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25 entries.
Nik Wolnik Nik Wolnik from Safety Harbor Flirida wrote on November 24, 2022 at 11:17 AM
Just visiting
John Prudente John Prudente from THE VILLAGES wrote on October 4, 2022 at 1:15 PM
Clear skys!
Cheryl R. Radford Cheryl R. Radford from PIEDMONT MO wrote on August 9, 2022 at 12:38 PM
Thanks so much for the part for our dozer, couldn't get one anywhere.
Graham Lewis Graham Lewis from Auckland wrote on July 6, 2022 at 3:40 AM
Thanks all Im looking for A GPS replacement for my Nexstar 8" CPC
Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
Check out this thread on Cloudy Nights. https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/567421-homebrew-celestron-compatible-gps/

If you can handle a soldering iron or find someone locally who can, you can do this pretty cheap. I'd offer to help, but I'm getting ready to move so don't have time to work on this sort of thing at the moment. Shipping to New Zealand would probably be prohibitive anyway.


Stanley Schlieper Stanley Schlieper from Surprise, AZ, USA wrote on April 7, 2022 at 6:24 PM
Received my Delta Leg Spreader today. I ordered it for one of my CG5 tripods and it fit perfectly. I knew that it would because I swap the spreaders of my Celestron SE, CG5, AVX, and CGEM mounts all the time. They all use the same spreader regardless of leg diameter. I was a little worried about it being strong enough to really tighten it down for the best mount stability, but it seems to be more than strong enough!

Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
Glad it worked for you! They're surprisingly tough. Had one user actually break the casting on his mount from overtightening. That was a defect in the casting and would have happened with the stock spreader too, but still shows how tough they are! (And a good lesson not to over tighten!)
Jimmy Arakaki Jimmy Arakaki from Granite Bay wrote on March 25, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Just ordered a spreader for my Meade 884 tripod. It looks like it should work, and I like the design. Very well thought out- the leg clearance slots in the 2" ep holes is a nice touch. Hopefully I can leave this on the tripod at all times so I don't lose it like I did the original...
Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
Great. Hope it works for you.
michael christopher michael christopher from Leander wrote on February 5, 2022 at 10:18 PM
I bumped into another Orion project website. I am sure you know about it, but in case you don't:

Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
Very cool! Thanks.
Kirk Kendrick Kirk Kendrick from Burnet wrote on August 17, 2021 at 8:07 PM
Nice job on the observatory! I was looking for a leg spreader for a scope I inherited. I just ordered one!

And, I was surprised to learn that I live about 10 miles north of you -- half way to Lampasas.
Greg Field Greg Field from Charleville wrote on July 11, 2021 at 12:48 AM
Looking at vertical assembly for CBC 1100
stephen Boyd stephen Boyd from Perth, Western Australia wrote on January 31, 2021 at 10:40 PM
finally found all sky camera that fits my needs. great site with a lot of great info
Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
Great! Glad you found it useful. Sadly I haven't had time to do any updates with AllSkEye, but what I have works fine for now.
Stephen Griffiths Stephen Griffiths from Winter Haven Florida wrote on January 2, 2021 at 9:13 AM
I have been hunting for a replacement spreader for quite some time, glad to find this site, ordered the Printed one to try out with my Meade Tripod.
Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
Welcome! Glad you found it and hope you enjoy. Look forward to hearing how it works for you.
Halford Greenlee Halford Greenlee from Cocoa wrote on September 6, 2020 at 4:16 AM
Hi. I lost the tripod spreader for my CEM60, which appears to be the same as with the Celestron 1.5/2" tripods. Anybody have one not needed? Thanks.
Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
You might check on Cloudy Nights. I sell a 3D printed replacement that's improved over the Celestron leg spreader. https://blog.orionranchobservatory.com/product/delta-leg-spreader-for-celestron-1-5-tripods/
George Forster George Forster from Orange Grove wrote on May 1, 2020 at 7:58 PM
I have a Celestron 11in GPS XLT and a Komatsu d20 that I put regular grouser tracks im replacing the clutch and a question the 3 bolts you had put in how far due you drive them in?? and can I get one of those alignment tool you made, send me a email if you have time thanks Geo
Allan Allan from FEEDING HILLS wrote on April 1, 2018 at 5:49 AM
Thanks for the superb pictures, they pop up on my desktop quite often, and I always enjoy them.
Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
Thanks. Glad you enjoy them.
Ray Rottmann Ray Rottmann wrote on December 21, 2017 at 12:35 PM
I generate 3-D star fields using only an ordinary camera and using photos taken a mere minute apart. How can I show you a sample?
Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
Cool. You can send e-mail to info at ...


Danielle Lenoir Danielle Lenoir from Houston, TX wrote on November 27, 2017 at 7:38 PM
We had a great time taking a peek through your scope at the science museum Friday night!
Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
Glad you enjoyed it. Come back and visit again. Things are changing year round!
Felix A Perez Felix A Perez from Manchaca wrote on August 28, 2017 at 11:34 AM
Great Pictures, a fine job done getting pictures that normally we would not be able to get.
walter s sikora walter s sikora from scottsville wrote on April 25, 2017 at 6:07 PM
Hope some CN's come for the total eclipse !
Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
Looking forward to the eclipse in August. Still lots to do to prepare!
Jason Lyman Jason Lyman from Cedar Park wrote on April 11, 2017 at 1:54 PM
Hi Michael,

I came out to the star party this past Friday and chatted for a while with you and Bobby. Thanks for the great info you guys provided on the sky and giving me the opportunity to look through the scopes. You have some fantastic astro pics on your site here. Absolutely love them! I'll make it back out to another star party. May even bring my scope out. I utterly love this stuff!
Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
Hi Jason,

Pleasure to have you at the star party and glad you enjoyed it. See you again soon.

OldDogPapa2016 OldDogPapa2016 from Royal Palm Bch wrote on February 17, 2017 at 5:35 PM
Great pics and info about 8SE mount repairs, Thank You
Admin Reply by: Michael Foegelle
Thanks, glad you found something useful.