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#1 EclipsingBinary

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 06:47 AM

Hello,

I'm going to be upgrading my 10" it soon, I like the stock focuser, was considering upgrading to a dual speed focuser while I have it all apart. Not sure of which one. Saw some info online, not too sure which focuser to choose. Looks like Orion made one but does not anymore? Has anyone installed one on their 10" Orion dob?

Thank you for any assistance on this matter.

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 07:54 AM

I recommend a Moonlite.  I replaced the focuser on my Celestron 10" f/4.8 Dob with a dual-speed Moonlite years ago.  

 

http://focuser.com/products.php

 

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 08:00 AM

Morning, I got lucky and my scope manufacturer had a dual speed option,

 

There seem to be good things to say about this one, for the price it's a good choice, may even bolt right on with no holes to drill.

https://agenaastro.c...dual-speed.html



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Posted 23 January 2019 - 08:10 AM

Yep, that will work.

 

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 09:11 AM

Jon:

 

What is your budget? 

 

For starters , there is the Laserta 2 speed upgrade kit made for Skywatcher scopes that should fit your Orion . It's British,  I don't know about importing it .

 

https://www.365astro...d-Focusers.html

 

My scopes have two speeds ranging from the basic GSO to Feathertouch's.  The Feathertouch's are as good as it gets. The basic GSO two speeds are good focusers that are simple,  reliable and effective.  In terms of achieving focus , both do the job very nicely. 

 

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 07:14 PM

I recommend a Moonlite.  I replaced the focuser on my Celestron 10" f/4.8 Dob with a dual-speed Moonlite years ago.  

 

http://focuser.com/products.php

 

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That Moonlite looks pretty good.



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Posted 23 January 2019 - 07:47 PM

Thank you to everyone, I'm looking at all options, I like the Lacerta upgrade, if it works I wont have to fiddle with mounting plates, I will email Lacerta and ask the about the modification with an Orion 

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Posted 23 January 2019 - 07:51 PM

Jon:

 

What is your budget? 

 

For starters , there is the Laserta 2 speed upgrade kit made for Skywatcher scopes that should fit your Orion . It's British,  I don't know about importing it .

 

https://www.365astro...d-Focusers.html

 

My scopes have two speeds ranging from the basic GSO to Feathertouch's.  The Feathertouch's are as good as it gets. The basic GSO two speeds are good focusers that are simple,  reliable and effective.  In terms of achieving focus , both do the job very nicely. 

 

Jon

Hi Jon Issacs, budget is open. I like the Lacerta upgrade. I will get in touch with them. The moonlite and agena look nice and beefy, Thank you!



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 01:45 AM

Thank you to everyone, I'm looking at all options, I like the Lacerta upgrade, if it works I wont have to fiddle with mounting plates, I will email Lacerta and ask the about the modification with an Orion 

Jon

Not sure what the 10 IT is but for my Orion XT10 the Agena focuser mentioned in post 3 was a direct bolt on.   There was no mounting plate to fiddle with.

 

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 02:08 AM

365 astronomy does ship here. As I've continued to upgrade my dob, my Lacerta knob is on its way now.

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 04:51 AM

365 astronomy does ship here. As I've continued to upgrade my dob, my Lacerta knob is on its way now.

 

Jon:

 

What was the total cost? 

 

Jon



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 04:57 AM

$92.07

Little pricey for a knob, but I can rest easy knowing I have zero worries of "do I need to drill new holes" or "is this a direct bolt on"

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 07:23 AM

The 365 (lacerta) person said they don't sell Orion dobs, so they would be guessing if it works by looking at a photo, so I sent them a good photo of the 2" stock Orion crayford focuser.

I'm thinking their upgrade would work.

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 07:39 AM

Not sure what the 10 IT is but for my Orion XT10 the Agena focuser mentioned in post 3 was a direct bolt on.   There was no mounting plate to fiddle with.

 

Eric

Hi Eric, (IT) =  intelliscope, same as your Orion XT 10, so Agena has no mounting plate/gaps to fill, focus problems, ect?

Thank you,

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 07:52 AM

Not sure what the 10 IT is but for my Orion XT10 the Agena focuser mentioned in post 3 was a direct bolt on.   There was no mounting plate to fiddle with.

 

Eric

 

Eric:

 

How old is your XT-10?  

 

Some XT-10s were manufactured by GSO so the focuser should be a direct bolt up.  But in general,  Synta (skywatcher and most Orions)  focusers have a different bolt pattern. 

 

This is what Agena Astro says :

 

https://agenaastro.c...rd-focuser.html

 

Jon



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 08:02 AM

I'm liking the Agena non gso dual speed, I need to measure the mounting hole distances on my 10" Orion. Looks like type b mounting plate, I like the brass compressing rings on the adaptors where the EP goes in.

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 11:26 AM

Eric:

 

How old is your XT-10?  

 

Some XT-10s were manufactured by GSO so the focuser should be a direct bolt up.  But in general,  Synta (skywatcher and most Orions)  focusers have a different bolt pattern. 

 

This is what Agena Astro says :

 

https://agenaastro.c...rd-focuser.html

 

Jon

Jon, I forgot about that.  My XT10 is 18 years old.

 

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 10:01 PM

I'm liking the Agena non gso dual speed, I need to measure the mounting hole distances on my 10" Orion. Looks like type b mounting plate, I like the brass compressing rings on the adaptors where the EP goes in.

Jon

I had to upgrade my eyepiece holder of the stock dual speed, went with a Baader Click-loc, since my Coma corrector lives there I only use it twice a night, set up & tear down.

Kind wish there was a similar option on the Paracorr, but the rotation action may cause the table top to spin a bit,,,,,, so thumb screws it is for the eyepieces.

 

Who know's, maybe Al will dream something up.

 

I did the upgrade for the compression band over the needle points of just thumb screws..



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Posted 25 January 2019 - 08:15 AM

The dual-speed Moonlite focuser I installed on my 10" f/4.8 Dob was a low profile.  The reason why I wanted a low-profile was so I could view with a filter wheel without using a Barlow to achieve focus.   I was able to accomplish this by installing the low profile focuser and replacing the primary cell bolts with longer ones.  Now I can observe with all my 1.25" eyepieces with the filter wheel without a Barlow.   I can even do this with several 2" eyepieces in a 2" filter wheel.

 

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 09:00 AM

I had to upgrade my eyepiece holder of the stock dual speed,

 

Why was that???

 

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 09:07 AM

I'm liking the Agena non gso dual speed, I need to measure the mounting hole distances on my 10" Orion. Looks like type b mounting plate, I like the brass compressing rings on the adaptors where the EP goes in.

Jon

 

Which focuser are you referring to? 

 

Jon



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Posted 25 January 2019 - 07:10 PM

Which focuser are you referring to? 

 

Jon

The agenaastro dual speed, they have some specs info for the mounting plate choice. Looks like if that can be fig out I can just drop it in place of the stock one.

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 11:56 PM

Scopestuff has focusers as well. 

 

http://scopestuff.com/ss_fnc2.htm

 

That's some of them. 

 

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Posted 26 January 2019 - 09:25 AM

Scopestuff has focusers as well. 

 

http://scopestuff.com/ss_fnc2.htm

 

That's some of them. 

 

Jon

Thanks, that's interesting too, the focuser is gonna be the last thing I do once the rest is done.

Jon




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