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Lunar eclipse with a Unitron 160

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#1 JonH

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 07:56 AM

We had really nice conditions in Brisbane tonight with very little wind, good transparency and a pleasant 15 C. It has been a while since I ran up the clock drive on the 4 inch Unitron so I decided to use that for the evening's viewing. My friend Bill was on hand to have a look through the vintage scope and between the two of us we had it set up and tracking in about 20 minutes. We used a selection of eyepieces in the Unihex but the best view by far was with a Fuller scopes (Nihon Seiko) 40 mm orthoscopic eyepiece. We also had a look through a Leica microscope binocular head that I had recently adapted with a 1.25 inch barrel. The eyepieces were x 10 and that gave a nice view too, the lunar pic was taken through the bionoviewers with a hand held iphone.

 

G'day from Oz and clear skies

 

Jon

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 09:00 AM

I'd almost rather stare at that Unitron than the moon !  lol.gif


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Posted 26 May 2021 - 09:10 AM

Beautiful scope.  Congrats


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Posted 26 May 2021 - 09:23 AM

Thanks Guys, yes Unitrons are as nice to look at as thru...
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Posted 26 May 2021 - 03:30 PM

Nice moon photo and fantastic setup.

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 03:46 PM

Wonderful to look at 

 Really really nice Unitron set up.....

  and oh yeah the moon looks good as well.....


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Posted 26 May 2021 - 04:20 PM

Great seeing that beautiful Unitron under night skies!!  Thanks for sharing the images.

 

Dave

 

P.S.  How was the tracking?


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Posted 26 May 2021 - 11:19 PM

Hi Dave, tracking was really good thanks to the weight drive having a clutch that allows you to fine tune it’s output. Once I had the moon centered in the guide scope, I just nudged the speed up and down until the moon was completely stationary. I have permanent polar alignment marks so no other adjustment was needed.

Cheers

Jon
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Posted 27 May 2021 - 02:08 AM

:cool: :waytogo:
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Posted 27 May 2021 - 08:41 AM

That's a beauty !!

 

Congrats.


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Posted 28 May 2021 - 11:56 AM

Never seen the Unitron weight drive live. Congrats on your impressive setup!

Can this switch tracking direction for northern hemisphere observing?

Would love to see a closeup of the mechanism.



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Posted 28 May 2021 - 02:27 PM

Never seen the Unitron weight drive live. Congrats on your impressive setup!

Can this switch tracking direction for northern hemisphere observing?

Would love to see a closeup of the mechanism.

Some HD pics of the 4/5 and 6 inch weight driven clock drives here: https://www.unitronh.../weight-drives/.

 

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Posted 30 May 2021 - 02:25 PM

Jon

 

This is so cool to hear about and see.  Have fun!

 

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Posted 02 June 2021 - 07:38 AM

Hi Piggyback. Dave's pictures show really nice detail but if you want to see the the drive in action I have made a post on my facebook page public - hopefully you can see it here.

 

Cheers

 

Jon


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Posted 06 June 2021 - 06:43 PM

A ripper Jon - the little video was delightful..! waytogo.gif waytogo.gif waytogo.gif


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