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#1 phoodieman

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 08:44 PM

I have been lurking here a while and decided to post an introduction.  I started with a Meade NG 130 MM Reflector.  With experience on that scope I decided to move up to a Celestron 8SE with a goto mount.  I decided to add an autofocuser, and a wifi module.  I use a Dell laptop with a wireless handheld mouse with Celestron CPWI software to control it.  I 3D print so I replaced the hand held remote bay with a splitter to hold the autofocus and wifi port.  I can slew to the zenith even with 2 inch eyepieces without interference.  I still have the AUX port on the goto base in case I want to use the hand held remote.  I am using a Telrad finder currently.  For power for the scope I bought a Black and Decker 300 Amp Jumpstarter.  It's rechargeable so I don't have to worry about batteries or tripping on an AC adapter.  I can get two fairly decent sessions before I have to recharge.  

 

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 09:22 PM

Welcome to CN Phoodieman, Very nice setup you have there - creative functional and very nice looking.

With all the 6/8 SE owners out there you can probably start a small business selling your SE remote bay port adapters in the CN classifieds someday soon, and I would probably be a customer.



#3 phoodieman

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 12:48 AM

Welcome to CN Phoodieman, Very nice setup you have there - creative functional and very nice looking.

With all the 6/8 SE owners out there you can probably start a small business selling your SE remote bay port adapters in the CN classifieds someday soon, and I would probably be a customer.

I never considered trying to market the port adapter.  I also designed an alternate mount for the Telrad finder.  I wasn't about to put double stick tape on my OTA.  Plus it eliminated the bulky base mount it had and brought it down closer to the centerline of the scope.  I camp frequently to find the darkest views.  The Celestron cases were so expensive I took a hint from another member and bought these catering industry food transporters.  The OTA shipping box using the foam inserts fits perfectly in one.  The goto in the same case has a gap, but I use that to store all the cablements and it holds the Telrad as well.  It works well in the  field.  I plan on exploring astro photography eventually but I much prefer the "real" thing.  

 

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