Category Archives: Astronomy

Orion Laser Collimator Collimation

On telescopes, all of the optical pieces need to be aligned.  Whether it is a mirror or lens, if they’re not pointing in the right direction the image will suffer.  A Newtonian reflector has two mirrors and they must be … Continue reading

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Telescopic Insanity

An odd thing has happened.  I bought another telescope.  This, in and of itself, is not surprising but people’s reactions are.  They seem to act as if I’ve gone crazy, lost my mind, or over done it.  I, of course, … Continue reading

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Telescope Equatorial Mount part 4.1

I made some improvements to the drive. I went by the hardware store and found a grounding pipe clamp. It has a machine screw coming out of the top of the clamp perpendicular to the direction the pipe would go. … Continue reading

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Telescope Equatorial Mount part 4

I worked on the drive for my mount some over the past week. I decided to go for a tangent arm style drive. I don’t want to do long term photography so I care about the errors associated with a … Continue reading

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Telescope Equatorial Mount part 3

I posted about my mount on the astronomy site Cloudy Nights and a member by the name of DavidG suggested some changes to my pipe mount that he’d come up with.  He calls it the Delmarva mount system and wrote … Continue reading

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Telescope Equatorial Mount part 2.1

I made the new legs for the tripod this morning.  They’re the same shape as before but lack the large webs of the solid legs.  The previous legs weigh 4lb 2oz while the new ones weigh 2lb 12oz a piece.  … Continue reading

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Telescope Equatorial Mount part 2

In the previous post I described the equatorial head I’d made for my telescope mount.  Now I’m going to cover the tripod.  First, I needed to figure out how large the tripod needs to be.  To do this I measured … Continue reading

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