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Asking for some advice on some rings for a Astro Tech AT80LE

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#1 Jhardin

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:11 PM

I purchased the above telescope, a Voyager mount, and a box of misc. rings and dovetail plates at an estate auction recently. I have been using a set of guide scope rings to mount the telescope on the mount but I want to get a set of hinged rings that are easier to set-up and take-down. The OD of the tube is 90mm. I've been looking at different options and I'm wondering if anyone has any opinions? The ring sets i have seen vary from $40 to $140+. I bought a Telrad finder to mount once I get a set of rings. Thanks for any help offered.

 

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:16 PM

Does Astronomics sell the clamshell for that scope?



#3 Jhardin

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Posted 16 July 2019 - 03:38 PM

They do not have any in stock and turned down my order. They've not been much help.



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Posted 16 July 2019 - 04:13 PM

I had some custom-machined clamshell rings made for my 63mm-OD guide-scope by  member Anurag Shevade:

 

https://www.cloudyni...in-line-setups/

 

Incredible workmanship. PM him with any questions.

 

Stellarvue makes a set for 90mm-OD scopes:

 

https://www.stellarv...ng-set-r090set/



#5 Jhardin

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 05:38 AM

Thanks, I have been looking at the Stellarvue rings.



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Posted 17 July 2019 - 10:53 AM

Thanks, I have been looking at the Stellarvue rings.

 

I have an AT-80LE, I bought it used and it came with the stock rings.  I think the rings are the same as the SV rings, same manufacturer in China.

 

These standard stock rings are very nice looking but expensive and heavy.  From a practical point of view, I don't think there's an advantage over the Orion type $40 rings.  

 

Jon


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#7 Jhardin

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 12:23 PM

Thanks Jon!




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