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#1 Epox75

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 08:04 AM

Besides scopes, mounts and cameras I would say. 

Here's mine: the Baader Varilock

 

If there's something that in 3 years of Deepsky imaging brought me to the brink of tears, these are the "cheap" extensions (cheap only for quality, not price) locked into each other, into my filter wheel, into my camera.

I had to rely on calipers, a bench vice, WD 40 a freezer and even a saw for metal to remove them. 

 

So in the opposite way this piece of equipment brings me great satisfaction every time I have to rely on it. It's a great extension, easy to use, good material, it may work also like a field rotator and the letters written on it are a very good reference for the camera positioning into the focuser. So... what's yours? :) 

 

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Clear Skies,

 

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 08:52 AM

We operate a major outreach facility in the UK.  Our visitors love to try and take snapshots of the Moon and planets through one of our 16" SCT's using their phones   This is a tricky procedure for them with about a 50% success rate.  Since purchasing a Celestron NexYZ smart phone holder success is 100%, a treasured image every time!   smile.gif  


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#3 Stellar1

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 09:07 AM

Telrad, i can't think of another piece of gear which just plain worked flawlessly from scope to scope, if i had a hundred scopes and a hundred different finders  i'd still ask...."where's the Telrad?"


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#4 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 10:46 AM

Since I primarily do solar, and scopes aren't included, I'll go with my Helio Pod solar finder. Inexpensive and it just works. 


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Posted 23 May 2020 - 12:51 PM

I mostly do astrophotography with my refractor. So, I'd have to say my field flattener is my most used and favorite accessory.


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Posted 23 May 2020 - 01:07 PM

Moonlite CHL 2.5" focuser for my EdgeHD 800. Bye-bye mirror flop. 


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#7 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 01:09 PM

There is one piece of equipment I use each and every session, day or night, regardless of the scope I'm using..

 

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Starbound chair
 
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#8 Stellar1

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 01:58 PM

 

There is one piece of equipment I use each and every session, day or night, regardless of the scope I'm using..

 

 
 
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Jon

 

You have regular access to a site like that? that is unfair, i'd give a limb to have a spot like that to go to.


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#9 Epox75

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 02:23 PM

 

There is one piece of equipment I use each and every session, day or night, regardless of the scope I'm using..

 

Starbound chair
 
Jon

 

In a location like this I'd be happy standing on one foot all night long :D

 

Since I primarily do solar, and scopes aren't included, I'll go with my Helio Pod solar finder. Inexpensive and it just works. 

Nice one! I am planning to do some solar soon or later, I will start probably once I get hands on a refractor (soon). 


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Posted 23 May 2020 - 02:28 PM

Bioenno LiFePo4 40AH battery..

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 02:43 PM

Do my eyes count?  I would say my eyes to view with.lol.gif


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Posted 23 May 2020 - 02:51 PM

My tablet with Luminos app for me.

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 02:51 PM

No doubt abou it. My favorite piece of gear is my PVS 14 Night Vision device.

 

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 02:53 PM

You have regular access to a site like that? that is unfair, i'd give a limb to have a spot like that to go to.

 

That photo was taken at Monument Valley on the Navajo reservation in Utah. In the background are two of the three "mittens."  Many of the most famous westerns were shot in Monument valley,  This is a scene from Stagecoach with one of the mittens in the background.  Forest Gump stopped running with Monument Valley in the background.

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Unfortunately, with a year after my photo was taken, a 95 room motel was opened less than a half a mile away the dark skies are gone.  We were there one time when they were shooting a Ford Mustang commercial.  It was a night shoot and they had several semi's towing generator sets to supply enough light to light up one entire side of one of the mittens.  Talk about light pollution.

 

There are other places nearby.  Valley of the Gods.. Notice the Starbound chair...

 

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 07:16 PM

Since I primarily do solar, and scopes aren't included, I'll go with my Helio Pod solar finder. Inexpensive and it just works. 

Oooh.  I need one of those.

 

I do my polar alignment in the daytime, using the sun as a reference.  Normally, I put my PST on the mount to point directly at the Sun, but this would work just as well - and I could use it with any telescope, or no telescope at all just by attaching it to the mount's dovetail clamp.



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Posted 23 May 2020 - 07:22 PM

Hard choice, but I'd probably say my turret eyepiece holder.  Click...  Click...... Click..  Click...

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 08:05 PM

My mount IS my favorite piece of gear,.then it would be the comfy chair having such a mount allows me to use.,Next is Skysafari on my tablet.,I use it everyday.,observing or not.,best2all

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 08:15 PM

The Nexus DSC. I’ve seem more new things in the last 3 years than the 30 before.


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Posted 23 May 2020 - 08:24 PM

For some time now I’ve been enamored of my Hinode solar guider.
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Posted 23 May 2020 - 08:36 PM

It was my Telrad but now my phone. Sky Safari plus Heavens-Above and other apps have helped so much. I remember not liking paper charts when dew was heavy.
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Posted 24 May 2020 - 06:53 AM

At this time of the year as my night time temps start really dropping, this rates high on my list. 

 

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Posted 24 May 2020 - 09:12 AM

Being in the south, my favorite piece of equipment is my Thermacell. Don't think I'd be able to stand doing any viewing or AP without it on the warm nights. Even doing just AP, I still tend to be outside with the rig enough to make it nearly a necessity. Mosquitoes are terrible here.


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Posted 24 May 2020 - 12:25 PM

At this time of the year as my night time temps start really dropping, this rates high on my list. 

 

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Posted 24 May 2020 - 12:36 PM

Adjustable height chair...



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Posted 24 May 2020 - 02:41 PM

I think I'll go with one of those long, narrow, yellowish, hexagonal, mostly wood, prisms that have a bit of metal at one end to hold onto a pinkish, rubbery thingy.  Oh, and there's an even narrower gray-black cylinder of material in the center of the prism.

 

I think they call this device a "pencil".

 

One must exercise care when operating a pencil.  They've been known to help out in taking astronomical notes and the making of sketches; but they've also been known to divulge military secrets, topple governments, solve complex problems, devise plans (some good, others not so good) etc.

 

. . . certainly a devise to not underestimate!


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