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Avalon mount with SBIG first pics

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:03 pm
by PrjCole
Hi all :)

Taken first photo's of the Avalon fast reverse mount today. Well it has been in it's box for a few months. But I've been away for a while in the UK and got home on Sunday.

Initial impression is it heavy and rather elegant, It's also RED so goes faster :lol:
I took the opportunity when I got it from Ian King to buy the Avalon pillar extension, It does add that extra 8 inches above tripod. As I am at 35 degree North the CW is situated fairly low to the mount legs without it. I need it.
Plus it looks sexy as hell :))

The tripod is a standard SW Heavy duty one, It's white so may paint it Red to match mount, I haven't decided yet :lol: ( decided to keep it White, I like the contrast )

What I don't like are the 4x 10mm plastic grip top hand tightening bolts that hold it all together, I will replace those asap as I have no intention of mounting my scope and CCD rig on the mount as it stands. I will also add some Teflon washers so I don't mar the finish of the mount.

Weather at the moment is a nice 22c, Pretty constant day and night, But it is over cast, So in a few weeks it should be back to wall to wall clear days and nights for the next 6-7 months. ( I have incurred the wrath of the weather god, It's sunny and bright during the day, At night it's wet and windy. Sorry every one :lol: )




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Starlight Express filter wheel with 36mm drop in Astrodons, Filters were dusty when I took them out of sealed cases and paper.
Filters held in by the small white screws and washers, 2nd pick shows you a screw hole and how tight they are to filters,
Took me a good 45 minutes to get them fitted. Very stressy doing it.

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What it looks like back in carousel, Clock wise, L R G B, Then Ha SII OIII

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This is scope all set up, I will need a new spacer made as this setting is 60mm to chip, It should be 54.7mm from Field Flattener and I cant get it any smaller with what I have in M48 thread, Fully loaded it is very heavy, So once it is outside it will stay there. I'm thinking of having some leg clamps made so I can bolt it into concrete and still be portable.

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So that's what it looks like, Be even more pleased when it's all properly spaced and ready for first light.

Now all I have to do is install the software, Wire it all up and hope like hell it all works.

Peter

Re: Avalon mount first pics

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:50 pm
by Gedan
If ever a mount could be described as sexy!... :lol:

Re: Avalon mount first pics

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:38 pm
by swag72
Yum yum!!!

Fantastic to see some pics Peter, but when I said get your arse into gear and take some pictures, that wasn't quite what I had in mind :lol: :lol:

Glad that you are back safe and well and look forward to catching up with you soon ;)

Re: Avalon mount first pics

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:31 pm
by hemihaggis
dam that 7 months of clear weather .. damm :lol:

Re: Avalon mount first pics

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:17 pm
by andyboy1970
Very nice but the tripod lets it down.

Re: Avalon mount first pics

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:30 pm
by Zakalwe
andyboy1970 wrote:Very nice but the tripod lets it down.



Weeeelll...technically speaking, it holds it up :)) :))

Thats a lovely looking mount Peter! I bet that you are chuffed to bits with it :mexwave: :mexwave: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

Re: Avalon mount first pics

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:45 pm
by Earl
Great mount, I almost did get one of these myself

Re: Avalon mount first pics

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:46 pm
by PrjCole
It's been a long slog, couldn't have got this far without a lot of help from a lot of good people.
I'm pleased I got this mount and the rig I have, Just need to get properly set up and all integrated properly, Then first light.
I will be asking lots of questions now the easy part is over .

:lol: it is a sexy mount though :lol:

Re: Avalon mount first pics

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:15 pm
by Zakalwe
It does make me wonder what Robert J Dalby would say about it having a "rat-trap" on it though.... :))

Re: Avalon mount first pics

PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:59 am
by teslar
Is the SW pier standard with the Avalon ??? Or is that your own creation :)