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#1 John_Gillies

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Posted 18 May 2003 - 02:29 PM

Nothin' like pickin' up a little Bino-time in the day time!

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Posted 18 May 2003 - 05:39 PM

Not so fast Mr. Gillies! I expect some photo's in the equipment section on that little conversion you have there.

Can you explain what you have, how you did it: You know the drill!

Or did you "borrow" more stuff from your brother?

Ron

PS: It does look pretty slick though. Is that the only star you can see during the day from your latitude?

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Posted 18 May 2003 - 08:07 PM

You know how it goes Ron...something borrowed something blue! Allright...the only thing borrowed from Pat is his 1.25 OCS. The rest is all mine! I traded off a Radian for the Meade tripod, wedge and drive base from a 2080, and mounted my Skywatcher (blue) ST80 with the Coronodo Solarmax 40 BF5 combo. Pretty simple. A nice sturdy mount with the drives. Maybe a little overkill, but it does the job and the price was right. I took all the elements out of the finder and put cross hairs at either end. Sure I can only look at one star with it, but that star changes every day. If you haven't looked through a solarmax yet Ron, you better not. You would have another reason for not buying a binoviewer.

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Posted 18 May 2003 - 10:24 PM

OK; that's a nice start. But I'm interested in the gizmo you have that adapts the scope to the mount. Is it something you made, purchased (OK, we know now you didn't steal; I'm sorry, Borrow it from your brother)or modified something.

And that was quite a trade you engineered there! :shocked:

Being a Celestron guy I'm tempted to comment on the nice optical upgrade you performed. :grin:

I really do not need anymore reasons to avoid a binoviewer. The Vet visit this weekend set me back a bit - again. If it wasn't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all. At least I finished the kitchen trim this weekend. Didn't get the wheels done for the dob though. Maybe during the week. I really don't have a good plan yet. One that I'm really on board with.

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Posted 18 May 2003 - 11:00 PM

The old Denkmeier does a fine job with the Coronado 40 doesn't it?I like them with my homemade Baader white light too.Makes things way more interesting for solar.I have only used mine once since I adapted the 10mm blocking filter to my trashed 2"Meade diagonal.Want to see a picture of the adapters?It won't work for your Coronado though.Mine came from one that they made for the little 60ETX I had kicking around.I later got my 102mm F5 Synta and made the Coronado fit it<g>.I really should try it out a bit more but I hurt so much I can't sit still long enough:-(.I'll make some pics anyway and add them here Monday. Ok I added a pic of the filters and one of the 102mmF5 Skywatcher(Synta) that they are used on.You can see the aluminum ring I made so the coronado40 fits the 102mm.You can just make out the homemade backplate that the 10mm blocking filter is attached to and then attached itself to the Meade 2"diagonal.The Baader is a homemade ring of wood that slips over the dew shield.The black knob at the top of the Baader is a sun finder I made.It projects a small bright dot on a small translucent plastic screen in the little finder when the sun is roughly centered.Works too :D

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Posted 19 May 2003 - 01:27 AM

Ok I can only post one pic at a time so here is the 102mm F5 Skywatcher

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Posted 19 May 2003 - 02:25 AM

Got a smile out of your warning to Ron, John. It's sort of a two-edged sword: I've got a Solarmax 60 I use on my Genesis SDF, and love it - but it was the huge contrast gain on the solar disc when a buddy inserted his old University binoviewer that pushed me into ordering the Denkmeiers I'm waiting for now.

It's a mine field either way.... :lol:

Jim

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Posted 19 May 2003 - 12:13 PM

Well, I went a different route. More expensive scope on a cheaper mount :crazy:

Here's my setup, a TV Pronto on a Nexstar 80GT mount. This was at Astronomy Day so I didn't have the Denkmeier mounted.

Don Wyman

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Posted 19 May 2003 - 07:33 PM

Hi Ron...Let's see if I can cover everything here.

"I'm interested in the gizmo you have that adapts the scope to the mount."

The bracket is made of oak painted black for the time being. Still modifying a little and when it's finished, I'll take it in to work where a friend of mine will fashion one out of aluminum for me...on company time of course! When I get the finished product I'll post a picture of it. In the mean time, this works great!

"Being a Celestron guy I'm tempted to comment on the nice optical upgrade you performed."

Are you suggesting that the Skywatcher is an upgrade to Celestron??? I wouldn't have said it out loud...but if you feel that way, well...it works for me!

"The Vet visit this weekend set me back a bit"

I hope what ever the Vet did to you didn't hurt too much! I can imagine the size of those pills and where you gotta put em'!








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Posted 19 May 2003 - 08:45 PM

I didn't realize a Hoover and an X-acto knife were legit Vet tools. Fast though. At least he didn't ask me to cough. Says I can sit down when ever I start feeling comfortable to do so.

From your comment on the Skywatcher vs. Celestron I can see you use the same Vet but perhaps you cheat on your meds. :^)
(the problem with Quick Reply; no gremlins).

So you have access to a CCM mill or something? In the old days they used the wood to make a casting. Nice twist.

And sorry to hear the health care in Canada has fallen on hard times. Maybe we could loan you some US trained Vets.

Ron

PS: I hope you're not a snowbird!

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Posted 20 May 2003 - 08:53 PM

Hey Ron...No I'm not a snowbird. Although sometimes when viewing in the winter here I feel like a snowman! It's not quite like you Arizona Wussie boys have it. I have access to a very talented maintenance division. I get the hairball ideas and they put them to metal. I'm not real creative...more on the antagonistic side. Don't you think?


Hi Jim... I've been walking on the double edged sword ever since I got into this hobby. It's getting down to a few core items so the big stuff is pretty much out of the way, but as I tell Capital Budget (wife) there will always be the little things here and there.



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Posted 20 May 2003 - 11:32 PM

John;

Being formally from Northern Minnesota I'm tempted to take exception to the title of Wussie Boy (although it does seem nicer than Ol' Geezer) until I recall the times it got down into the 50's (degrees F) and I wussed out. I just can't believe you folks and your viewing reports when it was ONLY in the 30's.

How the mighty have fallen.

I envy your maintenance division. And I miss access to the machine shop in college. But be fore warned. I really want to move back north when I retire. I need four seasons and less people. And cooler weather. Besides, with all that winter gear on the girls can't tell how skinny I am. :jump:

Ron

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 04:34 PM

Yeah, it's fun, isn't it, John?

I'm actually quite fortunate in that my CFO understands that there will always be a certain outlay for astro toys, and as long as I pay my share of the bills, rotate scopes periodically, selling here and there as tastes and budget dictate, and not letting too much obviously new equipment spill out into the living room, she pretty much leaves me to it. I think she figures it's cheaper and safer than some other things I might do with my spare time, like building a kit plane or getting seriously back into riding motorcycles.

Haven't gotten around to telling her about the forthcoming binoviewer yet - I'm depending on the compact size of the Denk Two case to allow me to sort of lose them in the clutter... :rainbow:

Jim

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 10:40 PM

Forget it Jim,my Denkmeier came in a box the size of a suitcase:-).The case itself is very nice and handy.I found enough room in it for 2 pair EP's ,focalreducer(starsweeper),barlow,10 filters and guiding EP!You'll like it I'm sure.


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Posted 22 May 2003 - 02:26 AM

Uh-oh - I'm busted!

I always wind up telling her anyway...

:crazy:

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Posted 23 May 2003 - 07:44 PM

That's my problem here at home. I never did get out of serious motorcycling. Did manage to get my Recreation permit, but I think I'll stick to building RC airplanes and leave the ones I fly up to the pro's to build. Although there are some pretty nice kitplanes out there. Even my wife enjoys Oshkosh and Sun 'N' Fun. (where I stole this thread title from)

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Posted 23 May 2003 - 09:30 PM

Not another airplane nut!? :jump: John; we can't talk, I can't afford to get into real airplanes (I've been thinking about getting a sailplane license since I can't have a regular pilots' license) I'll have to give up one of my other interests.

Are we going to have to start an airborn astronomy thread?

Ron

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Posted 23 May 2003 - 09:31 PM

I thought that was familiar.I've been to Oshkosh many times.I even had the pleasure of flying my antique 1947 Taylorcraft there back in 83.I haven't flown in 15 years but did almost finish my kitplane(Zenith 200).I got in the family way again and sold it to a fellow who finished it a few months later.It's a real beauty and makes me want to cry.Oh well astronomy is a lot easier on the nerves and believe it or not cheaper too <g>.

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Posted 23 May 2003 - 11:19 PM

Well this is a small world. I live 3 blocks north of Wittman field in Oshkosh.



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Posted 24 May 2003 - 05:32 AM

Well Don just became the guy I envy. 3 Blocks north of Wittman field and I probably never would have gotten into Astronomy. I'd be too busy at the airport. Mind you my cottage is on a very small spring fed lake with the local airport about 2 blocks away with the approach/departure of the main runway being left to right in front of my dock. Every Sunday morning is a fly-in breakfast gathering. It's like an air show every weekend while sitting on my dock having coffee.

To keep things on topic, my cottage telescope is a Meade LX10, and I transport my binoviewer to and from. Does life get any better? OH YEAH!!

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Posted 24 May 2003 - 02:00 PM

Hi Don,
So what's it like living so close to heaven <g>.I've probably flown over your house several times in the early 80's.Nice town you have there my friend.I was always made to feel very welcome.Is the Snoopy bar still going?Lost a few brain cells there I must say :-).I'd go back but it would most definetly make me want to build again and that is too much of a temptation.

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Posted 24 May 2003 - 06:19 PM

Hey Tom, did you sell your kit plane to a guy in Guelph? A friend of mine (Charlie Miller of BlackHole enterprises) used to buy unfinished kit planes, complete them and sell them. I guess we would know if you sold it to Ron. He would have built two left wings and would still be flying in cirles :)

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Posted 24 May 2003 - 07:11 PM

How do you think I ended up in Sunny Arizona?

I'm starting a bookshelf; kinda keen on how I'll mess this one up. And I'm still looking for a way to hitch a dolly to the dob (I'm thinking pin and hook; like a bed frame) so I can save my back hauling the sucker around in my biplane.

By the way, a friend of mine and her husband (she's a test pilot, he's the new owner orientation pilot) work for Cirrus. Be nice or I'll make sure they won't sell you one. :roflmao:

Ron

PS: Still have ten fingers but the weekend is young.

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Posted 24 May 2003 - 08:16 PM

"I can save my back hauling the sucker around in my biplane"

Hey Ron, if you have a biplane then you really do have two left wings!

Just to keep on topic here, has the binoviewer moved up any on your wish list?

Pat G



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Posted 24 May 2003 - 09:03 PM

Pat;

Has not moved up. Bought a Porter-Cable biscuit cutter today, new harddrive and cables this weekend (see all the talk in the computer section: A couple of us are playing with the Lycoris Linux distro).

The bookshelf project pushed the biscuit cutter up to the top. We're looking at a digital camera too (trip back to Minnesota this June for Wussy Boy and Wife). My office is a real mess with magazines collecting on the floor and books off to god knows where so a bookshelf kinda was critical. I get too many mags (most are on airplanes, past current and future: I really should have been an aeronautical engineer).

However; it has not been pushed back and I don't expect to be unless I go wild with the camera. Maybe I could sell some sperm for extra money. :jump:

Have our friends North of the border been blesses with spring yet?

Ron :D


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