New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either...

Posted by: SirQuack

New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/26/08 08:37 PM

Looks like an EP400 next to that massive scope, it is really one of my 350v3's. I also have the Dew/Light shield attached.



A size comparison next to my oldest son, he just finished 3rd grade and is 4'7" and 80lbs. The tripod legs are at their lowest setting.



From the command center.



Looking at the 11" mirror inside. ;\)



Still waiting for first light and these darn thunderstorms to go away to get it out. It has built in GPS and auto tracking using 1-3 star align technology. Has 40,000 objects in the database control as well..... \:D
Posted by: St_PatGuy

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/26/08 08:40 PM

Very cool, Randy. Congrats!
Posted by: DL30

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/26/08 08:41 PM

Holy Crap!!! Is that what they brought down when they took the Hubble up?? Tell me what the big bang looks like!

Posted by: oldskoolboarder

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/26/08 08:44 PM

Man, that thing could see into the future.
Posted by: Wid

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/26/08 08:49 PM


Wow, I would like to see the gun you're mounting that on \:\)
Posted by: onn

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/26/08 09:07 PM

That is one beautiful scope.
Posted by: RickF

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/26/08 09:21 PM

Seems like I've seen pictures of that thing somewhere Randy.

Oh yea, now I remember....


\:\)
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/26/08 09:30 PM

Thanks guys. \:\) This baby weighs about 90lbs assembled, however, the scope/fork assembly comes off fairly easy and has ergonomic handles to make it easy for taking outside and setting on the tripod.
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/26/08 09:55 PM

Gorgeous. Congrats!

I am completely green with envy.
Posted by: JohnK

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/26/08 10:10 PM

Gawjus, Randy! Hope that you get some good seeing so that you take her out and enjoy the universe.
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/26/08 11:03 PM

Hey, I'll be over early tomorrow to steal it for a week while I am in Colorado! Just leave your door unlocked.
Posted by: HomeDad

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/27/08 12:14 AM

Very nice Randy! Puts my little Meade to shame.
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/27/08 01:21 AM

BTW: Is that the CPC 1100 GPS (XLT)?

That is like the best Celestron you can get short of the Observatory-class CGE ones. NIIIIIICE!!!!
Posted by: CV

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/27/08 01:55 AM

 Originally Posted By: nickbuol
BTW: Is that the CPC 1100 GPS (XLT)?

That is like the best Celestron you can get short of the Observatory-class CGE ones. NIIIIIICE!!!!


So much for the Porter Observatory, huh?
Posted by: BrenR

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/27/08 03:28 AM

A bit overkill for peeping at the sunbathing neighbour, no?

Bren R.
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/27/08 08:05 AM

Yep Nick, that is the one I got, actually it is the same OTA (optical tube assembly) as on the CGE's, the only difference is a dual fork mount versus a German Equitorial. GEM's are better for astrophotography,however, you can purchase a wedge for a fork mount and do the same.

In regards to an observatory, that would be next on my list someday. There is a company in Canada that makes nice home observatory's, call Skyshedpods.


Posted by: EFalardeau

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/27/08 08:39 AM

Wow! This is so cool!
Posted by: michael_d

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/27/08 11:52 AM

Hey that's cool.....

What's something like thing cost?? Can you hook a camera up to it??

Can you tell I know nothing about astronomy and telescopes?
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/27/08 02:49 PM

The telescope was $2700 minus a $200 rebate. The domes start around $1500 and higher depending on options.
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/27/08 03:30 PM

wow.... very cool.

Is that the same boy in the picture with the horizontal ep600?
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/27/08 03:55 PM

nope, nathan is 3, jacob is 9
Posted by: dllewel

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/27/08 04:59 PM

Nice telescope Randy, really nice. It goes good in the theater, just 'cause it looks very cool with the speakers.
Posted by: HAY

Re: New toy, nope that is not an EP400 either... - 06/27/08 10:44 PM

Whoa, that thing is wild. I think that could make anyone interested in Astronomy