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30806Re: New TMB 152

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  • Wade Van Arsdale
    Apr 30, 2006
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      Awesome! I'll be looking forward to hearing how it's going with
      the new scope and some pics later on maybe. Enjoy!

      Wade

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      --- In tmboptical@yahoogroups.com, "mcf378" <jsavit@...> wrote:
      >
      > Wade-
      >
      > Thank you for the warm welcome. I received an email from Robin
      > Casady and he said the dedicated CGE saddle will be ready in about
      > 60 days. I'm also waiting on delivery of a "Scopebuggy". This way
      I
      > can leave the OTA mounted to the CGE and just wheel it out. I plan
      > on getting started with video imaging first then moving on to some
      > CCD work.
      >
      > Joe
      >
      > --- In tmboptical@yahoogroups.com, "Wade Van Arsdale" <uwpf23@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > --- In tmboptical@yahoogroups.com, "mcf378" <jsavit@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I just took delivery on my TMB 152 this past Friday.....<<<<
      > >
      > > Thanks Joe and Peter for the information. I have a TMB152 coming
      > > hopefully in about 3 weeks or so and will also use it on a CGE
      > > mount for portable trips, and an MI-250 for imaging.
      > >
      > > Joe, I don't know how you are set on dovetails, saddles,
      etc...,but
      > > for the CGE, Robin Casady makes a very nice tip-in dovetail
      saddle
      > > that will work very well with the Losmandy "DUP" dovetail plate:
      > > http://www.robincasady.com/Astro/dovetail.html (the 8 inch
      > saddle).
      > >
      > > I used the 8 inch "DOVE-8" saddle and Losmandy "DUP" dovetail
      plate
      > > for my Vixen 4.5 inch refractor OTA and that made a nice match.
      > > However, with the DOVE-8, you will need to drill one centered
      hole
      > > in it right above the two mounting holes and forward of the
      topmost
      > > mounting hole for the CGE centering pin on the mount casting to
      fit
      > > into. It's very easy to do though using the original saddle as a
      > > template. You also will need to take off the two clutch knobs
      that
      > > sit next to the dovetail saddle and work the clutches with a box
      > end
      > > wrench instead. At first glance, I thought this would be too
      much
      > > trouble, but it really is very easy to do since the mount is a
      Go-
      > > To. I only clamp the clutches once after balancing the payload,
      > and
      > > then I'm done with that the rest of the night. I thought all
      this
      > > would be too much hassle until I tried a tip-in vs. slide-in
      > > saddle. Much easier with heavier payloads and less risk to the
      OTA
      > > when mounting it with the tip-in version! I know with the cost
      of
      > > these TMB's, I will be very nervous every time I put it on the
      > > saddle!
      > >
      > > Robin is currently working on a CGE replacement saddle that does
      > not
      > > require these mods. You might check with him to see how that is
      > > going: mailto:astro@
      > >
      > > I plan to get one of his new ones for my CGE as soon as he starts
      > > selling them.
      > >
      > > Since I don't have the 152 yet, I am assuming the tube rings that
      > > will come with the OTA will fit the Losmandy DUP dovetail plate
      > just
      > > fine. I don't anticipate any problems there at all as the DUP
      has
      > > been universally compatible with all the rings I've tried on it
      so
      > > far.
      > >
      > > Any other mounting suggestions from the "TMB'ers" would be
      > > appreciated.
      > >
      > > Joe, sorry I can't answer all your questions yet, but I'm sure
      > > somebody here will know. I do think from what I've read the
      finder
      > > is designed to rotate around the back end of the tube for easier
      > > positioning and the twist-lock sleeve tightens it.
      > >
      > > I plan to use the TMB Super Monos (4 and 5mm) for visual
      planetary
      > > work with the 152, as well as some Televue Radians. Thomas's
      Super
      > > Monos have received very good reviews for this use and have less
      > > glass than the Radians for the light to have to pass through, so
      > > should give slightly higher contrast, especially right in the
      > center
      > > FOV, which is all you need for planetary viewing anyway.
      > >
      > > Joe, send us some pics if you are planning to use yours for
      > > imaging! I always enjoy getting to see 'em from a TMB scope!
      > >
      > > Cheers,
      > > Wade Van Arsdale
      > > Little Rock, AR., USA
      > >
      > > ///////////////////////
      > >
      >
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