Well, as I sadly have no time for any imaging, I finally ended up selling my 8" edge, camera, mount and mixed bits and pieces like filters. As I did not want to stop this hobby, I was thinking of getting binoculars in the 70-80 mm size. However, after a while I decided to keep my small apo for the quark and avoid issues of optical quality of binos within my budget. And as stuff was getting sold quite nicely, I thought of getting binoviewers etc but with the idea that no additional money should be spent at the moment and the whole setup needs to be light and easily moved in and out. So off goes the focus motor etc, on goes online ordering (due to covid it took 2 orders from Germany and three from the UK (one had to be cancelled)) and... my new visual grab & go setup looks like this at the moment:
- TS 80 / 480 mm FPL53 triplet APO
- Baader T-2 / 2" nose piece
- Baader T-2 prism diagonal (Baader #2456095)
- Baader 1.7x Glass patch corrector
- Baader Maxbright II binoviewer (Baader #2456460B)
- Baader Hyperion zoom mark IV (Baader #2454826)
- TSAZGP mount slightly modified (as per CloudyNights forum suggestions to make it a bit more rigid). The arm is still at 90 deg angle as first light still waits while writing this.
- I'll use phone attached to the scope and Stellarium pro to get rough idea about targets and orientation. It's not accurate in any way but suits my needs at the moment.
I also have a field flattener which could be used (needs to be tested) and Baader VIP Barlow (needs to be tested also) to add before the diagonal. Focus can be reached with all these options as per daytime testing. The focus in my use consists of the moon, planets etc. as I live in the capital area of Finland.
I also have a water tight, padded case which takes all the bits and pieces and protects the optics from the curious hands of the offspring And there's still room for the quark in the case. It would be better to have tube rings but the scope is an older model with no rings supplied with the scope and getting them would have blown my budget. An L-bracket is always an option, but let's see how I'll cope with the focuser orientation. Some additional images can be found here: click click!