14.5" Starmaster with ServoCat and Argo Navis 1966 Unitron 4" Model 152 EQ Tec 140 TV NP101 f/5.4 APO Telvue .8 Focal Reducer FLI ML8300 and CFW-2-7 filter wheel Astrodon Gen2 RGBL 2" filters Baader 2" Narrow Band Filters Borg 50mm Guide Scope/ATIK Titan Guide Camera AstroPhysics AP900 Losmandy GM-8 Gemini
Quote: The orion nebula tonight looks just like it looked last year and the year before and the year before and the year before
Quote:The orion nebula tonight looks just like it looked last year and the year before and the year before and the year before ...
Fred StarStructure LE Series 18" f/4.3 (Zambuto & Nexus/ServoCat/Skytools3 Pro) Celestron 8" SCT w/Starlight Feathertouch Microfocuser; Celestron 102mm f/9.8 refractor Stellarvue SV80ST f6 Triplet APO Tele Vue & EarthWin binoviewers Enough Eyepieces and Accessories to put my Scopes to Good Use Free-Turn Q HalfHitch, CG5-ASGT(2), Astro-Tech Voyager mounts
Quote: Quote:The orion nebula tonight looks just like it looked last year and the year before and the year before and the year before Looks like we can agree on something. I also don't understand why people want to automate imaging. There are thousands and thousands of images out there available for free download. What's the point in buying Paramount ME - just to outdo someone else from the forum or to show off
Quote:The orion nebula tonight looks just like it looked last year and the year before and the year before and the year before
SCOPES: CPC1100; AT66ED; EdgeHD 8";SVR90T RAPTOR
MOUNTS: CGEM; Vixen GP2; iOptron Sky Tracker; Celestron AVX
CAMERAS: Canon 60D;Lodestar
EYEPIECES:TV N31T5;Delos14;Delos8;Pan27; PL20;PL25;PL32;TMB9
The Lord sits enthroned above the circle of the earth...He stretched out the heavens like a canopy.
17.5" f/5 Dob. IM-715 MCT. 120ED. Lunt 60mm Ha. Zeiss, Leica, Fujinon, Nikon, Pentax, Bushnell bins
Quote:the fact that there are other images of the same object available for free download misses the point entirely.
Quote:I was talking about astrophotography with a non-astro friend. I was saying how I enjoy it, but sometimes don't enjoy missing out on sleep. He was suprised and asked, can't I just set it up and go to bed, then wake up to get my pics. I answered not without getting a much more expensive mount (for one thing). Currently I use a CG-5ASGT, and autoguide with ssag.Which got me thinking: Where is the starting point for a mount that can be autoguided well enough that you can go night-night?
Quote:Philosophically, at what point does one move from a person taking amazing photos to a person that knows how to operate some fancy astro equipment?
- Jared Willson
Quote: Why aren't they spending that down time looking through a second scope or scanning for meteors or ever bothering to just look up at the beautiful stars above.
Quote:It just seems to me that most astrophotographers given a choice would prefer to spend all their time in the house at the computer tweeking photographs. They treat the process of acquiring those photographs as just a complicated bothersome task. I see the guys at our club set up a shot push a button and then sit down and chat with their buddies for 15 minutes. Why aren't they spending that down time looking through a second scope or scanning for meteors or ever bothering to just look up at the beautiful stars above. They don't seem to care about any of that. I over heard a couple of them last year talking about robotic mounts and how great it would be to have one. Then they would not even have to drive up to the site, everything could be done from inside their house over the web. I love astronomy and get a great feeling just being under dark skies, so I just can't get my thinking wrapped around this kind of attitude. I suppose being into AP is really more about being a photographer than it is about astronomy.
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 .