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#1 pyrasanth

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 07:02 PM

I keep on buying astro stuff and a few years later it lies in some corner of my estate rusting away and waiting to be inherited- if you get my drift.

 

I have a Celestron 11" RASA which has been in its storage crate for the last 2 years whilst I acquired all the accessories for it. I just about bought everything from the Baader UFC system, camera and everything else that was a nicety. The only thing I did not have was a suitable mount.

 

I was having a sort through my "junk" collection & bingo- I found a pair of parallax rings to which fitted my long sold C11. I looked at the C14 on the Paramount in its Bisque rings & In a fit of madness I stripped down the entire C14- rings, camera assembly and all.

 

I have mounted the RASA on the Paramount using the Parallax rings and the C14 has gone into storage.

 

My rational is that I longed for simpler imaging. The C14 is great when conditions allow but they were becoming few & far between. I can accomplish with the RASA in one hour which was taking 20 hours using the C14. I just need to get used to the vastly reduced image scale.

 

The lesson I learnt- use what you have to hand. It's great to have shiny new things but ultimately my bank account feels better for it. I really would like a big expensive new mount but sadly my wife has other ideas!

 

Clear skies to you all & look for some RASA pictures shortly.

 


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Posted 16 October 2019 - 07:29 PM

Nice job. Couldn’t you have just gone with fastar? What’s it get you over the RASA?

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 08:09 PM

Nice job. Couldn’t you have just gone with fastar? What’s it get you over the RASA?

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 02:22 PM

Nice job. Couldn’t you have just gone with fastar? What’s it get you over the RASA?

I can't comment on the fastar as I've never used one. What I can tell you about the RASA is that it's a superb instrument with the right adaptors and suitable mount. I took 150 mixed subs last night & you can see my postings of NGC7331 & M33 in the imaging section CCD/CMOS on this forum.

 

I really like the quality and flatness of the field- it really is a superb quality set of optics and I plan to milk it for all its worth.




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