Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-106EDXIII Mount: AP Mach1, CGEM DX Cameras: FLI ML16803, Canon T3i (unmodded), Canon T2i (self-modded Astrodon), PGR Flea3 Mono CCD Misc: CFW 4-5, ATIK EFW2, RoboFocus, MicroTouch Wireless Autofocuser, Astronomik Type IIc LRGB,IR742, Astrodon OIII3nm, Ha5nm & LRGB http://hythamsafieh.smugmug.com http://www.astrobin.com/users/Hytham
Calypte Anza, California
Jeff -----TEC 140, Stellarvue SVR90T, SV115T20 and AT65EDQ refractors,Webster D14, C11 EdgeHD Lunt LS60THa solar scope double stacked with LS60FHaTelevue Pan 41; Ethos 21, 17; Nagler 31T5, 9T6, 7T6, 5T6, 3.5T6; Delos 10, 12, ES25, 14, 9Astro-Physics 900GTO with Rob Miller Tri36M TripodDM-4 Mount-Extension-Tripod w/ Sky CommanderDM-6 Mount-Losmandy Adapter/Extension-Berlebach Planet w/ Argo Navis
Terry Danks Photography: Birds, Scenery, a little astrophotography too. http://danks.netfirms.com/home.htm Equipment List: Too embarrassed to list it all. Roll-off-roof Observatory Constructed Fall, 2013
"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is.
Tak AP QSI Canon
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
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
Quote:I had no idea how well they could hold their value. That was a bit of a shock to me.I saw the 900 CP2 for that price and he provides everything but the pier and quite honestly that's no big deal. The CP2 can be upgraded to CP3 for $1000. What would be a good pier? The Rob Miller tripods sound fantastic, but he's out of touch apparently and I'm impatient.At 10 - 12 years of age, what kind of maintenance would one expect? What kind of life could one theoretically get on the worm gear assuming it has not undergone a great deal of stress due to overloading?I am in very good physical shape and have no issue carrying heavy loads and neither does my lady (we're both young and weight train 5 times a week), I just prefer to keep my weight training in the gym and not while I'm out under the stars.
Quote:Fantastic feedback folks and you've helped me go in the direction I was leaning towards - Mach1.This setup will be entirely portable as the lady and I do quite a bit of camping at the surrounding state parks with plans to head further South West this summer. So light weight portability is key.As stated I do not want to exceed a 9.25". Having had the 11" EdgeHD and as great as it was, it's just too much for me to lug around for imaging while I'm camping.Now I need to find a proper pier. Thoughts on that? I'm keeping my eyes out for a used Rob Miller "light" version. Any other recommendations?Thanks again for everything.
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 .
Quote:Well I did it. Brand new Mach1 purchased yesterday and will be here in 2 weeks. Bought the last one Anacortes had in stock and AP had absolutely none left in inventory until next year.Still holding my hopes up for a light tri-pod by Miller.
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:Congrats!! Mach1/FSQ is the dream setup.
Did you get the RAPAS too?
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