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Old 03-11-2009, 09:17 PM
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Dave, with the size of the camera I'm sure you could get it into your tummy. although I dont think warranty would cover that sort of damage.. lol... I dont think it would taste too good either.. Although the price does seem very tasty!
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Don't forget the wheel and filters .... possibly could cost more than the camera.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:26 PM
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My wheel and filters were roughly the same price as the camera, but you could do it MUCH cheaper...

For starters you could do the Orion 2" manual filter wheel and LRGB filters for around $700 the lot..

Alternatively you could get the colour 8300 chip.. .
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Dave, with the size of the camera I'm sure you could get it into your tummy. although I dont think warranty would cover that sort of damage.. lol... I dont think it would taste too good either.. Although the price does seem very tasty!
hahaha, prolly not :-)

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Old 03-11-2009, 09:44 PM
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Damn you Alex!
Another thing to buy...
another thing to make.(filter wheel)
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mwahahaha!! I'm the reason all your wives/girlfriends hate astronomy!! hahah
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:48 PM
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Anacortes are saying the SBIG 5 filter wheel is expected to be $600
in Jan 2010

Thats not expensive !
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mwahahaha!! I'm the reason all your wives/girlfriends hate astronomy!! hahah
hey, I'm single too That said, I'd give this all up for one particular woman's love...sad aren't I?

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Old 03-11-2009, 09:52 PM
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Dude.. Never let that woman know that... She'll make you give it all up for her then tell you she doesn't like you anyway...

(I'm THE extreme cynic... Never mind me..)

Rally - $600 is VERY reasonable.. It will all come down to how much Baader, Astrodon and Custom Scientific ask for the 36mm filters..
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Yes I really like the RC and KAF8300 (QSI) combination except for the star sizes. The resolution is very good but some of the brighter stars tend to bloat.

There is some chance I will be taking a look at the 10" when it arrives. I am told that there are 10" scopes on the next shipment. This came from Jim Sheng. Apparently 300 units shipped to the states a month ago. The point though is that this will have a narrower field of view again to the 8". It will probably have a reducer that will work to reduce the focal length a bit, however I am uncertain that this will combine well with the KAF8300 sensor. Something like the 6303 might be better yet.
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Old 03-11-2009, 09:58 PM
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Paul - I know of at least 2 guys in the US who already have the 10" GSO RC and loving it... They picked them up at NEAF this year... Search on cloudy nights, you'll see the images they are getting..
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Talking about imaging packages

With the new Portable Paramount P-ME just released at AIC for $8500US - you have a nearly top of the class imaging rig for just a tad over $10,000US !
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Talking about imaging packages

With the new Portable Paramount P-ME just released at AIC for $8500US - you have a nearly top of the class imaging rig for just a tad over $10,000US !
what? Care to share a link?

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Stop it fellas . LOL
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You got that right.

This maybe alot cheaper option for me than a ST10.I know its QE is not as high but it will still suit me and with this price it is a real steal and for what I am used to might be a great way to go.

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David,

Daniel Bisque just advised this himself.
Quoted from his site

"Background for others reading this post:
Software Bisque announced the development of a portable-class German equatorial mount at the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference in San Jose, CA last weekend.
We do not have an official release date right now as we're still finalizing many details. The estimated introductory price for the "yet to be named small version of the Paramount" will be approximately $8,500.
  • Equipment capacity (not including the counterweights): 90 lbs. (41 kg)
  • Weight of the mount: 45 lbs (20.4 kg)
We'll post more information as it becomes available.
Daniel R. Bisque Software Bisque, Inc. etc etc "


You need to be a member to log into their Support Forum to read it.

It'll be public any minute !
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The resolution is very good but some of the brighter stars tend to bloat.
Paul, if you happen to have an IDAS LPS filter, stick that on the end and recheck those bloated stars. Fixed em for me and I still dunno why.
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"yet to be named small version of the Paramount"
Before picking up an EQ6pro, I was toying with the idea of making my own worm gears(see Steve's (Kinetic) thread) and building a GEM that looked like the PME, just smaller.
Downloaded all the high-res pic's of the PME I could find from all angles(have a folder full of them) and had some basic dimensions worked out and some very rough sketches done in CAD, then the EQ6pro surfaced for the right price.
Obviously it wouldn't have had the same performance or electronics as the PME, but it would have looked cool.

I was thinking of dubbing it the Mini ME
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Yes I really like the RC and KAF8300 (QSI) combination except for the star sizes. The resolution is very good but some of the brighter stars tend to bloat.
Indeed. The KAF-8300 probably has the lowest well depth of any CCD camera being manufactured today. At only 25.5k, the imager needs to take much shorter exposures to ensure the brighter stars don't saturate and bloat. This of course limits the amount of dim nebulosity one can obtain in a single sub exposure. Nothing stopping the imager blending both long and short subs though in post processing. 10min subs are probably way too long depending what is in the FoV. The chip has its uses, but based on the small well depth, it requires additional consideration. Personally, I see this chip is a compromise and not for me.
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I thought that the new camera had an antiblooming chip. Wouldn't this make a difference to bloated stars?

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