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Re: Recommendations? Outdoor range extender?

Woody Schlom <woody@...>
 

Stuart,



If possible, I’d go with the more weather-protected ones.



I don’t know about your observatory, but mine has aluminum sides and roof – and it can get VERY humid inside. I’ve seen condensation dripping down the sides of mine. For that reason I now keep one or two chemical dehumidifiers inside to absorb as much moisture from the air as possible. But I keep seeing more and more of the steel screw-heads on my scope and electronics cases starting to rust.



Woody



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Hi again. Joe's suggestion was a good one. What I may in fact need vs. what I said is an "industrial" grade range extender. Mine needs to have at least 4 ethernet ports on it. I am finding that all the ones I search for with the attribute "outdoor" are excellent at what they do but they are in weather-proof housings and only have power input. Mine will be in the shed protected from rain/snow but not cold/damp.



Mine needs a physical connection to my Control-by-Web relay for the roof and to my IP controlled powerbars. Alas, these devices are not wireless.



Any new thoughts based on this clarification?



Stuart



On Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 3:49 PM, 'Joseph Zeglinski' J.Zeglinski@... <mailto:J.Zeglinski@...> [ap-gto] <ap-gto@... <mailto:ap-gto@...> > wrote:



Hi Stuart,

There may be other more modern offers, but I have been quite pleased with my HAWKING model “HOWABN1” wireless N-Type comms, universal Hi Gain Repeater. It has huge “banana thick” perpendicular antenna sticks, and its “Cow Bell” rugged enclosure is suitable for your conditions. This product is meant as a universal repeater between buildings, and outdoor car lots.

Got mine over a decade ago, at Tiger Direct in GTA, before they downsized to the web.
It is limited to N-type 300 mbps comms – but that gives it more range.

Joe Z.

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Re: Recommendations? Outdoor range extender?

Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Hi again. Joe's suggestion was a good one. What I may in fact need vs. what I said is an "industrial" grade range extender. Mine needs to have at least 4 ethernet ports on it. I am finding that all the ones I search for with the attribute "outdoor" are excellent at what they do but they are in weather-proof housings and only have power input. Mine will be in the shed protected from rain/snow but not cold/damp.

Mine needs a physical connection to my Control-by-Web relay for the roof and to my IP controlled powerbars. Alas, these devices are not wireless.

Any new thoughts based on this clarification?

Stuart

On Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 3:49 PM, 'Joseph Zeglinski' J.Zeglinski@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Hi Stuart,

There may be other more modern offers, but I have been quite pleased with my HAWKING model “HOWABN1” wireless N-Type comms, universal Hi Gain Repeater. It has huge “banana thick” perpendicular antenna sticks, and its “Cow Bell” rugged enclosure is suitable for your conditions. This product is meant as a universal repeater between buildings, and outdoor car lots.

Got mine over a decade ago, at Tiger Direct in GTA, before they downsized to the web.
It is limited to N-type 300 mbps comms – but that gives it more range.

Joe Z.

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Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

Christopher Erickson
 

I have always used StanSport pop-up privacy shelters for short-term protection of scopes and such from weather, sunlight and sticky fingers before/during/after star parties and outreach events.
 
 
You can pop them up in seconds and pop over the scope like a cap and they conceal the shape of a scope inside, besides offering some air space and air flow when out in the sun.
 
There are a lot of knock-off's out there too.
 
The model listed above fits just fine over my 1100GTO and C14.
 
 
-Christopher Erickson
Observatory engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
 
 

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Re: Recommendations? Outdoor range extender?

Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Joe, this is very helpful!


On Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 3:49 PM 'Joseph Zeglinski' J.Zeglinski@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

Hi Stuart,

There may be other more modern offers, but I have been quite pleased with my HAWKING model “HOWABN1” wireless N-Type comms, universal Hi Gain Repeater. It has huge “banana thick” perpendicular antenna sticks, and its “Cow Bell” rugged enclosure is suitable for your conditions. This product is meant as a universal repeater between buildings, and outdoor car lots.

Got mine over a decade ago, at Tiger Direct in GTA, before they downsized to the web.
It is limited to N-type 300 mbps comms – but that gives it more range.

Joe Z.

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Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

W Hilmo
 

I think that you are correct.



I have both types of Telegizmos covers, the regular one that is lightweight reflective material, and the heavy duty 365 that has a durable outer cover that is impervious to weather. My largest 365 cover is big enough to completely cover my C14 on my AP1600 all the way to the ground with room to spare for a larger OTA. I leave the AP1600 out year round in the rainy Seattle area with one of several OTAs on it. The only issue that I run into is that when the humidity is high, condensation can accumulate under the cover. To prevent that, I use a couple of gun safe warmers under the cover when it’s cold out. In warmer weather, condensation is not a problem.



I will say that I’ve not purchased a TG365 cover in the last 5 years or so, because the ones that I have are still in excellent condition. I hope that the reports of a drop in quality are unfounded…



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I suspect some of us are talking apples and oranges. Some people are confusing the HD 365 material with the light-weight Solar Mylar material. And one guy even mentioned Orion brand (gasp). So some people are probably confusing cheaper brands and materials with the genuine TG 365 stuff. And one guy even mentioned that his was too small. Well heck – they come in about a dozen sizes and at least two shapes. I can almost use my largest one as a tent to sleep under!

I’ve been buying and using the 365 covers starting probably 7 years ago and my first one is the same material and quality as the last one – excellent, top quality.

Woody

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Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 9:33 AM
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What is the difference? The ones I have have a heavy cream colored exterior material and the silver reflective material on the inside. These are the ones advertised for 24/7 use for 5 years.....and that is how long I have had mine and they are like new.....no leak or degradation.

They also make a different version for light duty that has the silver material on the outside.


Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

Woody Schlom <woody@...>
 

Greg,



I bought my last TG-365 cover less than a year ago – and it’s the same excellent quality using the same excellent HD materials. I’m not aware of any “new” lower quality TG materials or workmanship. And I’m pretty sure their stuff is still made in USA.



As far as Orion goes, my experience with that company is that they usually offer cheaper, lower quality versions of the original item. Or, they make a deal with the original manufacturer and re-brand as Orion – and then don’t support the product, and quickly discontinue the product – leaving the original manufacturer to pick up the pieces with frustrated Orion customers. It’s one of the brands I try to have as little to do with as possible.



Woody



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Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 1:25 PM
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Woody, I sure hope your right. I'd be in deep do do without my TG 365. Been using them since they came out - 24/7 with everything installed and ready for action. If they have lowered their standards - well I just don't want to think about it. Of course, the way mine have been built I may never need to get another one. They make them just about any size you want. Mine is 170"x56" letting me use the park 1 position on my AP900/Planewave 12.5/Proline 16803 - makes it real easy to install or remove the cover. I took a look at the Orion cover - from what I can see on their web page there is absolutely no comparison.



Greg



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I suspect some of us are talking apples and oranges. Some people are confusing the HD 365 material with the light-weight Solar Mylar material. And one guy even mentioned Orion brand (gasp). So some people are probably confusing cheaper brands and materials with the genuine TG 365 stuff. And one guy even mentioned that his was too small. Well heck – they come in about a dozen sizes and at least two shapes. I can almost use my largest one as a tent to sleep under!

I’ve been buying and using the 365 covers starting probably 7 years ago and my first one is the same material and quality as the last one – excellent, top quality.

Woody

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What is the difference? The ones I have have a heavy cream colored exterior material and the silver reflective material on the inside. These are the ones advertised for 24/7 use for 5 years.....and that is how long I have had mine and they are like new.....no leak or degradation.

They also make a different version for light duty that has the silver material on the outside.

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Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

Greg Salyer
 

Woody, I sure hope your right. I'd be in deep do do without my TG 365. Been using them since they came out - 24/7 with everything installed and ready for action. If they have lowered their standards - well I just don't want to think about it. Of course, the way mine have been built I may never need to get another one. They make them just about any size you want. Mine is 170"x56" letting me use the park 1 position on my AP900/Planewave 12.5/Proline 16803 - makes it real easy to install or remove the cover. I took a look at the Orion cover - from what I can see on their web page there is absolutely no comparison.

 

Greg

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 3:31 PM
To: ap-gto@...
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I suspect some of us are talking apples and oranges. Some people are confusing the HD 365 material with the light-weight Solar Mylar material. And one guy even mentioned Orion brand (gasp). So some people are probably confusing cheaper brands and materials with the genuine TG 365 stuff. And one guy even mentioned that his was too small. Well heck – they come in about a dozen sizes and at least two shapes. I can almost use my largest one as a tent to sleep under!

I’ve been buying and using the 365 covers starting probably 7 years ago and my first one is the same material and quality as the last one – excellent, top quality.

Woody

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What is the difference? The ones I have have a heavy cream colored exterior material and the silver reflective material on the inside. These are the ones advertised for 24/7 use for 5 years.....and that is how long I have had mine and they are like new.....no leak or degradation.

They also make a different version for light duty that has the silver material on the outside.

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Re: Recommendations? Outdoor range extender?

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi Stuart,

There may be other more modern offers, but I have been quite pleased with my HAWKING model “HOWABN1” wireless N-Type comms, universal Hi Gain Repeater. It has huge “banana thick” perpendicular antenna sticks, and its “Cow Bell” rugged enclosure is suitable for your conditions. This product is meant as a universal repeater between buildings, and outdoor car lots.

Got mine over a decade ago, at Tiger Direct in GTA, before they downsized to the web.
It is limited to N-type 300 mbps comms – but that gives it more range.

Joe Z.


Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

Joe Zeglinski
 

Guys,
 
    I can confidently recommend that ... The best “Refractor cover” – I feel – is the “porch swing canopy” weatherized enclosure ...  from The Cover Store.
 
 
    I use it on my RC-14.5 OTA (about 4 foot long, so this swing cover flops down over the ends, for even more ground level cover) -  on my AP-1200 and Losmandy HD tripod installation. Of course, it has ring eyelets at the bottom, for tie-downs if you like – I don’t bother, just Velcro wrap the cloth,  around the tripod leg pipe lock knobs.
 
    This canopy/cover is 86 inches WIDE – will easily handle an 7-foot long refactor.
It is also 70 inches TALL – likely reaches your ground level,  for most scopes – for being wrapped at the foot of a typical pier, or close enough.
Being 50 inches DEEP, this also adds extra material around the mount for height to reach the ground, if the former isn’t quite enough.
 
    The material is light - like parachute cloth – and the new “600 Dernier threads”, rubberized inside coating, and double stitched seamed cloth is guaranteed for 7 years, likely much more. It is so light, that I cinch it around my scope with a nylon rope, so it doesn’t become an “air-bag” in strong winds.
 
    Very tough, slides right off the mount, so I don’t need an inside blanket to prevent scope snags. It is also fully zippered along its two sides, if you really want to use them – I don’t. Just treat it like a huge Barbeque cover (which are always too short for scopes), but FAR lighter, easier to handle, won’t fry in the sun, and weather proof – even repels bird-crap. Notice that it has “covered” air vents on the front roll up flap, (camping tent nylon screen type) sewn edges, flaps are at mid height, so it can breathe even during heavy downpours.
 
    Here is the specific item:
 
 
– This photo shows the front flap sides un-zippered and the front is rolled up to the top – I don’t bother. I just roll it up at the front,  and toss it over the back side of the mount. Later I lift the roll (intact),  back to the top of the OTA and drop the front, unrolling it again as it falls. Takes less than a minute, and always dry (or ice crystalled), but never heavy with dew penetration.
 
    Been using mine for more than a decade. Very satisfied. Once considered others, like Telegizmos, but found this TCS “Porch Canopy”, very satisfactory, in comparison to other options ...  with all dew respect to Telegizmos.
 
    Worth your time considering this alternative telescope canopy.
Joe Z.


Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

Woody Schlom <woody@...>
 

I suspect some of us are talking apples and oranges. Some people are confusing the HD 365 material with the light-weight Solar Mylar material. And one guy even mentioned Orion brand (gasp). So some people are probably confusing cheaper brands and materials with the genuine TG 365 stuff. And one guy even mentioned that his was too small. Well heck – they come in about a dozen sizes and at least two shapes. I can almost use my largest one as a tent to sleep under!



I’ve been buying and using the 365 covers starting probably 7 years ago and my first one is the same material and quality as the last one – excellent, top quality.



Woody



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What is the difference? The ones I have have a heavy cream colored exterior material and the silver reflective material on the inside. These are the ones advertised for 24/7 use for 5 years.....and that is how long I have had mine and they are like new.....no leak or degradation.



They also make a different version for light duty that has the silver material on the outside.





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Recommendations? Outdoor range extender?

Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Hey gang. Half this list seems to be Electronical Engineers. Hoping someone can recommend a hardier range extender for my shed. My Netgear 1600 seems unable to cope with cold and humidity. Need something more robust. Industrial. Any help much appreciated. Thanks!

Stuart
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Re: [!! SPAM] Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

swiencek
 

After seeing the newer Telegizmos covers I plan to switch to the Orion. I have a friend that has one and I am impressed.

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
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I'm going to break rank and put in a recommendation for the Orion Scope Cloak cover. A friend recommended their product a few years back, and I've been quite happy.

 

I have one of the Telegizmos "standard cover" cloaks for mounted refractors (forget which size exactly). It was OK, but I found it to be too short, a bit flimsy and the material seems to have thinned over time. I only used it on a part-time basis, perhaps 20-30 days per year. One beef is the fact that it doesn't extend very far down the tripod, and didn't cover my marine batteries, cables, power strip, etc.

 

In contrast I find the Orion cloak to be very thick and durable, and it extends all the way to the ground, important if there ends up being a light rain, as the cloak fully covers all the electric gear sitting under the tripod. It also does better in high winds because of the longer length.

 

When I hold the Telegizmos up to the sun it is semi-transparent to the light. When I hold up the Orion material it is opaque.

 

Maybe I don't have a heavy-duty Telegizmos cover (?), but for future purchases I'll plan to stick with the Orion cloaks.


Re: Power to gtopc3

Suresh Mohan
 

Thanks Roland
Suresh


On 26-Mar-2018, at 11:13 PM, chris1011@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

There is a split pin in the CP3 12 volt connector. Take a small bladed screw driver and gently spread this pin apart slightly so it makes better contact with the mating connector on the power cord. This will solve your clicking hand controller problem.

Roland




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Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Power to gtopc3



Thanks Chris , the reason I’m asking is the hc starts with a click sound and nothing will work after that ( pressing any key won’t help ). After several re starts it would work ; I sent my hc to AP and it was just a  hc cable that connects to mount that was replaced . I’m suspecting my power cable to be the culprit as it is the oldest electrical component in my mount .
Ive ordered a new cable last week 
Suresh 


On 26-Mar-2018, at 10:03 AM, Chris Morley morleycs@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 
The only way most people might feel 12 Vdc is if they stick it across their tongue (and I'm not suggesting that you try that).

It's more likely that you're feeling leakage from a switch mode power supply.  They are notorious for it, especially the cheaper ones.  

Chris

On Mon., 26 Mar. 2018, 15:18 Suresh Mohan Neelmegh drsureshmohan@... [ap-gto], <ap-gto@yahoogroups..com> wrote:
 
Friends ;
Can you tell me by touching the point where the power pin enters the socket if you are receiving a low grade shock of 12 v when you power up and down ? My hc is working in consistently
Suresh




Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

Robert Berta
 

What is the difference? The ones I have have a heavy cream colored exterior material and the silver reflective material on the inside. These are the ones advertised for 24/7 use for 5 years.....and that is how long I have had mine and they are like new.....no leak or degradation.

They also make a different version for light duty that has the silver material on the outside.


Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

swiencek
 

I've been using these covers for several years. I have noticed a downgrade in the quality of the material used to the point that I am looking for an alternative.

 

Steve

 

From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 12:56 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

 

 

You’re correct. You don’t have the heavy-duty Telegizmos 365 cover. You have the light-weight quilted silver Mylar Solar Cover. The 365 cover is quite a bit heavier – and designed and intended for continuous day/night, all-weather use.

In fact, the interior lining of the Telegizmos 365 is the same as their Solar cover. Then to that quilted silver Mylar cover (which becomes the inner liner), they sew on the super heavy duty cream colored coated Polyester outer cover.

The complete Telegizmos 365 cover is quite opaque. The 365 also comes with sewn-in Bungee cords and cord-locks, and an external Bungee cord with cord-lock to prevent it from flapping in high winds.

And there are many sizes and shapes of Telegizmos scope covers to fit most sizes and shapes of scopes and mounts.

Then there are their separate tripod covers which go to the ground. When you use both the tripod cover and properly sized and shaped scope cover, there’s at least a couple of feet of overlap between the two. The combination is quite a nice package.

These covers aren’t cheap. And they’re heavy and stiff. But they do appear to last forever – even out in the elements day and night.

But I do recommend putting a thick bath towel over the top of your scope to cover up sharp points and corners. The inner silver Mylar lining, it tough, but not tough enough for sharp points and corners during a wind storm.

Woody

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Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

I'm going to break rank and put in a recommendation for the Orion Scope Cloak cover. A friend recommended their product a few years back, and I've been quite happy.

I have one of the Telegizmos "standard cover" cloaks for mounted refractors (forget which size exactly). It was OK, but I found it to be too short, a bit flimsy and the material seems to have thinned over time. I only used it on a part-time basis, perhaps 20-30 days per year. One beef is the fact that it doesn't extend very far down the tripod, and didn't cover my marine batteries, cables, power strip, etc.

In contrast I find the Orion cloak to be very thick and durable, and it extends all the way to the ground, important if there ends up being a light rain, as the cloak fully covers all the electric gear sitting under the tripod. It also does better in high winds because of the longer length.

Wh! en I hold the Telegizmos up to the sun it is semi-transparent to the light. When I hold up the Orion material it is opaque.

Maybe I don't have a heavy-duty Telegizmos cover (?), but for future purchases I'll plan to stick with the Orion cloaks.

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Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

Woody Schlom <woody@...>
 

You’re correct. You don’t have the heavy-duty Telegizmos 365 cover. You have the light-weight quilted silver Mylar Solar Cover. The 365 cover is quite a bit heavier – and designed and intended for continuous day/night, all-weather use.



In fact, the interior lining of the Telegizmos 365 is the same as their Solar cover. Then to that quilted silver Mylar cover (which becomes the inner liner), they sew on the super heavy duty cream colored coated Polyester outer cover.



The complete Telegizmos 365 cover is quite opaque. The 365 also comes with sewn-in Bungee cords and cord-locks, and an external Bungee cord with cord-lock to prevent it from flapping in high winds.



And there are many sizes and shapes of Telegizmos scope covers to fit most sizes and shapes of scopes and mounts.



Then there are their separate tripod covers which go to the ground. When you use both the tripod cover and properly sized and shaped scope cover, there’s at least a couple of feet of overlap between the two. The combination is quite a nice package.



These covers aren’t cheap. And they’re heavy and stiff. But they do appear to last forever – even out in the elements day and night.



But I do recommend putting a thick bath towel over the top of your scope to cover up sharp points and corners. The inner silver Mylar lining, it tough, but not tough enough for sharp points and corners during a wind storm.



Woody



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To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers





I'm going to break rank and put in a recommendation for the Orion Scope Cloak cover. A friend recommended their product a few years back, and I've been quite happy.



I have one of the Telegizmos "standard cover" cloaks for mounted refractors (forget which size exactly). It was OK, but I found it to be too short, a bit flimsy and the material seems to have thinned over time. I only used it on a part-time basis, perhaps 20-30 days per year. One beef is the fact that it doesn't extend very far down the tripod, and didn't cover my marine batteries, cables, power strip, etc.



In contrast I find the Orion cloak to be very thick and durable, and it extends all the way to the ground, important if there ends up being a light rain, as the cloak fully covers all the electric gear sitting under the tripod. It also does better in high winds because of the longer length.



Wh! en I hold the Telegizmos up to the sun it is semi-transparent to the light. When I hold up the Orion material it is opaque.



Maybe I don't have a heavy-duty Telegizmos cover (?), but for future purchases I'll plan to stick with the Orion cloaks.





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Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

tallman.doug
 

I'm going to break rank and put in a recommendation for the Orion Scope Cloak cover. A friend recommended their product a few years back, and I've been quite happy.

I have one of the Telegizmos "standard cover" cloaks for mounted refractors (forget which size exactly). It was OK, but I found it to be too short, a bit flimsy and the material seems to have thinned over time. I only used it on a part-time basis, perhaps 20-30 days per year. One beef is the fact that it doesn't extend very far down the tripod, and didn't cover my marine batteries, cables, power strip, etc.

In contrast I find the Orion cloak to be very thick and durable, and it extends all the way to the ground, important if there ends up being a light rain, as the cloak fully covers all the electric gear sitting under the tripod. It also does better in high winds because of the longer length.

When I hold the Telegizmos up to the sun it is semi-transparent to the light. When I hold up the Orion material it is opaque.

Maybe I don't have a heavy-duty Telegizmos cover (?), but for future purchases I'll plan to stick with the Orion cloaks.


Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

Ted Mickle
 

Thanks for the recommendation - I went ahead and purchased a set for the OTA, 1100GTO and tripod - so far all has lived up to expectations.

Ted



On Mar 27, 2018, at 15:39, biker123@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

I have two of the Telegizmos covers.. The main one is over a 1100  mount and previously used with my 900 mount so in use for 5 years. These sit out in the open with a 11" SCT sitting on a home made pier. I installed grommets on the covers and use heavy straps to connet to the pier so it won't flap around in heavy wind. I put a heavy towel over the scope and sharper edges to avoid wear on the covers. They sit out year round in my Michigan weather including snow (relatively light where I live) in temperatures from well below freezing to high 90s in summer. Haven' t had a bit of trouble with the arrangement and no leaks at all. I do check everything  frequently for any issues but never an issue with scope or mount. 

The other covers isn't left out for more than a week at a time but equally durable and of same vintage. It covers the same two mounts but with a 6" APO refractor. 

The coves are rated for 24/7 for 5 years and I have no doubt they can easily meet that standard.


Re: Telegizmos Telescope Covers

Robert Berta
 

I have two of the Telegizmos covers.. The main one is over a 1100  mount and previously used with my 900 mount so in use for 5 years. These sit out in the open with a 11" SCT sitting on a home made pier. I installed grommets on the covers and use heavy straps to connet to the pier so it won't flap around in heavy wind. I put a heavy towel over the scope and sharper edges to avoid wear on the covers. They sit out year round in my Michigan weather including snow (relatively light where I live) in temperatures from well below freezing to high 90s in summer. Haven' t had a bit of trouble with the arrangement and no leaks at all. I do check everything  frequently for any issues but never an issue with scope or mount. 
The other covers isn't left out for more than a week at a time but equally durable and of same vintage. It covers the same two mounts but with a 6" APO refractor. 

The coves are rated for 24/7 for 5 years and I have no doubt they can easily meet that standard.


Re: Anyone is using a 30mm counterweights on Mach1?

George
 

The 30mm counterweights should work if the clamping pin is a good one.   A slight spacer might be added to improve the contact.

 

Regards,

 

George

 

George Whitney

Astro-Physics, Inc.

Phone:  815-282-1513

Email:  george@...

 

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Subject: [ap-gto] Anyone is using a 30mm counterweights on Mach1?

 

 

I try to understand if is ok to use the counterweights with 30mm inner bore so common in Europe (like Geoptik) in a Mach1 original shaft q1.125”

Thank you so much.