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Bukko

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  1. Just a thought... If they only jump in time, would the earth not be there when you stop jumping? And possibly for that matter, the rest of the solar system too if you jump enough... Gordon.
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    As you are finding out, there is no single answer, with both ROR and domes having as many positives as negatives. One common positive is significant reductions in setting up times. I also note your comment about DIY. Both options will need home assembly but of course you can outsource this for a price. A dome will need an accurate base, probably more so than a ROR. Don't assume it will fit together perfectly out of the box. Circular or rectangular base will not really matter for the dome, I cast circular pads and it was a lot harder to get both circular, flat and especially level. I have fitted a dehumidifier to each dome and run them 24/7 to prevent the formation of dew. Where do you expect to go with your telescope? a 2.2m dome is probably limited to nothing bigger than a 12". A 12" Newt will fill the dome leaving little room to get around. I have a 12" f4 newt in a 3m dome and it often gets in the way while working around it... This would be where the ROR scores, but if you intend to always work this remotely, then its not such an impediment. Hope this helps. Gordon.
  3. I have the SBIG version and the dessicaant failed. Different design, there is a small bag secured in with the chip. Moisture manaaged to get into the miscolenses and changing the dessicand did not fix it. After a lot of thought, I disassembled the glass cover over the CCD and put the camera in a warm oven at about 45 degrees C for an hour. Re-assembled with fresh dessicaant and it is like new again. Not sure of the message, apart from don't ignore it, or if it does get really bad, there is a fix!! Gordon.
  4. Hi Krikus, I have a HEQ5 and run a William Optics FLT110 triplet frac on it. Plus filter wheel, cooled camera, OAG and guide camera. Still within the capabilities of the mount, it guides well. I would say the 110 frac is a good size for the mount, I guess you could go bigger, but I am happy with the combination. I get nothing like the wind effect a big newt would get... Hope this helps. Gordon.
  5. Interesting thread... Thinking about replacing my old SBIG 8300 chipped camera and really not sure about the change to CMOS so this all helps. As I already have the setup for LRGB + NB, I am looking to stay with mono though. James, I think the use of cylindrical cameras might be for hyperstar configurations Gordon
  6. With an unlimited budget, you can keep on going forever - my point was the 70 would be more than adequate for the VX12, even for long exposure imaging... There is plenty of growing room with the 70 and it is light enough to be portable. The 120 is getting big and heavy. Removing the price constraint would see us all owning observatory class mounts "just in case". (you with the DDM85 and my ME2 being good examples) Aperture fever for mounts perhaps.. At the end of the day, it is the budget of the OP that will decide.. Gordon.
  7. Another happy VX12 owner here... Successfully ran the scope on an NEQ6 for many years, with the belt drive mod fitted after a few years. But mine was in a dome so wind not a problem and also used an OAG to manage drift. The main drive cogs in the NEQ6 are only 90mm in diameter - the CEM70 is around 150mm so giving a whole lot more suppport than that from the NEQ6. They are also engaged with full contact throughout the axis rotation, unlike the NEQ6. And has a belt drive as standard too. I am also looking at a replacement for the NEQ6 (actually worn out) and place the CEM70 as the best option for me. For an eternity, I procrastinated over the CEM60 until it went out of production. No concerns about capability, just too much else to do. For the VX12, I would say the CEM120 was overkill but in terms of cost per kg of payload, is better value. Where you have windbreaks, I am not sure there would be a big advantage with the 120, certainly compared to having a nice guide system... Good luck with your choice. Gordon.
  8. +1 for a used HEQ5 or used iOptron CEM25p. Good luck.
  9. I noticed the bigger CEM60 has a new stablemate in the CEM70... Built in iPolar and a higher payload. When I saw the 25 was unavailable, I guessed the 60 would not be long for this world. Today I noticed the 60 is marked as unobtainable on the FLO site too. The price difference between the 60 and 70 was not so bad, assuming you want the iPolar. But the 25 has no obvious replacement. The CEM 40 is twice the price so the only obvious iOptron choice for a £700 mount is the SW HEQ5. I think they have made a hole in their range... Gordon.
  10. Hi Vin, Here is a thought... Make a list of all the things you do for your better half. Include everything you have compromised on or where she has insisted on something. (I am sure there will be a list) Then explain how it is not a good idea to compromise on the siting and design of the pier and trying to make it do other things. Explain how you are only looking for a small corner and it could be painted any colour she likes, but please don't mess up a design just because... Promise her a new pair of shoes or handbag, or maybe that potted plant she had her eye on... Good luck. Gordon.
  11. Deciding on what domes to get, I also considered the half height dome from Pulsar. I had drawn up plans to build a wooden structure a couple of metres high out of wood and then use the half height dome on top. (I also considered mounting the full height dome on a lower structure...) My biggest concern with a wooden structure was the fact wood moves and grows/shrinks with atmospheric conditions and especially for the half height (and the Scopedome for that matter) was the potential for twisting on the base where the dome was secured to a moving structure. Anyway, the Pulsar website does include some basic drawings and shows there is a flange face on the bottom of the short wall. This would get you half way to making it water tight, with a run of adhesive flashing tape on top might be enough. HTH. Gordon. https://www.pulsarastro.com/ekmps/shops/b585dc/resources/Other/27shortheightdr.pdf
  12. A tin of Tartan paint would look nice also..
  13. If Bresser are packaging the dome to take rough transport, the packing on its own can run into hundreds. I still expect the carriage to hit a grand at least, but don't understand the issue getting a price. I am pretty sure you are not the first to purchase a dome from them, so they really should have a good handle on the costs. If you collect, it would be a great idea to bring some of the pipe insulation they talk about, plus bubblewrap and some polystyrene foam to pack it for the journey. But I had another thought. The plywood covering could be replaced with EPDM roofing sheet. With the rubber glue, it could be pulled tight and glued in place, with some clout nails to hold it. EPDM is used in tyres - particularly the whitewall on tyres, plus it is blended for inner tubes. It is hugely resilient, totally water tight and will not be harmed by nailing it in place. It is not cheap, but is a lot cheaper than starting the whole dome again. It also takes paint too - acrylic water based goes on fine, solvent based paint will adhere better, but will react a bit with the EPDM when wet. At least worth thinking about... My local village is about 2 miles away - 3.3km - and from the village, the two Scopedomes in white stands out in the countryside background... The domes are hardly visible from the house, so not a problem for me, but I can understand your MD having a bit of a problem with a white dome, even if white would be better to reflect heat.. Gold is, of course, better so maybe suggest white is a compromise to coating it in gold leaf !! Haha. Gordon.
  14. Haha. The low loaders did get me worried for a while. I do understand the pallet size. My Scopedomes arrived on huge pallets, I had to cut them into quarters to be able to dispose of them afterwards. I can imagine the trouble they will cause to normal carriers geared up for the usual size of loads. Until I retired, I was an Engineer in the chemical industry and worked on some large projects worth billions each. I made significant technology decisions in a blink of an eye, compared to the time I spent going over the Pulsar vs Scopedome vs ROR vs any other option. So I understand what you are going through. Trying to house your 7" frac would also be difficult for the 3m Scopedome. Although it is bigger than the Pulsar, there is a shutter motor which sits at the top of the roof and would take away form of the clearance. But as you do not plan to fit the automation, with some weight on the focuser end, should be OK in the dome. But its more money and you are still caught in the delivery cost problem... Good luck. Gordon.
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