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Old 31-05-2008, 02:09 PM
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all tooled up with no place to go!!!

Hi All... if you're wondering why it's been so cloudy in Brisbane that would be down to me...I've been steadily building up my deep sky imaging kit in the hopes that one day I'll get to point it at the big black! Pics attached of shiny things.

Now on top of the Canon 40D and York Optical ED80, I've added a WO 0.8x flattener/reducer, WO guide rings and a new WO ZS66SD scope piggybacked as a guide scope, and the lot piled up on the LXD75 mount which I now have setup for autoguiding via PhD and webcam.

I'm very impressed with the ZS66SD and rings; like all William Optics gear it simply reeks quality feel, fit and finish.

While I intended to image purely with the 80ED, the 66SD is faster at F5.9 and has about 2/3rd the focal length (388mm uncorrected) and no doubt I'll end up swapping between the two scopes.

Also my Hutech IDAS-LPS light pollution filter turned up. This has a 2in thread and screws straight into the WO flattener.

So I have the tools... now I just need the talent the time and some clear skies

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Old 31-05-2008, 02:41 PM
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Ah, so it is your fault that the clouds have even stretched all the way to Victoria

Now no more buying, OK

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Old 31-05-2008, 02:43 PM
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Sweet Rob. Just imagine how it would go under nice dark skies
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Old 31-05-2008, 02:49 PM
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looks awesome!! Dis-assemble it quickly, then whilst outside where the sky gods can see.. say, Im not going to do any astronomy for the next few days...

you watch the sky clear up!! then smash it back together real quick and get amongst it!
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Old 31-05-2008, 04:43 PM
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Hey Guys, I made the mistake of looking at the weather cloud forecast thingy.. looks like solid cloud and rain getting ever thicker over SE QLD with no end in sight and for as far as long as the forecasts peer ahead - more than a week

And Paul, yes I might be tempted to try this under some really dark skies. Great thing about this rig is it's really quite portable
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And Paul, yes I might be tempted to try this under some really dark skies. Great thing about this rig is it's really quite portable
Keep the end of July free then.
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Ah!! virgin gear all pretty in white while spoil it by taking it out on a dark night just keep it inside admiring it taking glossy photo's for all those magazines and websites that keep us geeks busy on cloudy nights sitting by a fire with a good red in hand.
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Ah!! virgin gear all pretty in white while spoil it by taking it out on a dark night just keep it inside admiring it taking glossy photo's for all those magazines and websites that keep us geeks busy on cloudy nights sitting by a fire with a good red in hand.
Yes, there is a certain amount of admiration value to be had... right now that's all I can do... hmm maybe I could have a fireplace installed to gaze on it by
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Looks great Rob, I am looking forward to see what you can do with it.

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