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#726 apexiturbodsm

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 06:55 PM

Taking a lot of new equipment out tonight and hoping it goes well! First time using the orion field flattener and first time with the QHY 168c. Going for Orion as I need an east target due to clouds coming in from the west. Added a wifi antenna to my NUC becuase last session my signal was POOR and I wasn't even 50 feet away from the NUC. This one should do much better. Also added a dummy HDMI plug - apparently these things don't use the on-board graphics if they don't think a monitor is attached (when you remote in). Have some new settings in NINA to try out... Hoping for smooth sailing for a few hours tonight before the clouds roll in....

 

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 07:40 PM

Taking a lot of new equipment out tonight and hoping it goes well! First time using the orion field flattener and first time with the QHY 168c. Going for Orion as I need an east target due to clouds coming in from the west. Added a wifi antenna to my NUC becuase last session my signal was POOR and I wasn't even 50 feet away from the NUC. This one should do much better. Also added a dummy HDMI plug - apparently these things don't use the on-board graphics if they don't think a monitor is attached (when you remote in). Have some new settings in NINA to try out... Hoping for smooth sailing for a few hours tonight before the clouds roll in....

 

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Very nice, but I have no idea what those acronyms represent.  Even if you told me I'm not sure I would know, as I am not an imager.

 

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 07:57 PM

TMB-LZOS 152mm, FC76DC & FOA60Q 

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#729 apexiturbodsm

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 09:40 PM

Very nice, but I have no idea what those acronyms represent.  Even if you told me I'm not sure I would know, as I am not an imager.

 

Dom Q.

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The NUC ("Next Unit of Computing") is my small computer I have velcro'd to my tripod. It runs my software (N.I.N.A. (night-time imaging and astronomy) for acquisition and PHD for guiding), and I can "remote desktop" into it via either my ipad or my computer or laptop to control the unit from a distance. When at home, it logs into my home network, and if that network isn't available, it will log into my phones hot spot and start a hot spot of it's own so I can connect to it. They notoriously have weak on-board wifi antennas so my last session was pretty poor from a user experience standpoint (lots of lag in windows remote desktop). This session is going better, though now PHD is throwing up errors I've never seen before about no south movement. Have been trying to back off my tension knobs in my zeq25 to alleviate it,....seems to be helping but my total error is sitting at 1.32 and the skies are perfectly clear. I guess nothing can go as planned, right? ;)


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Posted 28 January 2020 - 09:53 PM

AT102ED on Orion...

 

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 10:15 PM

AT102ED on Orion...

 

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Orion you say?

 

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#732 brentknight

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 01:20 AM

My very first astrophoto...other than moon eclipse pics.  It actually looks a good bit brighter on the phone.  I was just surprised anything showed up.

 

I fiddled around a bit with the photo app in Windows and got the stars (and nebula) to show up a bit better...

 

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#733 Kunama

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 08:41 PM

After a very long drive (1300klms) overnight, here is a quick pic of my new little refractor at home:

 

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 08:45 PM

When was that telescope made?  It looks like a piece of 1960's furniture.  Gorgeous!


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Posted 30 January 2020 - 08:54 PM

Very elegant Matt. Care to provide some more info?



#736 Kunama

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 09:13 PM

It is one of Richard Day's Skylight Telescopes AR101.15 creations.  This is one of only two all brass Anniversary Editions (I think..... correct me if I'm wrong)

It has a 101mm F15 achromatic optic by Televue.   The focuser is the FTF2535HD, mount is the TV Gibraltar 5 on an English Oak tripod....

The diagonal is the Baader 2" BBHS Sitall mirror..... 

 

 

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Posted 30 January 2020 - 09:36 PM

Wow, not just a pretty face then. It's interesting how often "looks good" also "works good".



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Posted 30 January 2020 - 09:45 PM

Very Nice! That is absolutely beautiful!



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Posted 30 January 2020 - 11:25 PM

After a very long drive (1300klms) overnight, here is a quick pic of my new little refractor at home:

 

After a very long drive (1300klms) overnight, here is a quick pic of my new little refractor at home:

 

 

It is one of Richard Day's Skylight Telescopes AR101.15 creations.  This is one of only two all brass Anniversary Editions (I think..... correct me if I'm wrong)

It has a 101mm F15 achromatic optic by Televue.   The focuser is the FTF2535HD, mount is the TV Gibraltar 5 on an English Oak tripod....

The diagonal is the Baader 2" BBHS Sitall mirror..... 

 

 

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I'm in love! That is absolutely beautiful Matt.  



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Posted 31 January 2020 - 02:09 PM

There are a lot of nice scopes here!  This is the largest of my refractors.

Mark

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#741 Astrohobby

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 10:31 AM

This is not a new scope but a home built 4" Edmumds lense and eye pieces/ The rest is all home made. It hasn't been used for a few years but hopefully this coming summer it will see the light.

Hi there what a nice execution of the mount - a piece of art. Hats down!

 

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 02:20 PM

There are a lot of nice scopes here!  This is the largest of my refractors.

Mark

Nice, Mark!  The TEC 140 is my favorite scope of all time. :ubetcha:
 



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Posted 01 February 2020 - 06:14 PM

Thanks Scott.  I agree!

 

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 11:01 AM

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Entitled “Poop in a Group”.
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Posted 02 February 2020 - 10:08 PM

rare clear 50 degree day in chicago, allows for nice 02-02-2020 star party.

 

here's refractor alley [1 tak and 2 vixens] sharing views of luna and goddess of love:

 

 

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 10:24 PM

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Posted 04 February 2020 - 08:05 AM

Just snagged this one on Astromart last week.  It's the FC 100 f/8 made in about 1995.  It's pristine!  We had about 1 hour of clear skies last night so I could try it out:

 

 

 

 

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 05:42 AM

Very nice, Amy.

 

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 03:56 PM

Matt,  that's a beauty !!


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 05:25 PM

Amys that FC100 + SXP is exquisite!




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