Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup.
Posted 19 December 2007 - 07:22 AM
Disclaimer: that is what the specs on the websites say!
Posted 19 December 2007 - 10:59 AM
I don't know if that is the same camera. Does it integrate to x128 like all Mintron Starlight models??
Not so sunny here either only one clear night this month
You are right Steve, it isn't the "same" camera. I use this seperate camera for the Planets, Sun, and Moon. I didn't realize yours intergrated frames, this one is only 30fps. It does a much better job IMO, and with the very low db rating the images are much better and a little clearer. I will run it on my 4" f10 refractor on the Meade GPS mount and put my Mintron on the SCT for DSO's. This allows viewing many different objects without having to change cameras or settings.
This is a similar picture of how I use it.
Posted 19 December 2007 - 11:02 AM
Just to be clear to everyone, when dealing with electronic circuits you WANT a higher signal to noise (S/N) ratio... it represents, logarithmically, the difference between the signal (in dB) and noise (in dB)... higher is better...
Hopefully the "4 or 5 dB" is a typo, because a 4-5dB S/N ratio is terrible, frankly... now, 4-5 dB better, would obviously be good...
Ha - I *did* get to use something I learned as a EE in college after all!
Sorry...yep, typo on my part...4.5db not S\N ratio.
Posted 19 December 2007 - 02:55 PM
I kinda like the looks of a .008Lux sensitivity B/W camera for only $250! not bad...
Posted 23 December 2007 - 04:36 PM
Posted 23 December 2007 - 04:47 PM
Kerry - What size Round Table did you order? It seems that 23" is just on the border for the LB base. Too, is it around 6 to 8 weeks to get.
I ended up getting the 28" RTP (same price) just in case I ever upgrade to a 15" dob. It should also be a little more stable with a 12"er.
As far as wait time is concerned, Brian at round table said 8 weeks. Worth the wait, if you ask me.
Posted 31 December 2007 - 10:14 PM
Here you see the MCHP, Vixen/MoonLite, Watec piggybacked, and in position to be viewing M42 (which you can just make out on the 19" Proton Monitor in the back).
Video is setup to have S-video to the Watec (through a Radio Shack Svideo to RCA adapter, and then to RCA/BNC). The component video out of MCHP goes to the Proton, and then video OUT on Proton to the VFM 1.2Ghz transmitter... (which I used only long enough tonight to determine it works just fine through 2 walls (one observatory, one house)).
Clear enough Skies
Posted 10 January 2008 - 01:35 AM
Mintron 63V2HN = PolarisUSA DX8263SL
Sony type-1/3" color SuperHAD CCD
Mintron 63V5HN = PolarisUSA DX9263SL = SuperCircuit PC-38
Sony type-1/3" color SuperHAD CCD
Price: around $250.
(No affiliation with these vendors.)
Posted 20 January 2008 - 01:12 PM
Sorry it took so long to post a picture on my own post.
Posted 20 January 2008 - 01:52 PM
that might make it easier to get it all going even when its so very cold out
Or, I suppose something could be built...
ya got me thinking!
clear enough skies
Posted 20 January 2008 - 04:08 PM
Nice idea, Neil! I like the idea of the powered video cart... I wonder if there are any with really BIG wheels that could work in a yard (especially on frozen bumpy ground)...
Have a look at the Multicart ... not cheap but nice and versatile, and there is a large model has the heavier tires that would work well over semi rough terrain.
Posted 13 February 2008 - 03:14 PM
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 09:41 PM
These are really great carts as they e-x-p-a-n-d to almost double so a lot of stuff can be transported and they are rated to carry 500 lbs. My nieghbor has one and when I saw that it had bars that came up on both ends to support a table top my brains gears started turning, it has worked out well so far.
Posted 13 February 2008 - 10:54 PM
Do you have any more pictures of your scope and the MCHP setup. I will start with my Dob., but without GoTo and only the Speco to focus, might have to brake out my LX200. I really like the idea of the small monitor for focusing especially around a crowd of other scopes.
Posted 13 February 2008 - 11:51 PM
Here is another picture, a closeup of the back of the telescope with the Mallincam and the Marshall 4" monitor. I used a 6" angle bracket attached to the fork arm with "Industrial Strength" velco which has proved out to be very strong, I then attached the monitor to the bracket with a camera ball mount. The 4" has been beneficial because I do allot of public Star Parties where the 9" Speco is facing away from the telescope which would make camera adjustments, object centering and focusing difficult.
Posted 14 February 2008 - 08:36 AM
clear enough skies
Posted 14 February 2008 - 10:41 AM
Yes it is a dew shield and has worked quite well.
Posted 14 February 2008 - 06:56 PM
What is before your MCHP or is that part of your TV diagonal. I really like how you have your Marshall attached. If I have to add a second monitor, think it will be the Marshall. Too, what size Celestron is that? You are giving me second thoughts about using a Dob., at least at first.
Posted 14 February 2008 - 08:50 PM
The piece in front of the diagonal is a Televue 2" visual back, it screws onto the back of the telescope then the diagonal slides into it. The telescope is a Celestron Nexstar GPS 8". Each type of telescope has it's advantages and disadvantages but I like the SCT's best for an all around telescope. I own a 15" Obsession, a TEC 140 Refractor plus a few more but I use the SCT the most. I notice you are into Solar too, I have a DayStar Ha but unfortunately won't be able to use it with the Mallincam as the focal ratio is too high, I have to use a 55mm eyepiece to get the whole Sun in.
Posted 17 February 2008 - 12:03 AM
I have to have one of these carts. How hard or long does it take to put that top shelf on?
Posted 17 February 2008 - 11:38 AM