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Sean Meyer

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Santa came early...
« on: December 24, 2017, 08:09:02 AM »
Only want to share my enthusiasm, as I am going home from work knowing that my 8" carbon Newtonian from Explore S. has came at my door.  My wife was kind enough to send me a photo of the huge box, simply to drive me nuts!  lol

I have not been active for a very long time due to. . .not having the moment.  I've been looking at my empty EQ5 mount for almost a year now.  Was hoping back to re-ignite my hobby, however, things don't always go as anticipated.  I am lucky that my wife believes that the look of a sturdy white tripod at the home adds Some Type of elegance to the living room ;--RRB-
I've already practiced a little only taping a toilet roll on the mount and connecting the iPad into my Star Seek.  Also been fiddling with a carboard holder to your compass, to help keep it away from interference round the mount.

My son (6) is equally excited, I'll do my very best to let him get his hands on it once I shut it (anyone with kids know the destructive forces of kids' bare hands are not to be redeemed!) .  He knows the majority of the planets already out of reading off his place mat, so I really hope I'll be able to show him a few of the wonders of our universe today.  As soon as we get it turning he could go nuts with the iPad and have his selections.

All for now.  I'll try and discuss of this experience afterwards.

Have a terrific week-end and clean skies everyone!

Bjorn



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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 02:41:07 AM »
Congratulations and clear skies!
I hope your patience is well rewarded this weekend.

Chris Goldsby

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 05:12:27 AM »
Wonderful Bjorn. I hope you and your family have a most enjoyable time under the stars!

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 11:39:52 AM »
Enjoy!!

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017, 07:58:46 PM »
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My son (6) is equally excited, I'll do my best to let him get his hands on it when I unpack it (anyone with kids know the destructive powers of kids' bare hands are not to be underestimated!). He knows most of the planets already from reading off his place mat, so I really hope I'll be able to show him some of the wonders of our universe already. When we get it all spinning he can go nuts with the iPad and have his picks.

Bjorn

Let him color on the styrofoam...need some bait to keep him away.

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 02:40:17 AM »
Santa came really early. Congrats on the new scope!

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 09:17:06 AM »
Thank you all! The boy and I had a ball unpacking it all, and he was a real trooper suppresing the urge to rip it all open in a frenzy (as was I)! The size of it is impressive. And a sleek glozzy surface with the amazing carbon fiber structure underneath...sweeeet, and the boy said: "So, the coals that they use for steam engines can become this?!!" (For now i let him know, that in principle yes...)

It came to be a cloudy night, sadly. But I had the joy of setting it up in the yard anyway, just for kicks and pic.s, and getting a feel for the balance. At such size I´m really glad it came with a carrying handle. After taking it down again I sat in the living room fiddling with the focuser, which does disappoint me a bit. It has a dead zone, when reversing the direction of the turn, the knob will travel a bit before the focuser moves, but for now I can live with it.

I´ll look into posting pictures, I saw a post describing a how to.

Later, everyone!

Bjorn

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2018, 10:35:55 PM »
Just trying to upload a few pic.s from the unboxing. I´m using photobucket for now, though their constant adds are annoying. Hope the images aren´t too big.



Mmmmmh, glossyyyyyyaaaaargh

Bobby Javier

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2018, 08:23:44 AM »
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My son (6) is equally excited, I'll do my best to let him get his hands on it when I unpack it (anyone with kids know the destructive powers of kids' bare hands are not to be underestimated!). He knows most of the planets already from reading off his place mat, so I really hope I'll be able to show him some of the wonders of our universe already. When we get it all spinning he can go nuts with the iPad and have his picks.

Bjorn

Let him color on the styrofoam...need some bait to keep him away.
he´l destroy it, and I have to vacume...

Antonio Zuniga

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 09:18:48 AM »
Phew, had to give up on photobucket already, hadn´t used it for a long while, and my pc protection came up with three warnings, and it takes forever to load images, due to all the commercials. They even put thumbs with commercials in your album. Trying imgur, seems to work a lot better...

Was hoping to have my "laser dot" keeping my new seeker company, but the rail is too narrow unfortunately. I do like the overview the dot-finder gives.Never had an illuminated seeker before, so perhaps I´ll manage without the red dot. But I will look into getting a bigger rail to fit onto the tube, as long as I don´t have to drill holes in the tube already...

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 04:23:46 PM »
Nice! You're gonna love that scope!Like you, I found PhotoBucket annoying at best, and then plain old crappy when some of my picture albums mysteriously disappeared. Then I used Image Shack... again, annoying, wanting me to upgrade to the paid service... not doing that... For picture storage of all your astronomy stuff, I would recommend you use your photo gallery that comes with your CN account. From there, you can link pics in your posts. Works FANTASTIC!

And support Astronomics, as they make all this possible...

Best regards and clear DARK skies!

CB

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2018, 01:09:37 AM »
Aaah, I hadn´t thought of that. Thanks heaps, CB, I´ll look into it.

On another note, I found the power supply for my mount too weak, I had scavenged it from my box of assorted electronics, 12V but not enough Amp. Just ordered a new one, that should do the job.

Regards

Bjorn

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 05:13:41 AM »
12 V 2A seems to do the trick!

After a semi rough laser collimation I got a "quick n' dirty" look at Jupiter the other night. And I'm studying up on Barlows and eyepieces. Though meant for astro photography I'll still have a visual go at the elements, and see what I can squeeze out of this tube. But I quickly realized I'm missing my red dot (gun sight). I have to figure something out, since it won't fit (see pic. above). Been thinking of acquiring a 3D printer, perhaps I can wing it.

Adjusting the secondary by the way is easy with big thumb screws, thumbs up for that feature

Next thing to get would be a Cheshire. Been reading about using a Cheshire, hope I can achieve very precise collimation.

I want a bigger than 2x Barlow, and a short range of eyepieces to go with it. I'd try and stick with the same manufacturer for both. But it's a jungle! Thinking of TeleVue, probably not the most expensive...

Have a nice week-end, all!

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2018, 01:17:20 AM »
With a 3x barlow, the native 812mm focal-length can be transformed into an effective 2436mm f/l, similar to that of an 8" Maksutov, if one existed, which would be ideal for the higher and highest of powers of which the telescope is capable. An 8" aperture is theoretically capable of 400x, but in practice 250x at least should be the norm on most nights, given a finicky atmosphere...

...2436mm ÷ 250x = a 10mm eyepiece combined with a 3x barlow, or a 3.2mm eyepiece alone. The Moon can take even higher powers before the image-quality begins to break down.

At f/3.9, a coma-corrector might also be desired; along with an auto-collimator for the final tweak to the collimation, for the faster the Newtonian the more critical the collimation becomes, and for best image quality.

The telescope is beautiful, and capable; congratulations, and clear skies to you always.

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Re: Santa came early...
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2018, 02:29:30 PM »
At F3.8 I think coma corrector is more of a necessity than luxury, unless you are doing video astronomy or something that doesn't require much FOV.

Scopestuff has finderscope adapters to allow you to use your red dot. Others have come up with various creative work a rounds if you are a DIY guy. The somewhat proprietary finder shoe is a common complaint about ES scopes, especially for their low power wide field models that would benefit much more from a red dot finder. With my 42lvw eyepiece the FOV thru my AR102 is getting close to the FOV thru the finderscope. Red dot would make MUCH more sense!

Scott