Mallincam for LX200R
Posted 30 December 2007 - 07:19 AM
This is my first post on this great site. I have a LX200R 12 inch and will look at getting a Mallincam hyper color for viewing in semi-light polluted area. Can anyoe advise me on the best focul reducers to use with the meade scope as I have no experience in this field yet?. I have been told some reducers don't suit the 200R optics and some are very bulky?.Also would the Mallincam color do reasonbly well on planets/moon?.I have only found alot of posts where people are having alot of success using Newts or refractors but is there anyone having alot of success using this camera and the LX200R scope?Your imput will be appreciated.
Posted 30 December 2007 - 09:31 AM
The most popular FR for use with the MHCP on SCTs is undoubtedly the MFR-4 that you can purchase as an accessory with your MallinCam. It replaces the 1-1/4" nosepiece of the camera, and short extensions are available to increase the FOV further. You can also use the Meade or Celestron f/6 and f3.3 Reducer/Correctors that screw onto the rear cell. Note that the f/3.3 unit can't achieve focus with a diagonal, so you may be prevented from aiming at certain targets, if the camera would hit the fork base. Finally, the Denkmeier Power X Switch diagonal will permit relatively quick and convenient changes between 3 different focal ratios.
And the camera works quite well on moon/planets.
Posted 30 December 2007 - 02:09 PM
I think that this limitation deserves emphasis. I use my camera on a GEM mounted SCT and have no problems with clearance. But I have loaned the camera to two friends with fork mounted SCTs and in both cases they had to restrict the scopes from looking at overhead targets because of clearance problems. In both cases they were using combinations of FRs, flip mirrors, in line focusers, etc. I don't know what combinations would or wouldn't work without causing clearance problems, but it is an issue worth considering.
Posted 30 December 2007 - 04:49 PM
To regain proper up-down-left-right orientation, just go in the options menu and switch the image horizontally or vertically (I can't remember which).
Posted 30 December 2007 - 06:00 PM
Posted 30 December 2007 - 06:22 PM
I posted my comment after seeing in the previous post a comment that the 3.3 fr "can't achieve focus with a diagonal". Are you using Rocks 3.3 FR with a diagonal?
Posted 30 December 2007 - 08:04 PM
Posted 30 December 2007 - 09:17 PM
Posted 30 December 2007 - 10:08 PM
Glad the folks here could help you make the decision.
Posted 30 December 2007 - 10:41 PM
Couple of thoughts:
1) my best preservations have been DSLR photos of the monitor showing what I'm seeing with the MCHP
2) All the posted images I've seen thus far, of "captures" via PC, etc... just don't have the same versimilitude that this admittedly crude approach captures...
try to keep in mind that, the main use-case/purpose of MCHP is NOT to try and "capture" images... it is to view them in an "assisted fashion"
As I'm reminded after last nights wonderful observations of M1 and M81/82 with Luna "ablaze"...
clear enough skies
Posted 01 January 2008 - 06:37 AM
Posted 01 January 2008 - 07:23 AM
Yet last night (with total snow cover making things kinda not so dark - visual limiting magnitude estimated at 4.8) I had a ball with the MCHP. In only an hour I bagged M31, M42, M33 and M81/82 and in addition got the wireless going to put the picture inside on the 42" HDTV for the family (who didn't want to be out in the cold/wind)...
All, using only 100mm of f9 (native) aperture... it really does drill through light pollution quite nicely; and the color is a nice bonus...
Now, all I need is more, and faster!, aperture... but on the same mount, etc... am considering something like a 6" Schmitt Newtonian, or fast reflector at 6", or if I can justify the funds, the Vixen VC200L 8"...
But you will love it in your LX200R I'm betting! That's an F10 right?
clear enough skies
Posted 02 January 2008 - 05:33 AM
Clear skys,no snow and no cyclones.
Posted 02 January 2008 - 09:02 AM
We have a cyclone off our coast and another heading our way. Any futher hints would be great.
Matt, I would suggest you take cover.
Sorry, couldn't resist. Looking forward to your reports of the Mallincam. I plan to go the same route with my 11" SCT.
Posted 03 January 2008 - 07:49 AM
Posted 03 January 2008 - 05:43 PM
As soon as it warms up down here in Florida I'll be using my MCHP on a 10" LX200R. Will be trying a combination of FR's- .63 Antares FR/FF, an MFR4, and various spacers. I'll post results as soon as they are available. I've never used the scope with the Antares worrying about overcorrection. I don't think this will be much of a problem with the MCHP given its small FOV.
Posted 04 January 2008 - 05:37 AM
You will enjoy the LX200R/Mallincam combination, I'm sure.
I have a 14" LX200R + Mallincam Hyper Plus Color which gives very pleasing views. The first time you see the color and detail you will be amazed. The only FR I have is the MFR-4 from Rock which works quite well. If I add the included 5mm ring then I get vignetting although you may not. My suggestion would be to try the MFR-4 before worrying about other FRs.
Let's just hope the weather clears by the time you receive your camera.
Gavin - on the sunny Gold Coast
Posted 04 January 2008 - 06:54 AM
Regards Matt.- in the flooded logan area.