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#326 pufahl

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 07:16 PM

Mostly a test to see if a JPEG will display a little bigger than a PNG (and still under 200k).

And maybe someone wanted to see the setup and monitor a little better… though the shot was taken 15ft away, with flash, using a *BLEEP* point and shoot camera. The image on the monitor was really nice.

I forgot to mention in the prior post, this Jr Pro has the EXView upgrade chip (I have never seen a Jr Pro with the standard chip so i cannot compare or comment on that front).

(yikes! all the dust on the forks show how long its been since its been worth setting up in the backyard).

I want to extend a big thank you to everybody for advancing video assisted astronomy. It has brought REAL astronomy to my backyard.

Back to lurking...

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 07:34 PM

pufahl

Nice set up enjoy it. Video astronomy is a great way to observer.

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 04:01 PM

Hi pufahl,

nice setup! The 7" Marshall monitor is a 16:9 panel?!
The video out of the Mallincam is 4:3, so do you
use full screen?

Regards
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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:09 AM

Yes its a 16:9 monitor. I run the component video right into it. I suspect it clips the edges because objects like the moon are round onscreen. I also suspect that the monitor could be set to not clip which would also change the scale of the objects smaller and show sidebars to fit the image. I am extremely happy with the way it works and have no interest in changing it.
I bought this monitor before i bought my Jr. Pro and compared it side-by-side against a Speco and it really blew the Speco away (i thought it would be the other way around).
I think this monitor is the same as the Lilliput equivalent though there are many different models available. Main thing i think is to get a resolution that is higher than VGA - some of these little monitors are 320x240 resolution which would be sub-optimal.

Hope this helps. I'm no expert but got lucky with this setup.

Why have people stopped posting pictures of their setups?

#330 CONQUEST1

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 01:29 PM

Here's mine.

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#331 Dragon Man

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 08:23 AM

Here's mine.


Wow, that is cooooool!
Thanks for showing us. :)

#332 jgraham

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 01:30 PM

I’ve always used my cameras for both imaging and observing, but this is the first time that I’ve configured a system specifically for camera-assisted observing. The objective was a system that was simple, no guiding, and could operate exclusively off of batteries. After trying several different combinations of telescopes, mounts, and cameras I settled on my Orion Atlas fitted with a Meade SN6, my Baader modified Canon 550D, and a little HP Pavilion notebook running Windows 8.1 and Backyard EOS 3 Premium. The Atlas is a bit on the heavy side, but the SN6 is so over-mounted on this platform that it can easily take 60+ second exposures without guiding even in gusty winds. Although it can take reasonably long exposures, I pretty much stick with 30 second exposures at ISO 1600. This is a great system to hop around the sky with and if I come across something that I want to document a little more thoroughly I’ll grad a short set of images (typically 4) for stacking later. The modified Canon 550D gives me a generous field of view and with Canon’s long exposure noise reduction the images are clean and well suited for real-time enhancement using Backyard EOS’s display modes. The notebook does not have a built-in optical drive so the battery has a reasonably long operating life between charges (about 5 hours). I also have the option of operating this scope from inside my house, in which case I can run it all night long with AC. Another fun configuration is to mount a laser pointer on the scope and set it up next to my Lightbridge 16 as a laser designator and real-time finder chart! :)

Fun stuff!

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#333 Vondragonnoggin

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 01:51 PM

My 120ST with PVS-7 gen 3 biocular IIE:

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My AT72ED and Litton M942 Monocular gen 3 IIE. My iOptron Mak 150 with PVS-4 gen 3 monocular IIE:

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Too much fun with good filters!

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 08:13 PM

CPC 11 Alt Az.....

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 01:41 PM

My 10" Meadelestron setup with the new Lodestar X2C on the "Above-the-Roofs Deck".

(You cannot be above the top of the evergreens in the Evergreen City.)

 

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Here is a closeup. The camera sticks out because it is attached to a x0.5 focal reduce on a 1.25" nosepiece and spacers. Another x0.63 focal reducer is attached to the nosepiece of the Vixen flip diagonal inside of the Meade zero image-shift electronic focuser.

 

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Notice the single wire USB connection. No more power cord + computer control cable + composite video cable + S-video cable with the fully digital camera. (The bent conduit on the right side of the first photo used to keep the multiple wires of the old setup from entangling, while the telescope rotated. Daytime it also serves as a squirrel-proof bird feeder holder 25" above the yard.)

 

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 04:10 PM

Dom,

 

Do you get much vibration from being on that roof deck?  Neat idea... Is it accessible via the attic?

 

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 05:11 PM

Al,

 

The access is through an external wooden staircase that also served as a fire escape for the four lower living levels of the house. (The fire department no longer requires this.)

 

There is certainly vibration, when someone moves around on the deck. One has to sit quiet. Yesterday a friend came over after finishing her evening shift at midnight. When she started to climb the stairs on the ground level, I saved my last sub and turned off stacking. Then, after we sat down and she got her champagne poured, we could resume observing. There is not much traffic around here that would shake the building. If someone walks around on the lower floors inside of the building, that doesn't harm the experience on the deck.

 

I am sure that this setup would not suit astrophotography purists. But for visual and electronically assisted observing it is great. You also feel closer to the sky once you are above the neighboring houses...

 

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 05:38 PM

This is my "Utility Balcony Observatory", when I work in Massachusetts.

Meade 8" f/6.3 OTA  on  Celestron ASGT Mount

Vixen flip mirror with two-stage focal reducer + Lodestar X2c

--Dom

 

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 05:02 PM

These are my two electronicaly assisted setups (vintage scopes!) On the left orange Celestron 8 with diagonal mirror + 0.5x compressor lens, rignt 1983 Vixen refractor (80mm f/11.4) + 0.5x compressor lens. My camera is the LN300 cctv with C to 1.25" adapter. I use either my laptop equipped with a frame grabber or my old 14" crt tv as viewing monitor. Sorry for the cellphone low quality pics  :)

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Posted 27 November 2014 - 03:23 PM

Very nice Giorgos. It's great to see that pair of classic scopes still getting good use.


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Posted 29 November 2014 - 03:14 AM

Thank you for your kind comments Mark! If I had to keep just two telescopes they would be these two!  :)



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Posted 24 December 2014 - 01:58 PM

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Here's my current AV rig..

 

I'm wishing for a few nights without clouds for Christmas.. :storm:

 

So far, the long range forecast is looking pretty good for April...  Hey! That's for 2018.!.

 

MC & HNY,

Rich

 


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Posted 25 December 2014 - 08:02 AM

Wide View EAA Intensifier style:

 

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Anyone for a fresh bowl of space soup?


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#344 Dom543

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 01:40 PM

My widefield Lodestar setup

 

with Nikkor 180mm f2.8 lens and filter drawer on a ZEQ25 mount.

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Here is a clearer close-up on the kitchen counter.

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Finally all parts taken apart.

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I list the parts from left to right.
1. Tripod attachment ring (from ebay) bolted to a 4" dovetail.
2. Nikon lens to M42 adapter (from ebay).
3. Teleskop Service filter drawer with T2 threads (with drawer halfway pulled out).
4. 15mm T2 spacer.
5. Teleskop Service camera rotator.
6. Teleskop Service 1.25" eyepiece holder with T2 threads.
7. Lodestar x2c with 1.25" parfocalizing ring attached (the yellow plastic ring is just decoration).

 

The 15mm spacer and the camera rotator are not essential. The round Lodestar can easily be rotated in the ep holder and with a parfocalizing ring it would not get out of focus. But since I had the rotator, I am using it. Also I feel more comfortable with the ep holder gripping the camera in its middle rather than at its end.

 

For the Pentax lenses I just use a "Pentax M42 lens to Nikon adapter" (from ebay) added to the front of the setup on the photo.

 

To illustrate the field of view achievable with the various lenses from 35mm to 300mm focal lengths, I collected captures of a few winter nebulae here. http://stargazerslou...r/26379-dom543/. They are sorted in the order of increasing FOV.

 

Clear Skies!

--Dom


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Posted 12 April 2015 - 11:02 AM

Very nice! I like the TS filter drawer. Might have to pick one up. I've been using my Tamron 300mm F/2.8 a lot with my night vision stuff. Both the relay lens with my dslr and with eyepieces for live stuff. Tamron has regular 2" back with brass compression ring for astronomy. Bought it modified, but have another 300mm Tokina I could use a filter drawer on and would be cool. The wide views are awesome. Have a 135mm F/2.8 I like a lot too.



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Posted 12 April 2015 - 12:44 PM

Nice setup, Dom.

 

Using camera lenses for wide field EAA is a great idea.  I had some old Nikon lenses that I adapted to my Lodestar with an inexpensive Nikon to C mount adapter you can get on eBay.  Don't have a filter drawer, but I glued an empty filter ring inside the adapter so I can screw in a NB Ha filter.  I use a finder scope tube to mount the setup to my main scope.  The wide field views are great.

 

Here's the setup with a Nikkor 105mm.

 

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#347 Dom543

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 04:48 PM

Don,

Great idea to mount the camera lens setup in a finderscope tube and bracket. Especially for the smaller lenses, which don't have much space to accept a tripod attachment ring. 

 

Vondragonnoggin,

The US source for TS parts is OPT. They have also got me parts from TS that they didn't have in stock. The filter drawer comes in two varieties: With M48 or with T2 therads on the external housing. As for extra drawers, it makes sense to order the 1.25" ones. They are, actually, the same as the 2" drawers but with an extra 2" to 1.25" reducer ring included in the same price.

 

Other makers of filter drawers are Starizona and Hutech-Borg. The Hutech one fits the M57 based Borg system but the only source for adapters is Hutech. On the other hand, it can also accommodate 52mm filters. 

 

Clear Skies!

--Dom

 

Here is the same setup with a bigger boy.

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--Dom


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Posted 14 April 2015 - 03:59 AM

Just pics this sunny spring morning from sunlounge of yard with obsy with 12" Meade Classic LX200 and close-up with Lodestars on equat mounted scope and e-finder  :waytogo:

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