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kw6562
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Reged: 06/25/08

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Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: SBarden]
      #4693585 - 07/15/11 10:00 AM

Hi Sam - I have the shutter pix if you want them; please send me an address. --Keith

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macona
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Reged: 05/18/11

Loc: Beaverton, OR
Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: kw6562]
      #4694207 - 07/15/11 03:33 PM

I didnt know anyone made a small e-beam unit. The one I had might have fit inside the jar, but barely. I think it was an old Airco.

I am going to have to do some work on the system this weekend. The first project is coating a sapphire window with TiO2 for a friend.

Ill have to post a pic of the portable system. Its pretty nice. Inficon head unit is part of that system. The RGA I have on the chamber is a 100AMU Ametek Dycor Dymaxion. Much newer, connects via serial or ethernet to a PC where the software resides.

In the end it would be pretty cool to build my own filters. I found some open source software from a guy at MIT for thin film design.


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SBarden
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Reged: 01/11/11

Loc: Sunspot, NM
Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: Jim Chung]
      #4699763 - 07/18/11 09:08 PM

Jim,

I just posted an image on the fast lens forum http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/3399031/page/0/view/collapsed/sb/5/o/all/fpart/3/vc/1

Cheers


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Jim Chung
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Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: SBarden]
      #4700623 - 07/19/11 11:19 AM

I saw it, looks great! I'm seriously tempted to get one from Surplus Shed but do I reallly need one??!!!


Jim


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Jim Chung
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Reged: 12/07/05

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Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: Jim Chung]
      #4700629 - 07/19/11 11:21 AM

I just wanted publicly to thanks Kevin (gnabgib) for his unbelievable generosity and kindness for his help on this Quantix camera conversion.


Jim


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gatsbyiv
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Reged: 03/29/09

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Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: Jim Chung]
      #4701528 - 07/19/11 08:19 PM

Quote:

I just wanted publicly to thanks Kevin (gnabgib) for his unbelievable generosity and kindness for his help on this Quantix camera conversion.

Jim




Seconded! Kevin has been amazingly generous with his time and effort. The services he's helped me out with would otherwise be unavailable to me, and I really appreciate it. It is the epitome of what amateur astronomy is all about.

Charlie (gatsbyiv)


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kw6562
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Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: gatsbyiv]
      #4701612 - 07/19/11 08:58 PM

This has been a lot of fun, and Kevin certainly deserves credit for his assistance!

So at this point, has everyone:

- Installed a shutter?
- Interfaced to a computer and run RSImage successfully?
- Interfaced to a telescope or camera lens?
- Taken some decent pix?

Anybody stuck? Anything we can do to help?

--Keith


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shurik
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Reged: 10/07/07

Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: gatsbyiv]
      #4702851 - 07/20/11 12:53 PM

Quote:

Quote:

I just wanted publicly to thanks Kevin (gnabgib) for his unbelievable generosity and kindness for his help on this Quantix camera conversion.

Jim





Seconded! Kevin has been amazingly generous with his time and effort. The services he's helped me out with would otherwise be unavailable to me, and I really appreciate it. It is the epitome of what amateur astronomy is all about.

Charlie (gatsbyiv)




Triple and Quadruple that !! Kevin's help has been amazing, I had to adapt the camera to 2 focusers and Kevin with his fantastic generosity had helped in both cases, if not for him my camera would probably end up just collecting dust for another year or so :-), but I am hoping to take my first image within a week and I know who I will dedicate it to if something decent comes out of my scope :-)

Alex


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macona
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Reged: 05/18/11

Loc: Beaverton, OR
Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: kw6562]
      #4702852 - 07/20/11 12:54 PM

Shutter installed and working with RSImage. Worked with a nikon lens I have.

Remachining the Meade super wedge I bought. Hopefully I will finish that this week.


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sullij1
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Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: macona]
      #4704939 - 07/21/11 02:27 PM

Hello all,

Also kudos to Kevin, for making us all aware of the availability of the Quantix and the assistance in getting them adapted. What a guy! Truly exemplifys the spirit of community here. Thank you Kevin.

Keith, AIT USA and Jerry thanks for your contributions also. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I have been socked in with costal fog and done no imaging. Check! - on all facets of having the camera up and running, it is good to go, albeit from a location with power only. Took my 9 year old to Disneyland this week (on vacation) and we are preparing for a trip to a dark site today. Having trouble finding one with power but we will be somewhere by Friday under the stars. Will post imagery when I get something that does the system justice.

In closing just want to say to others reading this thread, Here is what can be accomplished by people on budgets helping each other in the spirit of community, accomplish what may never have been and doing it competently, with courtesy and in great style. Well done Cloudy Nighters! Thank You.


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SBarden
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Reged: 01/11/11

Loc: Sunspot, NM
Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: sullij1]
      #4705012 - 07/21/11 03:16 PM

Thought I'd add to the chorus and standing ovation! Thanks to all for their helpful comments. Well done!

I'm waiting for my bits to get modified before I can really hook at least one of my cameras up, notably to the fast camera. My 3 camera instrument concept is a bit on hold awaiting a decision on intellectual property rights and acquisition of the key technical element, sigh....

It is indeed great to see such collaboration and support without egos getting in the way. This is how the scientific community is supposed to work, but here politics and egos do often get in the way, especially when funds are tight and competitively pursued.


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AITech
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Reged: 07/01/11

Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: sullij1]
      #4705596 - 07/21/11 08:49 PM

Hello All,
Sorry for my absence. Next week, we are getting in 10 more cameras and I wanted to know if you all think it would be best if we modified the adapter that is on the camera. I think we can machine out the 44mm and make an insert with the T mount thread. The issue on our end is cost vs benefit. I know the cost, but unsure of the benefit.
Cheers,
AITech


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macona
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Reged: 05/18/11

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Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: AITech]
      #4706019 - 07/22/11 01:16 AM

I don't know if there would be much point. For most people they are going to need a shutter. So there is going to be machine work for them, or someone, either way.

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AITech
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Reged: 07/01/11

Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: macona]
      #4706778 - 07/22/11 01:37 PM

Thanks macona,
that's what I was figuring. one of my guys just told me that sdix makes a compatible shutter for about $500.
Cheers


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macona
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Reged: 05/18/11

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Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: AITech]
      #4706927 - 07/22/11 02:44 PM

Uniblitz sells the shutter on their website, 35mm model, also about $500. But that is just the mechanism. You will still need the housing for it. Dont know if they can be purchase from Photometrics. Still, that would probably be another $500.

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shurik
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Reged: 10/07/07

Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: macona]
      #4707036 - 07/22/11 03:43 PM

After all the soldering and generous help from Kevin who designed and made the housing the shutter is working! ready for photon capture.

Just out of curiosity, when I opened the back cover I discovered to my amusement there was actually some liquid inside cooling tubing sticking out of mother board, so I put some napkins into each of them and dried them out...was it a mistake to do ?? do we really need that liquid there if not using liquid coolant?? have a destroyed a cooling anti-freeze? :-)

I am not sure if this is related but the body of the camera did get somewhat "warm" after test imaging only for 5 minutes (the temp was set at -20) is this normal?


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AITech
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Reged: 07/01/11

Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: shurik]
      #4707174 - 07/22/11 05:02 PM

We have been keeping track of the temperatures and they range from -20 to -30 without coolant.

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jsigone
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Reged: 12/27/08

Loc: Escondido--> San Diego, CA
Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: shurik]
      #4707177 - 07/22/11 05:04 PM

these have a TEC, the -20 is on the cold side of the TEC. The hot side will get warm if not a bit hot during use pending on the heatsink and airflow.

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macona
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Reged: 05/18/11

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Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: jsigone]
      #4707225 - 07/22/11 05:32 PM

The water is left over from the last user. Its actually a water/coolant mix. The fitting on the unit are pretty common CPC fitting. Both sides seal when they are disconnected so the left over water was trapped inside.

Supposedly the minimum temp with air cooling is -25c, water -35c. This is probably at the maximum ambient operating temperature of 86 degrees F. So the lower the ambient, the lower possible CCD temp which is exactly what we get at night.

Pretty darn good for what we paid. I dont thing any of the other astrocams come anywhere near this temp. Of course none of the other cams have a vacuum enclosed CCD to keep frost at bay.

Add: If you want to try water cooling these are the guys who make the fitting. The plastic and metal ones are interchangeable.

http://www.colder.com/Tabid/72/MaterialID/1/cID/1/Products.aspx

Edited by macona (07/22/11 05:54 PM)


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sullij1
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 11/08/08

Re: QUANTIX HELP......... new [Re: AITech]
      #4707924 - 07/23/11 02:40 AM

Quote:

Hello All,
Sorry for my absence. Next week, we are getting in 10 more cameras and I wanted to know if you all think it would be best if we modified the adapter that is on the camera. I think we can machine out the 44mm and make an insert with the T mount thread. The issue on our end is cost vs benefit. I know the cost, but unsure of the benefit.
Cheers,
AITech




Please keep the price reasonable just as you have. Your gererosity has allowed people who could not afford such a system, (with a lil effort) have somthing that only the well heeled enjoyed. The oppertunity has clearly been appreciated now and no doubt will be in the future. Thanks AIT.


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