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#1 Poisonokie

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 03:23 AM

Thanks to the help of many good CN memebers, I have chosen to purchase a Esprit 100 APO f/5.5 for moded DSLR imaging and/or using Canon T-Tthread cells holding Baader 2" Hubble pallet NB Filters, should I be able to use them with a color camera. The answer to this I do not know yet. I could used them individually or one at a time in a series of lights, darks, and flats.

 

Many members know I was run over by a truck and suffered brain, bone, and joint injuries which caused me to recently sell my C-11 Edge HD and I will be selling my CGX mount ASAP. It was all to much for me, especially trying to slide the 11" SGT onto the Losmandy rail. 

 

I picked the Skywatcher EQRR-Pro mount, though the head is slightly less heavy, it is belt-driven, very popular, and is Canon DLR friendly. I know how to utilize my Polemaster for alignment, though guiding should be much easier with such a short focal length refractor.

 

Now I need to figure out the best choice for a guide scope and guide camera, and how to mount it with the Esprit 100. On top of it? If so, which rail would I purchase to mount to flat portion of the scope's clamp rings?

It has been suggested to me to purchase a ASI 174 guide scope and a ASI 294, but I am open to other suggestions. I don't want to spend over $500 for these, if that much, but I darn shure want great guiding capabilities.

 

My other option is to buy a guide scope and guide camera that mounts side by side on a duel-saddle plate, as I imagine that the two would be aligned with each other like a finder scope on a telescope.

 

last of all, I have heard a D saddle is the best option for connecting the telescope to the mount, if this is true, what brand and is there a model number?

 

If I should pair side by side, which duel plate would you suggest I get? I don't want over-kill or a lot of extra weight, but I do want something that is relatively easy for a TBI damaged brain to operate and is reliable.

I don't know if the objective size matters or not with a suggested guide camera. i am guessing 50 mm or so, but honestly, even after 54 years of astronomical observing and astrophotography, I am at best starting over as a novice.

 

Thank you in advance everyone!

 

Esprit 100 APO f/5.5 / Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro, guide scope/camera?? / Spencer's Camera Moded Canon full-frame EOS R, Canon 6D (unmodified) Mannfroto Tripod/ Star Adventurer 2i Pro Pack




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