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My Grab & Go rig

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Anticipating a clear night I put this together this afternoon. I have been thinking of trying this for some time.

I mounted my ES80 on my Oberwerks tripod. It works very well.

Now I hope the sky stays open. :-)
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A nice setup Mark, good luck with the skies tonight. :)
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Looking good!
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
Mounts: ES: Twilight I; Bresser: EXOS2; SW: SkyTee2, AzGTi; UA: MicroStar.
Binos: Orion: Little Giant II 15x70, WorldView 10x50, Nikon: Action EX 16x50 & 8x40.
EPs: Pentax: XWs & XFs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic & Plossls; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Russell Optics: SuperPlossls.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS silver mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S; Astronomik: UHC, Orion: UltraBlock, SkyGlow.
Observing: DSOs: 1805 (Completed: Messier, Herschel 1, 2, 3. In progress: H2,500: 1377, S110: 77). Doubles: 1341, Comets: 15, Asteroids: 78
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Looks great! Best of luck for tonight!

Beautifully clear here and a 20 mph wind. :lol:

The back yard sounds like walking on a wet sponge anyway.
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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
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bladekeeper wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 3:57 am
Looks great! Best of luck for tonight!

Beautifully clear here and a 20 mph wind. :lol:

The back yard sounds like walking on a wet sponge anyway.
Well I just came back in. I have no idea where this storm came from
:-)

Someone was watching me set up this afternoon.
No matter...I'm ready ! :-)

Keep your feet dry Bryan.
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Don Quixote wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 4:01 am
bladekeeper wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 3:57 am
Looks great! Best of luck for tonight!

Beautifully clear here and a 20 mph wind. :lol:

The back yard sounds like walking on a wet sponge anyway.
Well I just came back in. I have no idea where this storm came from
:-)

Someone was watching me set up this afternoon.
No matter...I'm ready ! :-)

Keep your feet dry Bryan.
I'm telling you, brother, we need to try camo netting and Ghillie suits! That's the only thing I can think of to keep us from being spotted! :lol:
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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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Such a large part of me wishes I had the st80 for a setup like this one.. *sigh*
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I hope you get a chance for some views soon. The weird weather persists here as well. Other than three straight nights/mornings of observing in mid-April I've been shut out. Alaskan storms they say.
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I have had one outing with this rig. And it worked quite well.
The other two short sessions I have had were with binoculars.
I am now thinking of mounting my SW100 Evostar on this tripod mount. It is quit a bit longer but I think I can get it to balance.
We shall see. :-)
We just had a micro burst of torrential rain and hail, 5 furious minutes. Now the sun is shining. Transparency later is supposed to be very bad. Oh well. :sigh:
Or...I may rig up and go out anyway... :tease:
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Looks like a perfect setup for Everett. Have he tried it yet? :)

BTW, Love your new avatar. You guys look happy together. :D
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
Mounts: ES: Twilight I; Bresser: EXOS2; SW: SkyTee2, AzGTi; UA: MicroStar.
Binos: Orion: Little Giant II 15x70, WorldView 10x50, Nikon: Action EX 16x50 & 8x40.
EPs: Pentax: XWs & XFs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic & Plossls; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Russell Optics: SuperPlossls.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS silver mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S; Astronomik: UHC, Orion: UltraBlock, SkyGlow.
Observing: DSOs: 1805 (Completed: Messier, Herschel 1, 2, 3. In progress: H2,500: 1377, S110: 77). Doubles: 1341, Comets: 15, Asteroids: 78
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Bigzmey wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 11:34 pm
Looks like a perfect setup for Everett. Have he tried it yet? :)

BTW, Love your new avatar. You guys look happy together. :D
Yes he has a a very short run with it, but after that we were limited to binoculars. We will have a month more together so I expect him to have more opportunities.

Thank you about the avatar. And yes, those are happy faces ! :-)
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Nice setup, Don! Similar, but probably higher quality over all to my Meade Infinity 80...same diameter and focal length as your ES80. Mine turned out to be a really fun scope and the one I did the Messier list with from my Bortle 6 back yard. I think you and the young man in the picture with you can have a lot of adventures with that rig! :)
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depratnt wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 4:28 am
Such a large part of me wishes I had the st80 for a setup like this one.. *sigh*
I bought a Meade Adventure 80mm Clone (Clown?) for $90 on Amazon. I almost prefer using that to my ST120.
The lamp once out
Cool stars enter
The window frame.

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pakarinen wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:07 pm
depratnt wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 4:28 am
Such a large part of me wishes I had the st80 for a setup like this one.. *sigh*
I bought a Meade Adventure 80mm Clone (Clown?) for $90 on Amazon. I almost prefer using that to my ST120.
I have the same. Tripod it came with is useless, but the scope is identical to the Orion ST except the paint. I use it for my solar projection setup.
Scopes: Stellarvue: SV102 ED F7; Celestron: 9.25" EdgeHD F10, 8" SCT F10, 6" SCT F10, Omni XLT 150R Achro F5, Onyx 80ED F6.3; Meade: 80ST Achro F5.
Mounts: ES: Twilight I; Bresser: EXOS2; SW: SkyTee2, AzGTi; UA: MicroStar.
Binos: Orion: Little Giant II 15x70, WorldView 10x50, Nikon: Action EX 16x50 & 8x40.
EPs: Pentax: XWs & XFs; TeleVue: Delites, Panoptic & Plossls; ES: 68s; Vixen: SLVs; Baader: BCOs, Aspherics, Mark IV; Russell Optics: SuperPlossls.
Diagonals: Baader: BBHS silver mirror, Zeiss Spec T2 prism, Clicklock dielectric; TeleVue: Evebrite dielectric.
Filters: Lumicon: DeepSky, UHC, OIII, H-beta; Baader: Moon & SkyGlow, Contrast Booster, UHC-S; Astronomik: UHC, Orion: UltraBlock, SkyGlow.
Observing: DSOs: 1805 (Completed: Messier, Herschel 1, 2, 3. In progress: H2,500: 1377, S110: 77). Doubles: 1341, Comets: 15, Asteroids: 78
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