Lightweight 80cm dish

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Next project, change the sky dish for a lightweight 80cm dish with 4 lnbs.
Anyone know a aluminium one that's about the same weight as a sky dish
or a clear plastic one should do.
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None out there for a Zone 1. An Orbital 80cm is a good replacement for a Zone 2
 

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Channel Hopper is absolutely right.

There are also the perforated 'mesh' dishes e.g. ISS and Maxx Digital. They are lightweight and fairly see-through and can be easily camouflaged with plasti-kote spray paint. As they look smaller than they are you could go for a 90cm and get more gain for the weaker channels.

Also the Maximum E85, a purpose designed multi LNB dish with skew backring, but that is not lightweight.
 

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Channel Hopper said:
None out there for a Zone 1. An Orbital 80cm is a good replacement for a Zone 2

Yep. The Orbital 80cm was my first Dish and is still doing sterling service on its motor.

Light, easy to install and adjust.
 

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There'a also a Raven Gemini; ideal for mulitsat with LNB offset.
 

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From memory the Gemini is quite a bit heavier than the Orbital
 

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Isn't the Gemini discontinued?

They used to do a perforated 'mesh' version which could be camouflauged and made invisible easily.



hexah said:
There are also the perforated 'mesh' dishes e.g. ISS and Maxx Digital. . .

Look at the Maxx Digital 'mesh' dishes, they have a more rigid back plate and LNB arm which will give much better performance than the ISS dishes.
 

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hexah said:
There are also the perforated 'mesh' dishes e.g. Maxx Digital. They are lightweight and fairly see-through and can be easily camouflaged with plasti-kote spray paint. As they look smaller than they are you could go for a 90cm and get more gain for the weaker channels.
Here is an example of a camouflaged perforated 'mesh' dish.

http://www.satellites.co.uk/forums/topic/74232-my-self-installed-fixed-dish-multi-lnb-system/page-2#entry506510

Note that he should have also spray painted the cables, diseqc switch cover, LNB brackets, LNB holders and the LNBs (but not the white cap at the front that the signal goes through). If he had done that it would have been almost 'invisible'.

Compare that with the install at the start of that thread.

http://www.satellites.co.uk/forums/topic/74232-my-self-installed-fixed-dish-multi-lnb-system/#entry462207

That carbuncle should have been spray painted with Plasti-kote Ice Cream Matt or similar. Then it wouldn't look like the house has a big blackhead zit on its face.

The most useful Plasti-kote colours are Red Oxide Primer, Ice Cream Matt, Chocolate Matt, Shamrock Green, Hunter Green Satin, Grey Primer and Grey Matt.

If you wanted to make a feature of it you could use Butterscotch Matt or Scarlet Red Matt or Orange Gloss. Some companies use red dishes in Asia and they look good in sunny weather. Also take a look at the cheerful Balamory style Televes orange yellow dishes.
 

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No they are not discontinued, I had two last year. Can't remember where from at this time.
Yes, they are a tad heavier than the Orbital... but then again I wouldn't buy the latter, lol.
 
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