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#1 Dakota1

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:00 AM

Be interesting to see how everyone sets up there imaging equipment. Pictures of different telescopes and how you set them up will help others figure out and give them basic ideas and what is needed to get started. :cool:

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:04 AM

Coolness.

This is the rig that I started with, an Orion StarBlast on a Meade DS-2000 mount (borrowed from a long-tube DS-2130), and a Meade DSI. I used this for about a year and I had a great time with it.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:08 AM

This is what I upgraded to, an LXD75 SN6. I used this for a couple of years unguided, but I eventually added the 90mm MCT guidescope shown here. The guidescope is from a DSX-90; essentially an ETX-90 OTA on a DS-2000 mount. The imaging scope is mount upside down to limit the overhung load and to open up the centerline on top for the guidescope.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:10 AM

The LXD75 proved to be a real workhorse and I used it in sereval variants. This was one of the more unusual; twin StarBlasts, one fitted with a color DSI the other with a monochrome DSI Pro. This allowed me to take luminance and color data at the same time.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:12 AM

The twin StarBlasts were about as large as I wanted to go with a side-by-side arrangement, but when I had an opportunity to put togther a second LXD75 SN6 I configured them to operate as an independent set of imaging twins, not fitted with a DSI III and Pro III. One of the LXD75s has a pier extension for use with my AR-6.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:15 AM

I used the LXD75 for about 6 years and I really enjoyed using them, but I evetually wanted to move up to the next level so I bit the pullet and bought an Orion Atlas. At the time this was the most expensive inverstment I've made in one piece of gear in 50 years, but it was worth it. This is my present SN6 wide field imaging kit.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:16 AM

For narrow field I use the same Atlas EQ-G with my SC8 and an Orion Off-axis Guider. The Pro III makes a fantastic guide camera!

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:19 AM

And last, but not least, I spent some time tinkering with my ETX-60 as a basic imaging scope. Surprisingly, with a sensitive lightweight camera like the DSI III and Pro III this is very easy to use and produces great results, but it does take a heavy dose of patience and a little luck. :)

Have fun!

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:36 PM

Very cool, I like them all. Does look like alot of fun. :)

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:09 PM

Here is my main setup: ED80T, Atlas, Atik 314L+ and Orion Mini Guider

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:11 PM

And then for those smaller objects: AT6RC, Atlas, Atik 314L+ and guiding with the ED80T.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:12 PM

And finally my Solar imaging setup: Lunt LS60T for HA and the ED80T with a white light filter on the Atlas and I use a DMK31AU03 for those images.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:37 PM

@Warren -If I had that set up either my scope or myself would have ended up in that pool I am so clumsy.
Great set up by the way (except the pool)

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:52 PM

Here's one variation on my setup: permanently-mounted 12" LX200ACF with an ETX-90 and SSAG as guidescope/cam.

I sometimes replace the ETX-90 with a WO GT81 (with field corrector) for imaging. When doing that with my DSLR, I usually put my DMKAU618 into the LX200 at prime focus as a guidecam. Other cameras used (on the ETX and on the LX200) include a Point Grey FireFly, a Philips ToUCam Pro, a Meade DSI II Pro, an ASI120MC and a 16-yo Meade 416xt. Oh, and I also put a SolarMax 40 on top of the LX200 sometimes.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:35 PM

Ok, Here is the most recent version

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:43 PM

Yep, it really is an LX80 :foreheadslap:

I still haven't had a decent night to try it out for imaging yet, though.

The scopes, on the other hand, are my tried and true imaging trio. My AT6RC takes care of the small stuff, My WO 66SD is my wide field baby, and my Vixen R130SF is my workhorse. I will ususally only load my EQ5P with either of the bigger scopes and let the 66 go along for the ride. I can swap my Nexguide out with all three scopes serving as guiders at one time or another.

I still plan to try this Meade Monstrosity for imaging if it ever, ever, ever is clear in Alabama again.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:26 PM

Pffft... look at all those tiny setups... You guys are lucky you don't have to lug around a big heavy rig like I do...

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Pushing 8 lbs, it's getting close to hernia weight.
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:27 PM

Another angle.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:29 PM

Fully packed for the extreme remote areas of NM with everything I need, including laptop(not required but nice to have along), cables, power source backups, flashlight, extra lenses, you name it, it's in there.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:30 PM

My prior DSO rig - Vixen ED80SF with reducer, QHY-9 OSC, and a CGEM with a QHY-5/50mm autoguider.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:31 PM

My prior, prior, rig. Nexstar 8 GPS with a Hyperstar III, QHY-8 OSC, QHY-5/50mm autoguider, heavy wedge, and a few tweaks I made.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:33 PM

Yes, it is indeed DUAL imaging newts. Insane right? But it worked. Starblast 6 and Starblast 4.5 imaging OTAs, with a Meade DSI II OSC, Starshoot I autoguider, Starshoot II mono, all on a tuned CG-5 mount.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:38 PM

Though it wasn't intended for it, between my daughter and I, we've had quite a few successful shots with her XT6i push-to dob, including the Venus Transit, 2012 Annular Eclipse, and a few lunar mosaics. Comes equipped with an 8 yr old operator, and Mt. Dew.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:34 PM

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NP127IS (new style) on left, HD11 on right. Both setup with SX filter wheels (loaded with every Astrodon 36mm narrowband filters) and AO's. Both Slim OAG's and Lodestar's, Both Feathertouch automated focusing. HD11 has .7x Celestron reducer with FLI PDF focuser for 0 mirror shift. Starlight Xpress H694. Cge-Pro/Aeroquest/TDM

I keep the diagonal on the scope I am not imaging through. The diagonal is the same weight as the camera. I also have a strap around the top of the refractor. This strap is the same weight as the refractor aluminum cover.. The SCT also has the same sort of setup for the dew shield cover except heavier of course.

This allows the scopes to remain balanced depending on the scope I am using.. I'll get another camera, eventually.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:36 PM

Ok, Here is the most recent version


How many extension rings are on your AT6RC to use the Moonlight focuser? (And BTW, that looks like quite a load on that mount!)






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