Author Archives: Michael Foegelle

Website Migrating to New Hosting Service

Hi All, As some of you may have noticed last night, I’m in the process of migrating the website to a new hosting service, which always has its difficulties.  However, in order to test I need to point the orionranchobservatory … Continue reading

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3-D Printed Tripod Parts

I’m running behind on my posts relative to the pictures I’ve been uploading and sharing on Cloudy Nights, so I’m going to merge a number of different related posts into one here.  I’d posted on my new business cards for … Continue reading

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Celestron NexStar 8SE Azimuth Axis Adjustment

I finally sold the used 8SE that I’d picked up, so I pulled out my original 8SE to use at the TXMOST star parties we’ve been having every Friday.  Unfortunately when I got there and set everything up, I discovered … Continue reading

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New Business Cards and 3-D Printed Business Card Holder

I’ve been doing a bit more outreach, helping to host star parties for TXMOST, so I finally got around to designing a business card to direct people to this website and getting them printed. I then decided I needed a … Continue reading

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TEMP-est TEMPerature Equilibration System for Telescopes

Deep Space Products sells these neat looking vent replacement fans for the Celestron CPC series telescopes.  While they have a rather confusing selection of choices depending on whether you have a newer (e.g. EDGE HD) or older model, wedge mounted … Continue reading

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Telescope Collection Menagerie

I have a Celestron 8se that I picked up used and in rather bad shape and after tuning it up I’m planning to resell it to a worthy home.  However, before I let it go I realized I needed to … Continue reading

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EdgeHD CPC Elevation/Declination Axis Rebuild

After completing the bearing upgrade on the azimuth/RA axis of my Celestron CPC Deluxe 1100 HD 11″ EdgeHD telescope, I followed up with a rebuild of the elevation/declination axis drive.  This effort was more about addressing issues with the drive mechanism itself … Continue reading

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EdgeHD CPC Azimuth/RA Axis Rebuild

In a somewhat misguided attempt to improve the tracking on my Celestron CPC Deluxe 1100 HD 11″ EdgeHD telescope, I decided to perform the bearing upgrade described by Gary Bennett on the NexStar Resource Site. I started by moving the EdgeHD … Continue reading

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Upgraded to Windows 10

So I finally bit the bullet and upgraded to Windows 10 on my observatory machines.  After the tremendous headaches I had on my main machine when I migrated from the pre-release Windows Insider version to the final released version, I … Continue reading

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Winter Wide(r) Fields

I’ve spent the last month or so capturing wide field images with my Sigma 70-300 mm on my Celestron Nightscape.  (Ok, so they’re really Fall Wide Fields.)  With the stack of adapters I’m using to get from the Nikon bayonet … Continue reading

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