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#1 sojourneyer

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 10:52 AM

Given the unfortunate and dangerous situation we are all in regarding the virus, I wonder if it has stopped you from purchasing accessories online for your scopes.

 

I decided to go hog wild and spruce up my scope with new accessories (but no balls on strings or hanging dice) and help those still operating to support us.

 

What are you doing in this regard?

 

Be safe

 

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#2 Shorty Barlow

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:02 AM

I'm buying or ordering as much as I can from local astronomical retailers, they need all the support they can get during the zombie apocalypse. Plus, it's a good excuse to buy gear I always wanted. 

 

https://www.focuser.com/

 

That Omni needs a pimped-out focuser for a start!


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:13 AM

I won't be a recipient of the stimulus checks due to the income cap, but that hasn't stopped me from helping the

economy any way I can.  It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it :)


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:18 AM

I share the opinion of Shorty Barlow, being Canadian I prefer to do business with the companies near me, but I will be making an exception to the rule, I will order from astronomics because they too need help to keep this site open. this is my personal opinion and does not reflect anything else.


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#5 sojourneyer

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:27 AM

I won't be a recipient of the stimulus checks due to the income cap, but that hasn't stopped me from helping the

economy any way I can.  It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it smile.gif

Same with me Peter. It is called stepping across the line.



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:37 AM

I’ll be starting my wrap job on my scope tonight or tomorrow. Other than that the most I’ve done is just donated to Astronomics for the site. Maybe I’ll get some suppression pads for an eventual second mount I’ll have. Nothing big. 



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:52 AM

I’ll beginning my wrap job on my scope tonight or tomorrow. Other than that the most I’ve done is just donated to Astronomics for the site. Maybe I’ll get some suppression pads for an eventual second mount I’ll have. Nothing big. 

I know it has nothing to do with the wire here, but does the suppression pads really work?


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:56 AM

I know it has nothing to do with the wire here, but does the suppression pads really work?

On concrete and a deck, huge difference. 


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 12:03 PM

I put a new mount under mine in February.

Not exactly pimping, but it does look and run nice.



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 12:29 PM

Buying some guide scope rings to use a 60mm telescope as a “finder” to a 60mm telescope. 



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 12:49 PM

I went ahead with a $100 order last week. Was planning on getting the stuff this year anyway but moved up my timetable to maybe help a vendor through tough times. Considering a Morpheus but probably not. Job security is a concern as my employer is related to travel industry, so I don’t feel bad about throwing a couple hundred dollars around, but probably won’t be spending a stimulus check on a 6” Apo.

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 01:04 PM

I bought some new tube rings for my SW-120 a few months back and still haven't had an opportunity to use them now.
These are them:

https://www.teleskop...urchmesser.html

Ive had the scope for nearly 6 years and still cant find any flaws in the scope. Its all I have left to do with the scope since It already has an ungraded focuser to it.

I also bought some Digital Setting Circles for my Losmandy G11 from Astro Devices. I got them on Friday so they are still in the box.

Regarding stimulus checks, I'll just save it for rainy day.

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#13 sojourneyer

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 01:11 PM

Ralph,

great.. How is the 92 you bought?



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 01:26 PM

I pimped out my Celestron Omni XLT 102 with a gso crayford, blue fireball 2" extension, and a finder bracket, before the scope arrived! After comparing focusers, I think I made a decent choice. This is my first refractor, as I have an 8" dob. My final pimping will be a quark and binos for solar. Might take awhile as I have lost my job...

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 01:34 PM

Lol, I'm recovered some from a health problem that has kept me from observing, so I'm actually buying accessories, and now also just got a used refractor.



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 01:45 PM

I pimped out my Celestron Omni XLT 102 with a gso crayford, blue fireball 2" extension, and a finder bracket, before the scope arrived! After comparing focusers, I think I made a decent choice. This is my first refractor, as I have an 8" dob. My final pimping will be a quark and binos for solar. Might take awhile as I have lost my job...

This is my first scope.. It seems great.   Mine is the f/6.5

What size GSO did you use, the 96.6 mm?  I am going to do the same thing. All the same accoutrements

I am sorry to hear about the job.. My prayers and best wishes to you and everyone out there.


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 04:41 PM

Yes, the suppression pads really do help reduce the jiggles (as stated above).



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 06:53 PM

I put a KK tiller handle on my porta mount, so I don’t have to steer my SV80A by the focuser, and ordered a case for my FC-100DL.


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 07:04 PM

I just got a set of the Starbase Orthos as they are priced really inexpensively and wanted some single coated eyepieces in the inventory again before they never make them any more.  Other than that am getting equipment on loan to write reviews...the Baader BBHS AMCI Prism Diagonal for one, and a few other things as well.  All that should keep me very busy.


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 07:35 PM

I won't be a recipient of the stimulus checks due to the income cap, but that hasn't stopped me from helping the

economy any way I can.  It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it smile.gif

You have to have a kid under 18 (I have one), that way I still get to grow the deficit by $500 :)

I get half to spend. Looking at an upgraded dew control system. Will stimulate Astronomics if at all possible!


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 07:58 PM

This is my first scope.. It seems great. Mine is the f/6.5
What size GSO did you use, the 96.6 mm? I am going to do the same thing. All the same accoutrements
I am sorry to hear about the job.. My prayers and best wishes to you and everyone out there.

Same size, 96.6mm

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 10:56 PM

Considering a ASI29MM-mini or a new Moonlite for the Mak Newt (can't decide on Blue, to match the Intes text, or Red to match my camera and accessories... Life is hard.).  I've already recently bought a refractor from Jond105...

 

Jaimo!


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#23 Jond105

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:10 PM

Considering a ASI29MM-mini or a new Moonlite for the Mak Newt (can't decide on Blue, to match the Intes text, or Red to match my camera and accessories... Life is hard.). I've already recently bought a refractor from Jond105...

Jaimo!


The moonlite blue is pretty sweet though. Just an FYI.


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