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You may have seen that a 28lb box containing my new mount was delivered to work last Thursday direct from Austin, Texas in the thread: 'UK 'astronomer' spots another 'Nova'...' So added below are the now customary SGL 'un-boxing' shots of my new baby.... On Saturday I had chance to try out the Tak and get my head around the Half Hitch Telescope 'two axis balance' philosophy, see: http://www.halfhitchtelescope.com/two-axis%20balancing.htm More shots to follow in due course.... Damian
Sad news... I found out today that the creator of my beautiful Nova Hitch mount, Charles Riddel (based in Austin, Texas), passed away after a short battle with cancer. Some of you will know of his hand built, CNC machined creations - the Half Hitch and Quarter Hitch alt/az mounts (and their 'super' variants), plus the Nova Hitch and FTX range. http://www.halfhitchtelescope.com Recently he has been working on bringing to market the Hitch Hiker, see here: http://www.hitchhiker-om.com/index.html I'm sure you'll join me in sending our astro community condolences to his son Jake (who hopes to continue his father's work) and to the rest of the family... RIP Charles Damian