August 2010

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DC-3 Comm Center

I joined the DC-3 Dreams Comm Center today.  It is a great resource to resolve ACP and ACP Scheduler issues and to get helpful advice with observatory automation.

Mirror Cell Lock Knobs

The mirror lock knob that is built-in to the Meade ACF is inadeqaute to prevent miror "flop", so fashioned a couple of knobs to better lock down the mirror cell.  These threaded knobs pass through two holes (180 degrees apart) at the back of the OTA where shipping bolts were originally installed to lock down the mirror cell.  Since focus is achieved with the Van Slyke OMG Crayford focuser, the mirror can be permanently locked down to avoid any mirror "flop".