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Old 25-02-2012, 07:01 PM
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Soon to join the Orion Optics AG f3.8 imaging club with Mike

Inspired by Mike Sidoneo's light sucking speed Machine I decided to get one myself.

Yesterday I paid a 30% deposit on an Orion Optics AG10 f3.8 Astrograph


Decided on 10" as its a little more portable that Mikes 12" and will allow me to have my FSQ106 and AG10 mounted together.

Got the Atlas focuser, support rings and pre wired secondary heater as well.

Now the long wait. Actualy It's not that long. Supposedly 6 - 8 weeks. I just snuck in ahead of a huge order from 2 European dealers.

Now if I had a 16803 chipped camera and Mike's processing skills I would be half way to producing some images that dont suck....
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Old 25-02-2012, 08:29 PM
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Can't wait till u start imaging with that one A 11k sbig or similar would go great with both those scopes
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Old 26-02-2012, 10:38 AM
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Fantastic Chris. Super choice.

If you do get a 16803 camera my choice again would be FLI Microline 16803 not Proline. The Proline cools a tad better (3-4C not much) but is twice the weight. Weight is everything on some scopes especially fast Newts. As far as I know the FLI Microline is the smallest and lightest full featured 16803 camera. Its only lack is no autoguiding solution and the best one for that is the Astrodon MMOAG and a suitable guide camera like an STi.

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Old 27-02-2012, 06:51 PM
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Nice Scope Chris.
The off axis spots sizes look really tight.

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Old 27-02-2012, 11:48 PM
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Spot sizes do look good. And Mikes Images prove the capability. My biggest concern is my ability to collimate this beast properly to be able to get the most out of it.

The 16803 based camera is def on my wishlist but when you factor camera, 60mm filters, filter wheel you end up at a 16k price tag . Spent way too much this year already. So may need to wait a while
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