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pdfermat
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Wow - be careful what you wish for... new
      #6090818 - 09/19/13 10:58 PM

For the past 5+ years I've been exclusively a visual astronomer (and loved every photon of it). However, I've been contemplating almost this entire season about getting into imaging. I'd come to a point where I felt it was "now or never".

Almost exactly 2 weeks ago, I put all my visual stuff (xt12i and my Nagler/Panoptic lineup) up for sale. I priced it fair, but also priced it to sell. Well, it's been a fast and furious 2 weeks of buying and selling, but here's what's sitting in the middle of my living room, currently driving my wife crazy:



I know that a c8 is far from the recommended "newbie" imaging scope, but it was a calculated risk, keeping in mind what targets I want to image (galaxies). The Atlas was much less of a risk - that seems to get rave reviews and recommendations from many.

I still have a ways to go before I take data for my first image, a focal reducer, autoguiding package, and of course, camera need to be added to the mix, but I'll be slowing down for the next several (if not more) months as I continue to research things.

In the meantime, I plan on becoming an expert with this scope and mount - collimating, polar aligning, working eqmod into the mix...I'm in no hurry - as I love visual.

Anyway - thanks so much to all here who post their sage advice, please know it is appreciated!!


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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: pdfermat]
      #6090823 - 09/19/13 11:01 PM

Congrats Pat! You'll love it. Get a focal reducer.

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Wmacky
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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: Raginar]
      #6090840 - 09/19/13 11:16 PM

No, that's a fine purchase. You can always back up and add a nice 80mm refractor. You really need one anyway for wide field shots, and it can be the guide scope for the c8 on the tiny fuzzies.Heck, I've purchuced 4 imaging scopes for different image scales, and haven't even taken my first pic yet! The more the merrier!

Again, thats a great start to what will be a long journey of Purchases.

Edited by Wmacky (09/20/13 08:50 AM)


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Ranger Tim
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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: Wmacky]
      #6090856 - 09/19/13 11:27 PM

Learn how to operate that puppy before you throw a camera on it! Get EQMod right away! You can learn how to drift align too (you do have a reticle eyepiece, right?). Nice setup!

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pdfermat
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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: Ranger Tim]
      #6090868 - 09/19/13 11:34 PM

No reticle ep, but a friend has one I think I can "appropriate".

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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... [Re: pdfermat]
      #6090925 - 09/20/13 12:27 AM

nice enjoy

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tclehman1969
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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: pdfermat]
      #6090984 - 09/20/13 01:32 AM

You'll have a blast! I'm kind of new to some of this, too with an mid 80's C8. I can use a camera piggyback with any number of camera lenses, then for tighter fields I have a Celestron Onyx ED F 80mm. While I learn to crawl and stagger with that setup, I use the C8 as the guide scope with an Orion guide camera connected. This will keep me occupied for quite some time before I start imaging with/though the C8 with reducer.

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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: tclehman1969]
      #6091250 - 09/20/13 08:41 AM

Clear skies! Enjoy the scope.

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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: Starman27]
      #6091300 - 09/20/13 08:57 AM

I learned that imaging takes a lot more time than visual observing, both over-all and per object, so be prepared for that. You probably won't be going through a list of two dozen or more objects per night. Other than that, have fun! A lot of good shots have been taken using the Atlas mount and it will handle a larger scope if you decide to increase the aperture a bit.

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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: Chuck Hards]
      #6091556 - 09/20/13 11:28 AM

Wow - selling off everything to get into imaging!
Well, nobody can say you're indecisive. I hope it turns out to be the right choice.


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Kevdog
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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: pdfermat]
      #6091557 - 09/20/13 11:30 AM

Throw a hyperstar setup on there and you can be up and imaging fairly easily for the wide field views!

I'm really thinking of getting a hyperstar this fall as I do not have the time to put my C11 up on a wedge, do the equatorial alignment precisely and then image for hours. But you can be "sloppier" with the hyperstar since you are doing 15-20 second subs.


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pdfermat
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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: Rick Woods]
      #6091654 - 09/20/13 12:20 PM

Quote:

Wow - selling off everything to get into imaging!
Well, nobody can say you're indecisive. I hope it turns out to be the right choice.




I must say that I did have some reservations, but I'm also excited about the journey ahead.

When I try to glimpse my future though, I see me setting up for imaging AND having a 10" or 12" dob there to peek through while I'm acquiring data. (Wherever my wife is right now, she just felt a great disturbance in the Force.)


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*skyguy*
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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: pdfermat]
      #6091901 - 09/20/13 02:19 PM

I started out imaging ... way back in 2000 ... with a Meade 12" LX200/SBIG ST-7 combo and a f/6.3 focal reducer ... and never experienced any problems getting great astro-photos. I still use the same scope today for astrophotography with some upgrades over time! Of course, it's been in my observatory since 2000 and its polar alignment is "spot-on" ... which is very important for long focal length astrophotography. If you use a focal reducer and get your unguided exposures up to "around" 1 minute or better ... you should end up with some great astro-photos of those small galaxies.

Good Luck ... and enjoy your foray into astrophotography!


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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: *skyguy*]
      #6091923 - 09/20/13 02:33 PM

Congratulations! That's a fantastic visual rig as well. Enjoy it!

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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: jgraham]
      #6092040 - 09/20/13 04:01 PM

You could at least have tried out the camera by providing a pic.....

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Re: Wow - be careful what you wish for... new [Re: csrlice12]
      #6092443 - 09/20/13 08:27 PM

Congrats, and you'll love the Atlas with EQMOD. Enjoy!!!

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