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Rotator for camera: what is available?

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#1 Stephanh

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 03:11 PM

I'd be interested in getting a camera rotator for my imaging refractor.

What would be the possibilities?

 

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#2 bobito

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 03:16 PM

Funny, just noticed a used one for sale at OPT:  https://optcorp.com/...a-field-rotator

 

Can't tell you anything about it, but seemed like a good price.



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Posted 19 February 2018 - 04:21 PM

Dang they are expensive.


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 04:22 PM

Field rotater's are heavy and designed for observatory class mounts and bigger scopes, usually the larger fork mounted SCTs. Aren't that many big AZ type mounts other than those that could use them. What is your setup?



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Posted 19 February 2018 - 04:35 PM

Optec Pyrix LE....it's expensive also but lighweight for smaller cameras.


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 05:08 PM

Optec Pyrix LE....it's expensive also but lighweight for smaller cameras.


Lightweight enough for a small 102mm refractor and 1600MM?

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 05:38 PM

Field rotater's are heavy and designed for observatory class mounts and bigger scopes, usually the larger fork mounted SCTs. Aren't that many big AZ type mounts other than those that could use them. What is your setup?

There are two ways to use a rotator. The first, as you say, is as a derotator. The second, and the OP’s purpose, is for framing and choosing a guide star. They aren’t all heavy. 

 

To the OP, I think in the long run you’d be happier with a 2”Pyxis rather than the LE. 



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Posted 19 February 2018 - 07:34 PM

I've seen the Optec series and the Nightcrawlers from Moonlite. Are there any others? I'm not talking about high-end scope ones for $3K and up.



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Posted 19 February 2018 - 08:26 PM

 

Optec Pyrix LE....it's expensive also but lighweight for smaller cameras.


Lightweight enough for a small 102mm refractor and 1600MM?

 

The rotator only rotates the camera.....so yes to the 1600MM....that's what I have mine connected to.



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Posted 19 February 2018 - 09:22 PM

The baader quickchange rotator is the best "cheap" one i have seen if your backfocus spacing will allow. It's a dovetail style and very robust.

Edited by ChrisWhite, 19 February 2018 - 09:23 PM.


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 09:58 PM

Just saw this:

 

https://www.cloudyni...camera-rotator/


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