Quote:Cut a .25 inch off the altitude lock screw?Just a thought...may be easier and cleaner that messing with the existing counterweight.
Quote:Do I need a OTA to use a mount like this for astrophotography?
Quote::) Then sure you can.But for using just your camera and lenses, you can get a smaller, lighter and cheaper mount, like SmartEQ Pro http://www.ioptron.com/index.cfm?select=productdetails&phid=6650b0b6-9767...
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Quote:I use a Canon 5D MKII with a Canon 70-200 2.8L, 300 2.8DO and a 400 5.6L. I did get the Vixen Polarie tracker but it wasn't up to snuff. The VX mount is a bit more for a more substantial platform. The reason I asked is I've never seen it used like I want to.Yes I do want to get a proper scope down the road but didn't want to dive right in as such. A Edge HD 8 is on my list.
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Quote:Ed ThomasDeep Space Products,will your hypertune service be available for the VX in the future? Thanks.
Quote:think about getting 8" newtonian on this mount have seengreat astro photos done with 8" newtonian on old cg5 mountthis mount should do as well if not better?
Quote:Quote::) Then sure you can.But for using just your camera and lenses, you can get a smaller, lighter and cheaper mount, like SmartEQ Pro http://www.ioptron.com/index.cfm?select=productdetails&phid=6650b0b6-9767... Which will be considerably less versatile, and will have poorer tracking.
Quote:Even with live view, without some kind of finderscope, you'll have a tough time, unless you are shooting a wide field view and just want to get in the general vicinity with your framing of the subject(s). Live view is almost worthless for finding your targets, IMHO. And unless your camera has an LCD that articulates upward to let you see it, you'll have to be on your knees most of the time trying to find something.
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Quote:Astro-Tech 8" AT8IN Imaging NewtonianHow do you like this scope and is push pull on rear celleasy to use for collimation
Quote:mpgxsvcd, Was it the Olympus OMD EM5 or the Malincam you were talking about the where you can select intervals where it will show you periodic updates where it shows you the integral of what it has imaged so far? That is a nice feature I have never heard about before. Thanks in advance.
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Quote:Are Micro Four Thirds cameras actually usable for astrophotography these days? I have a Pen E-PL2 which, while a nice little camera, is absolutely swamped with noise and banding at exposures of 30 seconds and longer.
Quote:OK Guys & Gals,Let's keep this on topic in regards to the Celestron VX.Thanks,-James
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Quote:The counterweight hitting my altitude adjustment screw issue I briefly mentioned earlier is more of a problem than I thought - I can't use GOTO without babysitting the altitude screw and rotating it to the horizontal position temporary then tightening it back. And of course the mount likely shifts a bit when doing that throwing off my alignment off.Here's a picture of the clearance between the counterweight and my altitude adjustment screw under optimal conditions: http://www.flickr.com/photos/benbrowning/8453228753/And here's a picture of how they contact when the declination axis rotates at all so that the flat side of the counterweight isn't directly facing the screw: http://www.flickr.com/photos/benbrowning/8453229061/I've put an email in to Celestron's support to see if they offer any suggestions. Does anyone else have ideas to workaround this? Things I've thought of so far but don't really like are attaching more weight to the telescope so I can slide the counterweight further down the shaft and cutting the altitude screw to a shorter length but losing its rounded top in the process.
Quote:powerstroke01 Very nice thanks for sharing.