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Monolith man

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  1. That's a pretty nifty idea. I might have to try making some. Thank you for the link.
  2. The fan idea sounds like it would reduce cool down time considerably.i might have to try that. Converting it to a dob would probably reduce the weight by a lot. It weighs 247lbs as is. But I've always liked eq mounts. I'm anxious to see how the magellan 2 works. It's kind of like a go to, but you move it manually and it zeros you in on a target with the handbox by telling you how many degrees to move it. You do a 2 star alignment so It knows where it's at. It also has 4 slewing speeds. It has a slip ring on the ra axis so you can move it around and it will continue to track. That's the main drawback to a dob.you have to keep adjusting it to keep an object centered. I figure I'll just use a small ladder to get to the eyepiece. Building rotating rings would be quite a project. I'm not sure I'd even know how to go about it.
  3. Thanks for your interest and your posts. There is no weight on the rear of the eq version. I can understand why they put it on the dobs though. The tube is sonotube, the wall is probably close to 1/2" thick. With the mirrors in it it's close to 100lbs. I agree it really should be housed in an observatory, but for now it's portable.
  4. Greetings, I've been involved in amateur astronomy for many years, and recently had the opportunity to purchase this starfinder scope from a gentleman who purchased it New in 1997. The scope has been unused for a ling time and was showing signs of neglect. He lost interest and just wanted to get rid of this and a meade 10" scope.so I picked them up for a pretty reasonable deal. The scope also came with the Meade magellan ll system, which had never been installed. One of the encoder gears had been broken. I have since installed the system, cleaned up the mirrors, repainted the tube inside and out, beefed up the mirror mount, and the spider and replaced the bolt that holds the secondary with a larger one, and put larger secondary adjustment screws. I also added a cooling fan to the mirror mount. The mount is solid on this beast, and has no problem carrying the weight of the optical tube. This was about the first part of july. Since then ive not been able to take it out for a try due to the monsoons here in Az. Its rained nearly every day, so needless to say i really cant wait to see what this scope can do. I named it the Monolith. I believe the name fits. Any of you buffs out there have one of these scopes? If so I'd like to hear from you.
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