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Mike73

16" Sumerian Canopus

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Just received these photos of my new Sumerian Canopus this afternoon so its all finished and ready to be shipped to the UK on Monday!! :eek::icon_bounce:

So I'm just a tad excited about this.......I may of mentioned it once or twice recently in different threads and the Mrs has been giving me the thousand yard stare every time I have mentioned 'new telescope' but I just cant wait to get this into some dark skies!!

16" Sumerian Canopus f/4.5 1820mm

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WOW.

Nuff said!

Looks brilliant. I'm hoping you provide lots of reviews when it arrives.

Typed by me on my fone, using fumms... Excuse eny speling errurs.

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Mike I do hope that this isn't a totally ludicrous question but.... are the mirrors included in the price ?? cos if the answer is yes then that is one hell a great buy !

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That is a beauty Mike. I can't wait to hear your first light report.

Are you going to SGL8 and will you bring it?

Mike I do hope that this isn't a totally ludicrous question but.... are the mirrors included in the price ?? cos if the answer is yes then that is one hell a great buy !

Optics are optional on Sumerian Dobs. The €1.6k price tag is for the 16" structure. GSO optics (i.e. the ones used in Lightbridge) cost a additional €1k. Having said that I'd say the structure is worth the small premium over a Lightbridge 16. The is also options for premium mirrors which cost considerably more.

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That is a beauty Mike. I can't wait to hear your first light report.

Are you going to SGL8 and will you bring it?

I'd really like to make it up to SGL8 Keith but its a long trip up from Cornwall, maybe be one day but I'II definately go to the SW star party on Exmoor if it happens again.

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seriously Mike, that's a stunning scope. the work that's gone into it is remarkable.

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Cracking scope Mike, and perfect timing. You should get the scope just in time for the first new moon after the clocks have gone back.

Nicely done.

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Good god, what an insane piece of kit! :D

Try to keep the drool away from the primary when you set it up ;)

Have fun (not that you need encouragement to with that setup!)

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I have longed for one of these scopes. How do you clean the writing off the primary-surely it must affect the view.

:p :p :p

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How do you clean the writing off the primary-surely it must affect the view.

I presume he supplies a scouring pad and window cleaner?? :p

(Ohhhhh I actually cringed after I wrote that!! :cwm21: )

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awesome scope no doubt you will need a dew cover though

I've got a shroud to cover the trusses and the secondary is heated so it should be ok. :)

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Joking aside it is one serious scope. I am not envious just pleased for you. I just hope the skies clear for you to use it when you get it. Now where are the full set of Ethos to go in it? It is just a pity we live at opposite ends of the country as I would have loved to try my Ethos 21 in it.

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very, very, nice. Good luck and enjoy that fine piece of engineering

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Looks like a fantastic piece of engineering. I look forward to a first light report and in depth review in the future.

Clear skies,

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Have they changed the upper ring from a single flat ring to a cylinder ? I'm sure I saw one at Kelling that was smaller and had the focuser hanging underneath the secondary ring with stiffening supports.

I just mention it because that looks like a chunky eyepiece to be hanging off the top !

Waiting for the report ..

Mike

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Have they changed the upper ring from a single flat ring to a cylinder ? I'm sure I saw one at Kelling that was smaller and had the focuser hanging underneath the secondary ring with stiffening supports.

I just mention it because that looks like a chunky eyepiece to be hanging off the top !

Waiting for the report ..

Mike

May be you are confusing the Canopus with the Alkaid suitcase dob? The latter has a flat ring secondary cage and is available up to 14".

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Have they changed the upper ring from a single flat ring to a cylinder ? I'm sure I saw one at Kelling that was smaller and had the focuser hanging underneath the secondary ring with stiffening supports.

I just mention it because that looks like a chunky eyepiece to be hanging off the top !

Waiting for the report ..

Mike

Yep sounds like the Alkaid to me which is a different model to mine.

Balance issues was something that I wanted to get right, I told Sumerian that I wanted to use a 26mm Nagler, Paracorr ,12x60 TS Finder and there solution was to spread Alt bearings. This was all checked in the final assembly so it should be correctly set up when I receive it.

I would like to say that customer service from Sumerian has been fantastic, it truly is a custom telescope built around what I had in mind and his experience of building these scopes.

There isnt alot of reviews on the Canopus around, a couple on some Dutch forums which I had to translate but I couldnt find any English reviews so I will give a full review with all the details as soon as I get my hands on it which will hopefully be before the weekend.

Thanks for the comments gents. :)

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this is one of the things that they seem to get very right and e.g. Skywatcher etc get so wrong. a large alt bearing (generally matched to the ground board in diameter) will make a scope much easier to balance.

that said, balancing any dob built in this way is always a challenge.

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Thats is a awesome looking scope Mike,i hope you can make SGL8 i'd love to see it in the flesh.

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