LX200 10" 10" F10 Schmidt Cassegrain
light gathering ability and super high
magnification that's awesome for solar system
objects. Highly accurate and with smooth controls
- this is one nice telescope. Purchased used on
shield, JMB Class "A" 10" solar
counterweight system and Losmandy dovetail plate
for mounting the ETX90. Collimation Thumbscrews
for 10" SCT.
F6.3 Focual Reducer / Field Flattener, Ted Agos
reducer adapter, JMI NGF-S Motorized Focuser for
SCTs, Meade Super Wedge - these are all must
have's for imaging with the LX200!
15x63 Mini-Giant Binoculars
here to see the pipe Mount
fantastic device makes using the Binos easy and
comfortable, highly recommended!
ETX 90 90mm F13 Maksutov Cassegrain Reflector
piggy back on the LX200 for use as a guide scope.
Purchased used on AstroMart.
shield is home-made from closed cell foam padding
and duct tape - looks bad, works good.
cheesey rings and rail shown in this picture have
since been replaced with a very solid Losmandy
dovetail plate and dovetail rings.
ETX 70 70mm F5 Achromat Refractor with AutoStar
telescope, great for starters. I still use it on
a regular basis. Depending on your browser,
you're probably listening to it track right
focus knob replacement from ScopeTronics, a must
shield, Meade #124 2X Barlow, Meade #128 3X
Barlow, JMB Class "A" 70mm solar
12mm Illuminated Reticle, 9mm MA, 15mm Plössl,
25mm MA, 26mm Plössl, 40mm Plössl
light on the reticle eyepiece stopped working
about 6 weeks after I bought it! I still use it,
shining a dim red light onto the opening as
needed. I got the 15mm and 40mm Plössls from
Scopetronix, the other eyepieces came with the
various telescopes. It's a threadbare collection,
I really could use some better eyepieces but I
spend so much time imaging that I can't justify
* My Techniques page
has more info on the use of these CCD cameras.
Kodak KAF-1600 chip, 9x9
micron pixels 13.8x9.2mm area. Full well =
100,000 electrons, gain = 2.3 electrons per ADU
NABG (non anti blooming
gate), means that the pixel wells may overflow,
causing streaks, if exposure time is too high on
bright objects. This is actually a plus since
NABG is required to perform the scientific
astrometric and photometric work that I hope to
do someday. It's also significantly more
sensitive than the anti blooming version.
|This is my primary
imaging camera. Brother of the SBIG ST-8e, the
i=industrial with the major difference being that
this camera does not have a built in guiding
chip. The "e" version retails around
$6000, I paid less than $2200 used (AstroMart)!
It takes gray scale images. I have added on the
SBig CFW-8 color filter wheel to enable color and
HA imaging. This camera is great, large chip area
and VERY sensitive pixels!In fact, the chip in
this particular camera is free of column defects
and is significantly smoother and more sensitive
than the chip in my ST8.
|Same as the ST8i but
this camera has a guide chip for self guiding! I
actually use the main imaging chip on this camera
for guiding and my ST8i for imaging. Someday I
might purchase an AO7 adaptive optics unit from
SBIG that requires the guidechip in order to
||NIKON Coolpix 995
||The family digital
camera get's used for eyepiece projection
photography from time to time although vignetting
and achieving good focus are challenges. I
captured part of the 2004 Venus transit of the
Sun using this camera.
Air Cooled One Shot Color CCD Camera
but super low end camera, was good for starters.
I purchased some SLR lenses and
some spacers used on ebay for <$100. All with
Pentax M42 mount threads which work with the
SAC7. These connect directly to the SAC7 riding
piggy back on the LX200 for wide field imaging!
Pictor 201XT Auto-guider
(you guessed it) used on Astromart. The lack of a
display makes this somewhat difficult to use, I
may sell it.
bundled with the ETX70.
#3200 Planetary Filter Set, Meade Series 4000 #58
filters see a lot of action when I'm imaging the
moon, which I do as often as possible.