CDK17-Complete

CDK17 – Final Assembly

Those who follow the thread on CloudyNights have probably seen most of the pictures in this post already but here’s the final write up on the design and construction of my 17″ CDK. I received the optics about 9 months … Continue reading


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EQ-Z – Final Assembly

Well, the EQ-Z mount is finally complete. At this time, the mirrors have been glued with RTV to their support cells. I think next week-end will be first light. Hopefully I can test and configure the mount before then. Since … Continue reading


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EQ-Z – DEC Housing and Shaft Assembly (Part 2)

I picked up the screws I was missing last week-end to install the encoder read head, counterweight bar, the rear RA shaft cover. I had to have the cables well routed in both shaft before I could any adjustment to … Continue reading


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EQ-Z – DEC Housing and Shaft Assembly (Part 1)

With the mount’s base and RA assembled I was finally able to start working on the declination axis! I started by finishing all of the cabling. There was still a bit of work left there. I managed to keep everything clean … Continue reading


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EQ-Z – Moved to Z-One Observatory

Finally! With both the interior and exterior of the observatory finished (minus a couple details here and there…) I was finally able to plan the move of the RA housing (largest sub-assembly of the entire EQ-Z mounting) into the observatory. … Continue reading


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Z-Power-Hub

Z-PH – Scope Mounted Power Hub

I mentioned my Power Hub several times but never posted any detail or picture… It’s a fairly simple device that is going to allow me to run only a single power cable through the mount to feed all of my equipment and accessories … Continue reading


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EQ-Z-Control

EQ-Z – Back Panel

As mentioned before I decided to switch from the Gemini 2 controller which I had plenty of experience with to the Sideral Technologies Servo II. I really wanted a controller that supports High Resolution shaft encoders. I had almost gave … Continue reading


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Z-One – Exterior Construction

Well, it took me over 6 months to start blogging about the construction of the observatory. I did post quite a few pictures on Cloudynights and Astrosurf though. Anyway, Z-one is the name I chose for my (first) observatory. It … Continue reading


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EQ-Z – RA Housing and Shaft Assembly (Part 3)

Quick and final update for the RA assembly. I’ve already started working on Declination parts and hopefully I will start putting the Declination assembly together. The toughest part (the shaft) is done – I am anxious to have everything ready … Continue reading


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CDK17 – Optics shipped!

My Optics are ready and are shipping! I should have them within 4 weeks. I received the final optical specs (namely spacing between the different elements) which will allow me to finalize the structure. I found that the front of … Continue reading


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