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    Default Re: Sky-Watcher StarTravel 102 Modification?



    Indoor daylight weight/balance trials of the ST102 with an Orion dual finderscope mounting bracket.



    Above and below: Orion 6x30 RACI paired with a TS Optics TSRADC reflex finder.



    This combination can help with more accurate initial target acquisition. Using the RACI on its own often ends up in getting momentarily lost in space. Danger, danger, Will Robinson! lol



    Orion RACI paired with Orion EZII reflex.



    I didn't particularly notice any weight problems compared to just using a 9x50 RACI on its own. The SW AZ5 seemed fine with it, although when I observe I'll use a Vixen Porta II. It looks a bit 'Heath Robinson' but it appears to be OK.
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    Default Re: Sky-Watcher StarTravel 102 Modification?

    Since your using it on a az/ alt balance should not be to bad but an eq may be problematic with the RA finder cantilevered out so far.
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    Default Re: Sky-Watcher StarTravel 102 Modification?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    Since your using it on a az/ alt balance should not be to bad but an eq may be problematic with the RA finder cantilevered out so far.
    Yeah, I thought it looked weird and would affect the balance. I can't really use the ST102 on an EQ anyway. I even considered trying the RACI scope in a different bracket/holder. There isn't that much weight in the 6x30 though. I'll have to see if anything falls off when I'm actually using it lol.
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    Default Re: Sky-Watcher StarTravel 102 Modification?

    I've weighed the 9x50 Sky-Watcher RACI at 500 grammes. The combined dual finder bracket, 6x30 Orion RACI and TSRADC come to 650 grammes. So that's only 150 grammes heavier.
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    Default Re: Sky-Watcher StarTravel 102 Modification?

    It's just dawned on me I could put a shoe either side of the OTA. Doh!

    To be fair, I have actually suffered brain damage.
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    Default Re: Sky-Watcher StarTravel 102 Modification?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty Barlow View Post
    It's just dawned on me I could put a shoe either side of the OTA. Doh!

    To be fair, I have actually suffered brain damage.
    It will begin to resemble a Star Trek starship if you aren't careful.

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    Default Re: Sky-Watcher StarTravel 102 Modification?

    Quote Originally Posted by bladekeeper View Post
    It will begin to resemble a Star Trek starship if you aren't careful.

    Yeah, that's what I'm talking about, twin warp nacelles, brilliant!

    It has a Vulcan style logic, Mr Spock would approve. lol

    As long as I can clear the Vixen mount (to the right of the OTA dovetail) it should work.
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    Default Re: Sky-Watcher StarTravel 102 Modification?



    I reckon the TSRADC will win lol.



    Doesn't look like there are any problems. I can clear the mount and there's enough room for my head. If the ST80 trials well like this I'll try it with the ST102. 'Beam me up, Scotty'.
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    Default Re: Sky-Watcher StarTravel 102 Modification?

    The saga continues: ST102 with RACI and reflex sight, warp nacelle style.





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