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#1 Lee

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 06:36 AM

I picked up a f/4 newt recently, and so far really like it, although I realised I'd need a low-profile focuser soon so I could fit my filter wheel in the imaging chain..... but after trying to re-focus after a slew, with the CCD/focuser at an insane height/angle, whilst peering under my extended focusing arm so I could see the PC, which was looping 3s exposures... I decided I needed a focus motor too.... and my beautiful wife gave me the green light.... so one shiny blue moonlite, with hi-res stepper/controller is on the way! Tell me I'm going to love it..... :)

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#2 steveward53

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:05 AM

You'll love it . . .

 

I have USB focus control via SW focus motors and Dions' Homebrew controller on all my scopes , I'd be lost without it.

 

Everything done from a distance and the finesse of touch is great , the only time I go to the scope is to pop on or remove the Baht mask.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:17 AM

Great focuser! I have a 12V servo version on my newt for about 6 years now. Holds a ton of weight with no problem.

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#4 Neil

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 10:00 AM

I have their 2.5" version on my F4 Newton and its perfect in every respect except one!

 

I can't fit my 3" Wynne corrector in it!!! Still they are building a new 3" focuser which will be available soon!

 

Mines Moonlite RED and its beautiful. :P Contrasts nicely with my carbon fiber tube. :D

 

Clear Skies

 

 

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#5 Lee

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:48 AM

What's even better is when I checked their webpage last week I estimated it would all cost c. US$1k.... I'd calculated wrong, and it was only about US$600.... :) I'm eyeing off a motorised filter wheel now.... gee I'm getting lazy!



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:14 AM

Wow.... this is one nice focuser..... delivered across the Pacific in 5d.... Australia Post could take lessons from that.... Stepper/controller painless to install, integrates beautifully with my capture software.... now I just need to bolt the sucker to the scope!



#7 astrodoc71

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:22 AM

Congrats! Can we see some pics?

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#8 Lee

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:43 AM

Done... Easy install, should have just removed the spider first - would have been much quicker, I got the four little hex head bolts into the focuser base through the tube holes, but then couldn't tighten them properly, without knocking the secondary too much.... all re-collimated and back on mount, ready to properly rebalance and recable tomorrow night....

 

A little scope *****? ;) (can't get any euphemisms for a 'dirty pic' through!)

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:31 AM

First light (sucker hole stuff)... I am impressed.... this baby is going to make imaging with an f/4 newt much easier.... I do have to swap out the small spacer they install by default for a thicker one though, ran out of focus travel and had to pull the MPCC out of the barrel a little.....






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