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IC 59 & 63 w/vintage DS 16 Newt.

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#1 jimegger

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Posted 26 October 2021 - 11:47 AM

This image of IC 59 and 63 was taken with a modded Canon 6D at ISO 400 stacking 7 frames of 3 minutes each. I used my 1986 Meade DS 16 inch reflector still with the synchronous motor drive. Guiding was manually using a built in off axis guider with a variable frequency motor control - just like in the days past.

I recall using this scope with cooled film in a cold camera as well as a regular OM 1 camera with gas hypered film. Back then this was the ultimate light bucket !

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Posted 26 October 2021 - 11:54 AM

Beautiful shot! I'd love to have that cold-camera, though...😉! Great picture to share taken with such an instrument.

CS, Ralph😁

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Posted 26 October 2021 - 12:26 PM

So you can only hold your breath for 3 minutes? ;)

 

Excellent old-school work!


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Posted 26 October 2021 - 05:25 PM

Beautiful shot! I'd love to have that cold-camera, though...! Great picture to share taken with such an instrument.

CS, Ralph

The cold camera was a Jack Newton special from around the early 1990's late 1980's time. It used dry ice and a clear plug to hold the film against the aluminum cold foot. It worked pretty good with Ectachrome 400 or Fujifilm 400 either slide or regular print. Gas hypered Fujichrome 100 was especially good after soaking for 7.5 hours in a Lumicon gas chamber. It was very fast and fine grained as well as red sensitive. 


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Posted 27 October 2021 - 01:04 AM

The cold camera was a Jack Newton special from around the early 1990's late 1980's time. It used dry ice and a clear plug to hold the film against the aluminum cold foot. It worked pretty good with Ectachrome 400 or Fujifilm 400 either slide or regular print. Gas hypered Fujichrome 100 was especially good after soaking for 7.5 hours in a Lumicon gas chamber. It was very fast and fine grained as well as red sensitive.


I've seen a picture or 2 on line taken with this type of kit. Blows me away. The OTA isn't something used regular, either😁. That type of guiding is rather tricky, but the reward for all your tuning sure came out worthy. Thanks for sharing and one can only look forward to more images (If you share them😁😉!) Good day! Ralph

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Posted 28 October 2021 - 01:39 PM

Man! You remind me of the frustrations I had with a DS16. Only you succeeded where I didn't. Great persistence!

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Posted 29 October 2021 - 12:09 AM

Man! You remind me of the frustrations I had with a DS16. Only you succeeded where I didn't. Great persistence!

Michael

To be frank about using the DS 16 now, it has a different worm gear on it and a fiberglass tube instead of the old sonotube. I machined a focuser with an off axis guider on it to make guiding easier and more accurate. Other than that the mount and mirror etc. are original. It actually tracks really well and the images are sharp. I use a vintage Lumicon frequency controller fo setting the tracing speed and corrections. It all works very efficiently !




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