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Davej
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Just taken the plunge

Post by Davej »

Hi,
Sorry guys I know the weather hasn"t been too kind to us but I have just got a new scope, now that really has put the mockers on it :roll:
Offloaded my three scopes to my son (sparkymark) and taken the plunge with a Meade LX 200 (7").
ATB
Dave
Edit..The scope is quite an heavy beastie and because of my condition ( very bad back) there is no way I can carry the scope from inside the house, therefore it"s going to have to stop outside. Any suggestions guys of how I can protect it from the elements. ( I am looking for a solid cover rather than a plastic/canvis one). Just looking for something to "drop" over it when not in use.
Meade LX 200 (7"). Odyssey 8" Dob.
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Post by jb1970 »

Hi Dave,

I'm excited for you. At least you had plenty of use out of the old kit, particularly the dob. Ive been thinking recently that something like an 8" mak would probably be ideal for me - but apart from the money I'm not sure if it may be too heavy as I have to carry my scope in and out onto the balcony. The clouds are just coming over as I type this! be sure to post your first light report when the sky clears again.

All the best
Jack
250px dob
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Post by Lady Isabella »

Hi Davej

That is a very nice scope for the planets and double stars. Could you make a small wooden hut on rails, so that all you have to do is roll it back for observing.

Hi jb1970
The problem with an 8 inch Mak would be cool down. That is a very big heavy piece of glass on the front.
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Post by Davej »

Hi,
Thanks Jack, will let you know how I get on with the first viewing session. :)

Lady Isabella, thanks for the tip, was going along those lines, many years ago (70"s) I had an home built 8.5" reflector that had to be put on an home built little trolley (dug the lawn up something great :roll: )
Looks like I am having to go full circle and build something along those lines.

ATB
Dave
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Post by martinss »

Hi Dave,

Sounds like a cracking new scope you've got there! I hold you totally responsible for the current rainy and overcast skies here in Hampshire. :wink:

About housing your new 'toy'...have you thought about about a POD? They look quite cool. You can check them out here (if you haven't already)...http://www.altairastro.com/pod.htm

One of these might be easier to assemble than a sliding roof shed thingy!

All the best with the LX200!!

Martin
'I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people...'[/b] Sir Isaac Newton
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Post by Davej »

Hi Martin,
Thanks for blaming me for the cloudy nights :lol: (joking of course).
Many thanks for the link to the "POD" site, something I will be seriously looking at.
:)
Thanks Martin.
ATB
Dave
Meade LX 200 (7"). Odyssey 8" Dob.
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Post by astroeddie »

Congrats Dave,

Along with the POD, do not forget the wedge for imaging. If it doesnot already have one.

Great scope, you'll love my friend.

Eddie
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Post by jb1970 »

Thanks for the advice Lady Isabella .I had only considered size, weight and price - cool down hadn't entered my mind (at the moment I start observing 20 minutes after putting the scope out)

Dave - I would like to see a pic when you get everything sorted.

Jack
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Post by sparkymark »

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Post by Zeke »

What's yer budget Dave?
I was looking at a kid's playhouse in B&Q the other day and it looked like it would convert easily.
Never worry!
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Post by martinss »

That's an awsome bit of kit there Dave!!
'I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people...'[/b] Sir Isaac Newton
Scope:LXD75 10" SNT, Laptop, UnModded Phillips SPC900NC, Canon EOS5D and associated bits and bobs; Also using a stolen 2.5" Skywatcher Refractor (my son's).
Websites: http://www.hantsastro.org - http://www.m109.co.uk - http://www.saban.co.uk - http://www.workingimage.co.uk . Wishlist - Moonlight Crayford[/size]
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Post by Davej »

martinss wrote:That's an awsome bit of kit there Dave!!
It blew me away when it was delivered, just waiting for a clear sky :)

ATB
Dave
Meade LX 200 (7"). Odyssey 8" Dob.
11X80 10x50 15x70 bins
Celestron Neximage ccd cam
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Post by martinss »

It's nice and clear in Hampshire at the moment, but I'm working.....boo hoo....tell you what, I'm not fussy about a cloudy sky tonight, so pop outside and blow for all you're worth in my direction and maybe it'll clear up!
'I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people...'[/b] Sir Isaac Newton
Scope:LXD75 10" SNT, Laptop, UnModded Phillips SPC900NC, Canon EOS5D and associated bits and bobs; Also using a stolen 2.5" Skywatcher Refractor (my son's).
Websites: http://www.hantsastro.org - http://www.m109.co.uk - http://www.saban.co.uk - http://www.workingimage.co.uk . Wishlist - Moonlight Crayford[/size]
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Post by Vega »

The 365 series telegizmos covers should be up to the challenge tho more expensive than the standard one's.

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Post by goodtime »

Wow Dave that scope looks great! I can't wait to see some pics taken with it.

Re: leaving it outside, I wouldn't have the heart to leave it outdoors unless I had a good, solid, moisture free 'observatory'/shed... I probably wouldn't do it even then, I'd still bring in the OTA... heck, I'd probably take it to bed with me :lol:. In my neighborhood a locked shed is a challenge, a securely locked one is a greater challenge.
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