Takahashi TOA-130s with CAA and Feathertouch micro TOA130R reducer Astro-Physics Mach 1 w/Eagle Pier Canon T2i stock QHY8 CCD Scope Buggy Tele Vue Naglers and Ethos
Adam AP Mach 1, Rob Miller TRI36L, Celestron 8" Edge HD Hyperion 17mm, Celestron 40mm Plossl, TMB 7mm & 9mm WO 66, Lunt LS60/B1200 PT, CG-5 Clone STF-8300m Pro Package, Honis-Modified Canon XS, Un-modded T1i, SSAG, TSOAG9, SX LodestarLackawanna Astronomical SocietyMy Astrobin
Quote:One further note. When I did QD I used to be able to set up when it was not as dark out. I had the original Losmandy-based polar scope and would use it to get close to Polaris. Then I'd use QD after that. With the finder and bright stars you can do this well before the sky is even a dark gray. I find that with the RAPAS it needs to be a bit darker before I can see Polaris in the scope. Not sure why.
Terry Danks Photography: Birds, Scenery, a little astrophotography too. http://danks.netfirms.com/home.htm Equipment List: Too embarrassed to list it all. Roll-off-roof Observatory Constructed Fall, 2013
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Quote:I'm at the point of just doing slow drift after the onboard polar routine in the Mach 1. It is far less dramatic than zipping back and forth across the sky, but it is always perfectly aligned, where my quick drifts have yet to be that good, so I keep trying for long enough to have been able to do a conventional drift. I've talked to them about a precision alignment auto routine. Supposedly that's in Howard's queue, somewhere. As tedious as the slow drift method is, you are assured of a precision alignment. -Rich
Quote:That's why I have two finderscopes mounted on my OTA. One for QDA and other for aligned with OTA. Also, it seems to help to balance. Having only one finderscope mounted at one side can slightly affect the balance. It's probably not noticable with A-P mounts but was noticable when I had Atlas EQ-G mount. Two finderscopes on C-8 EdgeHD Peter
Stellarvue SVR90T w/ SFF7 flattner
Celestron EdgeHD 800
Losmandy G11 / Gemini-II w/ opwb