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What Is Your Best And Worst Purchases For Astrophotography?

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#101 Astrola72

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 09:18 AM

From the Meade LXD75 Manual:

 

"Do not allow undue attention to precise settings of polar home
position of the telescope to interfere with your basic enjoyment of the
instrument."

 

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 07:02 PM

I have unlocked the thread. 

Please keep this thread on topic. This was intended to be a general overview of what was your best and worst buys. NOT and in depth discussion on any specific product. If you want to start those conversations please start another thread. 

 

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#103 Ballyhoo

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 07:07 PM

I have unlocked the thread. 

Please keep this thread on topic. This was intended to be a general overview of what was your best and worst buys. NOT and in depth discussion on any specific product. If you want to start those conversations please start another thread. 

 

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Thank you!

 

Well, I stand by that statement. I feel that the LXD75 for me was the worst purchase.  It was invariably incapable of Goto and perhaps this is why I think the AVX was among my best purchase, because it works so great comparatively. 



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Posted 04 February 2019 - 07:43 PM

Best: 10Micron mount -- perfect for me and the way I image and made everything fun and easy-peasy accurate.

 

Worst: hmmm, I'm always pretty careful about researching what I get, but the iOptron AZ Mount Pro doesn't do auto-alignment without attempting to crash my giant binocs or point them somewhere they shouldn't be. Manual one, two or three star alignment works fine, but not the auto. Still, I haven't really worked much with it; still, that's as close to worst as possible, and I still like the mount.

 

I have NOT gotten the new .80 reducer from Officina Stellare yet, and it's been almost a year. THAT'S the worst...but it's not here so I can't say the item is actually bad.

 

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:15 PM

Best: By a landslide the AP Mach1! 

 

Worst: AVX, AT6IN, AT65EDQ.

 


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:31 PM

Id like to add one to the best: I just upgraded my qsi wsg to a wsg-8. Now I need to figure out what to do with that 8th slot. NIR?

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:38 PM

Is like to add got the best: I just upgraded my qsi wsg to a wsg-8. Now I need to figure out what to so with that 8th slot. NIR?


NIR! I have the gen1 i filter from Astrodon. They were selling them on clearance. Haven't got to test it yet....


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 09:56 PM

Id like to add one to the best: I just upgraded my qsi wsg to a wsg-8. Now I need to figure out what to do with that 8th slot. NIR?

Chris what is NIR?  I need to know!  Scott



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Posted 04 February 2019 - 10:53 PM

Chris what is NIR?  I need to know!  Scott

Near Infra Red


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 11:01 PM

On my best list I forgot to include:  "Skybox" windbreak / mobile observatory tent. I've only had a chance to set it up in my living room but I love it already.  It also protects from stray light, offers privacy, and keeps you warmer.  John Love sold me the kit (cloudynights username = CCD-Freak).


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Posted 04 February 2019 - 11:06 PM

I don't really want to name any "worst," but some that stand out as "best"...

Criterion RV-6 Dynascope (1970)

Classic orange Celestron 5 (1980)

C8 EdgeHD (2014)

AT65EDQ (secondhand, 2015) (had to loosen the retaining rings and retighten them gently to fix pinched optics)

Interstellarum Atlas

PixInsight

ASI120MM-S (big performance upgrade from the ASI120MM not S, which someone mentioned as having a problem with dropped frames)

ASI120MC-S replacing ASI120MC not S (ditto, the "S" models have a much better USB interface)



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Posted 04 February 2019 - 11:06 PM

Add in my AT115EDT as a "best" purchase. It's love at first light !!

 


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Posted 05 February 2019 - 02:34 AM

I am going to add this to my best list:

 

TS Optics 10" ONTC F4 Newtonian/Newton: Excellent Newt telescope that uses cherry picked GSO mirrors, and completely upgraded parts across the board. The mirror cells are sturdy and work incredibly well and are made bullet proof. The spider is not some cheap import spider and holds the secondary well. The scope uses a very thick carbon fiber tube, they promised 7mm thick and mine comes in over 8mm and close to 9mm thick. The optics are very stable, and in an intended test, were not allowed to focus over a -5C temperature change over the course of the night. All frames showed excellent focus. They allow you to pick your own focuser, and the MoonLite 2.5" focuser works very well. As a new user to Newts I made a ton of mistakes, all of which I have documented in my own thread here for those interested. The bottom rung Newts are plagued with problems, and while this product uses mirrors made by the same company, they really do a great job of doing all of the upgrades you would want for those cheaper products, for you. With the right set of collimation tools (Catseye) this a is a wonderful telescope to use. Be prepared for the learning curve though, as Newts have one that you (of course) will not encounter with refractors. I strongly recommend that imagers considering venturing into the dark world of Newts look at this product. While it does cost more than the import scopes you can buy here and have shipped to you the next day, the total cost of upgrading those scopes will soon overwhelm what you could have gotten from TS in a single cohesive design. 


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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:31 PM

Best: By a landslide the AP Mach1!

Worst: AVX, AT6IN, AT65EDQ.


I put my name on a wait list with tolga quite a few months back. I'm glad it's a long wait, cause my skies are bad enough without buying a piece of gear like that!
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Posted 13 February 2019 - 05:57 AM

Worst :

(1) iOptron Versa refractor (major chromatic aberration.  Lousy quality)

(2) iOptron CEM25 mount (lousy precision & guiding)

(3) ZWO ASI 1600 cooled colour camera (noise pattern could not be eliminated).

(4) ZWO guide camera (horizontal banding)

(5) iOptron sky tracker (a mere toy, incapable of maintaing tracking or polar alignment)

(6) SBIF STF colour camera (mediocre performance, no better than any other KAF camera)

(7) iStar 8" achromatic Refractor (uncorrectable colour aberration, mediocre build quality)

(8) Mallincam DSC camera (very poor image quality with colour streaks visible)

(9) Meade LX 90 8" and 12" (cheap build, both mounts broke down within a month)

(10) Meade and Celestron SCTs  (all of them !)

 

Best :

(1) Skywatcher EQ6 and AZEQ6 mounts (rock solid)

(2) Skywatcher Star Adventurer (very decent)

(3) Takahashi EM400 mount (built like a tank)

(4) SBIG mono camera (workhorse, reliable)

(5) PixInsight

(6) SGP Pro

(7) Vixen VMC Mak-Cass (wonderful optics)

Hi Dave... You mentioned the CEM25 as worst mount. Your best as EQ6 / AZEQ6.  I am looking for a travel  (flight capable) system. Certainly EQ6 does not qualify. Do you have one of the early CEM25 or CEM25P. Can you explain more your likes/dislikes considering this as a travel mount with a 75 to 100CM refractor on it. Doing astrophototgraphy.



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 08:31 AM

Best: Orion Sirius EQ-G and the Telegizmos 365 cover, I'd say the 365 is probably on top. Having everything outside is just **** amazing, I don't need to be motivated to image anymore lol.

Best (software): SharpCap Pro License and PI

Worst: The AT65EDQ I bought, that thing was abysmal.


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 10:50 AM

Best....My AP900GTO

 

Imaging Rig at CBSP 2018-cls-sm.JPG

 

Worst.......????

 

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 11:44 AM

Best: QHY183C camera for full color lunar mosaics.

 

Worst: Televue 2x Powermate.  Not that there is anything technically wrong with the Powermate, but with the pixel size with my camera sensor, the 2x is too much oversampling.  Kind of an expensive paperweight to be used just one time...



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 06:38 PM

Best
- Kendrick Digifire 8 - DSLR 8v power, USB hub 12v power, plus 4 programable anti-dewer 12v outlets
- AstroPhysics RPAS - Align to a couple of minutes accuracy on the celestial pole in 2 minutes.
- Canon TC80-N3 - remote interval timer. Never a single problem in 15 years.
- Canon T2i (550D) modified by Gary Honis for Ha deep-sky emission objects, and 640x480 movie crop mode with 1:1 pixel resolution for planetary
- Astro-Physics 130EDT - triplet apo refractor
- Astro-Physics 130EDFGT - triplet apo refractor
- Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 ED lens - Best bargain in astronophotography for $300.
- Astronomik CLS filter - wanna shoot red nebula with an unmodified camera in light pollution?
- BackyardEOS and NIKON (BYE, BYN) camera control software
- Astrophotography Tool (APT) camera control software
- AstroTortilla plate solving software
- CECO Cinema Tripod

 

Worst
- Paramount MYT - never got an untrailed image in 1 year of use from cross-talk between RA and DEC axes.
- Celestron AVX - sigh
- Windows 3 - sigh
- Windows 8 - sigh
- Mac OS  7 - sigh

- Mac OS 8 - sigh

 

Jerry


Edited by Jerry Lodriguss, 13 February 2019 - 06:41 PM.

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 10:24 PM

Best:

 

Rubber strap wrenches. Seriously, all those things that we need to screw into one another, and then we can't get them off? Rubber strap wrenches are awesome.

ASI1600MM-C

Astrodon 3nm SHO filters

ZEQ25: my first "serious" mount, it was a blast.

Vixen AXJ (A mount I can operate remotely, with my eyes closed. Still some sensitivity to wind... wind is my worst enemy - I'm wondering whether encoders would make a difference. Or I could get a CEM120EC2, compare, and sell the one I don't use!)

Kowa Prominar 500mm f5.6 / 350mm f4 lens

Canon 200mm f2.8 lens

Moonlite focuser lens kit, and moonlite focuser for EdgeHD800

Sharpcap Pro (for Polar Align)

SGP (for automation)

Google Remote Desktop (OK, it's free, but Teamviewer is too unreliable with its "Commercial use suspected" warnings)

 

Worst:

AVX. Wouldn't even work for planetary imaging due to a jitter in RA

C11. Got a terrible sample

iOptron SmartEQ Pro. Controller DOA. DEC Axis died a few months later, didn't have the energy to get it fixed.

Optolong narrowband filters.

Kowa Prominar lens (when first received - my sample had terrible, terrible star shapes)

 

Undecided:

ASI294MC (haven't used it enough)


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 10:42 PM

Best
- Kendrick Digifire 8 - DSLR 8v power, USB hub 12v power, plus 4 programable anti-dewer 12v outlets
- AstroPhysics RPAS - Align to a couple of minutes accuracy on the celestial pole in 2 minutes.
- Canon TC80-N3 - remote interval timer. Never a single problem in 15 years.
- Canon T2i (550D) modified by Gary Honis for Ha deep-sky emission objects, and 640x480 movie crop mode with 1:1 pixel resolution for planetary
- Astro-Physics 130EDT - triplet apo refractor
- Astro-Physics 130EDFGT - triplet apo refractor
- Nikkor 180mm f/2.8 ED lens - Best bargain in astronophotography for $300.
- Astronomik CLS filter - wanna shoot red nebula with an unmodified camera in light pollution?
- BackyardEOS and NIKON (BYE, BYN) camera control software
- Astrophotography Tool (APT) camera control software
- AstroTortilla plate solving software
- CECO Cinema Tripod

 

Worst
- Paramount MYT - never got an untrailed image in 1 year of use from cross-talk between RA and DEC axes.
- Celestron AVX - sigh
- Windows 3 - sigh
- Windows 8 - sigh
- Mac OS  7 - sigh

- Mac OS 8 - sigh

 

Jerry

You mentioned astrotortilla. Is that a hop on, hop off software for imaging? IE, hop on bodes tonight, hop-off and hop back on it tomorrow?



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Posted 13 February 2019 - 10:53 PM

You mentioned astrotortilla. Is that a hop on, hop off software for imaging? IE, hop on bodes tonight, hop-off and hop back on it tomorrow?

https://sourceforge....tilla/home/Home



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Posted 14 February 2019 - 12:05 AM

Best: Celestron RASA (11”), Astrogizmo’s Astrogazer, polemaster, dehumidifier and Spike-a flat.
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 12:48 AM

You mentioned astrotortilla. Is that a hop on, hop off software for imaging? IE, hop on bodes tonight, hop-off and hop back on it tomorrow?

Hop on it any night and it will match the first night.

 

Jerry


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 12:49 AM

Hop on it any night and it will match the first night.

 

Jerry

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