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Re: My New Scope

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:38 pm
by peter shah
swag72 wrote:It looks great Peter.... I was a huge fan of the ODK but sadly didn't suit me for two reasons, the major being the open tube design as I have zero ability to be able to clean the mirrors and they were starting to look dirty..... can you make a closed version? :lol:
Sara you're a fractor girl through and through ;) and why not those Taks are stunning :thumbsup:
This will come with a scope coat cover ....and cleaning, well its like any other scope, optics get dirty. So I have been going through a work flow that will allow the user to strip down the scope for any maintenance.
We know that every telescope has issues when setting them up ,collimation and all that jazz, some more than others. This type of scope (this also applies to RC and other scopes) is very sensitive to optical spacing. Every set of optics are unique having their own figures and variations in focal lengths etc....This makes them quite tricky to get right and is why some people have problems after collimating, upsetting those distances. Its very easy to do....I've done it.
I have an optical bench that allows me to align each one perfectly getting the optical spacing perfect. This scope will be supplied with their own unique set of precise measurements. This will allow easy strip down and reassembly for maintenance, without having to send it back for setting up. As long as the user sticks to the measurements. Then it will then only be a matter of collimating the secondary which can be done on a star without any collimation tools.
My aim is to take away any anxiety and pain of doing any maintenance yourself.......I've spent countless hours of frustration over the years setting up different telescopes instead of using the time to take images....... :thumbsup:
There are still a lot of things that Im trying to figure out to make using a scope like this easier.

Re: My New Scope

PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:44 pm
by peter shah
rwillits wrote:Looks like a beautiful piece of machinery.
Thanks Richard, the more I play the more I love it. :thumbsup:

Re: My New Scope

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:37 pm
by martin_h
swag72 wrote:It looks great Peter.... I was a huge fan of the ODK but sadly didn't suit me for two reasons, the major being the open tube design as I have zero ability to be able to clean the mirrors and they were starting to look dirty..... can you make a closed version? :lol:


Just need longer arms!!

Re: My New Scope

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:03 pm
by swag72
martin_h wrote:
swag72 wrote:It looks great Peter.... I was a huge fan of the ODK but sadly didn't suit me for two reasons, the major being the open tube design as I have zero ability to be able to clean the mirrors and they were starting to look dirty..... can you make a closed version? :lol:


Just need longer arms!!


:lol:

Re: My New Scope

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:33 pm
by peter shah
martin_h wrote:
swag72 wrote:It looks great Peter.... I was a huge fan of the ODK but sadly didn't suit me for two reasons, the major being the open tube design as I have zero ability to be able to clean the mirrors and they were starting to look dirty..... can you make a closed version? :lol:


Just need longer arms!!
:lol:

Re: My New Scope

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:38 pm
by jjb2011
Peter
Given that your new scope will be using the OO ODK optics, what will be the main differences between the scopes optically ?

JJB

Re: My New Scope

PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:23 pm
by peter shah
jjb2011 wrote:Peter
Given that your new scope will be using the OO ODK optics, what will be the main differences between the scopes optically ?

JJB
I buy in the optics from Orion so optically they are same... I had a big part in the development and testing of the ODK and the AG which is why they are allowing me to use their optics in my own scope. The obvious difference is the assembly. I will build all these scopes setting up each OTA so that its imaging ready. The idea is to take away any headache from the imager and I've had my fair share of headaches. Some say its all part and parcel of imaging but it can really take all the fun out of it.... I've been able apply to my practical imaging experiences and knowledge to the design of this scope to make it a very stable platform. To be honest It started out to be a telescope that I wanted to own myself .... I'm so pleased so far with the way its performing I cant wait for the next clear night and get my first real image done with it :thumbsup:

Re: My New Scope

PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:46 pm
by jjb2011
Peter
I am sure that there will be substantial interest in you scope, the concept of a large aperture, mirror-based OTA (be it a SC, ODK, Newtonian etc ) with refractor-like stability and simplicity of use is very attractive. I guess the Maksutov is the nearest to this ideal but these tend to be >F12, < 200mm aperture, and basically for planetary use. Good luck with the project.

JJB