Orion Apex 127 - Desert Sky DSV-1 Alt-Az on a surveyor's tripod. Ioptron SmartEQ Pro. Nikon D5000, Fujifilm IS Pro DSLR. A few Nikon lenses and a ProOptic 500mm reflex lens for fun.
"Life is a journey, enjoy the ride" *********** Stellarvue 90 Raptor CF.Explore Scientific 152mm Comet Hunter.Orionx14g.Borg 125SD.Borg 60ED. Borg 50Achro. AT10RC. AT6RC. iOptron iEQ45GTN w/TDM.iOptron ZEQ25.iOptron Cube Pro.iOptron MT Pro/iOptron SmartEQ Pro.Celestron 10x50 Way too many EPs, flatteners and reducers. Nikon D5100, Canon T3i and a bunch of filters.
Quote:Thanks for the mod tips - but with a few more kit pieces - that whole tripod is due to be replaced by 'Old Yeller'
Quote:I've got one of these and have made some changes to it. The best way to balance DEC is to loosen off the two screws and remove the dovetail head completely. Next place your scope/camera/whatever combo into the clamp. Set the whole assembly into a round dowel or something with the dowel through the centerline of the DEC shaft. Balance it static like a teeter totter, then place it back on the shaft and tighten the screws.
Quote:Then I tried to do a one star alignment. I chose Altinak (third star on the left – right over there) and the scope started slewing. It didn’t stop until it was pointed about 10° down to the ground.
Quote:the polar scope illuminator is more of a 'washout-inator'
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:Lakeorion, I'm really thinking about getting one of these as a portable rig too. They seem 'perfect' as a grab and go. I think you grabbed a great picture.
Quote:GoTo's are still insane. I try to do a one star align, pick Sirius, and the camera points to my neighbors porch with Sirius no where in sight. With a 35mm lens that's a fairly wide target to go to, is this normal?
Quote:Time is spot on and GPS is what I entered. GPS coords from handheld Tom-Tom and double checked on internet.
Orange C8 with Dave Ek's DSCs, SkyWatcher 12" Collapsible Dob, iOptron MiniTower, iOptron SmartEQ Pro, AstroVideo System Advanced Cam MkIi, Samsung SDC-435, Philips CCTV f/1.6 12-240mm zoom lens with Cosmicar 2x extender, and more junk than I can list
www.lev-images.com iOptron ZEQ25GT- StellarVue SV80ED doublet - 6" Custom made hand crafted f5.6 Newt - Vintage Nikkor and super Takumar glass Canon 5DMKiii APT-PHD-CDC
Quote:I have a 50mm finder next to the camera to complete a 2 star align - I have to do a lot of slewing to get back to the target stars, Capella and Dubhe. Then it tells me my RA axis is 24° off.I select return to zero position and it ends up 20° off in Dec. It doesn't even know where it is or where it's going.
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