(SOLD OUT) New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25"

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(SOLD OUT) New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25"

Post by TheSkyBurner » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:44 pm

I was just informed of a package delivery containing 10 new Skybenders. The manufacturing order for these was made in march of 2018 and delivery was just recieved.

If you would like a 1.25" Skybender - $160 shipped worldwide (sold out as of 10-30-2018)

if you would like a 2" Skybender - $175 Shipped worldwide (sold out as of 10/13/2018)

paypal Apollo @ amplelight dot com

International buyers are encouraged!

You can see what things Skybender is capable of here. viewtopic.php?f=9&t=24440&p=220932#p219630

I have given 2-dozen Skybender's away for free in the last 5 years, delivered all over the world. Now this is the last of them and I will not be having anymore made. I will soon be stepping aside from astronomy due to unfortunate life circumstance's.

A special Thank's to all who have participated with Skybender!



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Re: New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25" and 2"

Post by TheSkyBurner » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:12 am

1.25" skybender has a standardized 2" top thread that Can be threaded onto SCT's rear cell. It can also be fitted to the baader planetarium click lock diagonal using the baader planetarium SCT inverter #1508020

https://www.baader-planetarium.com/en/b ... hread.html
https://www.baader-planetarium.com/en/b ... irror.html <-------IR/UV rejection mirror made for solar filters!

two 1.25" Skybenders can also be stacked together with the same baader planetarium 1508020 inverter for a double tilt module.

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Re: New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25" and 2"

Post by TheSkyBurner » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:20 am

the two inch skybender allows more room to work with. It has a 2" tilting cell, and it is large enough to integrate several filters directly inside of the nose piece.

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Re: New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25" and 2"

Post by Valery » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:44 am

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Re: New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25" and 2"

Post by MalVeauX » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:57 pm

These are great, I have two and can say they really are well made devices.

The 2" version can be made into an entire optical system that is modular. You can put a filter on the nose, add a nose extension, put two filters in the tilt cell (one on each side) and filters on the eyepiece side. I configured it to have two ERFs and two narrowband filters as a single device. Very versatile!

Thanks Apollo!

Here's my blue one with two ERFs and two narrowband filters that is simply inserted into a refractor (up to 150mm tested). Compact and modular.
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Re: New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25" and 2"

Post by TheSkyBurner » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:35 pm

All 2" models are now soldout .

There are only seven 1.25" left.

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Re: New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25" and 2"

Post by p_zetner » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:58 pm

Hi Apollo.

From what I can gather, the 1.25" Sky Bender has a female SCT thread on one side and a 1.25"OD tube on the other?
Please confirm this if you can.

Thanks.
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Re: New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25" and 2"

Post by TheSkyBurner » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:44 pm

p_zetner wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:58 pm
Hi Apollo.

From what I can gather, the 1.25" Sky Bender has a female SCT thread on one side and a 1.25"OD tube on the other?
Please confirm this if you can.

Thanks.
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absolutely confirmed, standard female 2" sct thread on the removable eyepiece section. Standard 1.25" nosepiece tube on the other. However when you thread it to an sct connection the nosepiece is reversed and you would have to either modify the skybender to remove the nosepiece with a pipe cutter, use the already supplied eyepiece barrel that has male threads, or add a new extension tube with more suitable threads. There are standard 28.5mm threads all the way through the nosepiece.

I will figure out something for the nosepiece end to make it more desirable.

I will also post some pictures when i get a moment

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Re: New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25" and 2"

Post by TheSkyBurner » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:02 pm

here is the supplied eyepiece adapter, removed from the skybender top. It is reversed and placed over the nosepiece to get the 2" sct male threads usable again. This is just a "quick fix".

I want to be clear that this method of using skybender is new, and it may not have complete tilting clearance with a 1.25" filter installed. If this becomes an issue a short spacer will solve it immediately.

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Re: New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25" and 2"

Post by TheSkyBurner » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:30 pm

Here is a basic example of how versatile Skybender is. Here I show how you can use the larger format 2" sct (36mm)filters for energy rejection, on the 1.25" Skybender .

Eyepiece section attached
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eyepiece section removed exposing the 2" female thread
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Standard 2" SCT large format Orion ultrablock dust filter attached
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Eyepiece section reattached to orion ultrablock dust filter.
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Re: New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25" and 2"

Post by TheSkyBurner » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:42 pm

here are some adapter examples to convert the sct thread without issues.

a male to male thread adapter if you dont want to use the eyepiece barrel,
https://www.ebay.com/itm/BFB-Gender-Cha ... 1140863883

48mm nose to sct male if you want to slde into a 2" focuser
https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-to-SCT-Threa ... 2774033693


sct female to c mount if you want to thread a camera directly to the adapters
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Blue-Fire-SCT- ... 2981608790

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Re: New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25" and 2"

Post by TheSkyBurner » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:49 pm

here are some examples to convert the 1.25" nose piece to various other parts

1.25" nose to 48mm nose with thread
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antares-2-to-1 ... 2950887947

1.25" male to male
https://www.ebay.com/itm/BFB-Gender-Cha ... 1140867123

T-2male to 1.25" male
https://www.ebay.com/itm/BFB-T-T2-Male- ... 1235525188

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Re: New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25" and 2"

Post by TheSkyBurner » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:36 pm

Here is a male to male sct adapter used to mate two 1.25" skybenders for double stacking
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Re: (only 3 left) New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25"

Post by TheSkyBurner » Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:04 pm

There are now only (3) 1.25" skybenders left as of 10/23/2018.

Thank you all for your support, and good luck with your imaging quests!

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Re: (SOLD OUT) New Skybender tilt modules - 1.25"

Post by TheSkyBurner » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:27 am

All skybenders are now sold out and I want to thank everyone for their support.

I wish you all great success during your tilted adventure.


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