Pac Man

Pac Man
By stovesy
The best pictures I could muster from today.         Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterest

New project

New project
By stovesy
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 ...

Back together

Back together
By stovesy
OTA fully flocked and reassembled Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterest

Assembly dry run

Assembly dry run
By stovesy
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

Tube is back

Tube is back
By stovesy
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Ready for paint

Ready for paint
By stovesy
Holes filled and the tube is ready for a nice shiny new coat of paint. Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterest

Sand storm

Sand storm
By stovesy
The next step, after dulling the OTA was to sand blast the mirror cell and tube end. Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterest

LX200 Upgrade journey – OTA refurb

LX200 Upgrade journey – OTA refurb
By stovesy
Stickers are done.   Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterest

LX200 Upgrade journey – Focuser

LX200 Upgrade journey - Focuser
By stovesy
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 ...