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smokin oakum
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Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup.
      #2047199 - 12/12/07 10:12 PM

All the other forums have a place to do this. Why not us? I don't have my camera yet, but I will post a picture as soon as I get it. This will also allow people see different ways to place monitors, and other thing used along with the types of telescopes used.

Neil


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b1gred
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: smokin oakum]
      #2047258 - 12/12/07 10:37 PM

Yep, and I'll "sticky" it at the top!! Provide pix and they'll be here...

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smokin oakum
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: b1gred]
      #2047271 - 12/12/07 10:44 PM

Quote:

Yep, and I'll "sticky" it at the top!! Provide pix and they'll be here...




Thanks Randy!


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b1gred
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: smokin oakum]
      #2047275 - 12/12/07 10:47 PM

At your service...

Edited by RandyR (12/12/07 10:48 PM)


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kent
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: b1gred]
      #2047338 - 12/12/07 11:21 PM Attachment (1334 downloads)

Well this is the best I can do under these conditions

But look at the fun I'll have when the weather clears up


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kent
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: kent]
      #2047341 - 12/12/07 11:24 PM Attachment (980 downloads)

And a close up:

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b1gred
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: kent]
      #2047390 - 12/12/07 11:40 PM

Which system is that?

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midway199
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: kent]
      #2047404 - 12/12/07 11:46 PM Attachment (1132 downloads)

Here's the humble beginning to my indoor control room. I'll be observing inside with the scope sitting outside (duh!) and eventually, the scope will be in a dog house that flips off when I'm ready to observe.

The clunker equipment includes laptops for scope control, star charts, internet image lookups, and musical ambiance. A PC with CRT monitor is used for image capture, and the 12" b/w monitor is primary observing screen. I use a program called Synergy to share a keyboard and mouse across all systems. The Little People "Fill-n-Go!" garage is for keeping me occupied between exposures.


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midway199
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: midway199]
      #2047415 - 12/12/07 11:49 PM Attachment (945 downloads)

Here's the newest addition, a NexStar 11 with the StellaCam 3.

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kent
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: b1gred]
      #2047479 - 12/13/07 12:09 AM

Quote:

Which system is that?




Sorry about that. It's the older version Mallincam Hyper Color. Which I've not yet become familiar with. Attached to a Meade LX200R 14". And all the talk about high resolution monitors and all I have used so far is a old 12" RCA T.V.


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Astro Sky
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: midway199]
      #2047486 - 12/13/07 12:10 AM Attachment (863 downloads)

Celestron 11 & Orion 100mm refractor on CI-700 Eq. mount.
B/W MallinCam PRO ULTRA upgraded 2.1 to 56 sec. with peltier cooler and wires remote control.Radio Shack 9" DVD player ,also DVD recorder.

James G.


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Paul Milligan
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Astro Sky]
      #2047798 - 12/13/07 06:04 AM Attachment (801 downloads)

There are some real nice setups here.
Here are a few photos of my rig.

Takahashi Epsilon 160 Astrograph
GStar-EX CCD Integrating Video Camera
DigitalMedia MP4 Recorder.

Keep the photos coming!


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Paul Milligan
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2047799 - 12/13/07 06:05 AM Attachment (527 downloads)

Side on View

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JAT Observatory
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Paul Milligan]
      #2047911 - 12/13/07 08:41 AM

This camera does duty as an electronic finder. It is a Mallincam attached to a modified Stellarvue F50 finder. The finder is attached to a 10" SCT OTA.





Heres is my video camera that actually gets the most use. It is a GStar-EX B&W that has a 2.6mm lens attached. It use to monitor where the scope is pointing and where the dome's slit is. It is attached to the side of a SV102APO.




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Snaproll
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: JAT Observatory]
      #2048109 - 12/13/07 10:28 AM

Very nice pictures!

I went the "bottom feeder" route a couple times. I used VNC via wireless to control my laptop out by the scope which was running autostar and an LPI, from the ancient PC in my office. Kinda funny thinking that the scope was about 50 feet away, yet the computer control was going miles and miles to some server, who knows where, back to my router and then broadcast to my laptop out in the cold... while I was inside toasty warm.

Like I say, a bottom feeder application, but it worked, I could see and image Saturn remotely and control the scope

Edited by Snaproll (12/13/07 10:29 AM)


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AstroTasmania
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: smokin oakum]
      #2048908 - 12/13/07 04:22 PM Attachment (565 downloads)

Hi,

Here is a link to what I was able to do because I had a suitable video system. I was able to broadcast via the Discovery Channel, the total lunar eclipse 28th August, live as it happened together with two other widely separated observatories, to the rest of the world. Follow the link and follow each hyper link for the full story.And how The Imaging Source in Germany, sponsored my part by donating a 1/2" colour firewire camera.

http://www.astronomycamerasblog.com/2007/08/27/total-lunar-eclipse-on-discovery-science-channel-tv/

Eventually, a DVD will be produced of the entire project.

Links to various albums which show many of my video / telescope systems:

http://picasaweb.google.com/AstroTasmania

Clear skies...
Shevill


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Douglas
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: AstroTasmania]
      #2049083 - 12/13/07 05:39 PM

12.5" Obsession with ArgoNavis, ServoCat, Wireless 232 Starry Night Pro, Wireless Video Transmission transmitting to 50" plasma in living room, WATEC Monitor on Upper Tube Assembly ... I'm Lovin It !!!



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Douglas
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Douglas]
      #2049101 - 12/13/07 05:45 PM

Here's M27 on the 50" Plasma in the Living Room



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JimW
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Douglas]
      #2049119 - 12/13/07 05:50 PM

WOW! What kind of skies are you dealing with? If you tell me suburban light pollution, it could cost me a lot of money (after Christmas).

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midway199
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Loc: Illinois
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Douglas]
      #2049128 - 12/13/07 05:52 PM

Douglas, can you describe your wireless video setup? Particularly how you position the transmitter and receiver to get a clean signal? I purchased one from B&H recently and was not impressed, so I decided to return it.

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