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AT130EDT users, which automated focuser do you use for deep sky astrophotography

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#1 WSMIKE

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 08:58 AM

And if you could, include a photo of your AT130EDT setup!

I’m torn by which way to go, ZWO, Pegasus, PrimaLucie, moonlite? I currently use a moonlite, doesn’t slip, works with N.I.N.A. But willing to use others as long as they can handle the weight.

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 10:57 AM

Having used several Moonlite's over the years, you just can't go wrong with the Moonlite. While I don't have an AT130EDT, I have used one on my AT90EDT for the last 8+ years. I've probably setup this one close to 1000 times, most of them all night and some sitting for days. I know it has been through some rain, snow and mostly humid nights. I've never had to do anything to the focuser in this time.
 
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Posted 03 December 2020 - 11:21 AM

Mainly why I ask is to possibly reduce $$ outlay. But you’re right moonlite just so well built

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 12:36 PM

I have the AT130. I use the stock focuser with a Pegasus Focus Cube 2. Works well for me and I have about 6lbs of gear hanging on it.
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Posted 03 December 2020 - 12:54 PM

I have a Pegasus V2 cube on a 104mm and I am very happy with it.



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Posted 03 December 2020 - 12:56 PM

I have the moonlite focuser with stepper motor run with Pegasus powerbox v2 thru SGP Pro. Works great, I have the reducer on the scope also.

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 01:11 PM

I heard the Pegasus ultimate has drivers for moonlite. Ok closer look at Pegasus

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 03:08 PM

And if you could, include a photo of your AT130EDT setup!

I’m torn by which way to go, ZWO, Pegasus, PrimaLucie, moonlite? I currently use a moonlite, doesn’t slip, works with N.I.N.A. But willing to use others as long as they can handle the weight.

Thanks

Currently using an AT130EDT with a MoonLite focuser.  Imaging train is show in the photo below:  AT2FF flattener (or a 0.8x reducer, I switch between the two), ZWO OAG with an ASI290MM-Mini, ZWO filter wheel, ASI1600MM camera.  Works great with SGP.
 

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 03:21 PM

I basically have the same setup sans the oag. Mine is ota/reducer/filterwheel then 1600mm pro. Works great with the powerbox v2. The powerbox runs my mini pc and dual dew heaters on the ota plus the focusing of the moonlite.

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 04:21 PM

Great.
I’ve always wondered why with so much weight

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 04:29 PM

Darn
Why we don’t add a little support for the weight, either at the filter wheel or camera? Sort of like some of the advance configuration that I’ve seen Stellarvue and other companies sell. Any thoughts


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