I feel a need to provide an update on my experience with the RI2 with my ETX 80.
Note that I was without my ETX 80 for over a month so that slowed things down. Then there are nights when I just want to pull out the Orion XT8i Intelliscope and be a cosmic tourist. And, with the weather getting colder and windier, I am not getting out as much as I would like. So my devoted testing and learning of this system has been limited.
I am at the point with this that one might be with a new, first time bow and arrow. I can get the arrow to fly but I am not too good at hitting the target. I just need more time with it.
I believe it works as advertised so I can say that it does what it says it does from a visual point of view. Based on that I am highly confident that the reports posted by others are true and accurate and over time I will be able to repeat their results.
I have not tried any computer captures but I do have the adapter. I did not really buy it for computer capture so that will be a while.
As I have the monitor and battery mounted on the ETX fork I have way too much wire. (see photo below, wires not shown) I need to clean that up.
I have used the battery for several hours without recharge and no indication of it running down. It powers the RI2 system only, not the mount.
The angle and focuser of the ETX 80 are molded into the scope and may present some limitations in relation to this system. Without the focal reducer it sets fine and comes to focus fine. Effect is similar to a 6 mm eyepiece. If I look at the lower cluster of the double cluster there is a set of stars that form a man shaped pattern. That pattern fills about 50% of the monitor so you can use this as a reference point. In the ETX 80 that would be about 65X.
If I put the focal reducer on the tube that goes into the nose piece it won't go all the way into the angle. There is a lip inside that it hits. With the FR reducer on I can't get it to focus. I tried taking the extension tube apart as it can be used in two pieces so that the camera can sit all the way in but still I can't get it to focus. But I may be doing something wrong. I tried manually moving it in and out to see if I can get it to focus but I can't.
I don't understand the use case for the IR filter. Need to learn more about that.
It may be possible with an adapter to attach it to the rear port of the ETX 80 but I have not tried it.
So, bottom line, I am really at the very very early evaluation stages. I need to learn exposure times, gain, and "averaging" in the camera, day night settings and such.
Without the FR I can focus and get it on an object but that is about it. I am all over the place when it comes to camera settings. So I would not post an evaluation of the product based on where I am now other than to say that it works as advertised.
If there is a quick learning guide I need to go find it and study it.
I need to do more reading before I do more testing. Then I need a nice calm clear, not to windy night, in front of my house where I can do some really well organized testing and personal training over several hours and documentation of what I am doing. Then I will be in a better position to say if it is going to be a valueable tool for my with this scope. I believe it will be but I don't have the real experience yet.
Several people have asked for a progress report, so here it is. Straight, honest and incomplete.
I am glad I purchased the RI2 and feel confident that, long term, it is going to serve me well.
Edited by aeajr, 03 December 2016 - 11:54 AM.