22" f/4.0 with Pegasus Optics. The original intent for the black knobs on the bearing was to allow removal of the bearings for transport of the mirror box in a trunk of a sedan.
22" f/4.0 sitting on a equatorial platform for the first time ever. Used it and it works great. Tracks for 60-70 minutes and runs on a 9-volt battery, which last 12-14 hours per battery.
The 22" reflector packed in the VW New Beetle vehicle.
Left rear: Rocker box and mirror box with the upper cage.
Right: Truss poles, large REI camp table (under trusses), 3-step ladder, then equatorial platform (hidden to the right of the ladder, can see only one small metal part)
Front: Various cases of eyepieces, books, etc.
My setup at Golden State Star Party
2009 Everything here plus tent goes in the VW
Beetle in the background. Blew me away when I was able
to pack everything in the car.
30" f/4.3 reflector at Texas Star
Party 2006. SkyTracker GOTO System powered by Sky
30" f/4.3 reflector at Golden State
Star Party 2008
Jimi's 48" f/4.0
reflector (I'm turning the collimation bolts with a 1"
ratchet, while Jimi is looking the Glatter TuBlug with
AstroTelescopes 4" f/11
"Planet Killer". The optics on this thing is actually very
good. The optics shows very little color at bright
objects, such as Jupiter. But for very bright
objects, such as Venus, the color is evident but a lot
less than most achromats, but I can see color in many
apos as well. I was a little surprised that I was
able to use 450x on Jupiter at GSSP. The seeing
was incredible and the view as astounding for a 4"
telescope, but of course my 22" at full aperture was
even better. The focuser is rotatable and has the
best non-Feather Touch focuser I've ever used.
Better than the Takahashi or TeleVue focusers. It
won't carry a 8 pound CCD camera, but it isn't designed
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