Over this past weekend, I got the scopes at Cosmic Acres set up for some astrophotography.
*I made two mounting plates out of 1/2' Baltic Birch plywood that I then mounted to the sides of the 9.25" (where the fork brackets attached).
*On one side, I replaced the 135mm lens I was using for a guide scope with a Jaegers 3” f/5 (I think) scope I made out of Lauan mahogany, and I’ve attached the Mgen-3 autoguider to it (tiny blue rectangle on right in first image).
*I mounted my grandfathers Meyer Optik 300mm f/4.5 lens on the other side of the main scope, and have my Olympus m4/3rds camera mounted on it with an adapter.
*I’ve attached the LUMIX S-5 to the Tak FC-76 refractor (top). This has worked well for me, so I don’t expect too much trouble with it.
*I got the old SBIG ST2000 camera with filter wheel and adaptive optics device working via TheSkyX! I must have about $4k invested in this camera, the filter wheel, filters, and adaptive optics device. It’s probably worth about $600 now!
*Everything is balanced in R.A. It quite in Dec, so I might need to add a weight on the sky side. (I ended up needing to add a weight to the other end of the dovetail under the 9.25")
Just a few more things to do, especially managing all the cables. I might try mounting the mini PC on the scope somewhere to help with that. But I find that I still need to run the lumix and the Olympus cameras from the Mac. The drive starts accumulating errors if the mini PC is controlling too many things. Saturday night, I took some images of M33 to check things out. The guiding was so good I had no trouble taking 10 minute guided exposures with the Lumix S5 though the Tak FC-76.