Astronomer and Golfer - C11 and Vixen 140mm NA140SSF Refractor - G11 mount on permanent pier (in my moderately light polluted back yard) - Older Meade 8" SCT for travel
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 .
My PixInsight Tutorial
Pointer to Other Useful Threads of Mine
Orion XT8 Classic, Self built EQ platform
AstroTech 72ED, AstroTech 6 Imaging Newt
Celestron Advanced VX EQ Mount
Celestron NexStar SE 4/5 Mount (for grab and go)
Canon T3i, Canon XT (Hap Griffin Baader Mod)
QHY5L-II Mono/Orion 50MM Mini
Fort Bend Astronomy Club
Quote:My AT6IN arrives tomorrow. I already have a baader coma corrector and am used to collimating my Dob. Might be a while before I can image with it because of the weather.
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
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:A few things to keep in mind. Unless you have a very small sensor, a .5 focal reducer will not work on an SCT. F6.3 is the max and running it at f7 is optimal. As far as building a newt, it sounds like a great project, but will likely cost more then a AT6IN. Even with a focuser, and MPCC, a newt is a bargain for what it is capable of. I don't know how they do it. You can buy an AT6IN for less then the price of a mirror.
GM-8 GII (soon w/OPWB) ; Orion Sirius w/EQMOD
Orion 80ED; AT72ED; AT6RC
Atik 314L+; Atik 420C
Moonlite Focusers, Moonlite stepper motor
Astrodon 5nm Ha, LRGB; Baader OIII, SII
Starlight Xpress 7x1.25" FW
Sequence Generator Pro, PinPoint, PixInsight, PS CS 5
Quote:I image with the AT8IN, AT65EDQ, and a C8 depending on the target. Once I bought the Baader Mark III MPCC and the Moonlite focuser for my AT8IN it became my favorite scope to image with. Collimation is only a problem if I'm imaging the same target over multiple nights because I dont want to remove my camera and render my flats useless. It does need collimated before every session. Other than that, I love the scope now. But you do need to add the cost of a good coma corrector and focuser. The focuser is definitely the weak link of the AT imaging newts.