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#1 Meterman

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 01:49 AM

Only took 12 weeks to ship my XX12G! UPS said today by 7pm. By the time 9pm rolled around I was certain I wasn't getting it until Monday. It came at 9:45......  🤨🤨

 

Kudos to the UPS driver!!

 

So, what did I do? Unpacked it and started assembly! By 11:00 or so it was ready for first light. It was sure nice to zoom in on Jupiter with a 20mm and 2x barlow. The image was nice and clear I could see several bands easily and at least four or five moons all in one shot.

 

The only thing I haven't done yet is set up the SynScan controller, but tomorrow is another day. 😁😁

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 01:54 AM

Oh, I need to build a dolly for it. No need to explain why.......


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Posted 25 September 2021 - 03:44 AM

"send scan controller,"....?????  Your Orion's Operating System (Just like SkyWatcher's) is called SynScan.  It might be a good thing to remember that.  Your Scope, and SkyWatcher Scopes, are made by Synta.  Many Parts, Hand Controllers, etc., are interchangeable. 

    Most Celestron Products are also made by Synta, but these use the 'NexStar' Operating System!  These can NOT be interchanged with anything that uses the SynScan System.

Hope this helps....


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Posted 25 September 2021 - 05:21 AM

FYI only 4 moons of Jupiter are realistically observable.  They are all easily visible in any scope but the 5th requires a very large scope and some serious effort.


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Posted 25 September 2021 - 08:27 AM

There may have only been four. I was looking at about 150x magnification and there was four or five pinpoints of light pretty much in line with each other around Jupiter. The fifth could have been a star that wasn't visible unaided.

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 08:54 AM

Nice scope. What is the weight of the heaviest piece?

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 09:44 AM

Good job putting it all together and getting first light!


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Posted 25 September 2021 - 09:46 AM

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 09:55 AM

Congrats! Glad you got it and looking good. Here's hoping for more clears nights.


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Posted 25 September 2021 - 10:44 AM

Oh, fixed the typo. Send scan?? LOL

Also rotated the upper tube. Took about 5 seconds to realize I didn't orient it correctly....

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 10:47 AM

Nice scope. What is the weight of the heaviest piece?


The base weighs in at 79 lbs. Total assembled weight is 128 lbs.

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 10:49 AM

Congratulations! That is a nice aperture.
Where are the clouds?🤣
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Posted 25 September 2021 - 11:08 AM

Congratulations on the new scope!


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Posted 25 September 2021 - 11:11 AM

Congratulations! That is a nice aperture.
Where are the clouds?

Well, now that you ask, the gods of astronomy decided to shine their faces upon me last night. After I finished assembling and collmination the sky's cleared and I took it out for a few minutes. I was able to get some awesome clear views of Jupiter!

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 11:13 AM

Nice scope. What is the weight of the heaviest piece?

 

The base weighs in at 79 lbs. Total assembled weight is 128 lbs.

Well, base is 79 lb. as was mentioned above and optical tube is 47.0 lbs. I assume optical tube includes UOA (upper optical assembly), LOA, and poles. Even base breaks into smaller pieces for transport you can see that better on video for SkyQuest xx16g version. So the heaviest piece would have to be LOA  because of mirror and cell. Would love to find out myself how heavy that piece is. 



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Posted 25 September 2021 - 11:17 AM

Well, base is 79 lb. as was mentioned above and optical tube is 47.0 lbs. I assume optical tube includes UOA (upper optical assembly), LOA, and poles. Even base breaks into smaller pieces for transport you can see that better on video for SkyQuest xx16g version. So the heaviest piece would have to be LOA because of mirror and cell. Would love to find out myself how heavy that piece is.

Lower optical assembly is 32 lbs. When you disassemble the base the ground plate is pretty heavy. I would guess it is close to or more than the LOTA.
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Posted 25 September 2021 - 12:28 PM

Learn something else today. I installed the SynScan Pro app for Android. No problems connecting, but some functions will cause the app to force close. Just thought it would be nice to try it and see if I liked it, but that's not going to happen.

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 12:43 PM

Another question. I would like to make the ez finder a little bit higher off the side of the scope. Is there a riser available to do that?

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 01:26 PM

I look around a bit, but seemed most of the risers are the same size. However, Orion and a number of other brands have dual (and even triple) risers that allow for 2-3 devices. I have a dual one for an Omegon red dot finder (William Optics clone) and a laser. The dual bracket helps to rise finders higher. I'm sure someone makes a higher riser - even a 3-D printed one, but doesn't seem to be as common.


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Posted 25 September 2021 - 02:11 PM

Same thing I came up with. I'm thinking about adding the Orion 70 mm finder scope anyway. So the dual adapter will address both needs.

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Posted 25 September 2021 - 02:26 PM

Same thing I came up with. I'm thinking about adding the Orion 70 mm finder scope anyway. So the dual adapter will address both needs.

When you arrive at the cost of the complete finder you might want to compare it to the cost of a Stellarvue 60mm.

 

That's a fine scope. I'm pretty sure it's my favorite Orion scope, big but not too big and everything worked well on the one a friend had.


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Posted 25 September 2021 - 02:42 PM

And don't underestimate the value of a 50mm finderscope. I have 1 Orion and 1 Stellarvue, both 50mm. Weight on the UTA can be something that requires treatment, generally with weights on the bottom of the tube. You'll actually get the wider field from the 50mm too.


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Posted 25 September 2021 - 03:00 PM

Oh, fixed the typo. Send scan?? LOL

Also rotated the upper tube. Took about 5 seconds to realize I didn't orient it correctly....

My auto correct does stuff like that to me all the time. I guess I should turn it off.

 

Real nice scope, by the way.


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Posted 25 September 2021 - 03:07 PM

Same thing I came up with. I'm thinking about adding the Orion 70 mm finder scope anyway. So the dual adapter will address both needs.

Hate to be the pessimist but why would you need 70mm finder for? You are not going to look for objects that astronomers normally observe with 24" or 30" telescopes. 12" and 50mm finder is the perfect marriage IMHO.


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Posted 25 September 2021 - 05:05 PM

Nice Scope, Congrats waytogo.gif


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