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#301 Dragon Man

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 01:48 AM

Cool set-up Moromete.

How well does the SX work in the SCT? Have you tried it?

#302 Moromete

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:09 AM

I tried LodestarC with C11 at F2.6 and it's wonderful but I need another guide cam this way. :grin:

In fact I find LodestarC resolution sufficient for DSO photography.

#303 mattflastro

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:36 AM

I tried LodestarC with C11 at F2.6 and it's wonderful but I need another guide cam this way. :grin:

In fact I find LodestarC resolution sufficient for DSO photography.

Using yor LodestarC and C11 @ F2.6 yields an image scale of 2.45 arcsec/pixel. For average seeing under the Jetstream that resolution is sufficient for DSO's.

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 08:39 PM

Here are a few of my newest set up.

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#305 JimT

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 08:40 PM

Next one.

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 08:41 PM

Next one. Yeah I get carried away posting them. I know.

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 08:42 PM

Last one. LOL

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 08:30 AM

Hey Jim, that's not fair!!!! :(
you have a Night Skies Network sticker on your scope! :p
I don't :bawling:

But look at what is at the bottom of our sign :grin:

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 01:11 PM

WOW!! :) Super nice setup Jim :) :waytogo:

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 01:49 PM

Thanks nvastro.

Ken nice sign , but of course it will have to come down now that I have seen it. Get it packed up and shipped. I'll PM my address to you. Need something on the door of the NSN Observatory right ? :lol:

#311 mattflastro

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 02:36 PM

Here's a Celestron NExstar 8" with an Astro-Video Systems Advanced cam MK II

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 03:32 PM

Nice Matt. Always liked that color Celestron came out with for those OTA's.

#313 Chris A

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 03:55 PM

Now thats a big beast of and Apo refractor Jim nice setup!!

Here is my latest setup a VRC 10" F8 scope and an 80 mm F6.2 custom made TMB triplet Apo refactor. I am super happy with this new VRC 10" both with my MCX2 and MC Universe. Don't look at my cabling it's has since been nicely straightened out LOL!

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#314 Chris A

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 03:56 PM

From a front angle showing the nice quartz mirror.

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 04:52 PM

Chis
Very nice set up. Cables? What cables? LOL
You only need a the NSN sticker now and you'll be complete.
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Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:35 PM

Send me that NSN sticker please Jimmy lol!

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 11:19 PM

matt, nice setup. I have the same scope and mount. the nexstars are very portable, with a reasonable price tag. can't wait to get my video camera, looks great on the nexstar. donnie

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 07:16 PM

this is my new video setup. had the old patio blocks removed and replaced it with a concrete slab ( very nice and a lot smoother to roll around on. the wooden table I made didn't work out too well so I purchased a tool cart from sears that works a out better. real happy with this. now, if I can just get my camera I ordered from astro-video systems I can rock and roll. donnie

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 07:21 PM

Looking good Donnie.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:19 PM

My new setup is complete, but yet to test it under the stars. Hope it works as good as it looks :)

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 06:45 PM

Little reflector finder! My favorite!

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 11:24 PM

Great setups everyone....lets keep them coming!

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 05:47 AM

Really cool set up Hemmi. The finder looks like it was your older main scope from the past. Good use of it now with that dob. Well done sir. :waytogo: :waytogo:

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 08:57 PM

I just added 8" to the pier and will need to update this image.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 05:49 PM

First light a couple nights ago. 10" LX-200GPS F6.3 in alt/az, no guiding, no computer. I got up and running with my Mallincam Jr Pro in no time by looking at all the setups folks have posted here (thanks! i never would have thought to use the diagonal). I thought I would see what the Jr Pro would do without any filters or focal reducers.

I started with a few bright clusters like M15 and the views were pretty good though a little washed out in the core (i was not well enough versed in the finer settings). I was using sense up = 128x and with the wireless controller capturing exposures of 5 to 12 seconds. Cabling was using the supplied BNC cable and the RCA adapter to my monitor. About as simple as it gets which is what I wanted.

I moved on to see how deep it would go. I found M57 quite easily and it looks pretty good too. Just a tad bit of color but the skies were so light polluted i could not complain.

So on to something fainter for this test run: NGC 7465 (perhaps 60 degrees from the moon). When it slewed into view i was surprised to see 3 big bright galaxies and was thinking my GOTO was off. But after checking the charts, i found not only NCG 7465 (mag 12.8) but also 7464 (mag 13.3) and 7463 (mag 13.2). Sweet!

In the attached photo, you can actually see the 3 galaxies on the monitor, they were that bright!

Inspired and feeling that I had not given the Jr a real challenge, I decided to try deeper: 7467 (mag 15.6). It too showed up clearly in the monitor (Marshall 7" LCD). I could not believe it, this was EXACTLY what I was hoping to achieve in my back yard. Actually this was WAAAY better than what I expected could be done.

This is in light polluted silicon valley, mag 3 or 4 skies, with first quarter moon just setting behind some trees.

Pictured is the optic train: F6.3 OTA, William Optics Focuser, AP Maxbright diagonal, 1.25 reducer and the Mallincam Jr. Pro.

For my next outing I hope to add the F6.3 SCT reducer between the OTA and focuser. Hopefully I can get the diagonal out of the equation too. I hope to push the exposure times up too but I may be limited by the alt/az mount - we shall see.

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