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Had a great day off putting this together and sorting myself out with it. I haven't looked through it yet but so far I'm over the moon with it. I had to set it up indoors because of the weather. Here's a few pics.I took some close ups of bits so you can see a bit more detail than just the final version.

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I set everything out on the Dining Room table first

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The mirror box came like this, cotton wool between the mirror and the cover, & cotton wool pads protecting the mirror by the clips. It was wedged in the box with little foam wedges.

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There are two collimation wheel bolts like the one top right plus another for which you need an allen key.

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The secondary mirror was wrapped in a small plastic bag

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two secondary collimation wheels plus an allen key version
The secondary heater and the connector.

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I bought the focuser separately

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I had the encoder hardware supplied as part the spec, (except the encoders & cables which I bought separately). This is the altidude encoder arm and encoder which is connected to My Nexus Push-to system.

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Turntable with Azimuth encoder arm. Below is the transport tensioner.

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I'm 5' 9" and the focuser is bang in line with my eyes so no need for a ladder, unless I can put it on my EQ Platform which I haven't tried yet.

Hope you like them, I'll do a review once I've had a chance to use it. :)

whoops left one off, this is it folded down for storage.

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The altitude arms come off of course but I'll probably leave them on at home.

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Congrats - looks amazing! I really like the natural wood finish. Looking forward to the 1st light report :) Nice focusser - just out of interest, are the UTA cutouts a new feature Michael did for you in light of the focusser and balance? Looks very compact for transport/storage.

Hope you get some clear weather now!

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Congrats - looks amazing! I really like the natural wood finish. Looking forward to the 1st light report :) Nice focusser - just out of interest, are the UTA cutouts a new feature Michael did for you in light of the focusser and balance? Looks very compact for transport/storage.

Hope you get some clear weather now!

Thanks Nialk and everyone.

No that's just the current design. He tested it with his own focusser. I tested the balance with my Paraccor and Nagler and it's perfect, pushed it from horizontal and back again with one finger, didn't budge an inch. It was the same with no eyepiece at all.

If anyone's wondering it has a light shield but I hadn't attached it, it's very easy and only made of foam.

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Great looking scope Richard, congratualtions ! :smiley:

What mirror did you go for ?

Thanks John, OO f4.5 1/10. I know I probably don't need it over here but I have it with my other scope so thought I might as well. It's interesting to compare the Zygo reports, not that I understand it all.

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he went for 1/10 orion optics uk. lovely, lovely scope richard, cant wait to look through that. are those poles one piece richard

Thanks Mike, they're 4 pairs, each pole is 18mm aluminium. They look like they have some sort of coating on them, I thought they might be carbon but they're not, apparently they'd be really expensive, glad he didn't suggest it :)

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richard, you shouldnt be on here at the moment, the skys are mint in wales you should be out hoovering up some photons. first light on the first day

doh! Just looked out, been busy watching the hammers, it's been a good day :)

Just been thinking about it but I've got to be up early in the morning, if I set up now I'd be out there all night.

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doh! Just looked out, been busy watching the hammers, it's been a good day :)

Just been thinking about it but I've got to be up early in the morning, if I set up now I'd be out there all night.

lol , set it up. if it's clear

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doh! Just looked out, been busy watching the hammers, it's been a good day :)

Just been thinking about it but I've got to be up early in the morning, if I set up now I'd be out there all night.

sleep when your dead, get out there and promise your self 1 hour :grin: you desrve it

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Thanks John, OO f4.5 1/10. I know I probably don't need it over here but I have it with my other scope so thought I might as well. It's interesting to compare the Zygo reports, not that I understand it all.

Good choice I think :smiley:

If I was going for a scope of this quality I'd go for a quality mirror too.

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