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#76 zjc26138

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:05 AM

Zack, That C HD 8" is a nice scope. I had the chance to view through one the other night. Hope you get your TMB back soon.


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Thanks! Your setup is very nice also. I love the HD. It's an amazing scope. And yes hopefully the TMB is up and running soon, but I'm not so optimistic.

#77 Mike Wiles

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:12 PM

Here's the current incarnation of my imaging rig: AP900 with an Explore Scientific ED152, SBIG ST-8300 w/8 filter wheel and OAG.

I shot a time lapse of the rig in action while I was in the desert last week - almost 11 hours of action condensed into 90 seconds.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=E02UiBKb6iM

Enjoy!!

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:05 PM

Love that time lapse video Mike! :waytogo: :goodjob:

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:58 PM

Mike, Very nice setup and great video to boot. Loved to see the tracking in fast motion.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 02:02 PM

+1 Mike. Love the backdrop. It's amazing how much we can do now-days.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:52 PM

Here's my AP rig with my new Binoscope tripod. Works like a charm!

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:31 AM

Here's my beginner setup. It has a few DIY parts (refractor, mounting plates) but still works good for what it is.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:00 AM

Nice location :) :waytogo:

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:18 AM

Great to see all of the rigs! Here's my planetary setup. Sirius EQG and MN61...

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:19 AM

Here's a view of my mission control...lol

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#86 michael hester

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:50 AM

Heres pics of my setup from my apartment deck observatory.

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I'm configured into galaxy hunting mode for now. The details:
Scope: Celestron C5 (their Nexstar SE model)
Mount: Celestron CGEM DX on custom pier

Main Camera: Orion Starshoot 3 Mono with Starshoot 3 7 slot filter wheel. No focal reduction (shootin at native 1250mm F/L)
Guide Camera: Meade DSI 2 color on Orion Magnificent Mini scope
E-Finder/Wide field camera: Canon Digital Rebel T3 with 75-200mm telephoto lens.

Other accessories:
Dew straps on every piece of glass, kendrick 4 slot 2 channel controller (shown in the image).
JMI motor focuser for SCT. It's an older style and probably the only style that fits on that scope.
Lots of zip-ties. These ones are reusable in case I want to reconfigure the scope.

I've retouched the collimation at least 4 times on this one and gotten better results each time. It's a true galaxy hunter. I have to tighten up the polar alignment so that it's just perfect and that's the fun part about my deck observatory. The deck is a cantilevered deck. This means the position of objects inside the house affects my polar alignment. The box locks up and so far has survived the winter and a few good rain sessions keeping everything inside perfectly dry.

It only looks like a mess because of the wires on the floor to the right. I pull those in through the door so I can control the whole thing from my TV.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:01 AM

Very cool Michael.

Here is a picture of my imaging rig. The main camera is a SBIG STF-8300m with a 8 filter wheel. Currently I have LRGB and Ha. It is on a Powerstar III c8 that has been deforked. It is riding on a Celestron CG-5 mount. The autoguider is a SBIG ST-i color through an old Meade 9x60 finder I had. An 1.25" diagonal I had lying around mates perfectly with the 9x60 instead of the original diagonal/eyepiece. The other finder is a standard 8x50 Celestron finder that came with the Powerstar III. Once I am aligned and focused, I can run the entire thing from inside by way of my wireless network. I use nexremote for scope control (together with SkyTools 3). Obviously I still need to get the cables sorted.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:16 PM

Yeah good cable sorting is something you really want. I run my cables to a tie on the GEM center hub (that's what the bungee cables are for) and then down the pier. It gives enough room for the scope to swing to all sections of the sky while keeping them from catching something. Basically the lest distance your cables move during a slew the less likely they'll catch something like a tripod knob and rip out or seize up your motors.

Zip ties work as a very basic cable management system. You can get velcro ones that can be detached to be reusable or in case you want to reconfigure your camera or other wires.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:18 PM

Not much compared to some of the equipment I've seen here but...... it's mine :)

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 09:39 PM

Here's another I made up using spare parts this evening. I'm gonna give this a try thinking I shouldn't have to refocus that much between RGB's...I hope. :question:

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 02:50 PM

I have now modified my setup to use a Losmandy style plate instead of a Vixen. I also changed the saddle on my CG-5 using the ADM kit so that it can take either style plate. I have added ADM's counterweight system for the declination axis, and I have switched to Orion's 50mm Helical guider for my guide telescope.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 06:41 PM

200mm f/4 newt with Atik 420m CCD, guided by 100mm f/5 achromat with DSI II Pro.... Losmandy G-11/Gemini, all in ROR obs....
Wasn't catching many photons on this night.... :)

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 10:36 PM

My modified Atlas(counter weight shaft, takes fitness weights) with the AT6RC set up for tonight at a dark location and clear sky. I've yet to polar align so the camera isn't attached.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:02 AM

Nice setup Robert and beautiful country vista :)

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:12 AM

Just did the Deep Space Products Hypertune...RA and DEC axis are so smooth now...

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:39 AM

I have two set ups refractors and a Newtonian.

I'll try to post an image of each if I can work out how to do attachments.

BRB

Nope, give me a clue please.
Is it because I am new and don't have enough posts yet?

later:
Right, found it in Edit mode.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 12:11 PM

My refractors.
This is a Skywatcher ED120 pro with an ST80 piggy backed for guiding.

I also have an ED80 pro.

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