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#76 Hawkeye

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 05:48 AM

The Milburn adaptor with the rail loods like a good proposition. Photography with my LX200 is something I will have to get into.
Now, for a bit of that snow to soothe my sunburn.

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 07:54 PM

My new setup, when not in use the scope will be stored on this kitchen kart from IKEA. To use the scope I will simply move the kart close to the patio door and set the scope on the tripod.

When stored, the scope is actually bolted to the kart using a 2 1/2" bolt for safety (I have kids!). For added protection my wife will make a dust cover to protect the scope.

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Posted 13 March 2005 - 08:46 PM

What size is it? It looks like a 12".

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Posted 14 March 2005 - 10:24 AM

It's 10", looks bigger because the picture was taken slight up angle.

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Posted 14 March 2005 - 12:41 PM

a 12 wont fit with the ota down.

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Posted 16 March 2005 - 10:54 AM

Yeah your right. :foreheadslap: I just never thought about the 12" fitting all the way down. I had to test mine to make sure.

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Posted 30 March 2005 - 10:28 PM

Sir,

I just bought a 12" LX200 GPS SMT and I would like to see if you would mind send ing me an e-mail on how you start you evening observing. I have not had a chance to really use it yet and I would like to know where to start. It is mounted on a pier with the heavy duty wedge and an observatory almost like yours. I have centered Polaris using a illuminated eypiece while waiting for my power supply to get here. Now which way should my OTA be pointed before I apply the power and then take me through a simple way if you don't mind. Please e-mail me at starman@pacific.net

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 11:06 PM

And here's mine. I took it out again in Lucerne Valley, CA (just down the hill north of Big Bear Lake) last weekend with the wife. Gotta tell ya...M42 just made us faint! Never before did I see it actually FILL the field of view! :shocked: GAWD...I have GOT to get 2" EPs and a bino viewer for this, my pride and joy! And to think, I spent all those years with a Dynamax 8" SCT! :foreheadslap:

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 11:53 PM

Ok finally took a quick pic of
my Lx200 8", with orion 90 mm mak with a flip mirror and 201xt.

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 12:03 AM

Nice! Binos........even 1.25" would be nice. Somehow, the midnight or royal blue our scopes are painted in is just the RIGHT colour (for me, anyway).

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 12:47 AM

Thanks , I am rather un-impressed with walmarts film to cd service....it is grainy as heck..

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 12:54 AM

Yeah, it IS a bit grainy. Well, that's Wally World for ya. I haven't been there in almost 6 months and before that about a year. Of course, the fact that it's about 10 miles away and Target is eight blocks away might have something to do it. Besides, it just seems to me that Wal-Mart has gotten, well...cheap and junky, lately. That's my opinion and it's probably somewhat biased. But it HAS changed over the last few years, not to mention its desire to conquer the world...

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 02:23 PM

Hey were did you guys get the Due Shields for your Meade scopes? I have a *bleep* one I would like to upgrade.

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 02:44 PM

Got mine from Scope City. Most Meade dealers can get one for you. They're really nice but they're heavy, rigid, don't store easily and are kind of bulky to cart around. However, they're a snap to put on, as they fit very snugly around the end of the OTA. Heck, I don't even use the screws on mine.

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 03:27 PM

Do you need any counter weight with that one Michael?

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 03:41 PM

Well, so far I haven't had the need for counterweighting...yet. It's heavy but not terribly so. It's heavy enough to tip the scope down when the DEC lock isn't on but doesn't appear to cause any significant strain on the DECK lock when it's engaged. However, counterweighting isn't a bad idea. I remember my old Dynamax 8" SCT having a really neat (homemade!) counterweighting system on it that kept it very nicely balanced to the point where I never even needed to engage the DEC lock. :smirk:

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 03:44 PM

I got mine on astromart for about 75 bucks...I found that it really made the front heavy.even with the binoviewer
I had to add weights.

I also have a astrozap with built in heater..but once I added the guide rail and counterbalance it doesn't fit any more..so no convienent fold flat dew shield for me..

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 03:31 PM

MORE! Post more pictures! I love looking at these setups. I like to see how people are spending all their hard earned $$.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 11:25 AM

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 11:30 AM

NICE! Where in the world are those nice GREEN yards? I think you'll be surprised how stable the scope is with the standard field tripod. Mine has done wonderfully with it.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 11:48 AM

Iowa. No watering necessary.

I had it out for a very short amount of time the night I got it (Saturday. I was tired from the long drive to pick it up, plus it was cold as heck, so didn't feel like being out too long). But it seemed pretty stable. Didn't have a power cable for it yet so I just looked at Jupiter. It needs collimated badly. I didn't play with it that night (wish I had), so I've been trying to daylight collimate it. I think I got it significantly better but I'll have to wait for a clear night to find out and finish the job.

I took a really fuzzy, underexposed (and several overexposed) single exposure of Jupiter. I've got a Sony DSC-F717. It seems like people are getting really good results from stacking AVIs from webcams, would shooting 320x200 AVIs with the Sony and stacking them potentially be better than taking regular 5 megapixel photos? What about stacking full res photos?

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 12:38 PM

I got my LX200 12" in last week and finished my Skyshed. I put the scope on the Sunday. Now I need for it the clear up.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 12:40 PM

Here is one from inside

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 12:55 AM

brad with a permanent house for your scope that 12" LX is screeming for a wedge. oh and mount that little 80ed on your lx too they compliment each other really well.

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 12:36 PM

I may end up doing that one day. it something I have thought about.

Brad


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