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john
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Reged: 01/01/04

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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Benjamin B]
      #166454 - 08/09/04 01:04 AM

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Here are mine, I recived my LX200GPS 10" SMT UHTC a week ago! The smaler one is LX90 8" EMC







LET ME GUESS ......... you are gonna piggyback the 8" onto the 10"(as a spotting scope)

John


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Posaunist
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Reged: 09/17/03

Loc: Arkansas, US
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: john]
      #166464 - 08/09/04 01:24 AM

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What camera settings did you use for M42, such as parameters .... contrast / saturation / sharpness / color tone ALSO what ISO setting did you use and the shutter speed. I am having trouble getting any decent photos.

Thanks
John




John,

The picture of M42 on my website was taken at ISO 1600 with an exposure time of 30". The white balance was on auto, and it probably would have turned out better with a lower ISO and longer exposure time. That picture was actually taken before I had the wedge, and besides reducing its size, I did not alter it.

I've been having problems getting pictures without severe star trails because of the weight of the Digital Rebel, Scopetronix Maxview DSLR, and eyepiece combination. I've ordered a balance kit from Scope Stuff, so I hope to have more luck soon. Also, I know the drift in the photos isn't caused by a bad polar alignment, because I use the drift method each night maintaining a split star for no less than five minutes.

I'm sure you'll be able to get a much better M42 than the one on my site if you fine-tune the parameters you mentioned. Since taking that picture, I've learned that the correct ISO and exposure time is greatly affected by transparency and light pollution of that particular night. It changes pretty often around here because of all the humidity in the summer air.

-Mark


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Refractor wienie no more
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Reged: 04/30/03

Loc: NE Ohio
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #171383 - 08/14/04 10:13 PM Attachment (1065 downloads)

Finally got the new (old) 12" set up:

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Benjamin B
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Reged: 06/21/04

Loc: Sweden
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #172042 - 08/16/04 02:01 AM

john
Hehe, yea why not :-)


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Benjamin B]
      #199834 - 09/18/04 02:27 PM

How many of you guys got UHTC's? If I get a 12 inch there's no way I can get UHTC.

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Hawkeye
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Reged: 06/10/04

Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: ]
      #202317 - 09/21/04 09:28 PM Attachment (1198 downloads)

And... here is my setup in central Victoria.

Edited by Grizz (09/28/04 07:47 PM)


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Hawkeye]
      #202395 - 09/21/04 11:15 PM

Looks nice Hawkeye!

Cute dog, but it looks like he/she has the same problem as my dog in that he loves to go lay in the mud to cool off!


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kruzmisl
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Reged: 09/29/03

Loc: Thousand Oaks, CA
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: ]
      #203102 - 09/22/04 05:54 PM Attachment (1162 downloads)

My 10" LX200GPS has been like Old Faithful.
John Shwope

Edited by Grizz (09/25/04 02:11 PM)


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Hawkeye
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Reged: 06/10/04

Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: ]
      #203123 - 09/22/04 06:37 PM

Thanks Peter. Yes, the end of a busy day for Gemma; rolling in something that smelled really agricultural, moving the sheep out of the shearing shed, having a few dips in the creek with the platypus and tortoises, and growling at the electric fence that bit her on the nose.

Saw the Trifid and Swan nebulae, a host of GCs and OCs and 'found' the Tarantula nebula after trawling the LMC.

The dew shield is a glued up piece of grey sleeping roll.


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imjeffp
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Reged: 09/30/03

Loc: Cedar Park, Texas
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Hawkeye]
      #203198 - 09/22/04 08:24 PM

Good night, John! Could you hang anything else off of there? And where's the wedge?

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kruzmisl
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Reged: 09/29/03

Loc: Thousand Oaks, CA
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: imjeffp]
      #203210 - 09/22/04 08:46 PM

Jeff;
This is not my normal observing mode. Not using the wedge right now, only time for visual. Actually my visual optical path is shorter than it was. The Van Slyke focuser is incredible and it also houses my .63 FR inside and adds zero to the length. I use the piggyback 85 every time I view to get an excellent wfov to help me learn the sky. I find it hard to see where thing fit into place when I can only see the object. I also use the 85 as a grab and go on it's own tripod. Right now I'm just starting using the 10D for Solar. I'm anxiously waiting for my new Siebert Elite binoviewer that uses 2" eyepieces. With 36 mm eyepieces and ability to use a focal reducer also, I'm looking forward to some nice WA two eyed viewing.
John


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rumples riot
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 07/01/04

Loc: South Australia
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: kruzmisl]
      #203243 - 09/22/04 09:35 PM

Nice setups people, lots of money spent on some of the those scopes.

Hawk, I just bought a block of land at Parsons Beach on York Peninsula, so anytime you want to come to SA for a really dark sky site and beach views just let me know. Takes about two hours to get there from Adelaide, can't wait till summer.

I'll take a shot of my setup soon with all the gear on it.

Paul


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Hawkeye
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Reged: 06/10/04

Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: rumples riot]
      #203509 - 09/23/04 05:48 AM

Well done! I was in that part of the country years ago, looking at the limestone jetty on the other side of the peninsula. I reckon you would throw a shadow from the milky way, over there. I'll let you know if I'm heading back to SA. Likewise, let me know if you're heading over to Melbourne.

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JerryWise
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Reged: 12/26/03

Loc: Lexington, SC
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Hawkeye]
      #203603 - 09/23/04 09:44 AM Attachment (1303 downloads)

Here's my scope. 14" LX200 GPS. Had a 10 LX200 in there in the late 90s up to this year. It's up about 4 stories on top of a small warehouse at my business. Needed a warehouse to store medical CDs. Kinda overdid it. Here in the deep south you can sit in the observatory or out on the little balcony most of the year. Some light pollution from a city 20 miles away but mostly good skies. Lake has 700+ miles of shoreline and provides some good atmosphere.

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NJ Night Sky

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Reged: 03/25/04

Loc: Hillsborough, NJ
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: JerryWise]
      #203661 - 09/23/04 11:08 AM

Wow now we're talking.

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Astrodave
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Loc: Manassas Park, Va. USA
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: JerryWise]
      #203820 - 09/23/04 03:14 PM

Ahh man meddyn, you are living my life with that setup! Wow what i'd give for that setup! Now if i can only convince my significant other to move to a nice darker area like that to support my hobby....yeah, and im a chinese jet pilot

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JerryWise
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Loc: Lexington, SC
Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: Astrodave]
      #203854 - 09/23/04 03:44 PM

Well, to tell the truth.... the warehouse and observatory are bigger than my house. My wife is convinced a small house and nice observatory are the way to go (that took some doing).

I heard her talking to a friend the other day. She said "..he is so obsessed with that thing since he got that Canon camera. I left him two months ago and he didn't even miss me until last week." I think she was joking but can't be sure. I really don't remember missing her last week, the skys were clear.


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Re: Show off your LX200 setup new [Re: JerryWise]
      #204439 - 09/24/04 08:17 AM

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I really don't remember missing her last week




There goes your only change of owning your own observatory!

I am only very jealous and frustrated!
It gives me the feeling I have started to look through a monocles glass to the sky ................
Well some have it, everyone else don't

Bonzo


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Jefferson1964
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Reged: 07/15/04

Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: ]
      #204992 - 09/24/04 05:22 PM

Meddyn, now thats a nice setup...im jealous, :-)

John, WOW...now thats a lot of stuff on there...Like Old Faithful...Now ive always wanted to take my scope to yellowstone as i go every year and its gets DARK....


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Grizz
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Reged: 04/24/03

Loc: Waldwick,New Jersey USA
Re: Show off your LX200 setup [Re: Hawkeye]
      #205673 - 09/25/04 02:13 PM

Nice setups!

Lets try and keep the image size down to about 100k and 640x480 for folks using dial-up connections. I have edited some of the pics to a smaller size.

Thanks.

Edited by Grizz (09/25/04 02:14 PM)


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