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Mar 15, 2009 23:09 as a reply to  @ post 7527740 |  #151

Well of course it's optical bliss. It's an AP! :)

Strangely enough, one of the nature magazines didn't publish my AP shots. They're all Takahashi FSQ106. I'll send them some eagles shots with the AP - that should make it into publishing.




  
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Mar 16, 2009 13:58 |  #152

Lets see them! Well maybe in the Bird forum but let us know and post a link.


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May 27, 2009 08:05 |  #153

Thanks to my wife, my best friend and my neighbor I have managed to get the CGEPro all setup. Currently it's carrying an AT8RC and a TMB 80SS with Carbon Fiber tube. In the picture the AT8 has the stock GSO focuser but both scopes now carry Feathertouch focusers. I'm not getting out as much as rolling the roof back is a killer. I'm looking at some form of motorizing the roof very soon.

Due to the height of my roll off's roof I needed to shorten the Pro's height significantly. This meant finding a way to get rid of the electronics pier which would save almost 8" in height. The "Box" is what I came up with.

If anyone is interested the QHY8 in the picture is going up for sale. I am going back to a DSLR :) A cooled Canon from CentralDS.

Thanks for looking!

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Jul 08, 2009 21:53 |  #154

Very nice!

How does that baby perform?


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Jul 08, 2009 22:07 |  #155

I decided that piggyback was just too stressful on the mount so I purchased a Robin Cassady Tandem16 and now have them mounted in a side-by-side arrangement.

It eliminated 1 18lb counterweight and the damping time is virtually nill.

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Jul 09, 2009 08:21 |  #156

BEAUTIFUL !! Truly a work of Art.


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Jul 09, 2009 08:21 |  #157

[wiping drool]

That's a rock solid dream rig you've got there Mark. Beautiful.

Once I switched to side-by-side and learned to perfect balance, it was like I had a new mount. Tracking was much more consistent and my keeper exposures increased quite a bit.


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Jul 09, 2009 15:14 |  #158

Bob,

What exactly did you do to your new mount?

http://strgazr27.zenfo​lio.com/p1055828563/e1​76b9e04 (external link)

Where did you find that box?

And how is that puppy working out for you?


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Jul 13, 2009 15:01 |  #159

As the OP of this thread I'd just like to state how much I hate you all! One day something like this will be mine, until then I'll live vicariously through your wallets.


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Jul 13, 2009 16:31 |  #160

Here is mine

Skywatcher ED120 Diamond Black
SkyWatcher ED80 Pro II guide with rings
NEQ6 Pro mount
QHY5 Guide CCD
EOS 350D modded imaging camera.


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Jul 13, 2009 21:49 |  #161

Very nice. Those tubes/extensions on the guide scope - are they required for the QHY5 to get focus? Looks like a lot. How do you find the QHY5? Assume you plug it into your laptop and mount? Can you plug it just into your laptop and use EQMOD and/or some other guiding software?


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Jul 13, 2009 22:26 |  #162

Catanonia wrote in post #8273915 (external link)
Here is mine

Skywatcher ED120 Diamond Black
SkyWatcher ED80 Pro II guide with rings
NEQ6 Pro mount
QHY5 Guide CCD
EOS 350D modded imaging camera.

I think i can safely say "YOUR HOOKED BIG TIME" !!!




  
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Jul 14, 2009 01:07 |  #163

Catanonia wrote in post #8273915 (external link)
Here is mine

Skywatcher ED120 Diamond Black
SkyWatcher ED80 Pro II guide with rings
NEQ6 Pro mount
QHY5 Guide CCD
EOS 350D modded imaging camera.

Why do you use a tripod in your observatory? A pier would provide much better stability.

Nice setup!


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Jul 14, 2009 03:43 as a reply to  @ markjpcs's post |  #164

Using a tripod as not 100% sure if the scope will stay in this location. The concrete slabs are independent to the others around them with holes drilled for the tripod legs. It can't move and so far I have had no vibration issues. Also piers cost money and are pernament, need to get it past the missus 1st :)

As for the QHY5, it is close to the ED80 focus extension point to get the CCD in focus. I think it 'might' just work without the extension tube, but the tube makes it much much easier. In this picture the QHY5 was actually at the ccd focal point.

I use PHD guiding at the moment, and to be honest, the QHY5 just plugs and goes after you focus. 100% brilliant. The mount is controlled directly by the QHY5 ST4 cable with it's onboard mount port / driver. So no need for ASCOM. QHY5 plugs direct into USB on lappy via PHD :)

I would 100% recommend the QHY5 as a guide scope for anyone.


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Jul 14, 2009 03:45 |  #165

Celestron wrote in post #8275600 (external link)
I think i can safely say "YOUR HOOKED BIG TIME" !!!

mmm, ya think so :)


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