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DaemonGPF
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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: wolfman_4_ever]
      #5715423 - 03/05/13 09:40 PM

Do you autoguide that setup? I'm starting to wonder the same thing, if it's an alignment matter among a few other smaller contributing factors.

Backlash is in the hand controller settings. I'd have to look it up myself since I haven't touched a Celestron in probably 18 months now. http://www.nexstarsite.com/OddsNEnds/Backlash.htm Here's an article that clarifies the function. Might be minimal on a CGE Pro though. I would start where Dave suggested - rule out a polar alignment issue first to be absolutely sure.

An SBS setup will pull in the center of gravity, but you'll find it comes with trade-offs too, i.e. slew limits due to the OTA(s) sticking out further laterally. Balance you'll find may not always be equal as orientation changes, requiring more attention on the counterweight positions, especially with something as large as a C14 contrasting much smaller, lighter OTAs.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: rigel123]
      #5715435 - 03/05/13 09:45 PM

Warren, there are Two extension, a 1" and a 2" ext

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Fortune07]
      #5715479 - 03/05/13 10:09 PM

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Warren, there are Two extension, a 1" and a 2" ext




Thanks, in the picture it looked like more. I keep toying with the idea of a Moonlite on that scope...half because they just look cool!


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Dan Watt
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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #5715762 - 03/06/13 02:28 AM

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Dan,

I was just looking through your site - I'm really impressed with the results you've obtained with your DSLR and that 8" newt. You're rocking images that are easily every bit as deep as what I was pulling with my 8" hyperstar with comperable exposure times. What impressed me more is how you're getting it done with a T3i, modified or otherwise. Nice work. I love my T3i and T1i (modified also), but I can't say I've had quite that level of image acquisition with them yet, not like I could with my TEC CCDs. Seriously great job on your part.





Why thank you! I'm actually using a T3, a step lower than the T3i. It works alright though.

I've found that once you get good data the biggest bottleneck to great images is processing ability so I'm always forcing myself to try new things in Pixinsight and always trying to show every bit of data the image contains.

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Didn't need the DSLR cooler on this night.






Nice horizon! Assume you might have to deal with some LP though.




Yeah I can get Omega Centauri from here. LP is workable, its a green zone but the east is pretty decent. Its my clubs dark site (Orange County Astronomers). CLS-CCD filter is my best friend out here.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: wolfman_4_ever]
      #5717019 - 03/06/13 06:32 PM

Dave...I did enter my problem in MOUNTS. However, I noticed your setup was atop a CGE Pro. You seem to have balanced your two scopes very well. Where did you get the unit that the two scopes are balanced on? I'm thinking I could duplicate your setup, putting the 6" OTA, which is on a Losmandy dovetail plate and can be moved forward or backward on one side and the PST on the other, with the Telrad finder and two finder scopes on the C1400.

In NW lower Michigan, with the fronts constantly coming in off of Lake Michigan, I might get 4 or 5 cloudless nights during the winter, so I may have to be patient to recheck my polar alignment.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: ejjh]
      #5717134 - 03/06/13 07:38 PM Attachment (47 downloads)

Well--too many options
Here's my LXD75(belt drive equipped), AT65EDQ with the QHY9 on a frosty night.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: zerro1]
      #5717141 - 03/06/13 07:42 PM Attachment (39 downloads)

AT65EDQ with my Quantix KAF6303E and Orion manual 2" filter wheel on the Atlas EQ-G.

Also have an AT6RC + an 8" Meade SCT and an AT66ED(used to be DaemonGPF's) + 3 DSLR's + QHY8 + Roper Scientific KAF1401E... Oh Yeah + a second LXD75. I can have my own star party


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: zerro1]
      #5717413 - 03/06/13 10:24 PM

seeing all these nice setups makes me wanna buy more stuff

Guylain


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: guyroch]
      #5717420 - 03/06/13 10:27 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

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seeing all these nice setups makes me wanna buy more stuff

Guylain




Me, too. I think my current system lacks something...


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5717533 - 03/06/13 11:47 PM

Dan - agree with Josh's comments about your imaging, like that gear setup image you've posted too, interesting the perm pier there as well...

Robert I love that snow image... that is motivated imaging!

John - are you up/down grading the mount? Hoep that gets seen after soon;) !


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5717566 - 03/07/13 12:12 AM

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John - are you up/down grading the mount? Hoep that gets seen after soon;) !




It's time for a change. We'll see which direction it goes!


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5717614 - 03/07/13 01:18 AM

For the field (will have to get an updated one of the Obsv.)

[image][/image]


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: SKYGZR]
      #5717638 - 03/07/13 01:48 AM

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For the field (will have to get an updated one of the Obsv.)






looks like Table Mountain


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: ejjh]
      #5718185 - 03/07/13 11:13 AM

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I am not familiar with backlash adjustment. I'm afraid you will have to walk me through it. I have taken the OTA off and replaced it with the PST. I have taken both off...I still get trailing.




Its not weight, its your alignment. You need to drift align.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: Cliff Hipsher]
      #5718746 - 03/07/13 04:18 PM Attachment (34 downloads)

well it aint much but its all mine.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: ky1duck]
      #5718750 - 03/07/13 04:20 PM Attachment (34 downloads)

and the whole setup (in the shop). after setting up i run everthing from in the house using windows remote desktop over my wi-fi. all i have to go out for is to focus.

Edited by ky1duck (03/07/13 04:21 PM)


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: zerro1]
      #5718769 - 03/07/13 04:30 PM




looks like Table Mountain




Further South (ITS)


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: SKYGZR]
      #5719460 - 03/07/13 09:55 PM Attachment (20 downloads)

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looks like Table Mountain




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Further South (ITS)




Looking down slope at Table Mountain. If one were to turn around, the landscape would look almost exactly like your picture (not necessarily without a mount camera and scope)...


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: zerro1]
      #5720765 - 03/08/13 04:05 PM Attachment (32 downloads)

Here's the widefield set up. I'll try to get a picture of the CGEM DX with the AT8IN or C8 next time I get them out.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: rflinn68]
      #5720989 - 03/08/13 06:34 PM Attachment (33 downloads)

Well it isnt Much, but here is my CG5 holding my AT65EDQ with my SONY SLT A65 attached also my ES 8X50 finder (hoping to be turned into a AG setup soon)
The view is my Dark spot, a spot on the Ocoee river called Boyd Gap Overlook. about 70 miles from my house in Chattanooga. currently im out here cause this might be my last night in a bit to shoot. starting a new job and i need to be available every other week on call. means ill only have 2 fri / sat night a month to get up here, and observing from my House is white zone, not so much fun


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