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Post by jbrandt » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:53 am

Hi everyone,

I'm one of the many transfers from AF. I've been out of the game a little while, but trying to get back in it.
I'll update my profile in a bit, but here's my deets.

Celestron 8" Edge HD with an AVX mount, custom poor-man's carry case (Husky tool box on wheels for the mount, weights, and eyepieces and a yellowtop box from homedepot for the OTA).
Poor-man's astrophotog setup, which means I modified a cheap webcam and dink around a bit with free capture and processing software.

My parents of all people invited my family to a Forest Service star party (last one of the season) and that inspired me to dust of the Edge. Unfortunately, an ugly firmware bug with the AVX reared its ugly head and I couldn't get the thing to align. Thought it was user error since it had been a year or so since I had it out. But turns out it was a firmware bug. A simple factory reset fixed it all up.

Got it all set up tonight, to take my first tour in a while.

Anyhoo... looking forward to the forum.
Telescope(s): Celestron 8" Edge HD with AVX mount, Meade ETX80
EPs: Plossl's: 40, 26, 12, 9.7, 6.4, Explore Scientific: ES68-24mm, ES82-11mm
Other stuff: Custom transport case with integrated 12v power, 8" Astrozap solar filter, and a family to enjoy astronomy with!
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Post by bladekeeper » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:55 am

Woo hoo! Glad you made it over! And good to see the factory reset fixed you up! :)

Welcome to TSS and thanks for joining us! :)

Scopes: Apertura AD12 f/5; Celestron C6-R f/8; ES AR127 f/6.4; Stellarvue SV102T f/7; iOptron MC90 f/13.3; Orion ST80A f/5; ES ED80 f/6; Celestron Premium 80 f/11.4; Celestron C80 f/11.4; Unitron Model 142 f/16; Meade NG60 f/10
Mounts: Celestron AVX; Bresser EXOS-2; ES Twilight I; ES Twilight II; iOptron Cube-G; AZ3/wood tripod; Vixen Polaris
Binoculars: Pentax PCF WP II 10×50, Bresser Corvette 10×50, Bresser Hunter 16×50 and 8×40, Garrett Gemini 12×60 LW, Gordon 10×50, Apogee 20×100

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Post by PapaFox » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:34 am

Welcome and Hello,

Many many years ago, I lived Jackson east of Sacramento , nice area
SV70T, celestron 8" sct, avx, polemaster, zwo 224, zwo 178,
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Post by Lady Fraktor » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:06 am

Welcome to the forums, and it is good to hear the factory reset has you back out with the mount.
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
Mounts: Celestron AS-GT, Celestron CG-5 w/ Argo Navis & tracking motor, SLT w/ pier & tripod mods, Manfrotto 028b w/ SV M2C, Mantrotto 055Pro w/ 128RC, TAL MT1C, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 & half pier
Diagonal: 2" A-P Maxbright, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (P), 2" Zeiss/ Baader Amici Prism (DX2), 2" Orion Amici Prism, 2" Stellarvue DX, 2" TeleVue EverBrite
Eyepieces: Antares to Zeiss
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Post by JayTee » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:35 am

Hello and welcome to TSS. Glad you jumped over here to join us.

Main: C-stron CPC1100 #2 Scope: 8" f/7.5 Dob mounted Newt AP Scopes: TPO 6" f/9 RC, ES 80mm f/6 APO G&G Scope: Meade 102mm f/7.8, Bresser 102mm f/4.5 Guide Scopes: 70 & 80mm fracs Mounts: C-stron AVX CGEM & GT Alt-Az, Meade DS2000 Cameras: Canon T3i (x2), ASI120MC Binos: 10X50,10.5X70,15X70 (x2), 25X100 EPs: ES: 21 100°, 30 82° X-Cels: 9, 12, 18, 25 Clubs: RCA & HAS
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Post by Richard » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:11 am

Hi and welcome to TSS
Reflectors GSO 200 Dobs , Sky-watcher 10 inch Dobs
Refractors Tasco 10TE-5
SCT C5 on a SLT mount
Mak 150 Bosma on a EQ5
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Post by Tillibobs » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:26 am

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Post by andrewsscope » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:49 am

Hi there welcome to the forum.
Telescopes :Skywatcher 80ed,Skywatcher 200p,Altair astro 60mm guidescope
Cameras: Canon 550d,Altair gp cam mono,gp cam 290c
Tripod: Eq5
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Post by Juno16 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:01 am

Hi and welcome to TSS!

Good to have you here.

Only been to a Sacramento once (visiting Yosemite) and really liked the city.

Yeah, those resets and reboots are amazing cures sometimes!


Scopes: Explore Scientific ED102 Triplet APO, Celestron Nexstar 130 SLT.
Mounts: Celestron AVX with Orion MM Autoguider, SLT;
Binoculars: Bushnell 10X50
Camera / Software: Nikon D5300 (Ha mod), IDAS LPS D-1 Filter, Astrophotography Tool, PHD2, SharpCap v3.2, StarTools 1.6 alpha, PE14
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Post by Unitron48 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:39 am

Hello and welcome aboard! Looking forward to hearing about your "first light"!

Unitron Refractors (60mm, 75mm, 102mm, 125mm), Brandon 94, Zeiss T-1, Stellarvue SV110ED
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Post by Braingasim » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:24 pm

Hi there, Welcome to the forums!
Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobs, Omni CG-4 Mount, TS Expanse 17 mm ED wide angle eyepiece - 70° FOV - 1.25" and 2" barrel size; Meade Series 4000 filter ND96(0.9), Seben Laser Collimator LK1 31.7mm (1.25"), TS Optics 15x70 LE Series Binoculars, Orion Steady Pix Deluxe Camera Mount & Home made LYBAR chair!
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Post by Gordon » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:30 pm

Welcome to TSS!!!

Scopes: Explore Scientific ED80CF, Skywatcher 254N, Orion ST80, Orion Atlas EQ-g mount, Orion SSAG guider. Baader MPCC MkIII coma corrector, Vixen 70mm refractor. Lunt LS35THa solar scope. Skywatcher EQ5pro mount. Imagers: ZWO ASI1600 MM Cool, ZWO ASI174mm-C (for use with my Quark chromosphere), ZWO ASI120MC Filters: LRGB, Ha 7nm, O-III 7nm, S-II 7nm Eyepieces: a few, Primary software: Cartes du Ciel, EQMOD, SGP, Nebulosity, Photoshop, StarTools V1.4
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Post by helicon » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:30 pm

Hi and Welcome to the TSS forums!
Various scopes, 10" Zhumell Dob, ES AR152, AWB 5.1" Onesky newt, Oberwerk 25x100 binos, two eyeballs
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Post by smp » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:00 pm

Hi J, and welcome here to the Forum!

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Telescopes: Tele Vue TV-85; Celestron C6; Questar 3.5 Standard SN 18-11421
Solar: Thousand Oaks white light filter; Daystar Quark (chromosphere) Hα filter
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Post by Ylem » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:12 pm

Thanks for coming over :)
Clear Skies,
-Jeff :telescopewink:

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A big box of Plossls :D
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Post by Thefatkitty » Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:32 am

Welcome to TSS; glad you made it over! :D

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Post by Shabadoo » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:05 am

Hello and welcome.
Orion Skyview pro 8 f5.
Binos: Polaris/wingspan 8x42 Ed/HD
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Post by Kanadalainen » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:11 pm

Welcome to TSS!

Glad that you got your AVX to behave reasonably. :)



Stellarvue 70T f6
C80 frac with 2" focuser, f11.4
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14.5" strut dob f4.5 with a ZOC optic and Nexus II

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DSLR stuff - Nikon D90, Canon 60D; Rokinon 10mm 2.8, Rokinon 135mm f2, Sigma 70-300mm f4

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Post by chartram » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:55 pm


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Post by BamaDon » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:37 pm

Greetings! and welcome!
Scopes: Criterion RV-6; 8" f/8 homebuilt; 10" Cave OTA; 12.5" Dobsonian; Celestron C11 Mounts: Losmandy G11 Eyepieces:ES 82° 24, 18, 14, 11, 8.8, 6.7, 4.7; Orion Q70 32; Meade RG: Erfle 20; Ortho 16.8, 10.5, 7 Binoculars: Orion Ultraview 10x50; Filters: DGM NPB, O-III; Orion SkyGlow; DSLR: Canon t6i
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