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Posts Made By: James Suarez

April 22, 2008 12:46 PM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

My new Garage Observatory

Posted By James Suarez

Nice job! 8)

I'd love to build an observatory on my garage roof. I could disguise it as a pigeon coupe. grin

Are the skies in Jackson Heights darker than in Maspeth? wink

June 28, 2008 08:05 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Helix Hercules Single Arm Alt Az Mount Wt Limit?

Posted By James Suarez

I found my Meade 102ED f/9(15lbs) too much for the Helix Single arm. Maybe for low power views, but at higher mags the vibrations were too much. 80mm refractors were a better match.

FWIW, the 8" Helix fork did better with the Meade 102 , but I now use a Giro 3 which is a bit smoother and with a cw can handle heavier ota's. wink

August 2, 2008 08:50 AM Forum: SCI-FI

Cheesiest Alien or Monster?

Posted By James Suarez

Pizza the Hut has to be the cheesiest! 8O

August 14, 2008 03:16 PM Forum: SCI-FI

Most terrifying creature or sapient?

Posted By James Suarez

jess tauber said:
That thing on the derilict spaceship they discover after the moon is flung out on Space 1999 that spits you out charred before you even have a chance to say goodbye.

Mmmm...charbroiled! smile

November 3, 2008 02:08 PM Forum: TeleVue

TV Sky Tour instruction manual

Posted By James Suarez

The .pdf manual for the JMI MAX computer may help as I believe they're made by the same manufacter (Tangent Instruments)as the Sky Tour computer.

Or call TeleVue for a copy. wink

May 7, 2009 01:45 PM Forum: SCI-FI


Posted By James Suarez


Sounds like Atlantis The Lost Continent

Youtube trailer:

July 24, 2009 02:30 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Meade 7" Mak-Cass question

Posted By James Suarez

My Meade 7" Mak accepts standard 2" SCT type visual back.

BTW, nice trash find! 8)

June 12, 2010 07:34 AM Forum: Refractors

150 mm skywatcher 4 lense refractor

Posted By James Suarez

Are you mistaking the description of the coatings for a petzval design?

4-layer multi-coated achromatic lens

August 30, 2010 03:08 PM Forum: Refractors

NP127 Makeover?

Posted By James Suarez

Looking at the vendor's small photo, the dewshield is definitely longer.

Maybe a TeleVue unveiling at PATS? 8O

April 9, 2011 02:39 PM Forum: TeleVue

Gibraltar & G5 Dimensions for Mounting FS128

Posted By James Suarez

Steven Jindra said:

I am looking to mount my FS-128 on a Gibraltar Mount for quick and easy astro and terrestrial setup. Would anyone provide me the measurement from the center alt axis to the top of the bottom plate and the inside saddle dimension from one side to the other for the Gibraltar and for the Gibraltar 5 saddles?

I expect to install a plate (probably to the bottom of the saddle) extending to the forward and the rear, to install the two OTA mounting rings to.

Anyone using this combination or similar? Okay? Problems?

Steven JIndra

Telepod head(same as Gibraltar): 2-1/2" from center alt axis to cradle plate. 5-5/16" wide

Gibraltar (5): 2-7/8" and 6-7/16" wide.

I think the FS-128 would be a bit much for the Gibraltar(5) as it's a much larger ota than the NP-127 which it can accommodate. I'd consider a GIRO III with counter weight or something similar.