Return to the Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews home pageAstronomics discounts for Cloudy Nights members
· Get a Cloudy Nights T-Shirt · Submit a Review / Article

Click here if you are having trouble logging into the forums

Privacy Policy | Please read our Terms of Service | Signup and Troubleshooting FAQ | Problems? PM a Red or a Green Gu… uh, User

Astrophotography and Sketching >> Beginning and Intermediate Imaging

Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | (show all)
B. Cook
professor emeritus
*****

Reged: 10/18/10

Loc: No. California
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.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
jgraham
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/02/04

Loc: Miami Valley Astronomical Soci...
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: B. Cook]
      #5712294 - 03/04/13 11:04 AM Attachment (143 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.

Edited by jgraham (03/04/13 11:04 AM)


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
jgraham
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/02/04

Loc: Miami Valley Astronomical Soci...
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up new [Re: jgraham]
      #5712297 - 03/04/13 11:08 AM Attachment (127 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.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
jgraham
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/02/04

Loc: Miami Valley Astronomical Soci...
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: jgraham]
      #5712301 - 03/04/13 11:10 AM Attachment (96 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.

Edited by jgraham (03/04/13 05:51 PM)


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
jgraham
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/02/04

Loc: Miami Valley Astronomical Soci...
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [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.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
jgraham
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/02/04

Loc: Miami Valley Astronomical Soci...
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [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.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
jgraham
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/02/04

Loc: Miami Valley Astronomical Soci...
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: jgraham]
      #5712312 - 03/04/13 11:16 AM Attachment (81 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!

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
jgraham
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 12/02/04

Loc: Miami Valley Astronomical Soci...
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [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!

Edited by jgraham (03/04/13 11:20 AM)


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
cliffy54
professor emeritus
*****

Reged: 03/14/10

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

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

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
rigel123
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 06/29/09

Loc: SW Ohio
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [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

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
rigel123
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 06/29/09

Loc: SW Ohio
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [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.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
rigel123
Postmaster
*****

Reged: 06/29/09

Loc: SW Ohio
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [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.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
darbyvet
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: Seneca Falls, New York
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [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)


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
RedLionNJ
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 12/29/09

Loc: Red Lion, NJ, USA
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: darbyvet]
      #5712784 - 03/04/13 03:52 PM Attachment (79 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.

Grant

I also


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Fortune07
super member
*****

Reged: 06/17/08

Loc: Adirondack Mountains, Upstate ...
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [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)


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Jmax
professor emeritus
*****

Reged: 09/28/10

Loc: Alabama
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: B. Cook]
      #5712880 - 03/04/13 04:43 PM Attachment (73 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.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
DaemonGPF
Redonkulous
*****

Reged: 03/22/08

Loc: Aurora Colorado
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: Jmax]
      #5712978 - 03/04/13 05:26 PM Attachment (96 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.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
DaemonGPF
Redonkulous
*****

Reged: 03/22/08

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

Another angle.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
DaemonGPF
Redonkulous
*****

Reged: 03/22/08

Loc: Aurora Colorado
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #5712983 - 03/04/13 05:29 PM Attachment (65 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.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
DaemonGPF
Redonkulous
*****

Reged: 03/22/08

Loc: Aurora Colorado
Re: Lets see your imaging telescope set up [Re: DaemonGPF]
      #5712986 - 03/04/13 05:30 PM Attachment (71 downloads)

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

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | (show all)


Extra information
13 registered and 21 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  Knuklhdastrnmr, fishonkevin, WOBentley, rflinn68 

Print Thread

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      UBBCode is enabled


Thread views: 5051

Jump to

CN Forums Home


Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics