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My new wide-field guiding configuration (the SW is the guide scope) for my upcoming trip to a dark sky community in SW Texas over the Labor Day weekend and a few days beyond. Also looking forward to visiting the McDonald Observatory.

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Comment by Jeffrey P Nunnari on August 27, 2013 at 9:28am

Boy how I wish I had an observatory. My buddy and I were planning on going to visit our site on Observatory Row in Granite Gap (where I hope to one day build an observatory) but the monsoonal rains put the cabash on that plan and so Texas is Plan B, and the forecast looks pristine. Hope it clears up for you.

Comment by Russ Ruggles on August 27, 2013 at 8:53am

Ya I got a CG-5 as well and I was always amazed at how much you could stack on it before it when nutz. I place to put it on my second pier when the observatory is complete. Set it up with a fine NB system that is screaming to be used....hope the weather clears soon in my local....darn rain!!!

Comment by Jeffrey P Nunnari on August 27, 2013 at 8:49am

I surely will do that for you. The mount has handled much more in the past. I used to have a Celestron CR6 6" refractor and a Celestron 80mm f/11 refractor atop it as a "guide" scope when I first started out and hadn't a clue as to what I was doing. The smaller scope didn't really "guide" anything, but it sure looked cool! Ha ha. The present configuration is much lighter and well within the 30-lb limit.

Comment by Russ Ruggles on August 27, 2013 at 6:03am

Nice rig Jeff. Looks like the CG5 is about maxed out but should be capable of the task at hand. Good luck and have fun. Oh and say Hi to the nice lady that does the Star Date program from McDonald Observatory.

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