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Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
8"ACF, AR152, ED100, ST80, EQ6Pro, Duo-T, AZ3, EQ1
Greenfield, Indiana USA
Deforked 1979 Orange C8, WO 66mm APO, 80mm f/7 refractor, Sears 60mm refractor, 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
Quote:An SCT or a MAK would a lot easier to use.
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote:I upgraded all four of the adjustment bolts to a stronger set with better grips. The original altitude bolts in particular proved to be little stress machines. Oh and of course consider EQMOD, it's a winner if you don't mind having a laptop along to view. I haven't used the hand controller for several months now.
Quote:the last scope I had was an emc lx200 10" at the time I did get to look through some 8" and 10" newts and clearly remember the difference in brightness with the newts. so fast forward to now, with all the new coatings for the SCT's are they more comparible to the newts now?
Quote:as subject says. will order the atlas EQ-G in the next week or so. what will be needed? anything? there's always something!!!still haven't pick an ota but leaning towards a newt.
Tak AP QSI Canon
Quote:I'm surprised the EQMOD folks didn't mention the virtues of using a wireless game pad with the Atlas. It totally ROCKS.Pierre
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)
Quote: I would address the weakest part of the Atlas - the tripod. Brian
"My GOD, It's Full of Stars!" For the Obser: Atlas EQ-G w/moded SN8,JMI moto-focus, flocked tube,custom mirror cell.ED80 w/ACCUFocus,SSAG,DSI,EZ Guider. Modded Canon T1i,Pentax K-5II. For the field:14" Orion 14xxi,Flocked Tubes,Custom Paint,6 Fan Cooling,LED ground board lighting. Celestron CG5GT for film/digital photos w/EZ Guider, Atlas EQ-G w/an ES102ED/AT72 Piggy backed,EZ Guider. Various 1.25 & 2" Eyepieces.
Quote:My suggestion would be to invest in a Celestron Edge HD 9.25 OTA. It seems to be the perfect size for the Atlas with the weight ratio perfect for AP down the road.
Takahashi TOA-130s with CAA and Feathertouch micro TOA130R reducer Astro-Physics Mach 1 w/Eagle Pier Canon T2i stock QHY8 CCD Scope Buggy Tele Vue Naglers and Ethos