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Dec 17, 2008 11:48 |  #61

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This is my current setup.....

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After being blinded by all the cool equipment ;) I noticed the beast of a pier that keeps all the expensive stuff off the ground.

Just curious how deep below ground it goes.

Very nice setup!


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Dec 17, 2008 12:02 |  #62

Steve,

I use SS allen head screws when I do a tube replacement. No rust and better resistance to stripping the heads.

I love the Moonlites. I run them off of a Cercis II controller with temperature monitoring and compensation which has been significantly inproved.


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Dec 17, 2008 12:03 as a reply to  @ Jeff's post |  #63

Jeff,

Thanks for the kind words! It's a 12" diameter pier. The base is a 36" "Bigfoot" concrete form that is sunk 42" deep. This sits on a 3" thick bed of compressed crush gravel. Lets just say I don't get any movement or flex from it Lol


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Dec 17, 2008 12:11 as a reply to  @ strgazr27's post |  #64

Have you tried Feathertouch focusers? The person that makes them isn't too far away from me.

Astro Physics is a little over an hour away from where I am at....and they seem to also like Feathertouch.




  
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Dec 17, 2008 12:27 as a reply to  @ PM01's post |  #65

PM,

Yep I have. I actually did the testing for Werner when he was designing the TMB 92SS focuser. I also used their Digital Focusing system with my TMB 130SS, CF TMB80SS as well as my 92SS. I helped with the prototype testing on the TMB SS line for Mike at Astronomics as well as Tom B before he passed away. As far as I'm concerned they, and the Moonlites are all that go on my scopes.


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Dec 21, 2008 20:26 |  #66

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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 don't know about the others.....I'm in SO much debt!!!!!

Sold most of my gear (6 scopes and 3 GEM mounts and various EPs)

Photography AND astronomy/astrophotogr​aphy nearly did me in! LOL!!!!!!

Loved looking at all the rigs people!

Now...I haven't finished looking at the entire thread, but if anyone posts a Paramount ME as their mount, I'm gonna get huffy! LOL!

Happy Holidays all!

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Dec 21, 2008 20:50 as a reply to  @ txduggan's post |  #67

We had a choice between the Paramount ME and the AP1200. Paramount required 48 volts and wouldn't image past the meridian, which I think is absolutely silly. Plus the payloads for both mounts are similar.

AP1200 has the nice GOTO controller, Paramount a joystick. I'd rather use the GOTO controller, plus it's easy enough for the rest of my crew to use. AP1200 you can power off a single 12 volt battery - I'm using an Optima deep cycle.

Plus you can disassemble the AP1200 in two different pieces for possible field usage with a dedicated pier. Can't do that with the paramount.

So, for us it was hands down the AP1200. :)




  
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Dec 22, 2008 12:26 as a reply to  @ PM01's post |  #68

My current setup W/O FLT110 and MZ70 side by side on HEQ6 Pro. More often than not I guide with the MZ using an SX Lodestar and image with the FLT using an SXM-25C or Canon 40D. The Lodestar plus straight into the ST4 port on the mount and this works really well with PHD guiding.

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Dec 22, 2008 13:32 |  #69

Beautiful rig Chris. I sure wouldn't mind owning a WO refractor, they produce excellent OTAs/optics. Like their 2" Dielectric diagonal too.

Which side-by-side saddle is that?


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Dec 22, 2008 17:40 as a reply to  @ Nighthound's post |  #70

Had a change of plans and a complete re-think since I cracked the corrector on my 11"SCT.

Now gone down a different road.

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Dec 23, 2008 01:43 |  #71

Nighthound wrote in post #6927485 (external link)
Beautiful rig Chris. I sure wouldn't mind owning a WO refractor, they produce excellent OTAs/optics. Like their 2" Dielectric diagonal too.

Which side-by-side saddle is that?

The Saddle is made by Geoptik from Italy. Its wonderfully engineered and is a complete system of Losmandy and Vixen plates. It revolves arround a replacement head for the EQ6 that itself will take Vix or Los dovetails. Although getting balance takes a bit more practice I found that the lower counterwight load for side by side gave me much smoother guiding and its much easier to setup and take down.

the FLT is a great scope for the money (but a poor mans Takahashi) and works really well with the dedicated field flattener.




  
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Dec 27, 2008 04:56 as a reply to  @ chris.bailey's post |  #72

THis is the new camera mounted to the ED120.


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Dec 27, 2008 05:27 |  #73

chris.bailey wrote in post #6931286 (external link)
The Saddle is made by Geoptik from Italy. Its wonderfully engineered and is a complete system of Losmandy and Vixen plates. It revolves arround a replacement head for the EQ6 that itself will take Vix or Los dovetails. Although getting balance takes a bit more practice I found that the lower counterwight load for side by side gave me much smoother guiding and its much easier to setup and take down.

the FLT is a great scope for the money (but a poor mans Takahashi) and works really well with the dedicated field flattener.

I've discovered the same about my G-11. Using a side-by-side allows for "perfect" balance, something I just couldn't get with the piggy back configuration. Now with a quick drift align it behaves very well.


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Dec 27, 2008 05:30 |  #74

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THis is the new camera mounted to the ED120.

Very cool Baz! I had a Starshoot mono at one point but couldn't get the software to work with PHD Guiding so I switched to an ATIK 16ic.


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Dec 28, 2008 18:32 |  #75

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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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I love that hut!!!


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