Time from eye at eyepiece to all locked up in my office was under 3 minutes on the stopwatch.

And Jupiter was spectacular even in hazy light-polluted skies.

Perfect setup!  Hazy skies indicate steady seeing... 'nice work.



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Posted 29 June 2019 - 02:24 AM

Agree with your comments about viewing and Jupiter. I just finished about 40 minutes at the eyepiece and remarked to my wife that tonight’s viewing was the best in maybe 6-9 months, at least. That’s quite a behemoth by the way, but it looks great, and I’m sure you get some mind-numbing views through it... enjoy!!

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Posted 03 July 2019 - 06:54 AM

Congratulations on a great setup, and from the picture it looks like a pretty sweet ride as well.

 

For the leg color, I vote for a metallic purple that matches the color of the OTA.

 

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Posted 06 July 2019 - 11:27 AM

One of the nice things about the off-axis solar filter that came with my Q7 scope was that it is actually the full solar filter for the Q3.5. It unscrews nicely from the Q7 solar filter mount and screws directly on my Q3.5’s where I am more likely to use it. 

 

JRE

Just tried it on my Q 3.5 Duplex. Perfect fit. Never used it on my Q7. Now if only there was some, any solar activity...


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Posted 07 July 2019 - 10:21 AM

Checked solar activity on Solarham. Tiny sunspot in high latitude with correct magnetic attitude attributing to new solar cycle. So out came my 3.5 Duplex PG II with the 7" Questar filter attached. Used Questar 24mm EFL for full disk view. Glas filter performing like a charm on the 3.5 with just the right amount of brightness. Great contrast, too! Midday air way too turbulent to detect that tiny spot, even with kicked in barlow. Not the point, though. Saying goodbye to some wiggly foil is.

 

 

 

Questar 3.5 Duplex Powerguide 2 Serial No. 00-DP 10935 mit Questar Sonnenfilter_04.JPG


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 02:02 PM

On the very outside chance anyone replicates my modification, these are the perfect fit replacements from Bolt Depot which is a wondferful source of just about everything with a $4.95 shipping charge.

 

Product# Description Quantity Unit Price Subtotal
4516 Metric flat washers, Stainless steel 18-8 (A-2), 6mm 6 pcs $0.06 $0.36
6436 Metric socket cap, Stainless steel 18-8 (A-2), 8mm x 1.25mm x 30mm 3 pcs $0.49 $1.47
6420 Metric socket cap, Stainless steel 18-8 (A-2), 6mm x 1.0mm x 25mm 6 pcs $0.23 $1.38
4518 Metric flat washers, Stainless steel 18-8 (A-2), 8mm 3 pcs $0.08 $0.24
4778 Metric hex nuts, Stainless steel 18-8 (A-2), 8mm x 1.25mm 3 pcs $0.13 $0.39
2553 Hex lock nuts nylon insert, Stainless steel 18-8, #10-32 3 pcs $0.08 $0.24
2955 Lock washers, Stainless steel 18-8, #10 3 pcs $0.05 $0.15

Addendum - I also replaced a few other knobs with socket head screws, happily.

 

The iOptron leg knobs were replaced by PN 6434 8mm x 1.25mm x 20mm Metric socket cap.

 

The Manfrotto ankle-scratcher knobs were replaced by PN 6435 8mm x 1.25mm x 25mm Metric socket cap.  This first required firmly unscrewing the old knob past a very firm resistance point.  The tip of the screw is flared in the center hole of the metal saddle/pad that bears on the tripod leg, and ll comfortably were removed by confident force without damage to the saddle.  I thought I might have to turn the new screws down to a point to seat in the saddle hole, but they did just fine.  Don't remove these in the field, because the irreplaceable saddle is not secured.

 

IMG 2572

 

I've very happy with how this setup now looks, and while I don't recommend it for anyone who is taking down and setting up the iOptron tripod, it make perfect sense for a set "RORI" (roll-out, roll-in) application like mine.


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