Although I have use both of my EAA setups over wifi, I've been looking for even a quicker EAA outfit for those brief periods that we get in the winter. Yesterday I can upon the solution without spending a dime. I use M43 cameras and they have this 8 sec live view as well as a limited ability to stack 4 images. I have in fact been able to see the Blue Snow Ball with ISO 3200 using one of my cameras and an 8 second exposure. However, the SLT tripod requires me to get on the ground to align the first star and it is so short that I miss portions of the sky due to the low angle. The tripod also has vibration issues. So I thought what can I do to fix the tripod so this issues will go away, and then I can use the builtin intervelometer after I confirm I have the target in the 8 sec live view if I want to stack later or go in the house and let the images continue for stacking later.
So while it was raining outside I tried combinations of every tripod and head I had in the house. Tried this before, but had forgotten about the Manfrotto old 488 head I had. As it turns out the head fits inside of the SLT mount and makes a very solid attachment. So here are the images of my new Grab & Go EAA. Battery is on the other side of the SLT mount (velcro) and the HC is now on the center column which I won't use on the CF 055 Manfrotto legs (both the head and legs are rate 15 pounds or over). My M43 cameras weight less than a pound and I have a 2" M43 T-mount for the GSO 2" focuser on my ST 80. I also have another type of mount (1 1/4" where I can use either the .5 reducer or a 2x).
I bought the tripod and head a long time ago for photographer but it just sits due to the great stabilization in my M43 cameras. As a bonus my G9 even has a red screen setting:)
Here are two images of the setup in case anyone is interested. This setup takes about 1 second to stop shaking after a bump. Think that a C5 or C6 would also work on this. Going to test it with my ES102 as the height of the setup means that a scope the length of the ES102 might not even hit the legs at the zenith. With the legs not extended, I can pickup the whole setup including camera and be outside in just a few minutes , thus even a 30 minute sucker hole becomes an opportunity. I have the camera bag on a belt loop with the camera and T-mount, after alignment I will put the EP/diagonal in the camera case.
The 488 head uses quick release brackets and I now have one on the ST attached to a vixen rail. I tighten down the ball head and there is absolutely no movement with the ST80/2" focuser/camera. EAA has taken over my life:)
Edited by Jeff Lee, 21 October 2019 - 01:51 PM.