30806Re: New TMB 152
- Apr 30, 2006Awesome! I'll be looking forward to hearing how it's going with
the new scope and some pics later on maybe. Enjoy!
--- In email@example.com, "mcf378" <jsavit@...> wrote:
> 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
> 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.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Wade Van Arsdale" <uwpf23@>
> > --- In email@example.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,
> > for the CGE, Robin Casady makes a very nice tip-in dovetail
> > that will work very well with the Losmandy "DUP" dovetail plate:
> > http://www.robincasady.com/Astro/dovetail.html (the 8 inch
> > I used the 8 inch "DOVE-8" saddle and Losmandy "DUP" dovetail
> > 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
> > in it right above the two mounting holes and forward of the
> > mounting hole for the CGE centering pin on the mount casting to
> > 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
> > sit next to the dovetail saddle and work the clutches with a box
> > wrench instead. At first glance, I thought this would be too
> > trouble, but it really is very easy to do since the mount is a
> > To. I only clamp the clutches once after balancing the payload,
> > then I'm done with that the rest of the night. I thought all
> > 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
> > when mounting it with the tip-in version! I know with the cost
> > 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
> > 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
> > fine. I don't anticipate any problems there at all as the DUP
> > been universally compatible with all the rings I've tried on it
> > 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
> > 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
> > work with the 152, as well as some Televue Radians. Thomas's
> > 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
> > 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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