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Old 16-07-2009, 06:36 PM
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Mark, That looks awesome... .

Here's my miniature version!!

Whats here at the moment...

HEQ5 Pro
William Optics Zenithstar 70ED
SBIG ST-10XEi.

Inbound:
SW 120mm F/5 Achro - Guidescope.

The ST10XEi will be replaced by a QHY8/Orion Star Shoot Pro V2 as soon as it sells...

Future plans for this setup would be use the ZS70 as a guider for something like a TMB 80/480 or TMB 92 Signature series imaging scope...

For the time being, this setup should suffice... A fair step down from the EQ6/RC combo.. But its a different path!!
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Old 16-07-2009, 07:36 PM
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Mark, That looks awesome... .

Here's my miniature version!!

Whats here at the moment...

HEQ5 Pro
William Optics Zenithstar 70ED
SBIG ST-10XEi.

Inbound:
SW 120mm F/5 Achro - Guidescope.

The ST10XEi will be replaced by a QHY8/Orion Star Shoot Pro V2 as soon as it sells...

Future plans for this setup would be use the ZS70 as a guider for something like a TMB 80/480 or TMB 92 Signature series imaging scope...

For the time being, this setup should suffice... A fair step down from the EQ6/RC combo.. But its a different path!!
Thanks Alex,

You setup is nothing to sneeze at mate, you have been producing some nice images with that setup, me on the other hand have not produced a single one yet...........Damn the weather
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Old 16-07-2009, 08:02 PM
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Excellent Mark I'm keen to see what you get from it - I'm heading down the same path before too long.
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Old 16-07-2009, 08:25 PM
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Good to see your still in the running there alex. And here's mine finally all setup and shooting. Capturing tonight with the QHY8 on the Vixen with the FS-102 Guiding. Top guide Scope
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Old 16-07-2009, 08:38 PM
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Nice setup Mark.

I've been collecting bits and pieces for the last few months and I finally had my mount delivered last week. Managed first light on Tuesday night. Spent the night sorting out all the software, learning to polar align etc etc. It was a productive night with nothing to show for it.

FSQ106-ED
ST2000XM + CFW9
EQ6Pro + EQMOD
Setup for Narrowband

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Old 17-07-2009, 11:36 AM
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All nice setup's guys!

Now all we need is some clear skies with perfect seeing conditions

Its a matter of when, not if.

Mark
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Old 17-07-2009, 01:58 PM
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I've got clear skies forecast for this weekend... Hopefully I'll get some wide field HA images out of the ST10/ZS70ED tonight or tomorrow night..
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Old 24-07-2009, 04:46 PM
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UPDATE - I've got another scope....

My double stack of William Optics refractors..
Zenithstar 70ED Doublet APO
Megrez 90 Fluorite Doublet APO

These scopes will play double duty, I will guide through one whilst imaging through another... This gives me the option of 621mm F/6.9 or 434mm F/6.2 or by adding the WO flattener, 496mm F/5.52 and 347mm F/4.96...

Should be a nice holiday from super long focal length imaging...
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Old 24-07-2009, 04:53 PM
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Good on you Alex - nice to see you're back in the game. Nice setup! Good to see you haven't resorted to guide rings.
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Old 26-07-2009, 10:50 AM
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Been a while since I updated my equipment....

Misty Glen Observatory

Takahashi NJP with Temma 2 GEM

Takahashi FS-128 APO refractor

Takahashi TSA-102 APO refractor with SBIG ST4000XCM CCD

FS-128 with ST4000XCM and AO-8 Adaptive Optics unit

FS-128 with ST4000XCM and AO-8 Adaptive Optics unit

Cheers
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Oops, looks like I have not updated this in a while and much of my equipment has gone on to new, worthy homes (Nudge, Alex ).

Here's the overview of the setup here:

Meade LX200-ACF 12" OTA
William Optics FLT98 (Aluminium Tube version)
Celestron CGE German Equatorial Mount
Losmand DUPS side by side plate, and lots of assorted connectors

My wife gets home from her extended vacation next week, so this is likely how the gear will look for a while

The next few nights should be clear, time to break it all in!
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Old 29-07-2009, 09:21 AM
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Hi John & Ric,

Definitely two wonderful looking setups you both have.

Cheers
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Old 02-08-2009, 12:09 PM
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My New G11 arrived!

I am now the proud owner of a brand new G11G...couple of images attached...I have it on the LW tripod as my setup is not permanent - yet so the mount/tripod combo is portable - just.

I have even had some clear nights to go with it so have been able to measure the PE and familiarise myself with the Gemini system a little.

I would appreciate it if fellow G11 owners could share any tips/trips/tricks when using the G11 for AP, in particular the best use of PEC function and what guide parameters might be a good start (I have PHD, Guidemaster and AA4 that I can guide with).

The guidescope is a WO66 SD with a QHY5 - 2.75" / pixel
The imaging scope is a 127mm ED with Opticstar 145m and Atik usb filter wheel - 1.4" / pixel so I need to guide to about +/- 0.5 pixels which I think should be achieveable with this combination.
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Old 02-08-2009, 12:51 PM
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I would appreciate it if fellow G11 owners could share any tips/trips/tricks when using the G11 for AP, in particular the best use of PEC function and what guide parameters might be a good start (I have PHD, Guidemaster and AA4 that I can guide with).

The guidescope is a WO66 SD with a QHY5 - 2.75" / pixel
The imaging scope is a 127mm ED with Opticstar 145m and Atik usb filter wheel - 1.4" / pixel so I need to guide to about +/- 0.5 pixels which I think should be achieveable with this combination.
John it's best if you start a new thread in the equipment forum to ask for specific advice on this issue.
You'll get more of a response and so that we don't sidetrack this thread.

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Old 07-08-2009, 01:24 PM
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my scope

My Megrez 90 with saxon 70mm guidescope
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:32 PM
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Nice Graham! Gotta love the Megrez 90's... Awesome bit of gear!
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Old 21-08-2009, 08:07 PM
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New baby...

Apogee Ortho-Star 80mm F/6.. which employs a TMB/LOMO triplet lens, shown with the HEQ5 Pro, WO ZS70ED, QHY5 and Orion Starshoot Pro just prior to first light.

Alex.
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Looks tiny compared to others alex

Can you get the dew caps off both and draw a tempate of both on a corn flakes box or similar to make the holes for them in the light box
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Old 24-08-2009, 05:18 AM
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Old 25-08-2009, 09:13 AM
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Hi all,

Looking through the photos of all the nice equipment everyone has, I realised I have not included mine.........

Skywatcher Black Diamond ED120 with the ED80 Pro piggybacked, all sitting on the EQ6 Pro....

Really happy with this set-up!!

Thanks for looking!
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