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Hi SLG gentlefolk, About 4 months ago I got into the process of ordering a custom made refractor - still an ongoing project and I thought I would share the experience with you Why a custom refractor? There is a certain kind of pleasure in getting something custom made for you, be it -I don't know - say cufflinks or a refractor. I certainly did not seriously plan to order one but randomness coalesced into a weird coincidence and that is exactly where I am now. This will be a rather long thread with a little bit posted every day as I am going through a lot of email exchanges (117 emails so far) to gather the pertinent parts and will document the built of a custom built refractor by Moonraker Telescopes UK . In retrospect, I can only say that it is truly my fault. How did I end up meeting Mark? Mark Turner is the man behind Moonraker Telescopes. The only "contact" I had with Moonraker was through Astrobuysell UK classifieds when once I clicked on the advertising banner link for Moonraker, checked the scopes really quick and said to myself "cracking scopes, not for me, let's move on". Moving on a few months down the line and specifically mid-July, I had a spare red Moonlite refractor focuser which I listed for sale on Astrobuysell UK classifieds and Mark needed said red focuser for a refractor built. I called him to discuss the focuser and we ended up chatting refractors, refractors and even more refractors. And that's when I decided I needed a custom refractor and to see how far down the proverbial rabbit hole I would go. Talking to Mark about scopes in general, I realized that I never actually fulfilled this unknown need of mine for something unique, despite trying refractors from 120mm down to 60mm (in 10mm increments), from Achro to ED and APO and never being fully satisfied. In the end, his insights transformed my initial vision to what I am happily sharing here. This is truly a labor of love and the sum total of significant effort to bring about this fine instrument, giving ultimate joy of looking through and also looking at the telescope.
I have just built a pier at the end of my garden: http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/245847-it-started-with-a-hole-never-thought-it-would-come-to-this/ Is there anyone here that uses a custom home position with ASCOM/EQMOD? I ask because if I can park my scope horizontally, it means that my roll off shed can be about 40 cm lower than if I park in the classic counterweight down, scope up position. I have read other posts that some use this custom park feature in EQMOD, but I have also read that some people have endless problems with it. Who has experience of using this? I also think I will set up this afternoon and conduct some dummy runs, but, of course, I won't be able to check the alignment this way. Any tips/tricks (or dire warnings) would be appreciated.
Hello there, I'm planning to use my Canon eos 450d for deep sky astrophotography attached to a telescope and need to know which settings to use including most importantly the custom function setup, I have searched everywhere on the net to find this info but to no avail. Any help would be very much appreciated. Kindest regards, Paul.