"Normal" people worry me! - If you want to think "outside the square" you really need to get out of your box! A kleptomaniacal plethora of gear: Custom-cooled (my designs) C11&14, Orion Optics (UK) VX16 16" F4 newt waiting for obs, ED127 triplet, NEQ6Pro, HEQ5Pro, ancient AstroOptics EQ mount super-customised with microsteppers, goto etc, ASI120MM, ASI120MC, Flea3 (retired - accepting offers!) Toucam 840k, modded Canon 50d + F4L etc,etc & lots of other homebrew equipment.....
Celestron C11 CF, CapeNewise200, NEQ6, ASI 120MM
------------------ Mert 42º49"N 1º38"W 3" Polarex refractor,6" F12 SW MCT,Moonlight "Stepperized" EQ6 + EQMOD,SPC900NC/DFK21AU04.AS/ASI120MC My web-page Still working to make it decent!
Skywatcher Auto Flextube 250 Dobsonian, DFK 21AU618.AS QHY5L-ll mono & colour http://www.flickr.com/photos/42079393@N05/
C11 Edge HD, C925 XLT TEC 140 (#352) w/ AT65EDQ Skywatcher 100ED w/ WO66SD ZenithStar, ES 80mm Apo Sirius, Atlas EQ-G, "Atlosmandy" Pro AZ/EQ-G, T-Rex Apex,Porta II DBK21AU04, DBK21AU618, DMK21AU618, DMK31AU03, ASI120mm/mc, Hutech 500DH Beaglehaven Observatory (BYO #168)
Nexstar GPS11 on Wedge CPC 800 DBK21AU04.AS DMK21AU618.AS SKYnyx 2-0n TV Powermate 2.5X
SkyWatcher BK DOB 14" SYNSCAN. GSO 2.5X Barlow + various extension tubes. DBK 21AU618.AS. Coming soon (I hope) 10" AOS Newtonian 200mm Newtonian, LXD55 Mount, EQ6 Mount. Toucam 840 Pro gone home (Thanks KM)
Quote:Darryl, I will never complain again about getting up at 3 in the morning for Jupiter after you guys drove 2,600 miles round trip to see the planet transit 11 degrees higher in the sky. The image looks great even though the seeing was less than ideal. The distance, the heat, no air conditioning in your vehicle and the time it took all add up to an extraordinary effort, I mean it's not as though you threw a C8 in the back of your SUV and headed off for a leisurely stroll in the countryside, you had a full fledged C14, a heavy mount and god knows how many other related items to move an enormous distance!Pete