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AbPho
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Reged: 07/22/13

Re: Ioptron SmartEQ PRO Portable GOTO GEM #3200 new [Re: hectar]
      #5988624 - 07/24/13 10:28 PM

Hectar how has the smartEQ been working out for you?

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Barriles
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Reged: 03/15/12

Loc: White Salmon, Washington, USA
Re: Ioptron SmartEQ PRO Portable GOTO GEM #3200 new [Re: exmedia]
      #6192538 - 11/13/13 12:07 PM

Any update on your iOptron experience? Thanks

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lakeorion
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Reged: 08/03/10

Loc: Lake Orion MI
Re: Ioptron SmartEQ PRO Portable GOTO GEM #3200 new [Re: Barriles]
      #6198217 - 11/16/13 01:49 PM Attachment (34 downloads)

Mine had to be returned due to a faulty Dec motor. Once replaced under warranty it's running fine.

Best I've been able to get with it...



It does make for a compact setup, shown below on my Benro fold-flat camera tripod.


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Astro_Brucitor
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Reged: 08/19/13

Re: Ioptron SmartEQ PRO Portable GOTO GEM #3200 new [Re: lakeorion]
      #6201923 - 11/18/13 03:33 PM

Hi Iakeorian,

Great shot of the Orion constellation, did you use your Nikon D5000 and what lens did you use to take that picture? I've got a D5100 and am curious as what the abilities this camera has just from being on a go-to mount.


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lakeorion
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Reged: 08/03/10

Loc: Lake Orion MI
Re: Ioptron SmartEQ PRO Portable GOTO GEM #3200 new [Re: Astro_Brucitor]
      #6202095 - 11/18/13 05:00 PM

Thanks,

The Orion constellation was actually taken with a Fujifilm IS Pro. It's a factory full spectrum DSLR built off the Nikon D200 body. The lens was a Nikon 35mm f1.8 prime set to f3.5 with a IDAS UV/IR filter in front. Additional 'filtering' came from dew - I threw in a couple of the dewed frames into the stack to grow the brighter stars. Probably not best practice...

For an unmodded D5100 expect nearly the same, with less Ha sensitivity.


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Mkofski
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Reged: 07/19/11

Loc: Greenfield, Indiana, USA
Re: Ioptron SmartEQ PRO Portable GOTO GEM #3200 new [Re: lakeorion]
      #6202180 - 11/18/13 05:49 PM

That's a very nice looking portable setup and a great widefield shot of Orion. Thanks for sharing...

Mike


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Astro_Brucitor
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Reged: 08/19/13

Re: Ioptron SmartEQ PRO Portable GOTO GEM #3200 new [Re: Mkofski]
      #6202317 - 11/18/13 06:56 PM

Okay nice, yeah I have that same 35 mm lens it's an amazing lens I love it, pretty incredible it could take that shot of Orion. Did the UV/IR filter help with the Hyrdogen Alpha sensitivity?

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lakeorion
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Reged: 08/03/10

Loc: Lake Orion MI
Re: Ioptron SmartEQ PRO Portable GOTO GEM #3200 new [Re: Astro_Brucitor]
      #6205225 - 11/20/13 08:22 AM

No, the UV/IR doesn't help Ha sensitivity - filters can't make a camera more sensitive. What it helps with is cutting longer than Ha wavelengths that my camera is already sensitive to.
We're getting way off topic here btw...


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andysea
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Reged: 09/03/10

Loc: Seattle, WA
Re: Ioptron SmartEQ PRO Portable GOTO GEM #3200 new [Re: lakeorion]
      #6205386 - 11/20/13 10:12 AM

I owned the smarteq pro for a brief period of time and I was very happy with it. Here are a could of images that I took with it.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andyinsea/9737305042/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andyinsea/9752710054/
When auto guided it was perfectly capable to image at 300mm fl with my KAF8033 based ccd.

Andy


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Astro_Brucitor
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Reged: 08/19/13

Re: Ioptron SmartEQ PRO Portable GOTO GEM #3200 new [Re: andysea]
      #6213887 - 11/24/13 07:19 PM

Thanks Andy, those are some great shots and a great testimony to what this mount is capable of.

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andysea
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Re: Ioptron SmartEQ PRO Portable GOTO GEM #3200 new [Re: Astro_Brucitor]
      #6216013 - 11/25/13 08:16 PM

Thanks! yes I was quite surprised by what the Smarteq pro could do:)

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