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I am now the happy owner of Rich Wagner's Zhumell Z10 dob.
I got the base, complete OTA, a solar filter and the cart that Rich made for it.
What I don't have at this point are 2" eyepieces or any sort of finder for it. I have determined that I can't get my smart phone any closer than two feet before the metal tube affects the compass, so using SkEye as a finder is probably not practical. I might be able to use my home made finder from my Mak on it, at least temporarily. I think a Rigel is in my very near future.
I do have the 1.25" adapter so I can use my existing eyepieces.
Rich had done a nice job of adding red LED's to the base.
However, I think I am going to rearrange them a bit. I plan on mounting them so they face down, evn though they are red, they seem too bright to have in direct view.
Last Edit: Mar 5, 2014 21:18:45 GMT -6 by erikruud
Post by -=CROMAN=- on Mar 12, 2014 16:36:23 GMT -6
Have fun, she's fast at f/5 and gives great views. The leds positioned that way come in handy in the dark. No need for forehead lights. Telrad is a necessity although Joe would argue for the Rigel. There are telrad maps on the front page of iskywatch.com.
I did finally get a chance to look through it at the stars last night. The sky was clear when I got home and the Z10 was sitting on the cart, so I pulled it out on the drive way. I used a garage light down the street to align the finder and then went looking for some of easier targets that I could find before my fingers got to cold. I can't wait to get to some darker skies with this thing.