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    Cool Project Quattro 12S



    Hi everyone. Well I have been yearning after a large scope for nearly a year now since I sold the EDGE1100HD. I bought the EDGE second hand and it had issues, most of which are down to it being an SCT. Anyway, I kept dreaming of a 12 inch scope and wanted to save for a good one, ie Orion Optics 12 inch ODK or their CT 12 Newt. Then there is the truss tube RC's from various sources. Unexpectedly I came across the Skywatcher 12 inch version of the Quattro, which wasn't available in Canada. I asked the local scope shop if they had any suggestions and they said they could get me a Quattro 12S!! As this is way cheaper than the other scopes and I felt I needed to see how it was going to be living with a big scope, I decided the Skywatcher was the safest option, I can always upgrade later right?
    So the beast arrives, and boy it was in a huge box. Had to unbox it in the shop so I could get it home. The mirror comes in its housing in a separate box, so making the 50lb total weight a bit easier to handle.

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    First upgrade installed was the Bobs Knobs for the secondary mirror. Simply replace one at a time, nice and straight forward.

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    Now for imaging with this monster I needed, a coma correct (Skywatcher Aplanatic F4 correct), motorised focuser (Moonlite large format Newt on the way), a dew shield, and various adapter rings etc. Also I have the Catseye collimation toolkit, so just needed a new center spot for the primary mirror. With all this either here or on the way it was time to get this big fella set up. First job, center spot removal and replacement.

    I elected to do the spot removal in the kitchen so I had good space and light. I started with the following, cotton gloves, Isopropyl alcohol, Cotton buds, kleenex tissue. I poured a small amount of alcohol into a glass cup and dipped a cotton bud into it, dabbing some of the excess liquid of so it isnt dripping. Then to dab the center spot and rub it gently, and patiently waiting for it to let go of the mirror. After about ten minutes it wasn't moving. Something stronger is required, and I chose nail polish remover. Same thing, small amount in a glass cup, cotton bud and dab again. Eventually it came away and I cleaned up the area with some kleenex.

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    Using the template and new center spot the centering process is fairly straight forward.

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    Mirror cell installed, done. I did a preliminary collimation using the catseye toolkit and all is looking good. Next job, installing the behemoth in the shed on my paramount MX+.
    I bought a proper ADM Losmandy plate for this scope so it will connect properly to my Paramount MX+. The biggest issue was size and weight, I had to open the shed roof so I could get it on the mount!!

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    So once balanced, I parked the scope and shut the roof and thankfully the roof clears this large scope in the park position, thank god!! Now to install the camera, dew heater, guide scope, USB3 hub, power panel. Now before I had an FSQ106 on this mount and the two cables going through the mount were 12v power and a USB3 cable. the USB3 was long enough to reach but the 12v power wasn't, luckily there was some excess that just needed feeding through the mount.


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    First impressions of this scope. Well its huge, and heavy! Well made and well thought out. At F4 the secondary mirror is enormous so some dew control is required. The nine point floating mirror cell looks cool, and feels like it can handle the weight of the primary very well. The stock focuser has a collimation ability which is nice. The thing I don't like is the provided 2 inch and 1.25 inch draw tube adapters are very basic. Out of the box this should be an impressive visual scope. As for imaging, I feel it needs upgrades to make this possible. For example, Moonlite focuser, tube flocking, and the losmandy bar. For some reason Skywatcher used their own bar design which won't slide onto the Paramount versa plate.

    First light will have to wait for the obligatory clouds to clear, and hopefully by then the flocking and new focuser will be here

    Clear Skies

    Paul
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    Default Re: Project Quattro 12S

    My gosh, that is a big beast! Congratulations! I hope you really enjoy it, Paul.
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    Default Re: Project Quattro 12S

    Wow, what a beast! Congrats on the new scope, Paul! Hopefully you can get in a first light soon. Looking forward to reading about that and seeing some images.
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    Default Re: Project Quattro 12S

    Hi Paul,

    I'm looking at getting the quattro 12s for my next imaging rig, so wondered how you got on with it for imaging ?

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    Default Re: Project Quattro 12S

    wow, I wish to afford this one some day

 

 

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