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strgazr27
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Nov 17, 2008 06:08 as a reply to  @ post 6700653 |  #46

Hey everyone,

Been out of commission due to some surgery but am now back on my feet. Here are a few shots of some of my equipment. For more pictures you can go to Stonyhillobservatory dot com

This was my setup from about 2 yrs ago.

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This is a shot of my current widefield rig.

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TMB130SS f/7 and AT-111 f/7

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A load of TAK's

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strgazr27
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Nov 17, 2008 06:17 as a reply to  @ strgazr27's post |  #47

This is where it all happens :) Built over 3 months in 2006 by myself. A converted 8X8 garden shed.

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Ready for action....

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Gripped 40D - 17-40L - 70-200 f/4L - Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer - Astrotrac TT320X-AG
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Adrena1in
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Nov 17, 2008 08:18 |  #48

Damn, those are some serious bits of kit, and I LOVE the "Observashed"!


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Nov 17, 2008 16:05 |  #49

Nice equipment strgazr27!

Love the observatory too.


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Nov 17, 2008 17:33 |  #50

How do you gentlemen afford that kind of equipment ???? Are you doctors , lawyers , own your own business , win the lottery , etc......  ????? This is equip. ppl like me dream of having but never having :( .




  
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strgazr27
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Nov 17, 2008 21:54 |  #51

Celestron wrote in post #6706467 (external link)
How do you gentlemen afford that kind of equipment ???? Are you doctors , lawyers , own your own business , win the lottery , etc...... ????? This is equip. ppl like me dream of having but never having :( .

I work a ton of overtime whenever I can, I modify Canon DSLR for Astronomical and IR photography as a side business, I make custom Carbon fiber tubes for telescopes as a side business and I buy everything I have owned except for the mount used. The nice thing about this hobby is if you spend money on good equipment you rarely ever lose money.


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strgazr27
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Nov 17, 2008 22:13 as a reply to  @ strgazr27's post |  #52

Here are a few examples of the custom tubes I make. The Meade SN10 I did for my best friend. It features a Cf tube, dewshield and back plate. Thsi trimmed almost 11 lbs off the weight of the scope and focus change due to temperature changes are no longer an issue.

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My custom Vixen R200SS

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Another R200SS I have done

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Nov 18, 2008 01:16 |  #53

Those are sweet!

thinking a custom CF tube for my TEC MakCass might be something to consider. 8-)


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Adrena1in
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Nov 18, 2008 02:39 |  #54

I wonder if more and more scopes will be Carbon Fibre, as it seems to make sense. I read about a company called ZeroChromat.com, and they make CF scopes...the first I'd ever seen. They're certainly lovely bits of kit...do they suffer less from dew and the cold then?


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Dec 16, 2008 23:18 as a reply to  @ Adrena1in's post |  #55

I'll dig up the pic of my rig sometime...but it's as follows...

AP1200 mount, Astro Physics.
Astro Physics 130EDT f/8 with field flattener and reducer.
Takahashi FSQ106N fluorite. With 1.6x extenQ.
SBIG STV autoguider.
SBIG ST10XME
MaximDL + DSLR softwar
CCDSoft software
The Sky 6.0 and 5.0 for "steering".

Also have access to...
Takahashi 180ED f/2.8 astrograph.
Meade 178ED 7 inch refractor doublet
Takahashi FS152 Fluorite
William Optics 105
Meade 14 inch SCT ...MUCH better than the Celestron C14 that we were using...but the C14 that we had was of questionable quality. RUSHED from the factory.
Takahashi NJP PC tenma mount
Vixen SPDX w/wooden tripod - sold to me from Astro Physics back in the day.

DSLR cameras -
Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
Canon 5D
Canon 20D, 40D, 50D
TC80N3 remote release

And a few extras. :)




  
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Dec 17, 2008 09:17 |  #56

Wow, that CF R200SS is beautiful. You do amazing work. I had a CF C-11 at one time but being a closed tube design it still took forever to cool down and I never could get a good collimation with it. I returned it and used a 10" LX200 R for a while before switching to the Vixen R200SS.


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Dec 17, 2008 09:21 |  #57

PM01, that's one heck of a list of gear. I'm wiping drool from my keypad. :D I know your images will be amazing.

I like your DSLR collection. I thought I was well stocked with the 5D, 20D, and 1D Mark II but I guess not. :D


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strgazr27
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Dec 17, 2008 10:05 |  #58

This is my current setup.....

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And with the side by side for shooting with camera lens'

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strgazr27
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Dec 17, 2008 10:08 |  #59

Nighthound wrote in post #6895455 (external link)
Wow, that CF R200SS is beautiful. You do amazing work. I had a CF C-11 at one time but being a closed tube design it still took forever to cool down and I never could get a good collimation with it. I got rid of it and used a 10" LX200 R for a while before switching to the Vixen R200SS.

Steve,

Thanks! They are a labor of love ;) The use of CF with SCT's is a great idea and can really help with focus changes but the tubes do need to be ventilated if not used in a permanent setup where the tube has time to acclimate itself. They do take a bit longer to cool down but change less once cooled. When your ready for a tube for your R200 drop me a note. I'll take care of ya :)


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Dec 17, 2008 11:03 |  #60

strgazr27 wrote in post #6895740 (external link)
Steve,

Thanks! They are a labor of love ;) The use of CF with SCT's is a great idea and can really help with focus changes but the tubes do need to be ventilated if not used in a permanent setup where the tube has time to acclimate itself. They do take a bit longer to cool down but change less once cooled. When your ready for a tube for your R200 drop me a note. I'll take care of ya :)

You're welcome Bobby. Thanks for the offer, you'd be the first person I contacted for any custom work.

Your set up is beautiful. I see your a big Moonlight fan too. :D The Atlas must be a real workhorse.

I have a question, I'm replacing the cheap/soft screws that attach the primary and secondary assembly to the tube on the R200. Any suggestions? Maybe allen head stainless? I like the screw head caps seen on the front end of the CF tube(first shot), looks clean.


Steve
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