This Guy Must Really Like His 6" F8 Scope To Shake

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This Guy Must Really Like His 6" F8 Scope To Shake

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Please correct me if I am wrong. Right click the image.
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Wow. That mount looks suspiciously like my old CG4, and the biggest thing I put on that is my 80mm f/15. Even that has a teeny bit of shake before it settles... That just pains me to look at! :lol:
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That was the original CG-5 on its flimsy aluminium tripod using the Vixen Skysensor goto system (first one commercially available)
No worries about shake as top speed would have the mount do a 180° slew in about 15 minutes :lol:
They were not fast.
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Re: This Guy Must Really Like His 6" F8 Scope To Shake

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Well, it's not collapsing in the pic, but I wonder what the load rating is on that tripod. Looks rather spindly to me. Almost looks like the counterweights alone would max it out. Meh, maybe I'm just a Nervous Nelly.
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Re: This Guy Must Really Like His 6" F8 Scope To Shake

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It looks like the tripods is tightened up quite well. I imagine it would hum like a guitar string if tapped.
The mount was capable of 25lb but the tripod was barely adequate for that.
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Back about 19 years ago or so, I bought a CR-150HD achromatic refractor on that same mount. The refractor was excellent for a 150mm f/8 achro. The mount was terribly shaky, but usable in calm conditions. I sold the mount and tripod on AM after less than two years, and bought an Atlas EQ from Orion. That Atlas mount was perfect for the scope. I kept it until early 2019, when I sold the scope, then the mount. Replaced with a ES 152 F/8 apo in CF tube on a Losmandy G11. Better all around.
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Lady Fraktor wrote: Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:58 am (...) the Vixen Skysensor goto system (first one commercially available)
No worries about shake as top speed would have the mount do a 180° slew in about 15 minutes :lol:
They were not fast.
I still have the Vixen Skysensor 2000 working on a GPDX mount, mounted on a pillar.
:character-oldtimer: Almost antique by now. Like me. Still working. Had to change the internal battery two years ago.
It is not fast, but I am not in a hurry. :D
I have set the speed- rate at 0,5 of its capacity :lol:
No shaking, I am glad it is moving :laughing-rolling:
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one thing is certain this rig is not on steroids.
but it's better than having nothing to look at the sky.
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John Baars wrote: Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:57 am I still have the Vixen Skysensor 2000 working on a GPDX mount, mounted on a pillar.
:character-oldtimer: Almost antique by now. Like me. Still working. Had to change the internal battery two years ago.
It is not fast, but I am not in a hurry. :D
I have set the speed- rate at 0,5 of its capacity :lol:
No shaking, I am glad it is moving :laughing-rolling:
Hook it up to your motocycle gearbox, that should speed it up! :D
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Refractordude wrote: Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:24 am Please correct me if I am wrong. Right click the image.
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I'll bet the combo of that spindly tripod and that focuser really make for an interesting session.:)

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Most likely more stable than the strangely shaped factory adapter that is only held by one screw.
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Lowjiber wrote: Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:24 pm I'll bet the combo of that spindly tripod and that focuser really make for an interesting session.:)

Is that a pipe clip holding it together??? :shock:
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Graeme1858 wrote: Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:33 am
Lowjiber wrote: Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:24 pm I'll bet the combo of that spindly tripod and that focuser really make for an interesting session.:)

Is that a pipe clip holding it together??? :shock:
It does appear to be so :)
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Graeme1858 wrote: Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:33 am Is that a pipe clip holding it together??? :shock:
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Looking at it again, it may be two electric conduit clips bolted together.
If it holds everything tightly I would say job done.
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Bresser 102 f/13.2, 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
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