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Summer projects.


Daz Type-R
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Well these have been a long time coming but I have eventually pulled my finger out and got about sorting them out.


 


First up I have enlisted the help of our very own metal bender Graham (http://www.astrotecuk.co.uk) to fashion me a more advanced sort of counter weight system.  My current counter weight system kept dropping off due to the dew so this should be much better.


 


Its currently on plan B at the moment as plan A did not quite go to plan but I'm hoping plan B is not too long in coming.


 


Some pictures of plan A.....


 


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Thanks a lot Graham, much appreciated.    :thumbsup:


 


Next up, flocking!!!!   (yeah I know, about 12 months behind everyone else).....


 


Enlisted the help of Martyn (Baz) and his child free environment for this one, as I didn't fancy doing this with the "help" of my 4 year old.


 


Got a few rolls of DC-Fix from Wilkos, set about stripping the scope down and thought while the primary is out we may as well give that a clean, everything went great and I`m shocked at how dark the OTA is now its flocked. 


 


Hers some before and after pictures....


 


OTA in bits.


 


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Before and after of the primary....


 


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And before, during and after the flocking...


 


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Again, massive thanks to Baz for all his help (and tools), I would of struggled to do such a great job by myself unless I went out and bought the right kit before hand.


 


So that's me sorted now, can't think what else to do to the dob, bring on the dark skies!!!!


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Very nice Daz, well worth the wait ;-) That counter weight system is very clever, looking forward to seeing it in use. :-)

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Thanks all.


 


Like I say, big shout goes out to Graham and Martyn, they have helped loads in the design, making and flocking / cleaning side of things.


 


The counter weight system does not quite work yet, that was plan A's effort, Graham is currently rustling up Plan B, so watch this space.


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  • 2 weeks later...

Ok guys and gals, bear with me on this one.

If I was to remove the square in pencil in the picture below, from my dob base, would it have any adverse effect on the strength of the base?

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Cheers.

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Below is a picture of PLAN B for the counter weight system, as plan A above did not work.

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Trouble is that still did not work, I was about to give up when I realised I was being an idiot and the weight needs to be below the OTA not on top. So last night I twisted it round and it works great, trouble is now, I can only get to 82 degrees before the counter weight hits the dob board, I know it's going to be rare I am observing at 82 degrees plus but I wanted full motion of the dob. So by cutting a whole in the dob board, when at 82 degrees plus, the weight will fit through the hole.

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Sorry Daz but the counterweight is not in keeping with this being the highest tech dob around, you need a motor drive on it so you can adjust the balance from the eyepiece :-) :-)

Nice job mate

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Sorry Daz but the counterweight is not in keeping with this being the highest tech dob around, you need a motor drive on it so you can adjust the balance from the eyepiece :-) :-)

Nice job mate

Lol, but I kinda agree ;-)

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