The SkyMax 180 came with a Vixen mounting bar which I have found difficult to use at night due to the the large bulk of the tube. Therefore, I thought it would be useful to change it to a Losmandy bar. I also wanted to add a handle to make the scope easier to handle in the dark.
I have been drilling and bolting my new Orion telescope rings to create a cradle with Losmandy bar and handle for my SkyMax 180 scope this New Year’s morning!
Below = finished product. When I removed Vixen bar there was big crunch as inside the student a nut and holding bar fell off thankfully not onto mirror or corrector plate. So I had to remove the corrector plate and cell to get them out of tube and remove second nut from other bolt golding Vixen bar – needed to get it off to give room for the rings. Then 4 old belts required to pad out the rings bit big for tube. I had bought an aluminium bar for top of rings which I drilled this morning for the rings and to create mounting holes for the handle I purchased from Germany. I bought that one particularly because it has a slot in the middle of the handle – convenient for mounting another mounting bracket onto which I can place a guidescope held centrally so it does not imbalance the scope in use.
First images using my “new” (second hand) Sky Watcher Skymax Maksutov 180mm with Altair Astro 174MM camera and luminence fiter.
Well, new to me any way. 2nd hand off AB&S – bought specifically for planets.
“First Light” (for me) was on Tuesday night – Mars big – limited detail as very windy but held planet in field of view quite a few minutes – some surface detail but hoping for more on still nights.
Also tried it on Double Cluster and Pleaides – OK but without the zazz of my 10″ Dobsonian! (as you’d expect 10″ just brings in the light and gives that wonderful diamonds on velvet effect I love so much!)
…..But clearly has resolution.