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Chris A
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Loc: Toronto, Canada
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: greg]
      #4343771 - 01/27/11 11:26 AM

Hi Greg

Fantastic looking scope! I love the colors and I see you did a very nice finishing job. Looking forward to your 1st light and please post when you know you are going to be on NSN.

Clear skies,

Chris A


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JimT
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Reged: 08/13/05

Loc: Milky Way Galaxy
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: greg]
      #4343804 - 01/27/11 11:40 AM

Greg

Awesome work. That thing just looks sweet.
Can't wait to see some views from it.



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greg
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 01/25/05

Loc: Central Ca.
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: JimT]
      #4345402 - 01/28/11 12:17 AM Attachment (147 downloads)

Thanks Everyone,
I tried to test tonight but the fog came right in.... Hoping for a real first light on monday night.

Fitz, the final weight is 85 pounds with everything.... more than I hoped for but it's ROCK Solid, and it weighs a lot less than my 16".

NSN- GregW

Edited by greg (01/28/11 11:59 AM)


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greg
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Reged: 01/25/05

Loc: Central Ca.
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: greg]
      #4345403 - 01/28/11 12:18 AM Attachment (111 downloads)



Edited by greg (01/28/11 11:44 AM)


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Chris Schroeder
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Reged: 12/11/04

Loc: N.E. WI Sky Glow
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: greg]
      #4345690 - 01/28/11 07:51 AM

Greg, you really seem to love your scope, I'm just saying

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Mittag56
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Reged: 07/08/09

Loc: West Amboy, N.Y.
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: greg]
      #4345862 - 01/28/11 09:37 AM

Carefull Dude....someone might get the wrong idea about all those lonely dark nights you enjoy.....

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mega256
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Reged: 05/10/07

Loc: N of Tampa
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Mittag56]
      #4346394 - 01/28/11 01:14 PM

Hey Greg thats super nice job you did..congrads..
Should "ROCK" with the MC.


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Relativist
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Reged: 10/11/03

Loc: OC, CA, USA
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: mega256]
      #4352211 - 01/31/11 04:26 AM

LOL at that pic Greg, thanks for the first light on NSN.

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greg
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Reged: 01/25/05

Loc: Central Ca.
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Relativist]
      #4353501 - 01/31/11 04:05 PM

Your welcome Curtis,
Last night I got a break in the Fog, so I ran out to try out my new scope.... as it turned out it stayed clear all night.

I planned 1st for tonight, it looks like it may be clear tonight so it will be 2nd light, all are welcome to join in if it stays clear, start time around 7:00 PM PST

NSN- GregW


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Craig in Tacoma
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Reged: 01/27/11

Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Snaproll]
      #4353530 - 01/31/11 04:16 PM

You make your wife sit out in the snow imaging?
(How did you get her to do that for you?)


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Dragon Man
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Reged: 03/07/06

Loc: Snake Valley, Australia
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Craig in Tacoma]
      #4497411 - 04/05/11 06:16 AM Attachment (129 downloads)

Time for an update of my latest Astrocast Broadcasting gear

- EQ6 Mount with v2.5a Skyscan
- Saxon 120mm f5 Achromat with Modified ToUcam Pro II guide camera & Orion Accufocus electric focusser
- Skywatcher 6" f5 Achromat with Modified Samsung SCC-A2333 AstroVideo camera

This set-up is for Live Astrocast broadcasting on Night Skies Network.
All driven remotely from inside the house


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Michael Rapp
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Dragon Man]
      #4594472 - 05/21/11 02:24 PM Attachment (145 downloads)

Here is sort of how my setup is coming together. My scope (C9.25 on LXD-75 mount, see Celestron and Meade can get along) is out in the driveway. The video comes from the SDC-435 into a video distribution amplifier (hidden behind the monitor).

From the VDA, the video is sent to three places: the Dazzle DVC-100 connected to the computer on the floor (partially hidden by the desk), the 20" TV (which doesn't provide that great an image, actually), and finally a third lead that goes back to the scope. You'll see on the TV tray there that I have a little 7" LCD that I use for focusing/centering/settings adjustments.

The computer is showing virtual moon atlas, and also running but not shown is Cartes du Ciel, which is used to control the Meade mount.

The little webcam-looking camera atop the TV is something I threw in for fun. Since this photo was taken, I've added an A/B switch box so I can switch between the view from the SDC and the view from the webcam during a broadcast. It's biggest use is for quickly showing people on NSN my configuration. Works better when I'm doing solar, of course, as there is more light.

Fun stuff.


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greg
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Reged: 01/25/05

Loc: Central Ca.
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #4594531 - 05/21/11 03:18 PM

Very nice setup.... A word of advise... you should (IMHO) get a Light/Dew shield to block unwanted light from getting into yout OTA... This will increase contrast.

Thanks for Broadcasting live and sharring with us.

GregW


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mclewis1
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Reged: 02/25/06

Loc: New Brunswick, Canada
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: greg]
      #4594734 - 05/21/11 05:21 PM Attachment (125 downloads)

Here's the older setup with a Mallincam Hyper Plus camera (manual control, need to throw switches on the camera). On the table is a Speco 905C monitor with a very high tech device (a 2x4) to elevate it for better viewing. This is without a light shield which adds about a magnitude to faint galaxies. It is really amazing how just a little ambient light from the monitor (or the neighbour's back porch) affects a Mallincam ... and before anyone asks ... yes there is usually dew/light shield on the C11 when it's in use.

The current setup is similar except for the addition of a remote control PC, which means I can now sit in the house at a desktop PC and control the scope while viewing the output of the Mallincam (which is now an Xtreme model).

The longer term solution to the ambient light issue is to place the whole setup in a POD that also has a Visor installed..


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jchaller
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Reged: 05/29/08

Loc: Tenino, WA.
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: mclewis1]
      #4597431 - 05/23/11 12:48 AM Attachment (109 downloads)

CPC 1100 with Polaris DX9263L Camera
Marshall V-LCD4-PRO-L 4" Color LCD Monitor


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Chris Schroeder
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Reged: 12/11/04

Loc: N.E. WI Sky Glow
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: jchaller]
      #4597738 - 05/23/11 08:21 AM

Nice and clean looking setup.

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Dragon Man
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Reged: 03/07/06

Loc: Snake Valley, Australia
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Chris Schroeder]
      #4597756 - 05/23/11 08:37 AM

Where's all the messy cables?

You've got to have messy cables!


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Lyle
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Reged: 01/22/05

Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Dragon Man]
      #4598584 - 05/23/11 03:41 PM Attachment (105 downloads)

My Mallincam setup, C14 on a CGE mount using an Mfr5 focal reducer. Under the leanto umbrella is a speco monitor and computer. The lean-to umbrella is from Dicks Sporting goods. The umbrella makes a great light shade for the monitor and eleminates dew too! The umbrella takes about 2 minutes to set up.

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Michael Rapp
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Reged: 04/27/04

Loc: Dickinson, TX
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Lyle]
      #4606301 - 05/27/11 03:46 PM Attachment (93 downloads)

My solar viewing setup. It was 92 degrees outside when I took this...however, I get to sit in the garage in relative comfort. (Note the fan!!)

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Michael Rapp
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #4606308 - 05/27/11 03:48 PM Attachment (108 downloads)

Here's a closeup of the SDC-435 coupled to the Lunt LS35THa. I find it humorous that the focuser, barlow, and SDC nearly equals the length of the LS35 scope itself!

The weird pyramidal thing sitting on the TV tray is a light shield I made to view the 7" LCD it is laying on for focusing.

And below the mount you can see my cable-management skills need a little work.


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