I recently purchased the 24” Starmaster that had been owned by the late and sorely missed John Causland of the University Lowbrows astronomy club in Ann Arbor, MI. Here’s the Cloudy Nights classified for it. My understanding is that the scope had at one time been Rick Singmaster’s demonstration scope to sell telescopes. The mirror is full-thickness f/4.5 and was made by John Hall / Pegasus. The scope is fully outfitted with SkyTracker goto and SkyCommander setting circles.
I picked it up on Sunday and am in the process of setting it up now. And I’m perhaps a bit over my head! I should note that my biggest telescopes up until now have been two 10” dobs, neither of which has goto. I regularly help assemble and run the 22” Big Dob built and owned by the Warren Astronomical Society. I don’t have any direct experience with SkyTracker or SkyCommander; I’ve seen them in use at star parties, but that’s about it. I’ve never directly controlled a big dob goto platform.
I had hoped that I would be able to find videos online documenting how to assemble one and hook up all the electronics, but it is not so. I had also hoped I would be able to figure it out, but that also isn’t the case so far, heh.
I’ve been able to make some guesses based on photos online, but they’re just guesses. It might be a lot to ask, but are there any Starmaster owners with a similar setup who might be willing to take some photos of their assembly process?
My overriding initial question is: how does the mirror cell go into the mirror box?? I’m sure I’m going to feel stupid when I figure it out, but so far I’m not seeing how the mirror hangs up into the mirror box, or how to physically lift it up and in.
Any advice and/or encouragement is much appreciated!
Edited by jkade, 11 July 2020 - 07:05 AM.