Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
ROR Observatory Levenhuk 8" carbon fiber RC, Astro Physics CCDT67 Astro-Tech AT8IN w/Moonlite, Baader Mark III MPCC Levenhuk 80mm triplet, Astro Tech 0.8X reducer/flattener Celestron CGEM DX w/HyperTune STF-8300M SX 7 position 36mm CFW Astrodon 5nm H-alpha Little Piney Observatory
Quote:I want to re-emp[hasize the point already made tht if you are just starting out in imaging, get yourself the best mount you can afford first, and put a three to four inch short focal length refractor on it. Do not start with a big SCT.....They are just so much less forgiving. And again--the telescope is not the important thing. The mount is most critical. Alex
http://claudedesrosiers.smugmug.com Twitter : Fogboundturtle's on Twitter Scopes: Celestron C8 SCT, Meade 127mm ED Triplet Mounts: HEQ5 PRO + SyncScan Version 3.24 Camera : Canon 5D Mark III unmodified, DMK31 , STF-8300 Pro Package plus
Stellarvue SVR90T w/ SFF7 flattner
Celestron EdgeHD 800
Losmandy G11 / Gemini-II w/ opwb
4.5", 6", and 10" Newtonian astrographs.
2 ST80s; ED80; 3 CCD cameras; 5 EQ mounts: all polished, tuned, and modified.
The rule of telescope features: aperture; equatorial tracking; or low cost. Pick any two.
1987 Meade LX3 2120 10" SCT on hypertuned EQ6 Pro Baader Self-Mod Canon XS_CLS Clip Filter DSI color_Orion ST80 Coulter 10" Compact Odessey Dob http://www.astrobin.com/users/shawnhar
Quote:Ok, so after reading everybodies posts. It seams like a smaller refractor is the way to go. How's the CG-5? It's seams like a good mount for pretty cheap. I could get a nice refractor, this mount, and some other accessories like (powertank, reducer/corrector, power adapters, ect..) fairly cheap. I'm just wondering, because my price limit is about $1500 give or take. If I was to get any other mount, it would eat up almost my whole budget.If I got this mount could I use a 9"-11" SCT on it in the future? I still would want to have one in the future, but don't wanna but another mount later on.
Robert The more I learn, The more there is to learn! Orange Zone Dark Site 3 Mounts 4 Imaging Cameras 3 Guide Cameras OTA's = yes
Celestron Nexstar 8SE with 6.3 focal reducer SV 90mm SVT Raptor APO Triplet Refractor Celestron AS-GT (Hypertuned) Orion SSAG/Mini-guider Canon T3i DSLR modded with Baader UV/IR filter Backyard EOS/Deep Sky Stacker/Photoshop CS5
Quote:. It appears to have cleaned up a lot of the CG5's shortcomings
Quote:Hey guys,Thanks for the idea ghataa!! I actually am not having much luck finding a AT65EDQ online thats not backordered. Is there any other Scopes you guys would suggest? are there anymore Scopes like that one with a built in flattener? Or is there some I could get with a flattener and whatever other accessories for about the same price?
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Meade 2080 8" SCT OTA w/OPT SCT Crayford-style focuser
Brandon Vernonscope 80 mm refractor piggyback mounted
Canon 350D (astro-modified)