Do you prefer the focuser on the east side (scope pointed south)?
I've used both sides, and far prefer the west side (scope pointed south).
My friend set his 16" up with the focuser on the West side also. That way you control all movement with the right hand, and use the eyepiece with the right eye (body away from the opening).
Accessories you could use:
Counterweight (if you get heavier 2" eyepieces)
Mirror cover--cut a piece of cardboard large enough to rest on the mirror clips. Works fine.
I'm left eye dominant (I know from the handgun range), so I'm OK with east side for the moment. I can always switch it.
And yes, things on the to-get list:
- Shroud (don't hate me, but I'm thinking a contractor sized garbage bag, slit open to become a sheet, and a little tape, would work in the meantime)
- Some way to protect that mirror. I like your cardboard resting on the mirror clips idea.
- Maybe a nice wide field 25mm eyepiece
- Enclosing the UTA somehow.
Edited by Dana in Philly, 20 October 2018 - 05:20 PM.