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Lets see your imaging telescope set up
      #5712290 - 03/04/13 11:00 AM

Be interesting to see how everyone sets up there imaging equipment. Pictures of different telescopes and how you set them up will help others figure out and give them basic ideas and what is needed to get started.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: B. Cook]
      #5712294 - 03/04/13 11:04 AM Attachment (144 downloads)

Coolness.

This is the rig that I started with, an Orion StarBlast on a Meade DS-2000 mount (borrowed from a long-tube DS-2130), and a Meade DSI. I used this for about a year and I had a great time with it.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: jgraham]
      #5712297 - 03/04/13 11:08 AM Attachment (128 downloads)

This is what I upgraded to, an LXD75 SN6. I used this for a couple of years unguided, but I eventually added the 90mm MCT guidescope shown here. The guidescope is from a DSX-90; essentially an ETX-90 OTA on a DS-2000 mount. The imaging scope is mount upside down to limit the overhung load and to open up the centerline on top for the guidescope.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: jgraham]
      #5712301 - 03/04/13 11:10 AM Attachment (97 downloads)

The LXD75 proved to be a real workhorse and I used it in sereval variants. This was one of the more unusual; twin StarBlasts, one fitted with a color DSI the other with a monochrome DSI Pro. This allowed me to take luminance and color data at the same time.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: jgraham]
      #5712306 - 03/04/13 11:12 AM Attachment (69 downloads)

The twin StarBlasts were about as large as I wanted to go with a side-by-side arrangement, but when I had an opportunity to put togther a second LXD75 SN6 I configured them to operate as an independent set of imaging twins, not fitted with a DSI III and Pro III. One of the LXD75s has a pier extension for use with my AR-6.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: jgraham]
      #5712309 - 03/04/13 11:15 AM Attachment (64 downloads)

I used the LXD75 for about 6 years and I really enjoyed using them, but I evetually wanted to move up to the next level so I bit the pullet and bought an Orion Atlas. At the time this was the most expensive inverstment I've made in one piece of gear in 50 years, but it was worth it. This is my present SN6 wide field imaging kit.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: jgraham]
      #5712312 - 03/04/13 11:16 AM Attachment (82 downloads)

For narrow field I use the same Atlas EQ-G with my SC8 and an Orion Off-axis Guider. The Pro III makes a fantastic guide camera!

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: jgraham]
      #5712319 - 03/04/13 11:19 AM Attachment (67 downloads)

And last, but not least, I spent some time tinkering with my ETX-60 as a basic imaging scope. Surprisingly, with a sensitive lightweight camera like the DSI III and Pro III this is very easy to use and produces great results, but it does take a heavy dose of patience and a little luck.

Have fun!

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: jgraham]
      #5712549 - 03/04/13 01:36 PM

Very cool, I like them all. Does look like alot of fun.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: cliffy54]
      #5712714 - 03/04/13 03:09 PM Attachment (99 downloads)

Here is my main setup: ED80T, Atlas, Atik 314L+ and Orion Mini Guider

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: rigel123]
      #5712718 - 03/04/13 03:11 PM Attachment (65 downloads)

And then for those smaller objects: AT6RC, Atlas, Atik 314L+ and guiding with the ED80T.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: rigel123]
      #5712721 - 03/04/13 03:12 PM Attachment (54 downloads)

And finally my Solar imaging setup: Lunt LS60T for HA and the ED80T with a white light filter on the Atlas and I use a DMK31AU03 for those images.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: rigel123]
      #5712753 - 03/04/13 03:37 PM

@Warren -If I had that set up either my scope or myself would have ended up in that pool I am so clumsy.
Great set up by the way (except the pool)


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: darbyvet]
      #5712784 - 03/04/13 03:52 PM Attachment (80 downloads)

Here's one variation on my setup: permanently-mounted 12" LX200ACF with an ETX-90 and SSAG as guidescope/cam.

I sometimes replace the ETX-90 with a WO GT81 (with field corrector) for imaging. When doing that with my DSLR, I usually put my DMKAU618 into the LX200 at prime focus as a guidecam. Other cameras used (on the ETX and on the LX200) include a Point Grey FireFly, a Philips ToUCam Pro, a Meade DSI II Pro, an ASI120MC and a 16-yo Meade 416xt. Oh, and I also put a SolarMax 40 on top of the LX200 sometimes.

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I also


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: RedLionNJ]
      #5712862 - 03/04/13 04:35 PM Attachment (79 downloads)

Ok, Here is the most recent version

Edited by Fortune07 (03/04/13 04:36 PM)


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: B. Cook]
      #5712880 - 03/04/13 04:43 PM Attachment (75 downloads)

Yep, it really is an LX80

I still haven't had a decent night to try it out for imaging yet, though.

The scopes, on the other hand, are my tried and true imaging trio. My AT6RC takes care of the small stuff, My WO 66SD is my wide field baby, and my Vixen R130SF is my workhorse. I will ususally only load my EQ5P with either of the bigger scopes and let the 66 go along for the ride. I can swap my Nexguide out with all three scopes serving as guiders at one time or another.

I still plan to try this Meade Monstrosity for imaging if it ever, ever, ever is clear in Alabama again.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Jmax]
      #5712978 - 03/04/13 05:26 PM Attachment (98 downloads)

Pffft... look at all those tiny setups... You guys are lucky you don't have to lug around a big heavy rig like I do...



Pushing 8 lbs, it's getting close to hernia weight.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #5712980 - 03/04/13 05:27 PM Attachment (46 downloads)

Another angle.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #5712983 - 03/04/13 05:29 PM Attachment (67 downloads)

Fully packed for the extreme remote areas of NM with everything I need, including laptop(not required but nice to have along), cables, power source backups, flashlight, extra lenses, you name it, it's in there.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #5712986 - 03/04/13 05:30 PM Attachment (73 downloads)

My prior DSO rig - Vixen ED80SF with reducer, QHY-9 OSC, and a CGEM with a QHY-5/50mm autoguider.

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      #5712991 - 03/04/13 05:31 PM Attachment (63 downloads)

My prior, prior, rig. Nexstar 8 GPS with a Hyperstar III, QHY-8 OSC, QHY-5/50mm autoguider, heavy wedge, and a few tweaks I made.

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      #5712997 - 03/04/13 05:33 PM Attachment (56 downloads)

Yes, it is indeed DUAL imaging newts. Insane right? But it worked. Starblast 6 and Starblast 4.5 imaging OTAs, with a Meade DSI II OSC, Starshoot I autoguider, Starshoot II mono, all on a tuned CG-5 mount.

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      #5713000 - 03/04/13 05:38 PM Attachment (52 downloads)

Though it wasn't intended for it, between my daughter and I, we've had quite a few successful shots with her XT6i push-to dob, including the Venus Transit, 2012 Annular Eclipse, and a few lunar mosaics. Comes equipped with an 8 yr old operator, and Mt. Dew.



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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #5713526 - 03/04/13 10:34 PM



NP127IS (new style) on left, HD11 on right. Both setup with SX filter wheels (loaded with every Astrodon 36mm narrowband filters) and AO's. Both Slim OAG's and Lodestar's, Both Feathertouch automated focusing. HD11 has .7x Celestron reducer with FLI PDF focuser for 0 mirror shift. Starlight Xpress H694. Cge-Pro/Aeroquest/TDM

I keep the diagonal on the scope I am not imaging through. The diagonal is the same weight as the camera. I also have a strap around the top of the refractor. This strap is the same weight as the refractor aluminum cover.. The SCT also has the same sort of setup for the dew shield cover except heavier of course.

This allows the scopes to remain balanced depending on the scope I am using.. I'll get another camera, eventually.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Fortune07]
      #5713527 - 03/04/13 10:36 PM

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Ok, Here is the most recent version




How many extension rings are on your AT6RC to use the Moonlight focuser? (And BTW, that looks like quite a load on that mount!)


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #5713536 - 03/04/13 10:39 PM Attachment (66 downloads)

Tec APO160ED on A-P Mach1 on concrete pier...SBIG 8300M/FW8, ED80T-CF piggyback guidescope

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5713553 - 03/04/13 10:49 PM Attachment (45 downloads)

Hot off the press. FSQ-85 / SBIG8300M/FW8, Tak/Orion miniguider...

I may mention at times my obstacle course - here you see me imaging NGC2244 tonight and the famous telephone pole I have to image around to my SW, braces of wires... frame and ROR are the red colored stuff, and my computer cart and chair...


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5713640 - 03/04/13 11:57 PM

Didn't need the DSLR cooler on this night.



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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Dan Watt]
      #5713808 - 03/05/13 03:04 AM Attachment (51 downloads)

My Current setup
Atlas
SV80ST-25SV APO triplet
Atik314L+
Orion 5 slot MFW x2 ( depending on if I am doing NB or LRGB )
Orion 50mm mini guide scope w/ SSAG
Televue 2" Extension

Having a friend pour a new concrete slab for it as soon as it warms up a bit. Might go ahead and have him do a pier in the middle while he is at it.

The one it's sitting on now is much too close to the house and cutting off my view west of meridian a lot. The new spot will give me an additional 3-4 hours worth of western sky.

Planning on adding a secondary scope this spring also for smaller objects.

Edited by DarkStarAstro (03/05/13 03:06 AM)


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: wolfman_4_ever]
      #5713961 - 03/05/13 08:11 AM

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NP127IS (new style) on left, HD11 on right. Both setup with SX filter wheels (loaded with every Astrodon 36mm narrowband filters) and AO's. Both Slim OAG's and Lodestar's, Both Feathertouch automated focusing. HD11 has .7x Celestron reducer with FLI PDF focuser for 0 mirror shift. Starlight Xpress H694. Cge-Pro/Aeroquest/TDM

I keep the diagonal on the scope I am not imaging through. The diagonal is the same weight as the camera. I also have a strap around the top of the refractor. This strap is the same weight as the refractor aluminum cover.. The SCT also has the same sort of setup for the dew shield cover except heavier of course.

This allows the scopes to remain balanced depending on the scope I am using.. I'll get another camera, eventually.




That's quite a bit of cable management you have to deal with there. Nice work.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #5714734 - 03/05/13 03:48 PM

Thx..

It can be my biggest nemesis.. It took a few tweaks here and there but it's pretty solid now at any pointing location except south horizon which I don't shoot over anyways.. (LP)


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      #5714769 - 03/05/13 04:04 PM

I can't count how many times I've tweaked my wiring on various rigs. Always a hassle, but I am a firm believer that if you get a good wiring scheme in place, it makes things so much easier to deal with, and saves a ton of time in the long run.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Dan Watt]
      #5714847 - 03/05/13 04:39 PM

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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.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: DaemonGPF]
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I have a problem: I have a telescope setup...see photos...wherein I cannot get it balanced in RA and DEC in order to track. No matter what placement of accessories (I want to do EVERYTHING with one setup.... solar image with a Coronado PST with a IS DMK 41AU02 monochrome camera, lunar and planetary imaging through a 6" Celestron OTA (piggybacked) with a DFK 21AU04.AS USB CCD color camera, and deep sky imaging with a HyperStar lens and Starlight Xpress M25C with a 14" Celestron scope...all of this atop a CEG Pro mount on a permanent pier. However, no matter how well balanced I can get various configurations of accessories place , when I take continuous images in Maxim DL, stars track to the left on my monitor in as little as 2 seconds. I have four 22lb counterweights, with the Hyperstar inside the Astrozap dew shield. I have two view finder scopes...an Antares 7.5 x 50mm illuminated right angle correct image finder scope and the an illuminated one that came with the C1400, and a Telrad finder. I also have two Crayford focusers. The CGE Pro mount has a payload capacity of 90 lbs. Before I added the extra equipment, I was able to take pretty fair images with the HyperStar and was able to track for a minute without any trailing. You can see them at www.hahnenberg.org. Any suggestions? Ed

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: ejjh]
      #5715244 - 03/05/13 07:58 PM

When you release the clutches on either axis, does it physically seem balanced to you when you tip it? I'm going to assume the answer is yes for a moment.

Also if I recall, the C14 is something like 45 lbs on its own. Add on the C6 at another 10 lbs, the PST at a couple pounds, Hyperstar, RACI, Cameras, Dew shield, rails, etc, and you're pushing north of 65 lbs it looks like. Plus with the C6 on top like that you have to factor in leverage and moment arm. Same applies with the Hyperstar and dew shield looking at the other axis. The CGE Pro "maximum" load is 90 lbs assuming visual, but it's not as high for imaging. I'm guessing you're pushing capacity as is.

Have you adjusted the backlash settings to see if you get any change? You can also shift the counterweights slightly so that they "slightly" preload the gearing. It seemed to help significantly when I had my CG-5 and CGEM mounts. Obviously not the same class of mount by any means, but the concept is still sound.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Dan Watt]
      #5715261 - 03/05/13 08:10 PM

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Didn't need the DSLR cooler on this night.






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.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: ejjh]
      #5715315 - 03/05/13 08:41 PM

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I have a problem: I have a telescope setup...see photos...wherein I cannot get it balanced in RA and DEC in order to track. No matter what placement of accessories (I want to do EVERYTHING with one setup.... solar image with a Coronado PST with a IS DMK 41AU02 monochrome camera, lunar and planetary imaging through a 6" Celestron OTA (piggybacked) with a DFK 21AU04.AS USB CCD color camera, and deep sky imaging with a HyperStar lens and Starlight Xpress M25C with a 14" Celestron scope...all of this atop a CEG Pro mount on a permanent pier. However, no matter how well balanced I can get various configurations of accessories place , when I take continuous images in Maxim DL, stars track to the left on my monitor in as little as 2 seconds. I have four 22lb counterweights, with the Hyperstar inside the Astrozap dew shield. I have two view finder scopes...an Antares 7.5 x 50mm illuminated right angle correct image finder scope and the an illuminated one that came with the C1400, and a Telrad finder. I also have two Crayford focusers. The CGE Pro mount has a payload capacity of 90 lbs. Before I added the extra equipment, I was able to take pretty fair images with the HyperStar and was able to track for a minute without any trailing. You can see them at www.hahnenberg.org. Any suggestions? Ed




Got weight??

wow.. I would probably at least side by side that setup and spread some of the weight off that c14... like all of the weight off the c14!

I would bet the telescope side is taller than the counterweight side? Also, I hear a lot of people using 4 -22lb weights without issue. I try to use a max of 3 only. I am using a custom 4" threaded CW extension with 7lb's on it.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: wolfman_4_ever]
      #5715354 - 03/05/13 09:03 PM

How would you take all of the weight off the C14? Please explain. I only have one permanent pier under Exploradome. I have tried taking off the OTA...still get the same trailing. I have taken off BOTH OTA and PST...same trailing. Side by side intrigues me. How would you configure that?

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #5715359 - 03/05/13 09:05 PM

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.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: ejjh]
      #5715382 - 03/05/13 09:16 PM

I think it would be best to start a new topic under the mount forum so others may help.. This topic is about our imaging setups..

When you say you take off stuff and you still get trailing, then your polar alignment is probably off..


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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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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [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.

Quote:

Quote:

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 new [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 new [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 new [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

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: guyroch]
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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 new [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 new [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 new [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 new [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 new [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 new [Re: SKYGZR]
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looks like Table Mountain




Quote:

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 new [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 new [Re: rflinn68]
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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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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: ppfilbert]
      #5722889 - 03/09/13 07:45 PM Attachment (45 downloads)

I can't play with the big boys, but I sure do have fun trying...

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: shawnhar]
      #5723035 - 03/09/13 09:38 PM Attachment (36 downloads)

Still a work in progress but the pieces are coming together.

iOptron SmartEQ Pro on a surveyor tripod with a finder for mount setup.
Fujifilm IS Pro (factory full spectrum DSLR) and a Nikon 35mm f1.8 prime.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: SKYGZR]
      #5723050 - 03/09/13 09:54 PM

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updated ones of the Obsv.




Current from the Obsv







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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: B. Cook]
      #5725603 - 03/11/13 11:10 AM Attachment (44 downloads)

OK - I'm game for this - here is my fairly humble gear. If I had the level of complexity I see in some of these great setups, I'd probably not be able to cope...
ES AR-102; Atlas EQ-g, Canon DSLR. Whitetop Mountain VA, Saturday evening, shortly before very high winds picked up leading to difficult conditions and poor results...


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: roc.ls1864]
      #5735628 - 03/16/13 07:57 AM Attachment (28 downloads)

Here is my meager imaging setup. I use a 4.5" imaging Starblast with a DeepSpace II color camera on a CG5 mount.

Edited by dandabson (03/16/13 07:58 AM)


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: dandabson]
      #5735631 - 03/16/13 07:59 AM Attachment (31 downloads)

And here is a shot of the entire setup.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: dandabson]
      #5736172 - 03/16/13 12:24 PM Attachment (46 downloads)

Here is my photon collecting machine.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: korborh]
      #5736473 - 03/16/13 02:58 PM

That's the kind of mount I need for my C11 EdgeHD, but I'll need a winning lotto ticket first!!!

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #5740729 - 03/18/13 01:34 PM Attachment (28 downloads)

This is my imaging set-up:
MN190/Moonlite + Atik 314L+ (main), True-Tech filter-wheel (5 + 1 pos.), finder-guider diy with Orion SSAG (guiding) and SELETEK ARMADILO as a controler for motofocuser.
All on a EQ6 belt-drive/EQMOD mount.



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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: jimao22]
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Heres one, a lxd 75 with an AT72 ED doublet...

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Gray]
      #5742038 - 03/18/13 11:19 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

And here's the other, Versa first light. I bought an AT D plate dovetail to replace the vixen type though.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Gray]
      #5742769 - 03/19/13 11:54 AM Attachment (15 downloads)

First setup (currently out of commission). TMB130SS, Stellarvue 80/9D Guide scope, SSAG, and Canon T1i sitting atop of IEQ45m

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Second setup. Celestron Edge HD 8", and Canon T1i sitting atop of an IEQ45m. All I need is OAG and this setup will be complete.

Edited by zjc26138 (03/19/13 11:57 AM)


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5743422 - 03/19/13 04:45 PM

Zack, That C HD 8" is a nice scope. I had the chance to view through one the other night. Hope you get your TMB back soon.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: korborh]
      #5744715 - 03/20/13 09:17 AM

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Here is my photon collecting machine.




That's quite impressive and I really like the picture of it too!


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Gray]
      #5744880 - 03/20/13 11:05 AM

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Zack, That C HD 8" is a nice scope. I had the chance to view through one the other night. Hope you get your TMB back soon.




Graham,
Thanks! Your setup is very nice also. I love the HD. It's an amazing scope. And yes hopefully the TMB is up and running soon, but I'm not so optimistic.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: zjc26138]
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Here's the current incarnation of my imaging rig: AP900 with an Explore Scientific ED152, SBIG ST-8300 w/8 filter wheel and OAG.

I shot a time lapse of the rig in action while I was in the desert last week - almost 11 hours of action condensed into 90 seconds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E02UiBKb6iM

Enjoy!!

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Mike Wiles]
      #5745224 - 03/20/13 02:05 PM

Love that time lapse video Mike!

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: CounterWeight]
      #5745328 - 03/20/13 02:58 PM

Mike, Very nice setup and great video to boot. Loved to see the tracking in fast motion.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: DrOxygen]
      #5745336 - 03/20/13 03:02 PM

+1 Mike. Love the backdrop. It's amazing how much we can do now-days.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Gray]
      #5745948 - 03/20/13 06:52 PM Attachment (23 downloads)

Here's my AP rig with my new Binoscope tripod. Works like a charm!

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: B. Cook]
      #5747399 - 03/21/13 11:31 AM Attachment (29 downloads)

Here's my beginner setup. It has a few DIY parts (refractor, mounting plates) but still works good for what it is.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: txairman]
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Nice location

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Gray]
      #5747478 - 03/21/13 12:18 PM Attachment (26 downloads)

Great to see all of the rigs! Here's my planetary setup. Sirius EQG and MN61...

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Ricky]
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Here's a view of my mission control...lol

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Ricky]
      #5749318 - 03/22/13 09:50 AM

Heres pics of my setup from my apartment deck observatory.





I'm configured into galaxy hunting mode for now. The details:
Scope: Celestron C5 (their Nexstar SE model)
Mount: Celestron CGEM DX on custom pier

Main Camera: Orion Starshoot 3 Mono with Starshoot 3 7 slot filter wheel. No focal reduction (shootin at native 1250mm F/L)
Guide Camera: Meade DSI 2 color on Orion Magnificent Mini scope
E-Finder/Wide field camera: Canon Digital Rebel T3 with 75-200mm telephoto lens.

Other accessories:
Dew straps on every piece of glass, kendrick 4 slot 2 channel controller (shown in the image).
JMI motor focuser for SCT. It's an older style and probably the only style that fits on that scope.
Lots of zip-ties. These ones are reusable in case I want to reconfigure the scope.

I've retouched the collimation at least 4 times on this one and gotten better results each time. It's a true galaxy hunter. I have to tighten up the polar alignment so that it's just perfect and that's the fun part about my deck observatory. The deck is a cantilevered deck. This means the position of objects inside the house affects my polar alignment. The box locks up and so far has survived the winter and a few good rain sessions keeping everything inside perfectly dry.

It only looks like a mess because of the wires on the floor to the right. I pull those in through the door so I can control the whole thing from my TV.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: michael hester]
      #5749344 - 03/22/13 10:01 AM Attachment (42 downloads)

Very cool Michael.

Here is a picture of my imaging rig. The main camera is a SBIG STF-8300m with a 8 filter wheel. Currently I have LRGB and Ha. It is on a Powerstar III c8 that has been deforked. It is riding on a Celestron CG-5 mount. The autoguider is a SBIG ST-i color through an old Meade 9x60 finder I had. An 1.25" diagonal I had lying around mates perfectly with the 9x60 instead of the original diagonal/eyepiece. The other finder is a standard 8x50 Celestron finder that came with the Powerstar III. Once I am aligned and focused, I can run the entire thing from inside by way of my wireless network. I use nexremote for scope control (together with SkyTools 3). Obviously I still need to get the cables sorted.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Madratter]
      #5749935 - 03/22/13 03:16 PM

Yeah good cable sorting is something you really want. I run my cables to a tie on the GEM center hub (that's what the bungee cables are for) and then down the pier. It gives enough room for the scope to swing to all sections of the sky while keeping them from catching something. Basically the lest distance your cables move during a slew the less likely they'll catch something like a tripod knob and rip out or seize up your motors.

Zip ties work as a very basic cable management system. You can get velcro ones that can be detached to be reusable or in case you want to reconfigure your camera or other wires.


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: michael hester]
      #5751889 - 03/23/13 01:18 PM Attachment (36 downloads)

Not much compared to some of the equipment I've seen here but...... it's mine

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: spectre]
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Here's another I made up using spare parts this evening. I'm gonna give this a try thinking I shouldn't have to refocus that much between RGB's...I hope.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Gray]
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I have now modified my setup to use a Losmandy style plate instead of a Vixen. I also changed the saddle on my CG-5 using the ADM kit so that it can take either style plate. I have added ADM's counterweight system for the declination axis, and I have switched to Orion's 50mm Helical guider for my guide telescope.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: Madratter]
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200mm f/4 newt with Atik 420m CCD, guided by 100mm f/5 achromat with DSI II Pro.... Losmandy G-11/Gemini, all in ROR obs....
Wasn't catching many photons on this night....


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: astrodog73]
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My modified Atlas(counter weight shaft, takes fitness weights) with the AT6RC set up for tonight at a dark location and clear sky. I've yet to polar align so the camera isn't attached.

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: zerro1]
      #5841530 - 05/05/13 12:02 PM

Nice setup Robert and beautiful country vista

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: psandelle]
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Just did the Deep Space Products Hypertune...RA and DEC axis are so smooth now...

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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: astro-vert]
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I have two set ups refractors and a Newtonian.

I'll try to post an image of each if I can work out how to do attachments.

BRB

Nope, give me a clue please.
Is it because I am new and don't have enough posts yet?

later:
Right, found it in Edit mode.

Carole

Edited by carastro (05/06/13 01:12 PM)


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Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: carastro]
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My refractors.
This is a Skywatcher ED120 pro with an ST80 piggy backed for guiding.

I also have an ED80 pro.

Carole

Edited by carastro (05/06/13 01:18 PM)


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