Monday, March 10, 2008

Pimp My Telescope -- Red Dot finder

I managed to pick up a simple red dot finder, actually it is simpler than I thought and I think I can make one out of a laser pointer and some optical glass etc.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Pimp my Telescope - components list

Parts to make/fabricate

Bearing Box
  • The box, 4 sides about 7" long by 3" wide
  • Bearing disks, 120 mm diameter, (double thick, apply laminate)
The Fork
  • Bottom Disk, 10" Apply Laminate
  • Fork Arms 8" high (Double Thick, apply teflon)
The Base
  • Tripod top disk, 10" (Teflon on top)
  • Legs, 4 foot, round edges.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Building the Dob-like mount

For the Bearing Box:
  1. 1 sheet HVHC plywood (3/8 should do it)
  2. 1x2's for the legs (3)
  3. Teflon (On order)
  4. Ebony Star (on order)
  5. Varnish/wood finish
  1. Jigsaw
  2. Router
  3. Sander
  4. Square
  5. Clamps (have a few more would help)
  6. Circle Jig

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Modding the telescope (ETX-127)/ AKA PIMP MY SCOPE

OK so I have a meade ETX-127 Optical tube that I picked up used. currently it has a orion 9x50 Finder which Is pretty nice but poorly placed. In addition the scope is currently sitting on a tripod head that was really made for a view camera. and while it works well with a view camera it kind of sucks for a telescope.

SO some changes, I would like to do 1 and 2 and maybe 3 in the next month.
  1. Build a dob style alt-az mount, and maybe a new wood tripod
  2. Move the current finder to the structure of the mount (see #1) (may need new finder bracket)
  3. Add a Zero Power Finder
  4. Add Binoviewers
  5. Green Laser Pointer?
  6. Pair of 13mm Naglers