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Questar 7

The Questar 7 was obtained as a 'rescue' scope.  When I received it the foam in the carrying case had disintegrated and was sticking to the scope.  Worse, the eyepieces were 'embedded' in the foam goo.  I cleaned it up and bought a Celestron CGEM mount to hold it.  There are mounting locations on either side of the Questar to attach smaller scopes.  The right location is usually occupied by an 80mm finder scope.  The other one usually holds either a Celestron C90 or a Coronado Solar Max 60. The picture to the immediate left shows the Questar and the Celestron C-90 both with solar filters during the 2012 Transit of Venus.  The current configuration can be transported to different sites for remote observing.

The 20" Dobson scope

I built this Dobson in the late '80s.  I had classical Cassegrain optics ground to my specifications but only mounted the primary and a flat secondary as a Newtonian configuration.  I had intended to make a full Cassegrain configuration, but bought the LX200 instead.

I am currently evaluating what to do with this scope, sell it, move it as is to another location, or use it in another project.
Meade LX-200 16"

The primary instrument is a Meade LX-200 16" delivered in August of 2012.  It is mounted on an equitorial pier that is bolted to an 8" pedistal to give it some additional height.
History
Questar 7 on CGEM mount
With the C90 during the Venus Transit
With the Coronado Solar Max 60
Close-up of the homemade dolly system: The short pieces of landscape timber are attached by hinges and held up by straps of Velcro.  After wheeling the telescope into position they are rotated down under each leg lifting the wheels off the ground and providing a stable platform.
Other Equipment
Celestron 11x80 Binoculars
Coronado Solar Max 60 Hydrogen Alpha Telescope
Celestron C90
Eyepieces
 56mm Meade Super Plossl

Televue 40mm Plossl

28mm
 Pretoria


26mm Plossl

25mm Plossl

Orion 17mm Plossl

25mm Plossl

Explore Scientifice 14mm Ultra-Wide

Orion 10mm Plossl

Orion 9mm Plossl

TMB 8mm

TMB 5mm

History
History