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#101 Deep13

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 01:14 AM

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Installed the new focuser. It's kind of odd. It has a small range of motion with the knobs, but the draw tube has another drawtube that I guess one puts in the right vicinity and then uses the knows to complete the focus. Weird.



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 01:16 AM

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 10:15 AM

Here is a planet killer as far as optics go. Mount is worthless junk that jitters at the touch and a image will dance around for 8 secs.  This was a 1975 Cervit mirror by Cave that was refigured by Galaxy in 1988. Every bit as good as my Zambuto's were. Mars was super last week at 500x.  But it will need a pricey mount like a used AP1200 non GO-TO mount or maybe a AP 900 can do ok with it.

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 10:19 AM

Nice installation! I am slowly restoring a unique Cave 12.75” and replaced the old focuser with a Moonlight dual speed. The scope was commissioned by Dr Henry Paul who specified a Skymicro 1.25” focuser. By the time it came to me it had an old 2” focuser that was period correct but a pain to use. Much better now!

 

You have an absolutely beautiful scope!

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Posted 19 January 2019 - 11:50 AM

Nice installation! I am slowly restoring a unique Cave 12.75” and replaced the old focuser with a Moonlight dual speed. The scope was commissioned by Dr Henry Paul who specified a Skymicro 1.25” focuser. By the time it came to me it had an old 2” focuser that was period correct but a pain to use. Much better now!

 

You have an absolutely beautiful scope!

You have the same finder i do, but newer rings.



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Posted 19 January 2019 - 03:18 PM

Another beautiful scope Charles! I would agree about Cave mounts, they can be OK, but lots of play in the ones I owned. The AP 1200 would be a nice upgrade, or an old Schaefer if you can find one. The Schaefer I bought from Chuck Burton is a world better than the Cave. Very stable, tracking is excellent and it looks great with the scope. Downside is the connectors and plugs being a bit dated and hard to find. I am still searching for a dec controller....


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Posted 27 January 2019 - 12:50 AM

Only thing I'm waiting on is the 8" f/8 mirror from Ostahowski. I'm wondering if I should replace the secondary holder (and, therefore, the spider) with an Astrosystems model. The old secondary cracked at that leading edge in the holder. I would know that a new holder would be exactly the right size as my new Antares secondary. Also, the collimation screws on the old holder are slotted and a bit dodgy. For another thing there are only three screws, not the usual 4. The holder is proprietary to that spider, so replacing one means doing both.

How does one install a spider since it is wider than the tube?

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 01:22 AM

Got the main mirror. That was quick. I will install it this weekend assuming it's not subzero weather.

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Posted Yesterday, 01:17 AM

I have the optics. The secondary holder is pretty old and it has three slotted machine screws for collimation. They seem a bit nackered and the guy at the hardware store can't figure out which size they are. I'm also not absolutely sure the secondary will fit properly in the supplied holder. So, for a little more than nominal cost I ordered a new holder and spider (the old spider only fits its holder) from Astro Systems. So, I've got a few weeks to wait for it, then I will install the mirrors.

 

My favorite way to attach the primary to the cell is with three blobs of silicone glue. Unfortunately, the primary has a raised edge on the non-aluminum side that will prevent that attachment method. So, I'll have to use the clips.




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