1. Eyepiece Tray For the Oberwerk Tripod

    by , 04-17-2013 at 09:10 PM
    The Oberwerk eyepiece tray arrived today. It's very solid, made of steel and painted black. It weighs about 3-4 pounds. It has a central lock nut and three more locking nuts, one on each spindle. The tray has 8 holes for 1.25" eyepieces, but no 2" holes at all. (that was not a showstopper for me). There are also two beverage cut-outs, rubber-lined, intended to hold stemmed wine glasses, or pint glasses. The main thing is that the tray adds more stability to the tripod...although ...
  2. Oberwerk Wood Surveyor's Tripod

    by , 04-16-2013 at 09:24 PM
    Just got this in today. It's part of my grab-n-go rig I'm putting together. Found this tripod at bigbinoculars.com. It is the standard size version and was discounted due to a cosmetic blemish - normally $199, got it for $129.

    Hardwood construction.
    Max. height 55"
    Mid-level spreader
    Heavy-duty 3/8" mount threading.
    Collapsed height 38"
    Tripod Max. Load: 35 lbs.
    Weight: 12 lbs.

    I've got a Desert ...
  3. New C6 and GSO Crayford focuser for SCTs

    by , 04-15-2013 at 06:22 PM
    Got some first light with a new Celestron C6 OTA and a GSO Crayford focuser for SCTs. Unfortunately, the sky conditions were terrible and not really good for a first light test, but I was anxious to get out. Although the sky looked clear enough, it was very late before I could start seeing any stars other than at the Zenith. In fact my NELM was barely 2 as Polaris was just slightly discernible. I could not even see enough of the Big Dipper to feel certain I was aligning on Polaris. Only after ...
  4. Welcome

    by , 04-04-2013 at 08:39 PM
    Hi and welcome to my AF.net blog. If you are interested in the various lists of double stars I compile, check my other blog site at Seeing Double.
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