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8" Konus Newtonian Reflector F/5
Losmandy G11 German Equatorial Mount
Orion Starshoot Autoguider-coupled to 50mm finder
Canon Digital Rebel XT(unmodified)
Canon TC-80N3 Programable Remote timer
Baader Coma Corrector

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Comment by Mark Roberts on February 21, 2012 at 5:12pm

Hi Marc
The equipment is very seldom in the house. Mostly it lives in my mini-van (It's kind of like a rolling garage) LOL! I only bring it in if I need to carry more than 2 people in the van. I seperate it into 3 main parts, scope/scopes, tripod and equatorial head. The head and tripod each weigh approx 35lbs. I can usually have it pulled out, set-up and polar alligned in about 15mins.

Comment by Marc Basti on February 21, 2012 at 1:58pm

Mark, how is it w/moving it in and out of the house (weight wise), separate or 1 piece?

Comment by Mark Roberts on February 21, 2012 at 8:54am

Hi Conor, No Gemini on this one (plan on adding it hopefully in the near future). I love the mount and believe them to be one of the best values for your dollar. I also personally know 6 others in my local group that own them (all except for one have Gemini 1 or 2) and one has both a G-11 and a GM-8. They all love them

Comment by Conor on February 21, 2012 at 5:19am

How do you like the G-11? I'm thinking about picking one up. Is that the Gemini 1 or 2 system?

Comment by Mark Roberts on February 20, 2012 at 11:56am

yeh it works well. Keeps the light in and as a bonus keeps the dew and frost off. Did not cost much to do either

Comment by Jerome Roberts on February 20, 2012 at 11:09am

Hey Mark, I like your laptop cover neat little trick to keep the light from the screen from bothering others , I need to make me one like that

Comment by Mark Roberts on January 23, 2011 at 5:37am
Thanks Mark. No Gemini on this one...yet. I got a great deal on it used about 3 years ago. I plan to add the Gemini some time after my kids are done with university. The Konus really is a great scope. I am really suprised you do not see more of them around. Virtually the same as a Celestron C8N. Even though it is Synta the mirrors are very nice. Along with giving great deep sky performance this scope still puts up GREAT planetary views. And it does stick out in a crowd.
Comment by Mark Roberts on January 22, 2011 at 1:57pm
Thanks Marc, it's been getting the job done for me. It is all still pretty portable, so I can drag it out to darker skies. Wish they would clear!

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