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Came Close To Dropping My C8

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#1 JimOfOakCreek

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 06:48 PM

Almost lost it while mounting my C8, turning the mount screws with the left hand while cradling it with the right. I went to my knees to catch it. After the adrenaline wore off I went to Menards to buy more aluminum bar stock. I already made a handle for my 4”APO. I didn’t think I needed one for my C8 until the near catastrophe. ****!

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#2 bridgman

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 07:12 PM

Glad you caught it in time. That's good advice re: the handle.


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#3 Vondragonnoggin

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 07:14 PM

I put one on my mak for same reasons. Went shopping at the RV store for a grab handle

 

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 08:06 PM

I am the dropping things master. Cost me one AVX. A 2” barlow, but not my C8 yet!
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Posted 20 April 2019 - 09:08 PM

Phew  !! 



#6 JimOfOakCreek

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 09:30 PM

I am the dropping things master. Cost me one AVX. A 2” barlow, but not my C8 yet!

I came close to being the dropping things Grandmaster.


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Posted 21 April 2019 - 03:41 AM

I broke the corrector twice ! on an old C8 (1995) and on a recent one (2009). correctors were substitued.

results seem the same. nothing realy change.

I put a convenient handle on a stainless bar like you do.

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#8 Gil V

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 08:08 AM

I dropped the tube on my Odyssey 1 bringing it in the house at the end of a session, and partly fell on top of it. Didn’t hurt it at all.

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#9 JimOfOakCreek

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 09:07 AM

I dropped the tube on my Odyssey 1 bringing it in the house at the end of a session, and partly fell on top of it. Didn’t hurt it at all.

That is one tough scope and you are one tough amateur. I think every drop is different. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes not.



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Posted 21 April 2019 - 05:21 PM

I dropped an extremely well figured Vixen 81S after an amazing lunar session.  It was the absolute worst ending to a magical night....

 

That event scarred me, and I bought an expensive apo to replace it immediately. 

 

Handles on cats and refractors are always very good ideas. I like using dovetails bolted to tube rings when possible for the later. Handles on the former are good mods.


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Posted 21 April 2019 - 06:20 PM

I almost dropped a scope bringing it back into the house. I tripped over a opossum sleeping on my front porch.
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Posted 22 April 2019 - 02:17 AM

I almost dropped a scope bringing it back into the house. I tripped over a opossum sleeping on my front porch.

LOL - a friend of mine had a dog that would sleep just outside the patio door, in the hope that tripping on the way back from the BBQ would result in an all-you-can-eat buffet on the ground.


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Posted 22 April 2019 - 09:55 PM

I've never figured out why the vendors don't put handles on CAT and/or Cass scopes.  It can't cost that much more. 

 

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 12:26 PM

When I had my monster 10” Meade, it would have been impossible for me to mount had I not made a handle for it! Even so, it was a CHORE, especially with a side-saddle rather than top-mounting as with a GEM.

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 02:10 PM

I use this.

 

https://www.admacces...ovetail-handle/

 

Tidy and removable.

 

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#16 JimOfOakCreek

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 05:02 PM

When I had my monster 10” Meade, it would have been impossible for me to mount had I not made a handle for it! Even so, it was a CHORE, especially with a side-saddle rather than top-mounting as with a GEM.

That 10” Meade is a beast!


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Posted 24 April 2019 - 05:18 PM

I use this.

 

https://www.admacces...ovetail-handle/

 

Tidy and removable.

 

Rick

Must...resist..oh no...can’t resist....ahhh.....So you use Tidy Cats?

 

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Sorry. Talking about catadioptrics and using the word tidy was too much to not make the joke..

 

I like the handle though! Do you have two dovetails then? One for the handle and one for the mount?


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Posted 24 April 2019 - 09:14 PM

That 10” Meade is a beast!

It was! It was way too much for me. Sadly I sold it. I had a heck of a time getting it up in the clamp and locking it down. My fork-mounted C8 is so much more manageable.



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Posted 25 April 2019 - 09:19 AM

I've never figured out why the vendors don't put handles on CAT and/or Cass scopes.  It can't cost that much more. 

 

Frank

I have a C-8 that I bought back in 1989 - it came with a heavy plastic strap as a handle on the top of it.  Has save me from dropping it on more than one occasion.

 

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(pis is not of my scope)

 

Seems like a common sense move to put a handle on a scope at the factory.



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Posted 25 April 2019 - 10:08 AM

I used an 6SE last week as a travel scope.  This baby is born to drop.  All of the parts are much wider than hand grasp and the edges are all rounded off so one's fingertips can't get a purchase.

 

This baby has to be cradled in your forearms like a football, or a baby.  I almost dropped it 5 fives getting it out of and back into our RV.

 

It is a Club loaner scope that had just come back from Celestron's repair department.  The last club member dropped it.  Ouch.



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Posted 25 April 2019 - 11:37 AM

Mounting the SE8 OTA on the SE mount  is made almost impossible by the poor design of the bezel and the integrated saddle. I too almost dropped the OTA more than once. I removed the curved bezel and found that the saddle design leaves much to be desired. The upper part of the saddle is metal. However, the lower moveable part is made of slippery plastic, is 2/3 the length of the upper part and is not as deep as the upper part. I also had the same problem trying to mount a 6” mak and a C-6. My solution was to remove the bezel and fabricate a thin plastic shield to cover the exposed gears. We need ADM to offer a replacement saddle for the SE mount.




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