The best pictures I could muster from today.
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
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 ?
Holes filled and the tube is ready for a nice shiny new coat of paint.
The next step, after dulling the OTA was to sand blast the mirror cell and tube end.
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 ...