The best pictures I could muster from today. 52.9570196-1.1854998Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterest
After inheriting the Orion scope I spent a little time tidying and modifying. Now it’s time to look at the mount and controller. The Vixen mount does have a rudimentary ‘go to’ controller albeit a 1980’s monster. I’ve enlisted an Arduino, a couple of stepper drivers and the AstroEQ software to bring the controller into ...
OTA fully flocked and reassembled 52.931517-1.117563Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterest
A dry run, just to see if all the bits fit nicely. New finder and focuser attached. Sealed the ‘gaps’ around the focus mount with some closed cell sticky foam rubber. Now where do I mount the SkySurfer ? Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterest
Holes filled and the tube is ready for a nice shiny new coat of paint. Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterest
The next step, after dulling the OTA was to sand blast the mirror cell and tube end. 52.958463-1.18375Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterest
Stickers are done. Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterest
The first upgrade was always going to be the focuser. The standard orion 1.25″ just isn’t up to holding a modern DSLR, so I purchased a 2″ Skywatcher Crayford style. And after spending a fair bit of time, measuring, marking, re-measuring and double-checking my marking and measuring, I took the plunge with a drill and ...