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CONQUEST1
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: midway199]
      #5799185 - 04/14/13 07:29 PM Attachment (123 downloads)

Here's mine, for now!

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A. Viegas
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: CONQUEST1]
      #5852358 - 05/10/13 05:21 PM Attachment (91 downloads)

Here is my CPC1100 w/ MCX



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John59
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: A. Viegas]
      #5968142 - 07/12/13 09:38 PM Attachment (92 downloads)

Here is my NexStar 8SE
The small screen seen on the telescope is Orion's DVR.
I use a remote to control it.
The case has all my video equipment and the 10" screen is embedded in the lid.
When the large screen shows good composition and focus, I use the remote to turn on the DVR screen and either take a snapshot of the object or a period of video.
The video train is:
a. A reducer when one is used.
b. Orion Flip Mirror.
c. Orion 22-8mm Pro Zoom eyepiece
d. StellaCam III video Camera
What is not seen in this photo is the other 10" screen which is the iPad driving the telescope via WiFi with SkySafari.
When I am done for the night everything packs back into the one case.


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jdbastro
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Reged: 08/18/07

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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: John59]
      #5973449 - 07/16/13 01:07 AM Attachment (55 downloads)

Here's one version of a night vision Binoviewer. This is a PVS-7A/C milspec bi-ocular goggle with a state-of-the art Gen 3 thin-film image intensifier tube. It is fitted with a c-mount adapter and a 1.25 inch nosepiece.

It provides great two-eye views of DSO's. Fits in any telescope with a 1.25 inch receptacle.


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jdbastro
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Reged: 08/18/07

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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: jdbastro]
      #5973452 - 07/16/13 01:09 AM Attachment (41 downloads)

This is what the PVS-A/C NV binoviewer looks like in a telescope (Takahashi TSA 120):

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nytecam
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: midway199]
      #5978223 - 07/18/13 04:07 PM Attachment (59 downloads)

Hi - here's mine - don't use a videocam but CCD to laptop for brief exp video-like viewing - snapped today in our little heatwave with my Archos tablet

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nytecam
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: nytecam]
      #5984588 - 07/22/13 02:51 PM Attachment (39 downloads)

Obsy red light zone - light goes off during exposures as cam very sensitive to red light

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donnie3
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: smokin oakum]
      #5986990 - 07/23/13 10:32 PM Attachment (63 downloads)

here is my new video setup im building. its a roll out table with mount, scope. camera and computer or monitor one in one. the middle part of the table has 3 layers of 3/4 inch plywood under it for stability and levelers at the bottom I had made at a welding shop. I think this will work out real well. I have a new video camera coming from astro-video systems. and really looking foreward to this. thanks for looking, donnie

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donnie3
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: donnie3]
      #5986993 - 07/23/13 10:33 PM Attachment (49 downloads)

another photo.

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nytecam
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. *DELETED* new [Re: donnie3]
      #5987297 - 07/24/13 02:27 AM

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Edited by nytecam (07/24/13 02:30 AM)


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donnie3
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: nytecam]
      #5987309 - 07/24/13 02:37 AM

ive been using a orion short tube 80 with no focal reducer for my Samsung 435 but thinking about using my celestron 6" sct with a 6.3 reducer in the visual back and a 0.5 in the camera. not sure if this would work, I just ordered the 0.5 from opt. donnie

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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: donnie3]
      #5987324 - 07/24/13 02:53 AM

Very impressive Donnie - good luck

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Dragon Man
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: nytecam]
      #5987748 - 07/24/13 11:56 AM

Clever setup Donnie.

How does it go trying to get it to sit right on 4 legs rather than 3?


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donnie3
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Dragon Man]
      #5987804 - 07/24/13 12:40 PM

dragon man, the four levelers at the bottom on each side are 8" pipes with 2 welded bars and 1/4 holes at the ends to bolt to the table, in the middle of the pipe is 1/4" hole and a hex nut welded over it with a t handle screwed in it to hold the large bolt. when I take it out side and one side is too high, I just loosen the t handle and the bolt drops down to the ground then I tighten it. it works out real well. donnie

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JimT
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: donnie3]
      #6057338 - 09/01/13 10:01 AM

Donnie

That is one awesome table mount set up. Impressive sir.


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donnie3
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: JimT]
      #6057743 - 09/01/13 02:04 PM Attachment (40 downloads)

thanks jim for the compliment. i did a few more modes to the table. if I were to use the table for just observing the two extensions on both sides would limit me to reach the eyepiece in a comfortable position so what did was cut off the two extensions on both sides then use one of them as a leaf that I can slid in for video and take out for observing. I also took the mount off the table top and attached it directly to the center on the table. make for better versatility. donnie

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mattflastro
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Reged: 07/31/09

Loc: Brevard County , FL
Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: donnie3]
      #6057910 - 09/01/13 03:33 PM Attachment (27 downloads)

Quote:

thanks jim for the compliment. i did a few more modes to the table. if I were to use the table for just observing the two extensions on both sides would limit me to reach the eyepiece in a comfortable position so what did was cut off the two extensions on both sides then use one of them as a leaf that I can slid in for video and take out for observing. I also took the mount off the table top and attached it directly to the center on the table. make for better versatility. donnie



Donnie,
You may consider replacing the 4 leveling screws with push pull style toggle clamps.
That way, you simply toggle them up or down by flipping a lever instead of having to turn 4 long screws for about 5 minutes while you're in an uncomfortable position with your head lower than your b*tt .
Push pull toggle clamps still retain the adjustment ability , you just don't have to do it every time. Adjust them once after which just toggle up/down.


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donnie3
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: mattflastro]
      #6058100 - 09/01/13 05:56 PM

matt, that's really a neat device. who sells them, ive never seen one any were. the levelers I have on the table now, I don't screw the bolts in or out, they are inserted in a plumbing pipe and when I loosen the t handle it just drops down, of course I have to lift one side in order to do this if its too low but with the device in your photo that would eliminate the lift and that in its self would be a large benefit. thanks for the suggestion. donnie

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mattflastro
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: donnie3]
      #6058184 - 09/01/13 07:13 PM

tons of companies sell these, from Amazon to Sears to McMaster-Carr . Google for "push pull toggle clamp" and you'll get plenty of suppliers.

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Moromete
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: mattflastro]
      #6073447 - 09/10/13 03:39 PM Attachment (43 downloads)

My setup - C11 on CG5-GT.

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