Any great lower cost options to Astrodon and Chroma filters? Extremely robust Crayford style focusers, focuser accessories, truss tubes and truss tube connector systems, plus telescope accent kits to personalize your telescope. This is not recommended for shared computers, I agree with what is said here about the Tak FS102. You currently have javascript disabled. The Aurora System is a "pseudo truss". Several functions may not work. One other item - search this forum for "Merope". Both work well. Specializing in Amateur Telescope Making Components. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return it to us in new condition for a refund of the product price minus 10% It is definitely worth consideration. It's a bit easier to set up, and I notice no shift or flexure. DSLR, Mirrorless & General-Purpose Digital Camera DSO Imaging, Community Forum Software by IP.BoardLicensed to: Cloudy Nights. * Over seas shipped items have a 20% restocking fee. but that's just for the uta side. Moonlight ball truss connectors vs Aurora precision connectors - posted in ATM, Optics and DIY Forum: Considering what it would take to build my own truss scope, and the part that concerns me the most is the truss system. Many ATM'ers have enough respect for the MoonLite truss-ball system that they even machine their own MoonLite clones. the ap uta connectors makes it easy to slip the connectors together, moonlite can pop out again while placing the tubes in their sockets, not once they're tighten down. Please re-enable javascript to access full functionality. Limited Product Warranty: We guarantee your MoonLite product against manufacturer defects, for 3 years. Although I first assembled the UTA with 8 truss poles, I eventually chose to attach the UTA … After lengthly research on both systems, I'm planning on using the MoonLite truss connectors for rebuilding my 17.5" Dob in the next couple of months. This is easy to guard against by placement, orientation, and handling once you have seen it. With strength for higher load capacities than other ball-grip positioning arms, these arms have a heavy duty construction. our products, simply return it to us and we will either repair or replace the product at our discretion. I realize this thread at CN is more than a year old, but some of you may still want the Moonlite Truss connectors. to cover the credit card transaction fee and original shipping cost. From a technical perspective, the Moonlight is better due to the line of force not being offset with the longitudinal axis of the tube. What do you mean make? covered for 1 year. I also use a softcore birch ply to squish the balls on the mirror box and do pole pinchers on the uta, very strong. You can read Albert Highe's book for the details on this. When I built a new body for my 20" Obsession I chose Moonlight's system and have never regretted it. Do you mean buy from Moonlight and install, or literally fabricate yourself? (Don't ask me how I know.). Ron at Moonlite and Rob at Teeter's confirmed this point for me in personal conversations. I initially tried 1 inch diameter, 0.030 inch thick aluminum shower curtain poles from the hardware store but found they were to springy to hold the UTA properly. Custom machined parts are not returnable. * Over seas shipped items have a 20% restocking fee. Edited by Pinbout, 07 January 2017 - 08:45 PM. I noticed that Teeter used to use the Moonlight ball truss connectors, but has switched over to using Aurora clamps. The truss tubes are 1 inch diameter, 0.050 inch thick, black anodized aluminum tubes purchased from Moonlite telescope components. I would plan on creating a similar truss ring "unibody" upper cage assembly like Teeter has done so that the assembly rarely needs to be broken down, but was still wondering what advantages/disadvantages there are to each type of clamp. a drill with bits a 1/4-20 tap also a 10-24 tap, and a saw a file and sandpaper. Can I Connect a Scope to a Camera Without a Flattener/Reducer? The Moonlight system has a potential weakness - the threaded holes for the clamps run through a very thin section of Delrin. Electronic items, such as motors, cables, and controller options are We guarantee your MoonLite product against manufacturer defects, for 3 years. Moonlight also sells clamps, not just the ball connectors. If you are unsuspecting, you might damage a truss block or two before figuring it out. Moonlite Telescope Accessories' "Ball & Socket" Truss Connectors make a positive, repeatable, long lasting connection at the lower end of the truss structure. Like you, I'm also going to construct the truss assembly as its own separate unit...where it can be completely disassembled if necessary but normally kept as an assembled unit for transportation and very quick set-up. Actually those appear to be a hybrid of the moonlight system.....unless they have changed something in the last few years their system also uses delrin inserts in the truss poles instead of those eared flange nuts. I thought Rob was merely a reseller of Moonlite-manufactured blocks. Truss tubes. Considering what it would take to build my own truss scope, and the part that concerns me the most is the truss system. Edited by Pinbout, 08 January 2017 - 12:51 PM. I noticed that Teeter used to use the Moonlight ball truss connectors, but has switched over to using Aurora clamps. Everyone who has the MoonLite system seems to think very highly of it. Ball-and-socket connections allow 360° positioning. If, through no fault of your own, a problem arises with one of * Truss poles require a return authorization and a 20% restocking fee. and only 1 thumbscrew per 2 balls instead of 1 thumbscrew per ball. They are susceptible to impact damage if you have the clamp knobs exposed. Welcome to MoonLite Telescope Accessories. Overall, choose the system that appeals to you. 4k Monitor Recommendations for use with Pixinsight. Aurora Precision Upper Truss Connectors Aurora Precision's machined/anodized aluminum upper Truss Connectors are the latest and greatest product for making a rigid connection between the upper end of the truss structure and your upper … I would use either again, depending upon the project. Rob Teeter makes the Moonlite Truss connectors. The base, connectors, and links are hollow for routing wires, cables, and small hoses. What tools / equipment would you need to fabricate for yourself? From an operational perspective, I slightly prefer the Aurora system. * Truss poles require a return authorization and a 20% restocking fee. He uses a somewhat different system called a Stewart Platform that is very worthy of consideration. It also has a direct bearing on mirror cell and diagonal holder construction. It's a scope built by Australian amateur John Pogson. Anyone have any opinions on these types of connectors? I replaced the wood split blocks on my Obsession 15 with the Moonlight clamps to get away from issues with the wood expanding and contracting between arid desert and coastal areas at home and making assembly difficult. Since that time I have only seen one other system I would have considered over it and that is the New Moon Telescope truss system. The moonlite connectors are easy to make.