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#401 Astrojedi

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:09 PM

 

 

Update - i just removed all the stuff from the OTA and replaced it with a 25foot combined video/power cable. 

 

I am sure you have the weather to thank for that. My scope is cleaner than ever after I have spent the past few nights cleaning any optic I can find.

 

 

Interestingly, using the extension cable made it so I get no signal from my easycap. I then tried the same easycap on another computer I get a signal fine but noticed that the easycap gets hot. I'm assuming there's some kind of signal amplifier inside the easycap and the extension cable requires more boost. I've had issues with the USB ports on the original computer before. So I guess I'm going to go back to the original setup!

 

 

My frame grabber (UVC) works fine with a 25ft cable. It is pretty cheap but works well and requires no driver install on win 8.1 or 7. You may want to give it a try. http://www.ebay.com/...P-/111679410951



#402 Censustaker

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:32 PM

I should give this one a go - i actually have one. I was a SMI chipset easycap for the native PAL resolution.



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Posted 27 January 2016 - 12:09 PM

My BRAND new AT80EDT from astrotech..........

Should be a fun wide field setup..

 

AT80EDT,meade6.3,Starsense,Evolution mount,Infinity camera...

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#404 Censustaker

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 12:21 PM

Now that looks like a fun setup! Will the camera clear the base?

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 12:23 PM

One More...this should be a fun...just clears base.

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#406 jimthompson

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 01:13 PM

Couldn't help posting this pic for everyone's amusement.  This is after we had 20" of snow in 12 hours, back on Feb. 15th.  Since then we've had rain, snow, freezing rain, flash freezes...you name it!

 

Anybody else have to deal with a little snow to keep their rig working through the winter?

 

Cheers,

 

Jim T.

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#407 Astrojedi

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 06:32 PM

And I was complaining about 40F evenings here... Kind of puts things in perspective.

 

Btw Charles is that person in red actually trying to do visual observing via the scope? Incredible....



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Posted 26 February 2016 - 07:15 PM

Visual observing at -60F.

 

I want to look at space, not feel like i'm in space!


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Posted 27 February 2016 - 02:47 PM

Jim,

 

Just remember, no matter how bad things are, it could always be worse.

 

Anartica Astronomy pic

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talk about needing some EAA guidance! do they still do this?



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Posted 03 March 2016 - 07:33 PM

Here is some shots of my setup:

 

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#411 Censustaker

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Posted 03 March 2016 - 10:48 PM

.. WOW  :blush:



#412 Relativist

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Posted 03 March 2016 - 11:02 PM

How's the Celestron guider? still thinking about it lol.



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Posted 05 March 2016 - 06:03 PM

If the skies ever clear I'll be trying out my new setup.

 

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No FR/FF needed and easily clears the Evo mount.


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#414 Astrojedi

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 07:36 PM

 

Do the lights in the house dim when you switch that thing on? : )


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Posted 25 March 2016 - 03:37 PM

My EAA setup with three camera lenses mounted

 

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Pentax Takumar 85mm f1.8 with an eyepiece

Samyang 135mm f2.0 with Lodestar

Nikkor 300mm f2.8 with SX-825

 

The photo was taken last August or September during a trip to the scrablands of the Grand Coulee area in Eastern Washington State. The sun is so red because forests were burning all around in about a 100 miles distance.

 

Clear Skies!

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#416 Dragon Man

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 08:16 AM

I realised I keep posting the scopes I use, but not what's on the other end of the line  :lol:

 

So, here is my control room where I run everything, and broadcast my Live shows from, until the observatory is finished   :waytogo:

 

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#417 Barry Fernelius

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 09:11 AM

I know it's a rudimentary set-up, but here's my Celestron Evolution 8 with Revolution Imager. (Thanks Mike Fowler and OC Telescope.) I'll re-post once I've added a frame grabber and computer to the mix.

 

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 06:57 AM

From December pic:

 

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 10:16 AM

From December pic:

Al

:lol:  Al's Spaghetti Monster  :grin:

 

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 06:16 PM

Blown away by all the variety of rigs in these photos! Lovely stuff. My latest passion has been downsizing for camping and hiking.

 

Version 1 - "heavy" rig uses a ST80 which is right on the limit for the Star Adventurer ... gets 2 degree FOV with the canon 700d attached, or 1.45 degree down to 1/3 degree with the ZWO + MFR5 or WO 2x nosepieces (buts its really not possible to use at those narrow FOV's!!! Major shake and really hard to find targets). Found it MUCH better to use version 2 (see the second photo underneath).

LightRigST80
 
Version 2 - "light" uses EOS 55-250mm zoom and ASI224 ... very light and portable and way less than the Star Adventurer limit ... but a bugger to focus (I made a small bahtinov mask out of flyscreen mesh which works very well). Gets 1 degree to 5 degree or so FOV depending on the zoom used. f/4 to 5.6 so reasonably fast.
LightRigAsi224StarAdventurer

 


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Posted 20 April 2016 - 06:56 PM

My latest concoction for Video Astronomy

also titled:
'This is what I'm using when you watch my Broadcasts' :lol:

- Mallincam MCX up top in an ED80 with 0.6x Focal Reducer,
- Samsung SCC-A2333 below in a 6" f5 Achromat with Astro Physics 2.7" focusser with Astro Physics 0.75x Telecompressor,
- Heaters on both scopes and finderscope,
- Laser for accurate alignment
- both cameras Peltier Cooled and remotely controlled,
- Electric focussing,

and a MESS of cables. :p

I sit inside the house about 50-60 feet away at my PC and control it all. :waytogo:

 

It's beautiful mess  :grin:



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 07:26 PM

 

I made a small bahtinov mask out of flyscreen mesh which works very well.

 

 I would very much like to see this non-astro item converted for astro use. Picture please?  :flowerred:



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:01 PM

Hi Kaikul, to answer your request - vid re how to make and shows in use .... https://www.youtube....h?v=IeUs7pFwMJw

 

For the EOS lens I eliminated the foam and simply glued the mesh together (rather sloppy - but it works fine) in order to eliminate the obstruction in the centre area between the horizontal and 45 degree sides of the mask.

 

EOSMeshMask

 

Cheers


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#424 Kaikul

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:59 PM

Thanks Howie. That's a nice video, btw.



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Posted 01 May 2016 - 01:03 AM

Pointing towards the SCP.

William Optics GTF81 on adv GT mount.

Homemade dew heater & controller.

ASI224MC & Optec f3.3

Bluetooth to SkySafari on phone.

USB to SharpCap on PC

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