Last updated: 27 May 2004
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Subject:	re: white gears for ds motor interface
Sent:	Sunday, May 23, 2004 17:07:17
From:	Richard Seymour (rseymour@wolfenet.com)
To: 	  joehigginbothamva@hotmail.com
Try joining the RoboScope group on Yahoo


someone there probably has some

have fun

Subject:	white gears for ds motor interface
Sent:	Saturday, May 22, 2004 08:39:16
From:	joe higginbotham (joehigginbothamva@hotmail.com)
I sent an e:mail earlier from a link at your website but am not sure i
used proper etiquette.  I am building a telescope from the ground up
(around a Celestron C5 OTA) and have everything I need except those
little white gears with the little pilot nipple on one end to mate to ds
motors.  Does anyone have a commercial source for these?  I am sure I
will have additional questions specific to the Autostar, AZ and AL
ratios, etc.

Thank you,
Joe Higginbotham
Mike here: Check Telescope Warehouse; link under the Dealers section on the Astronomy Links page.
Subject:	Stick with ETX 60AT or go with DS80AT
Sent:	Monday, May 3, 2004 12:07:14
From:	"T Lee" (t65lee@hotmail.com)
Okay, here is the situation. About 10 years ago I was an avid star
gazer, studied, read all the books, everthing. Had a ball with it but my
time became limited and I had to drop it as a hobby. Today, I seem to
have the time and would also like to introduce my 7 year old son tho the
hobby. So here is my question.

My mother in law purchased a ETX 60 AT for us not too long ago. We took
it out last night and found Venus and Saturn right away...Venus was
wonderful and Saturn was...well, less that that. All Saturn was, even
with the 9 mm ep, was a white oval. Sure different from the 90mm
refractor I had long ago. I understand the limits of the 60AT with it's
short focul length. I was going to invest in the 882 tripod and a 2x
barlow for the 60AT for a cost of around a hundred bucks. Seems I can
get a DS80AT for right about a hundred bucks also. S it's one or the
other. Am I going to get a little more clarity with the barlow and the
60AT ( I am not expecting to see the seperation of the rings of Saturn,
but would like to just see them none the less, instead of just the oval
I see now.) I would think the 80AT is going to give me a little more to
see planatery wise, right. Just can't seem to make up my mind. Any help
would be great.

T Lee
Denver, Co.
Mike here: It does sound like your expectations exceed your equipment. The DS-80AT has a longer focal length (900mm) vs the ETX-60 (350mm). So you will get increased magnification but the aperture will still limit you.

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