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Products specifically for Obsession Owners


Astrosystems Telescope Covers

Safely waiting darkness (18" and 25" Obsession) Water vapor from interior evaporates, passes through, droplets from the exterior run off.

Effectively cover your Obsession both at star parties and in storage.  This white, 400 denier, polyurethane coated nylon fabric will reflect the sun, resists dust and moisture and is long-lasting.  Our cover allows positioning in the horizontal when not being used so that high winds won't knock them over.  It has a draw cord at the bottom to give a snug fit around the bottom.  A sturdy 1" nylon strap is provided to attach a weight to the top end, keeping the wind from standing the scope up or turning it into a cosmic weathervane.  The water and dust resistant polyurethane inner coating rounds out a complete protection package for extended observing sessions in the bush.  The cover exterior is sprayed with a water repellant to add further protection from the elements.  This unique combination offers protection from the elements while still having breathability, a must when covering a wet, dewed telescope.  The Newtonian cover comes with a storage bag and secondary mirror cover, both with draw pulls.  Worth every penny in strength, longevity and protection.  The AstroSystems cover is not intended for continuous outdoor exposure.  To retain the maximum water repellency, it is recommended you respray the cover once a year with silicone water repellant.  A 12 oz. aerosol can will spray a 18" N cover twice.  Available at hardware or discount stores for under $5.  We use the brand "Silicone Water-guard", brown can with orange top made by Atsco products.

New - custom covers for the 15", 18" and 22" Ultra Compact

    Ship Weight
Obsession 12.5"   $98 8
Obsession 15" $114 9
Obsession 15" UC $112 9
Obsession 18" $120 11
Obsession 18" UC $118 11
Obsession 20" $125 12
Obsession 22" UC $148 14
Obsession 25" $190 15
Obsession 30" $230 20
Obsession 36" $280 25

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Cooling Fan Power Supply 

Classic or UC

*New* Send us your fan mount and we can directly install the fan controls.  

* Optional switch, fuse and right angle plug for Argo Navis or Sky Commander digital setting circles

* Easy installation, wiring uses crimp connectors.

The Cooling Fan Power Supply can be used with any 12V dc cooling fan(s). The power control will operate the fan(s) with an on/off switch, charge the batteries with 110V ac (household) or 12 V dc (auto) and indicate that the batteries are charging with an LED indicator.  Complete with control panel and battery mounting hardware.  The system uses two 6V batteries wired in series to obtain 12V. The 3 amp hour batteries have plenty of capacity to operate 2 fans for 2-3 days and Digital Setting Circles before recharging.  A higher capacity 7 Ahr battery is available for more than 2 fans or to supply other devices such as digital setting circles, dew removal or illuminated finders. It is recommended that the total power needs in amps be 25%-50% of the battery rating.

 

The UC panel and batteries mount on the mirror cell frame.  There is a second switch for power for the Dew Guard or Digital setting circles.  Optional plug for the Argo Navis can be wired in to the second switch (state length needed).

Battery dimensions:

1.3 Ahr    2" tall, 5.25" wide and 1.3" thick    11 oz. each battery  (fits 12.5" - 15") note: because of limited space the controls are integrated into the panel on the 12.5" and 15", please send your panel and fan for installation (see photo below)

3 Ahr    2.5" tall, 5.25" wide and 1.3" thick    1.5 pounds each battery  (fits 18" - 25")

7 Ahr    4" tall, 6.0" wide and 1.3" thick    2.9 pounds each battery  (fits 18" - 30")

Classic parts (you install) Classic Parts (we install in your fan mount) UC parts

 

 

Controls integrated in 12.5" and 15"

 

Cooling system installed in 18" classic

 

Parts included - you install

Parts Included 12.5" - 15"     Parts Included 18" - 20"    

Parts Included 25" - 30"

 
Control Plate with Electronics 1   Control Plate with Electronics 1   Control Plate with Electronics 1
Control Plate Screws 4   Control Plate Screws 4   Control Plate Screws 4
Battery Jumper Wire 1   Battery Jumper Wire 1   Battery Jumper Wire 1
Gel Cell Batteries (1.3 Ahr only) 2   Gel Cell Batteries 2   Gel Cell Batteries  2
Auto Charger 1   Auto Charger 1   Auto Charger 1
AC Charger (float) 1   AC Charger (float) 1   AC Charger (float) 1
Wire Ties (battery mount) 4   Wire Ties (battery mount) 4   Wire Ties (battery mount) 4
Wire Connectors 2   Wire Connectors 2   Wire Connectors 2

 

Parts included, integrated in your fan mount

Parts Included 12.5" - 15"     Parts Included 18" - 20"    

Parts Included 18" - 30"

 
Electronics (mounted in your fan plate) 1   Electronics (mounted in your fan plate) 1   Control Plate with Electronics 1
Battery Jumper Wire 1   Battery Jumper Wire 1   Battery Jumper Wire 1
Gel Cell Batteries (1.3 Ahr only) 2   Gel Cell Batteries 2   Gel Cell Batteries  2
Auto Charger 1   Auto Charger 1   Auto Charger 1
AC Charger (float) 1   AC Charger (float) 1   AC Charger (float) 1
Wire Ties (battery mount) 4   Wire Ties (battery mount) 4   Wire Ties (battery mount) 4

System with wood mount plate - you install

With 1.3 amp hour batteries    $90.00      ShipWeight  6 lb.

With 3 amp hour batteries       $99.00      ShipWeight  6 lb.

With 7 amp hour batteries     $109.00      ShipWeight  11 lb.

 

System integrated in your fan mount

With 1.3 amp hour batteries  $120.00      ShipWeight  6 lb.

With 3 amp hour batteries     $129.00      ShipWeight  6 lb.

With 7 amp hour batteries     $139.00      ShipWeight  11 lb.

Argo Navis or Sky Commander power plug, switched and fused  $20.00 (state length needed up to 10')

Power Plug, switched and fused  $20.00

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Digital Setting Circles and Accessories

Sky Commander Flash 4

The new Flash 4 Sky Commander transforms your telescope into an efficient observing tool.  Locate and identify objects within seconds, even in light polluted skies.  Spend valuable observing hours at the eyepiece instead of hunting objects. "Zero-in" the telescope to celestial objects.  Just move the scope until the "difference reading" of the object you selected is zero.  It's just that easy!  Identify unknown objects in a real time search and identify mode.  Any object within 0.5 degrees is identified and displayed instantly.  Other features include 32 character super twist LCD information display with backlight dimmer control, battery monitor, magnitude filter.  Best of all, the Flash 4 uses the simple, time tested two star alignment.  The Sky Commander has an extensive 15,000 object data base upgradeable to 30,000,  including NGC, Messier, UGC, IC, planets and 200 programmable objects.  Complete with computer, 10,000 step encoders, custom made cables and truss telescope mounting hardware, (drilled azimuth pivot is required).

The Flash 4 Sky Commander is supplied with a computer interface cable for free downloads from the Sky Commander web site.

Catalog Size 15,000 upgradeable to 30,000+
Processor 8 bit 68HC11
User Catalog 200 objects
Display 32 character LCD, yellow Green
Display Brightness Settings 3
Display RA/DEC or ALT/AZ
Display Resolution 0.1 deg, upgradeable to 0.01 deg.
Display Heater Yes
Sidereal Timer Yes
Encoder Resolution 10,000 upgradeable to 32,767
Encoder Test Mode Yes (in upgrade)
Encoder Mode Display Yes, (via RS-232)
Encoder Sample Rate 2000/sec. (moving) 1000/sec. (stationary)
Search Mode, Magnitude Yes
Search Mode, Constellation Yes
Search Mode, Radius Yes, 0.5 degree
Catalog by Name Yes, Double Stars
Planet Position Yes, better that 0.1 arc minute
Equatorial Platform Compatible Yes
Platform Two Star Align Yes
Polar EQ Mode Yes
Realign on Object Yes
Serial Support Yes
ServoCAT Support Yes
Sky Tracker Support Yes
Weight 8 oz
Battery Monitor Yes
Power 9V  gives ~40 hours operation

 

ShipWeight
Complete Set Flash 4 computer, 10K encoders, cable set, serial interface cable, mounting hardware set 2 $549.00 4 lbs.
Flash 4 Computer Computer only $299.00 1 lb.
Encoders 10,000 step with low profile phone plug module $80.00 1 lb.
Encoders 32,000 step with low profile phone plug module $100.00 1 lb.
Pivot Bolt Pivot Bolt drilled for encoder 1/2" x 2" $15.00 1/2 lb.
Cable Set Telescope size (up to 22") specify cable lengths $30.00 1 lb.
Cable Set Telescope size (up to 36") specify cable lengths $45.00 2 lb.
Hardware Set 2 Telescopes with exterior mount blocks (Obsession, Starsplitter) $150.00 2 lbs.

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Upper Cage Carry Case

This 300 denier sealed nylon case will protect your upper cage while the telescope is being stored or transported.  They are now round and have a top flap that folds inside to completely seal your cage plus a drawstring and cord lock.

Obsession Scope Size Diameter (inside) Length (inside)
12.5" Classic $37.00 ShipWeight 1 lb. 19.7 29
15" Classic $39.00 ShipWeight 2 lbs. 21.5 32
18" Classic $46.00 ShipWeight 2 lbs. 25.5 32
20" Classic $49.00 ShipWeight 2 lbs. 28 37
25" Classic $55.00 ShipWeight 2 lbs. 32 44
30" Classic $65.00 ShipWeight 3 lbs. 39.5 52

 

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Transport Case

The AstroSystems transport cover is made to protect your telescope while disassembled in the field or while being transported.  The heavy duty shell is a PVC coated Nylon designed to repel dust, dirt and moisture. It is extremely tear and abrasion resistant. The liner is a heavy, 12 oz. Flannel to cushion and protect your investment.  The transport case has cut-outs to clear the transport handles so it can be left on while moving.  Sturdy attached bungees with hooks fasten each side at the corners.  The cover has slots at the bottom corners to clear bottom mounted transport handles so the telescope can be easily moved with the cover in place.  Configured for telescopes that have both transport handles parallel to the ground.

12.5" Classic $101.00 Shipwt.  4 lbs.
15" Classic $109.00 Shipwt.  5 lbs.
18" Classic $115.00 Shipwt.  6 lbs.
20" Classic $119.00 Shipwt.  8 lbs.
25" Classic $150.00 Shipwt. 14 lbs.
30" Classic $170.00 Shipwt. 18 lbs.

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Truss Case

This heavy duty nylon case protects your truss poles when traveling or storage.  Shoulder strap is included.  Pockets are sized to accommodate foam covered trusses.

A - up to 40" trusses $40.00 Shipweight 2 lbs.
B - up to 50" trusses $45.00 Shipweight 2 lbs.
C - up to 60" trusses $50.00 Shipweight 3 lbs.
D - up to 72" trusses $55.00 Shipweight 4 lbs.
E - up to 96" trusses $60.00 Shipweight 4 lbs.

 

Obsession Scope Size Truss Length Truss Case Size
12.5" Classic 42.5 B
15" Classic 45 B
15" Ultra Compact 48 B
18" Classic 55 C
18" Ultra Compact 55 C
20" Classic 70 D
20" Classic f/4 55 C
22" Ultra Compact 70 D
25" Classic 87 E
25" Classic f/4 70 D

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