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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:26 pm 
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I bolted the telescope frame to the Paramount versa-plate to see what things are going to look like. The funny thing sticking out of the front of the telescope frame is a counterbalance for all the equipment that will end up on the back of the telescopes. For scale, the guide scope on the top panel (centre) is a Megrez 80. I've left the side panels off the frame for these photos. I've also not bolted in the 2 Sky 90s in the lower two holes as I have to disconnect the Robofocus units to fit them in - but I might do this tomorrow and update the pictures. Until then - here is the current status of the New Forest Observatory mini-WASP array (and yes this is the reason why we've had unbelievably bad weather for weeks).

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http://www.newforestobservatory.com/
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That's just insane.

and I want one.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:35 pm 
cybermystic wrote:
(and yes this is the reason why we've had unbelievably bad weather for weeks).

I knew there had to be a reason for it. It's the meteorological bad weather monster vortex that forms around the NFO and envelops the whole of North-Western Europe when you're not out and about shooting stars.

Stop messing about then and get this contraption fully geared up and start making starry pics again so we can finally get some decent weather.

The Sun is that big round thing isn't it?

Ehhhh..... Yellow.... right?

;)

Pretty cool toy Greg.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:15 pm 
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I will get this together as quickly as the weather and my wallet allows :D I have also been instructed to "get on with it" by several astronomy forums where there are some severely cheesed-off imagers.
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http://www.newforestobservatory.com/
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:32 pm 
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O.K. so I couldn't wait until tomorrow to put the two Sky 90s in the frame :D

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http://www.newforestobservatory.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/12801949@N02/


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:09 pm 
Holy....

I wonder if it's somehow possible to turn that into an interferometer. *Drool*


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