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#26 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 10:52 AM

that rv8

 

If anyone is looking for one, there's that RV8 on the observatory pedestal mount, near NY, that has been for sale at $350 on CL for months. 

 

Chip W.

I dreamed about the RV 8 last night.  I mean a real while I was sleeping dream that I was up that way south of Yasgur's farm to buy that Rv8... it is a beast and in the dream it did not fit in my 2003 sedan. I told the seller I would have to come back with my hatchback (280ZX)

 

Now wide awake at work    I wrestle with the idea of actually buying it as it is clearly worth more than the ask.....it must be the size and the need to have a spot for it that  causes hesitation....

 

Edit...would be great to see both pics of the two scopes you are using

         Rv-6's come up for sale  now and then and certainly are way easier than the big brother RV-8


Edited by Defenderslideguitar, 05 February 2020 - 10:56 AM.

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 11:01 AM

that rv8

 

I dreamed about the RV 8 last night.  I mean a real while I was sleeping dream that I was up that way south of Yasgur's farm to buy that Rv8... it is a beast and in the dream it did not fit in my 2003 sedan. I told the seller I would have to come back with my hatchback (280ZX)

 

Now wide awake at work    I wrestle with the idea of actually buying it as it is clearly worth more than the ask.....it must be the size and the need to have a spot for it that  causes hesitation....

 

Sounds to me like you slept on it and your dream said Buy it! Time to make a phone call! :lol:


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 11:22 AM

yes    hey  I wonder  what kind of camera set up is being used to take these nice moon shots?


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 11:40 AM

camera asi120mm mono camera

this is what it look like

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 11:54 AM

My 1971 RV-6 is the main reason I invested in a Mizar AR-1 EQ + Mizar ShortPod.  It's incredibly quick & easy to set up, AND it's easy to pickup & move around the yard to dodge trees; whereas, my Edmund 4" F15 is not so mobile -- and I have to be very careful toting it around.  


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 01:08 PM

I would have never tried to move my 4” Edmund refractor once it was on its mount. Mine was a three trip setup, 1) mount already on the tripod, 2) Counter-weights, eyepiece box, and stool, 3) OTA. Once all together I wouldn’t move it until takedown, then three trips in, in reverse order.

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 01:09 PM

I would have never tried to move my 4” Edmund refractor once it was on its mount. Mine was a three trip setup, 1) mount already on the tripod, 2) Counter-weights, eyepiece box, and stool, 3) OTA. Once all together I wouldn’t move it until takedown, then three trips in, in reverse order.

I feel like the primary obstacle in moving one of those is not just the weight; it's the fact that the darned thing is about eight feet tall and the center of mass is at nearly the height of one's head.


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 01:11 PM

I feel like the primary obstacle in moving one of those is not just the weight; it's the fact that the darned thing is about eight feet tall and the center of mass is at nearly the height of one's head.

Exactly! Like wrestling a giant octopus!


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 04:07 PM

Yes, with the 60 inch solid (non-telescoping) hardwood legs, 6 foot long optical

tube, and a cast iron equatorial, yes CAST IRON, the Edmund is a hand full.

But that's why it works so well. 

Back a long time ago I lived in the city. My first pad was a condo right downtown

Bellevue.

I would take my Edscorp 4 down a series of stairs, load it into my VW bug and

take it to the abandon Nike Missile site on top of Cougar Mountain.

There I would assemble in complete darkness, enjoy, take it apart, and go

home.

Robert 

 

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 05:27 PM

On the Goto 106, my Edmund 4 was totable -- over short distances:

 

Goto 106 EQ & Unitron 142 Tripod S01 (Edmund 4).jpg

 

I'd grab the DEC axis with my left hand, and a leg (near the hub) with my right, and lift ~ 6" or so, then slowly shuffle to the next spot.

 

VERSUS the Original:

 

Edmund 4 - OTA Done (Mounted) S04.jpg

 

That fixed maple tripod is heavier than it looks.


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 05:28 PM

Yes, with the 60 inch solid (non-telescoping) hardwood legs, 6 foot long optical

tube, and a cast iron equatorial, yes CAST IRON, the Edmund is a hand full.

But that's why it works so well. 

Back a long time ago I lived in the city. My first pad was a condo right downtown

Bellevue.

I would take my Edscorp 4 down a series of stairs, load it into my VW bug and

take it to the abandon Nike Missile site on top of Cougar Mountain.

There I would assemble in complete darkness, enjoy, take it apart, and go

home.

Robert 

 

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 long fellow OTA and 60 inch  non folding legs and cast iron. mount ...?Holy  ...

 

Not as hefty as that job but  Yes 35 plus  years ago   I used to take the meade 2080lx2 all the way up the access road on Okemo mountain in Ludlow Vermont   and set up in the dark  and stay up late  and take it all back down     the hardest part was not not burning out the horseshoe breaks on the 1972 Ford Maverick three speed    on the long curvy way back down the mountain

  But dare I say it      we were younger then


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 07:30 PM

"but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now"

 

-Bob Dylan


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 07:51 PM

i go to the gym just so i can move my scopes around !!


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Posted 26 May 2020 - 09:51 PM

Not a classic. Something similar.

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