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Relativist
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Hemmi]
      #6165228 - 10/29/13 07:45 PM

Little reflector finder! My favorite!

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budman1961
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Hemmi]
      #6165579 - 10/30/13 12:24 AM

Great setups everyone....lets keep them coming!

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JimT
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: budman1961]
      #6165781 - 10/30/13 06:47 AM

Really cool set up Hemmi. The finder looks like it was your older main scope from the past. Good use of it now with that dob. Well done sir.

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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: JimT]
      #6187521 - 11/10/13 08:57 PM Attachment (98 downloads)

I just added 8" to the pier and will need to update this image.

Edited by DonBoy (11/10/13 09:04 PM)


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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: budman1961]
      #6189128 - 11/11/13 05:49 PM Attachment (132 downloads)

First light a couple nights ago. 10" LX-200GPS F6.3 in alt/az, no guiding, no computer. I got up and running with my Mallincam Jr Pro in no time by looking at all the setups folks have posted here (thanks! i never would have thought to use the diagonal). I thought I would see what the Jr Pro would do without any filters or focal reducers.

I started with a few bright clusters like M15 and the views were pretty good though a little washed out in the core (i was not well enough versed in the finer settings). I was using sense up = 128x and with the wireless controller capturing exposures of 5 to 12 seconds. Cabling was using the supplied BNC cable and the RCA adapter to my monitor. About as simple as it gets which is what I wanted.

I moved on to see how deep it would go. I found M57 quite easily and it looks pretty good too. Just a tad bit of color but the skies were so light polluted i could not complain.

So on to something fainter for this test run: NGC 7465 (perhaps 60 degrees from the moon). When it slewed into view i was surprised to see 3 big bright galaxies and was thinking my GOTO was off. But after checking the charts, i found not only NCG 7465 (mag 12.8) but also 7464 (mag 13.3) and 7463 (mag 13.2). Sweet!

In the attached photo, you can actually see the 3 galaxies on the monitor, they were that bright!

Inspired and feeling that I had not given the Jr a real challenge, I decided to try deeper: 7467 (mag 15.6). It too showed up clearly in the monitor (Marshall 7" LCD). I could not believe it, this was EXACTLY what I was hoping to achieve in my back yard. Actually this was WAAAY better than what I expected could be done.

This is in light polluted silicon valley, mag 3 or 4 skies, with first quarter moon just setting behind some trees.

Pictured is the optic train: F6.3 OTA, William Optics Focuser, AP Maxbright diagonal, 1.25 reducer and the Mallincam Jr. Pro.

For my next outing I hope to add the F6.3 SCT reducer between the OTA and focuser. Hopefully I can get the diagonal out of the equation too. I hope to push the exposure times up too but I may be limited by the alt/az mount - we shall see.


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pufahl
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: pufahl]
      #6189254 - 11/11/13 07:16 PM Attachment (119 downloads)

Mostly a test to see if a JPEG will display a little bigger than a PNG (and still under 200k).

And maybe someone wanted to see the setup and monitor a little betterÖ though the shot was taken 15ft away, with flash, using a *BLEEP* point and shoot camera. The image on the monitor was really nice.

I forgot to mention in the prior post, this Jr Pro has the EXView upgrade chip (I have never seen a Jr Pro with the standard chip so i cannot compare or comment on that front).

(yikes! all the dust on the forks show how long its been since its been worth setting up in the backyard).

I want to extend a big thank you to everybody for advancing video assisted astronomy. It has brought REAL astronomy to my backyard.

Back to lurking...


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JimT
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: pufahl]
      #6189288 - 11/11/13 07:34 PM

pufahl

Nice set up enjoy it. Video astronomy is a great way to observer.

Edited by JimT (11/11/13 07:35 PM)


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Andy1845
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: pufahl]
      #6439828 - 03/31/14 05:01 PM

Hi pufahl,

nice setup! The 7" Marshall monitor is a 16:9 panel?!
The video out of the Mallincam is 4:3, so do you
use full screen?

Regards
Andy


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pufahl
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Andy1845]
      #6483078 - 04/23/14 11:09 AM

Yes its a 16:9 monitor. I run the component video right into it. I suspect it clips the edges because objects like the moon are round onscreen. I also suspect that the monitor could be set to not clip which would also change the scale of the objects smaller and show sidebars to fit the image. I am extremely happy with the way it works and have no interest in changing it.
I bought this monitor before i bought my Jr. Pro and compared it side-by-side against a Speco and it really blew the Speco away (i thought it would be the other way around).
I think this monitor is the same as the Lilliput equivalent though there are many different models available. Main thing i think is to get a resolution that is higher than VGA - some of these little monitors are 320x240 resolution which would be sub-optimal.

Hope this helps. I'm no expert but got lucky with this setup.

Why have people stopped posting pictures of their setups?


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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: pufahl]
      #6498237 - 04/30/14 02:29 PM Attachment (45 downloads)

Here's mine.

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Dragon Man
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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: CONQUEST1]
      #6499844 - 05/01/14 09:23 AM

Quote:

Here's mine.




Wow, that is cooooool!
Thanks for showing us.


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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Dragon Man]
      #6500432 - 05/01/14 02:30 PM Attachment (31 downloads)

Iíve always used my cameras for both imaging and observing, but this is the first time that Iíve configured a system specifically for camera-assisted observing. The objective was a system that was simple, no guiding, and could operate exclusively off of batteries. After trying several different combinations of telescopes, mounts, and cameras I settled on my Orion Atlas fitted with a Meade SN6, my Baader modified Canon 550D, and a little HP Pavilion notebook running Windows 8.1 and Backyard EOS 3 Premium. The Atlas is a bit on the heavy side, but the SN6 is so over-mounted on this platform that it can easily take 60+ second exposures without guiding even in gusty winds. Although it can take reasonably long exposures, I pretty much stick with 30 second exposures at ISO 1600. This is a great system to hop around the sky with and if I come across something that I want to document a little more thoroughly Iíll grad a short set of images (typically 4) for stacking later. The modified Canon 550D gives me a generous field of view and with Canonís long exposure noise reduction the images are clean and well suited for real-time enhancement using Backyard EOSís display modes. The notebook does not have a built-in optical drive so the battery has a reasonably long operating life between charges (about 5 hours). I also have the option of operating this scope from inside my house, in which case I can run it all night long with AC. Another fun configuration is to mount a laser pointer on the scope and set it up next to my Lightbridge 16 as a laser designator and real-time finder chart!

Fun stuff!


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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: jgraham]
      #6506059 - 05/04/14 02:51 PM

My 120ST with PVS-7 gen 3 biocular IIE:




My AT72ED and Litton M942 Monocular gen 3 IIE. My iOptron Mak 150 with PVS-4 gen 3 monocular IIE:



Too much fun with good filters!



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Re: Post a picture of your Assisted Visual Setup. new [Re: Relativist]
      #6551036 - 05/28/14 09:13 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

CPC 11 Alt Az.....

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