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The StellaLyra 6” Classical Cassegrain arrived this aft.

First few pics. 🙂

No cheap finder or diagonal thank goodness. Just a few focuser extesnion pieces.

 

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Stock focuser on the 6” is the standard GSO crayford. The 8” gets the better monorail focuser. Stock focusers is OK but thoughts turn to upgrading it in the future. 🤔

A Baader Steeltrack will fit the 6” although unlike the 8” needs one of the extension pieces to allow the drawtube fit. 

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Printed my own supports for the top rail so I could use an existing bar to mount the guidescope.

Since upgraded with the Baader Diamond SteelTrack.

I got mine at the end of July but it's not seen much use to date although I was very pleased with my first images.

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Now with Baader.

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Adrian

 

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Looks nice John. My 6” should land tomorrow at some time. Been mostly a visual observer I thing the stock focuser will do. No plans to step back into astrophotography in any big way. 

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40 minutes ago, Adreneline said:

Now with Baader.

Adrian - for my own future reference, is this the normal refractor version of the SteelTrack (with associated click-lock)?  I was wondering where you got the tube adapter for another rail 😀 The 8" comes with dual rails.

Thanks also for the photo showing it attached, it's some extension out the back with camera etc!

My 6" RC landed yesterday.

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Tried it on my lightweight alt-az setup and didn’t seem to wobble while focusing while aligning the finder. Have gone for a 6x30: RACI finder and a Baader prism to keeo the weight down. Hopefully will work out for proper observing as it’s easy to carry the complete setup outside.🙂

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11 minutes ago, geeklee said:

is this the normal refractor version of the SteelTrack (with associated click-lock)?

Hi Lee, yes it is and it is my second! I sold the first one with my ED80 thinking I'd never need it in the future :(

11 minutes ago, geeklee said:

where you got the tube adapter for another rail

The little red mounts are 3D printed - I didn't want to spend more money on the mini dovetail system from ADM when I had a perfectly good spare vixen bar.

11 minutes ago, geeklee said:

it's some extension out the back with camera etc!

It is! I'm at the realistic limit for my CEM25-EC and so went for the manual filter approach which also lessened the weight c.f. the EFW. I've since printed a mount for a SW focus motor because I found manually focussing was quite a challenge!

Good luck with your RC!

Adrian

 

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This one arrived at lunchtime in bright sunshine...followed about half an hour later by cloud and rain. I kid you not!

 

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3 minutes ago, ShrewView said:

followed about half an hour later by cloud and rain

You let it out of the box! ;) 

Things can only get better - enjoy!

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FlO has one CC8 and 2 CC6 left in stock. 😁

Popular or what? 😁😁😁

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1 minute ago, johninderby said:

FlO has one CC8 and 2 CC6 left in stock. 😁

Popular or what? 😁😁😁

Hopefully see some Mars images takem with them rolling in soon!

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10 minutes ago, Adreneline said:

The little red mounts are 3D printed - I didn't want to spend more money on the mini dovetail system from ADM when I had a perfectly good spare vixen bar.

I have a spare bar, but I think it's just a fraction short so I'll keep an eye out for a kit.  I had planned (if not using an OAG) to have one of my guide scopes at the front of the bottom bar (if I didn't have a top one) to help with weight distribution.  

Good tip on focusing.  I'm definitely seeing this as more of a project scope as I expect acceptable+ results to take time out the box (especially without any upgrades!). 

Thanks for your other info and I'm looking forward to more great results like the Bubble 👍

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ADM does just the radius blocks on their own for the 6”. FLO should get them in.

Have ordered some direct from ADM which will,probably take a few weeks to arrive. Will be fitting the same type of handle as on my CC8.

 

Yes JeremyS a HANDLE 😁😁😁

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11 minutes ago, R26 oldtimer said:

Hmmm... That front aperture cap looks like a standard GSO one with a very tight fit. Perhaps a small handle is in order... 🤔😂

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No, no, no.............you mean a knob. 😁😁😁

As used on my CC8.

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It seems to be raining StellaLyra's on this thread. Will soon be easier for people to post if they HAVEN'T got one yet 😂

Enjoy them everyone. I must admit they do look pretty tasty.

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2 minutes ago, JeremyS said:

It seems to be raining StellaLyra's on this thread. Will soon be easier for people to post if they HAVEN'T got one yet 😂

Enjoy them everyone. I must admit they do look pretty tasty.

One more rain drop 🤣

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Forecast is not looking good... I blame you guys, far too many OTA fulfillments for a single day, good luck with dusting those indoor setups for the next two weeks 😷😷😁

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Forescast still good for later on. 🙏🏼

 

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Keep an eye out for showers and dew, good luck friends! And Clear Skies.

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10 minutes ago, gilesco said:

Keep an eye out for showers and dew, good luck friends! And Clear Skies.

OK, I might have to admit to jealousy... the 8" RC f/8 looks soooo compelling...

But I wait to see results.. 

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Just for a bit of silliness combined rhe focuser extensions from the CC6 and 8. 🙂

 

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17 hours ago, JeremyS said:

It seems to be raining StellaLyra's on this thread. Will soon be easier for people to post if they HAVEN'T got one yet 😂

Enjoy them everyone. I must admit they do look pretty tasty.

I am sure one would be ideal for your trotting sulky outings along side the car, plane and home Takahashies. 😜

Regards Andrew 

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