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#1801 Stargazer3236

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 12:59 PM

My three and a half year old Mewlon 210 atop my AVX.

 

The Mewlon 210 sports a Moonlite focuser and 4, rear-mounts fans (2 of the white covers are seen edge-on in the photo) to help with initial acclimation and also keep heat plumes from forming when temperaturs drop.

 

Had it out last night and even with thin cloud cover the lunar views were extremely sharp at 227x As a matter of fact, the Mewlon 210 is one of my favorite lunar scopes; just killer sharp and immersive views.  For deep-sky observing, the Mewlon has superb contrast as well.

 

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Does your Mewlon handle imaging as good as observing?



#1802 bobhen

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 02:12 PM

Does your Mewlon handle imaging as good as observing?

I don’t image. But others use Mewlons for imaging with excellent results. I do use my Mewlon 210 with an image intensifier and that combination has delivered the best views of the core of the Orion Nebula (and other smaller deep sky objects) that I have seen, and better than many images.

 

HERE is a link to an imager using a Mewlon 250

 

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 02:40 PM

These arent mewlons....but even ugly girls need love too....

An 8" LX10 ota and a C5

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#1804 Axunator

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 06:05 AM

Urban cat getting ready for some late night action... And myself getting my feet wet with lunar imaging for the first time in my life, after 40 years in the hobby. Good lord, what I'm getting into tongue2.gif

 

Lunar image with the pictured setup: C9.25XLT + ASI290MM + ZWO R-filter at native fl (0.25"/px).

 

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#1805 Joe1950

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 08:31 AM

Excellent image, Aki!


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#1806 Axunator

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 09:06 AM

Excellent image, Aki!


Thanks Joe! In this case the phrase ’lucky imaging’ was truly descriptive of the reality 😂
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Posted 12 February 2020 - 04:27 AM

Urban cat getting ready for some late night action... And myself getting my feet wet with lunar imaging for the first time in my life, after 40 years in the hobby. Good lord, what I'm getting into tongue2.gif

 

Lunar image with the pictured setup: C9.25XLT + ASI290MM + ZWO R-filter at native fl (0.25"/px).

 

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Great image, Aki!. I love the context of rays and secondary craters. But it wasn't all lucking imaging. You hit focus and collimation as well. Of course good seeing cooperated too. There's no turning back now, after a success like this.

 

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#1808 Axunator

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 05:00 AM

Great image, Aki!. I love the context of rays and secondary craters. But it wasn't all lucking imaging. You hit focus and collimation as well. Of course good seeing cooperated too. There's no turning back now, after a success like this.

 

Russ

Thanks so much Russ for encouragement and compliments! smile.gif

 

I expanded my initial experiences and feelings about this whole thing on this thread on imaging forum. I was also able to improve the final lunar image a bit by more refined processing (pls see the other thread).


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#1809 Steve C.

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 01:28 PM

Recently got a Telegizmos cover to keep my C8 outside, hopefully to use it more.

 

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#1810 jgraham

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 05:31 PM

Getting ready for a bit of fun tonight testing out a vintage 1980 8" Meade 2080 LX. Note the line cord and no handbox, not even a power switch! Plug it in and it runs... :)

 

 

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Fantastic olde scope!

 

 

 


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#1811 MalVeauX

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 07:28 PM

127mm Mak, "Porch Scope."

 

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Very best.


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#1812 WConde

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 10:01 AM

Edge HD8” with a Moonlite focuser on an Atlas pro and a JMI wheely bar.
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First light:  IC 410 on Ha

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#1813 Ron Luxemburg

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 02:24 PM

Finally found a gently used 1200 last summer locally for the C14, a proper fit for it. Formally a black tube originally.

 

* Looks like CN is doing some major image compression to the image. I had it resized properly in PS and under 500KB. Not sure why that happened.

 

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Edited by Ron Luxemburg, 22 February 2020 - 02:26 PM.

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#1814 skybsd

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Posted 22 February 2020 - 06:20 PM

Hi Ron, 

 

Finally found a gently used 1200 last summer locally for the C14, a proper fit for it. Formally a black tube originally.

 

* Looks like CN is doing some major image compression to the image. I had it resized properly in PS and under 500KB. Not sure why that happened.

 

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From a fellow C-14 - AP900GTO club member, let me say that's a fine-looking set up you have there! bow.gif  

 

Tell me - where'd you get the (what looks like stainless steel) OTA counterweights? 

 

Thanks., 

 

Best., 

 

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#1815 Ron Luxemburg

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 10:41 AM

The weights on the front end are old Celestron 8 counterweights. They used to be available as a stack with 2 of each different weight. They have become quite useful again.



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Posted 23 February 2020 - 11:45 AM

Hi Ron, 

 

The weights on the front end are old Celestron 8 counterweights. They used to be available as a stack with 2 of each different weight. They have become quite useful again.

Good to hear from you - thanks for responding! 

 

Great, I see Starizona has a version there. I've emailed them to confirm that the stainless steel weight will thread onto the Losmandy dovetail adapter they also sell. 

 

Thanks again, Ron! 

 

Best., 

 

skybsd 



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Posted 24 February 2020 - 11:24 AM

Here's a new (to me) 8" Meade ACF.  First light will have to wait until a Vixen dovetail and visual back arrive.

 

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Edited by KevH, 24 February 2020 - 11:27 AM.

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#1818 Ron Luxemburg

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Posted 24 February 2020 - 06:09 PM

I had to create my own aluminum plate interface between the losmandy part and the old Celestron weights. It's a very easy thing to do. Ony had to drill and tap a few holes into a small piece of aluminum plate which I cut to fit the width of the losmandy part. Good luck making your own version.

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Posted 28 February 2020 - 10:36 AM

One more... Mounted on my trusty GP2.

 

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Edited by KevH, 28 February 2020 - 10:37 AM.

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Posted 28 February 2020 - 11:35 PM

took advantage of 2nd clear nite in chicago.

hid behind the old meigs field terminal for some scope time with friends.

true vixen purity:  vc200l on sxp

 

 

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#1821 Hesiod

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Posted 29 February 2020 - 06:18 AM

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A little AP with the vmc95 from the balcony, to take advantage of a clear evening.

Mount and guiding rig is obviously way oversized, but the VMC is a very decent astrograph for its price; sometimes wonder if should build a sort of "array"


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Posted 01 March 2020 - 02:57 PM

Ok one is not a CAT but the image was taken during a comparison:
The long:Intes micro MN 78 on Bellincioni Alpha mount
The short: Gso Cassegrain 8" on iOptron ieq 45 
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Cheers


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Posted 02 March 2020 - 09:07 PM

Trying out ways to mount my camera.
 
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#1824 jgraham

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 09:52 PM

My new to me 1985(?) Meade 6" f/3.6 Comet Tracker Schmidt-Newtonian...

 

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I couldn't find a set of rings or a dew shield to fit it, so I attached a Celestron Losmandy rail directly to the tube and made a dew shield out of a section of Sonotube flocked with flat black spray paint and water proofed with black vinyl contact film.


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Posted 02 March 2020 - 10:49 PM

My new to me 1985(?) Meade 6" f/3.6 Comet Tracker Schmidt-Newtonian...

 

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I couldn't find a set of rings or a dew shield to fit it, so I attached a Celestron Losmandy rail directly to the tube and made a dew shield out of a section of Sonotube flocked with flat black spray paint and water proofed with black vinyl contact film.

It looks great!




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