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#1 Hawkeye

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 09:46 PM

I was interested to see how LX200 owners set up for an evening's viewing. In particular, how you arrange your viewing site and bits and pieces to make it functional and comfortable. Photographs and commentary would be most welcome.

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 09:52 PM

Here's my setup:
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Posted 06 July 2004 - 04:46 AM

And here is mine! :jump:

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Posted 06 July 2004 - 08:00 AM

Here's mine:

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Posted 06 July 2004 - 09:02 AM

Bonzo,

Nice refractor... Is that a FS78? or one of those shorty 60's that are kinda rare?

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Posted 06 July 2004 - 03:33 PM

Hi LivingNDixie,
You are not only a horrible speller, but also a horrible reader! :roflmao:
Just look at the bottom of the page!
It's a GIAND Sky 90!! :bigshock: Yheeeeeee!

I'll add another picture! I hope you can read this one! :D
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Posted 07 July 2004 - 06:38 PM

The sticker is on the left side :p, but very nice, I bet the views are killer :)

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Posted 08 July 2004 - 02:08 PM

And mine :)

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 09:00 PM

Well now this is a page I like. I love all you LX200 fans for I am one too! Here is my 12" LX200 GPS in my recently finished observatory!


Also visit my web pages starting at: Len Marek's Astronomy Page[/url]

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 10:08 PM

Very nice!

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Posted 19 July 2004 - 06:03 AM

Here are mine, I recived my LX200GPS 10" SMT UHTC a week ago! The smaler one is LX90 8" EMC :grin: :jump: :lol:
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Posted 20 July 2004 - 08:24 PM

Here's the one that just arrived today!

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Posted 21 July 2004 - 12:03 PM

Nice John, but whats up with that finder? Do ya really need a RACI on a LX200, its not like your going to use it. :roflmao: I understand if the scope came with it and all. Lets know how she star tests :)

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Posted 29 July 2004 - 11:48 PM

Does anyone here know anybody who is planning on buying a 14" LX200? Please give me an email if you do.
averkamp@gmail.com
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Posted 06 August 2004 - 06:21 PM

Tonight is the first night since I got my wedge that the weather is looking good. So here is a shot of my rig out on the back deck. I plan to extend the deck to the South (the direction the scope is pointing towards), and then install a 16" concrete pier that will be about 12' tall and go through a hole in the new section. I get to attempt my first polar alignment tonight. Fortunately, Polaris is clearly visible from this location.

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Posted 07 August 2004 - 11:08 AM

I had the new (old) 12" Classic at a public field last night. I don't know whether the decal on the car will show clearly or not...

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Posted 07 August 2004 - 11:12 AM

decal inset:

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Posted 08 August 2004 - 02:44 PM

John,

Where did you get that sticker??? Thats awesome

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Posted 08 August 2004 - 02:51 PM

John,

Where did you get that sticker??? Thats awesome


http://www.aliengrap...omy_Decals.html

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Posted 08 August 2004 - 11:54 PM

Here's my setup:
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Hi Mark :

I got the same setup as you(but no wedge yet), all photos using digital rebel and lx200gps 10" f/10(yet i use f/6.3 for deep sky stuff). I need some advice doing deep sky stuff(like M27). What camera settings did you use for M42, such as parameters .... contrast / saturation / sharpness / color tone ALSO what ISO setting did you use and the shutter speed. I am having trouble getting any decent photos.

Thanks
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Posted 09 August 2004 - 12:04 AM

Here are mine, I recived my LX200GPS 10" SMT UHTC a week ago! The smaler one is LX90 8" EMC :grin: :jump: :lol:
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LET ME GUESS ......... you are gonna piggyback the 8" onto the 10"(as a spotting scope) ;)

John

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Posted 09 August 2004 - 12:24 AM

What camera settings did you use for M42, such as parameters .... contrast / saturation / sharpness / color tone ALSO what ISO setting did you use and the shutter speed. I am having trouble getting any decent photos.

Thanks
John


John,

The picture of M42 on my website was taken at ISO 1600 with an exposure time of 30". The white balance was on auto, and it probably would have turned out better with a lower ISO and longer exposure time. That picture was actually taken before I had the wedge, and besides reducing its size, I did not alter it.

I've been having problems getting pictures without severe star trails because of the weight of the Digital Rebel, Scopetronix Maxview DSLR, and eyepiece combination. I've ordered a balance kit from Scope Stuff, so I hope to have more luck soon. Also, I know the drift in the photos isn't caused by a bad polar alignment, because I use the drift method each night maintaining a split star for no less than five minutes.

I'm sure you'll be able to get a much better M42 than the one on my site if you fine-tune the parameters you mentioned. Since taking that picture, I've learned that the correct ISO and exposure time is greatly affected by transparency and light pollution of that particular night. It changes pretty often around here because of all the humidity in the summer air.

-Mark

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Posted 14 August 2004 - 09:13 PM

Finally got the new (old) 12" set up:

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Posted 16 August 2004 - 01:01 AM

john
Hehe, yea why not :-)

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How many of you guys got UHTC's? If I get a 12 inch there's no way I can get UHTC.






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