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Posts Made By: Martin Collins

July 5, 2002 04:22 PM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

telescope warehouse

Posted By Martin Collins

I have bought a few things from Bill and I think he is fantastic, not only with prices but quality also. Just picked up a MN-61 and a mount, put a skysensor 2000pc on it and was out for 5 hrs. with it last night. I can't believe the views especially being in the Chicago area.
THANKS Bill

November 30, 2002 02:58 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

secondary mirror size - converting to inches

Posted By Martin Collins

If I have a secondary that has a minor axis of 58mm, what would it be in inches? 2.28?

December 1, 2002 02:59 AM Forum: TeleVue

What would you get??

Posted By Martin Collins

I get to have my choice for a Christmas present and here they are: Only one though
Televue Paracorr - I own a 10" EQ. f/4.7 mounted relector and have the 8" LXd55 with UHTC coming so I thought I could use this.
Televue 3mm Radian - I like high power and have the 10mm radian
Televue 3-6mm Nagler zoom - I have the Intes MN-61 and have read it is great for this scope. I have the 12,16 and 20mm T2 Naglers
I also have a 9.25" Celestron SCT and a Celestron CR-150, I think I have too many??
Anyway if you had your choice which of the above would you ask Santa for?

December 7, 2002 03:18 AM Forum: Telescope Making

Secondary dew heater

Posted By Martin Collins

I want to put a Secondary dew heater on my EQ newt, I have a 2.28" minor axis on a stalk type (not shell type) I really do not want to take the mirror off,.
Does anyone know of someone who sells something like this?
I don't know if Astrosystems or Kendrick does?
Marty

December 11, 2002 02:12 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Shipping a Big dob

Posted By Martin Collins

I am just putting this post in for someone who wants to ship a big dob and wonders if they can do it, yes you can.
After selling my 18" I wondered who was going to ship it? UPS was out as all the posts on their antics, Fedex wanted $250 just to ship the mirror box alone as it was way oversized 30" x 30" x 30"
I choose Airborne, you have to apply and that takes one day then you can ship.
These guys are very helpful and handle everything halfway decent. I shipped my dob in 6 boxes from Chicago to L.A. via Airborne insured ground in 4 days all were packed as if a gorilla would sit on it, you have to apply a mindset of what could happen to these boxes. Main mirror was boxed from searching these forums then double boxed.
All told the boxes arrived on time and with not one bit of damage. And by the way it cost $240 TOTAL to ship the whole scope including insurance. And I do not work for them either

January 14, 2003 01:33 AM Forum: Telescope Making

Need some help

Posted By Martin Collins

I am thinking of getting a 16" dob with a pegasus mirror. The mirror has a chip and a 1 1/2 cm stress fracture in it as the picture shows. It was caused by a rock falling on it. The owner really doesn't want to give any type of warranty with this. Does anyone know if the fracture has a good chance of growing? Thanks for your help
Marty

January 14, 2003 01:53 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

need help

Posted By Martin Collins

I am thinking of getting a 16" dob with a pegasus mirror. The mirror has a chip and a 1 1/2 cm stress fracture in it as the picture shows. It was caused by a rock falling on it. The owner really doesn't want to give any type of warranty with this. Does anyone know if the fracture has a good chance of growing? Thanks for your help
I also posted this in the telescope making forum
Marty

January 19, 2003 04:02 AM Forum: Eyepieces

Which eyepieces go best with a big dob?

Posted By Martin Collins

Can someone tell me which eyepieces go best with a 16" f4.5 big dob? their are so many out their and the cost of an entire set of televue's would be a little cost prohibitive.
Your thoughts?

May 17, 2003 11:21 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Celestron nexstar conversion

Posted By Martin Collins

Can someone point me in the right place, I have a Nexstar mount that held a 60mm refractor and want to put a Televue pronto on it and I remember reading somewhere of a company that did this but I can't find it. Any help would be appreciated
Marty

October 25, 2003 02:39 PM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

First light ideas?

Posted By Martin Collins

I am due to get my very much long awaited 14.5" dob in mid Nov. and would like some ideas for a first light object. I am partial to dso's. Can someone share an idea?
Thanks to all
Marty