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#1 CHASLX200

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 06:51 AM

Anyone that has a 18" Starmaster know how tall the rocker box and mirror box is each?  I can just close the hatch on a 45 qt Yeti cooler that is about 15" high. I am thinking this won't work.



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Posted 24 March 2019 - 07:44 AM

Time to get a minivan...
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Posted 24 March 2019 - 08:28 AM

I saw a guy with a starmastet 18 once. He had a trailer for it.

So I’m guessing no.

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 08:49 AM

When I had an 18” Starmaster I hauled it and my camping gear in a Grand Cherokee. The Starmaster website had a photo of a guy doing the same thing in a PT Cruiser. But a Corvette? I’d lime to see that!



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Posted 24 March 2019 - 09:13 AM

When I had an 18” Starmaster I hauled it and my camping gear in a Grand Cherokee. The Starmaster website had a photo of a guy doing the same thing in a PT Cruiser. But a Corvette? I’d lime to see that!

I could tie down the hatch i guess, but i am sure it won't close.  Not sure the rocker or mirror box would fit in the front seat.

 

There is a 18" Starmaster in south FL, and i am sure tempted to buy it.  Someone better jump before i do something crazy.



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Posted 24 March 2019 - 09:24 AM

When you said "Corvette" did you mean the small naval destroyers from WW2? Because then, no problem. If you are talking about a Corvette Stingray sportscar built by Chevrolete of GM, then no. Unless you want to scratch up the paint job and strap parts of the 18" onto various sides and top of your car. It will also look rather silly and be difficult do drive since several parts will be on top of the hood making it difficult to see and perhaps resulting in a citation because of obstructive vision...but hey, you only live once!

 

Perhaps it's time to ask yourself which you love more....the sports car...or the telescope. Sorry to be cruel, but in life we must make sacrifices and compromises.

 

Good-luck.

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 09:32 AM

According to the archived Starmaster site, which you can find by using Wayback machine, the 18" is the following dimensions...

Groundboard and rocker box: 28"x28"x17.5"
Mirror box with bearings: 27.5"x27.5"x25.5"
Stacked: 28"x28"x34.5"
Truss poles: 55"

I built an 18 very similar to Starmaster specs and the upper cage of mine is 16".

I really don't think you'll be able to transport it in the Vette......


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Posted 24 March 2019 - 09:49 AM

Simple:  pickup a small vehicle you could use for a variety of errands for hauling scopes, tools for your workshop, materials for your house, scope projects and etc.  There are plenty of used inexpensive vehicles for sale. Then you can reserve your vette for 140mph fun on the roads and chasing cute ladies . . . . 



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Posted 24 March 2019 - 10:36 AM

Simple:  pickup a small vehicle you could use for a variety of errands for hauling scopes, tools for your workshop, materials for your house, scope projects and etc.  There are plenty of used inexpensive vehicles for sale. Then you can reserve your vette for 140mph fun on the roads and chasing cute ladies . . . . 

My dream since 2003 was for GM to offer a factory S10 Xtreme reg cab with a LS2 at the time since there was no LS3 like my Vette has now with around 400 to 450hp.  I would trade my Vette in a sec if GM were to offer such a truck. I don't like or need a full size and like 0 to 60 in under 4 secs.



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Posted 24 March 2019 - 11:35 AM

There are always the Tesla SUVs...

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Posted 24 March 2019 - 02:43 PM

Well it looks like the scope has a Nova mirror. So this kinda kills it for me.



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Posted 24 March 2019 - 03:01 PM

Anyone that has a 18" Starmaster know how tall the rocker box and mirror box is each?  I can just close the hatch on a 45 qt Yeti cooler that is about 15" high. I am thinking this won't work.

Fat chance. And a vette pulling a trailer is a silly scenario.



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Posted 24 March 2019 - 03:13 PM

Fat chance. And a vette pulling a trailer is a silly scenario.

I am pretty sure it would work, but the hatch would have to be tied down as it will not close. UTA would sit up front.  Not sure it has a box to store the mirror in.



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Posted 24 March 2019 - 03:56 PM

I am pretty sure it would work, but the hatch would have to be tied down as it will not close. UTA would sit up front.  Not sure it has a box to store the mirror in.

That's a Jed Clampet version of working.


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Posted 29 March 2019 - 06:18 PM

No fracking way.

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Posted 29 March 2019 - 06:21 PM

I could tie down the hatch i guess, but i am sure it won't close.  Not sure the rocker or mirror box would fit in the front seat.

 

There is a 18" Starmaster in south FL, and i am sure tempted to buy it.  Someone better jump before i do something crazy.

You can always take an 8" angle grinder and cut a big square out of the hatch....... priorities ????


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Posted 29 March 2019 - 06:54 PM

You can always take an 8" angle grinder and cut a big square out of the hatch....... priorities ????

If the mirror had been a Zambuto at that price i would have made it fit.


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Posted 30 March 2019 - 04:58 AM

Chas:

That scope used to belong to me and its a beautiful instrument. It wont fit on a Corvette thought. It took all my Roque to put in.

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Posted 30 March 2019 - 04:16 PM

Chas:

That scope used to belong to me and its a beautiful instrument. It wont fit on a Corvette thought. It took all my Roque to put in.

I think it had a Nova mirror and that scared me off. The last one i had in a Tectron was very bad.



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Posted 30 March 2019 - 09:58 PM

For reference sake here is how I stack to pack my f/3.3 20 Super FXQ (uses a 18” box). Complete with measuring stick. This would be difficult to put in a Vett.

 

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 01:52 PM

The mirror box would be the only part that would give me a problem.  The rest i could have dealed with.  If i knew that Nova mirror was super i may have gone and got it. The rear hatch would not close but i could have tied it down i think.


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Posted 31 March 2019 - 03:07 PM

The Nova f/4.5 mirror in the 18" Starmaster in question that is for sale is superb with very pinpoint stars with a Paracorr. Apparently, the 2.5 year coatings were failing and the current owner had Spectrum recoat the primary mirror in the past month.



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Posted 31 March 2019 - 04:09 PM

That adds a new level to Grab and GO.



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Posted 31 March 2019 - 04:37 PM

The Nova f/4.5 mirror in the 18" Starmaster in question that is for sale is superb with very pinpoint stars with a Paracorr. Apparently, the 2.5 year coatings were failing and the current owner had Spectrum recoat the primary mirror in the past month.

Shame the one in my 18" f/5 Tectron was a dud.  Did ok at low power on deep sky, but on the planets the planet always seemed to need a half turn of the focus knob to get sharp. The seller of that scope saw me coming. But at least it did fit thru my door all setup and a 18" Starmaster is too wide.



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Posted 31 March 2019 - 07:26 PM

Bob/Chas:

It was actually a bug that left a hole on the aluminum and he had it recoated. The mirror is quite good Chas, go for it :)


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