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I had a night or 2 to test on m31

Discussion in 'Astrophotography and Imaging' started by stepping beyond, Oct 14, 2018.

I had a night or 2 to test on m31

Started by stepping beyond on Oct 14, 2018 at 3:14 PM

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  1. stepping beyond

    stepping beyond Well-Known Member

    Sep 2, 2016
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    It wasn't too bad and I didn't drip when I got done setting up, I caught a cold front and tested with my efw mini 5 and a shiny new moonlite focuser without the mini V2 , it's coming after xmas. I've finally pested Alanna to the breaking point and it'll be super once I learn how to use it , I've got to slip clutch it until then. Andromeda 3 nights of data collection in lrgb before the clouds ran over everything. I got my guiding working pretty good and now 30s Subs , from my overloaded mount. color finished.jpg ] At least , I've got my settings set and efw working with Sgpro , the tune up and re-grease is paying dividends , if I could stop knocking my guidescope off it's mark , I'd be doing great.
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  2. squeege3000

    squeege3000 Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2018
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    Andromeda Galaxy will be an easy target for the next month or so. Plenty of time to get more data! I love when the time changes and I can begin imaging at 7:30 pm!
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  3. Dave In Vermont

    Dave In Vermont Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2016
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    Hey Ronnie -

    I just read in your signature that you moved your 200mm F/4 Newt. onto an LX200 Super-Field (I'm guessing that's the 'SF') tripod with your LXD55-Mount? I ask as I'm thinking of doing the same thing here.

    I have 2 LXD55s' (the other is cradling a 5" F/9.3 refractor) and I, too, have Super-Field Tripod - currently supporting my 12" LX90 Meade SCT - which comes with the LX90 12". I also have a Meade GIANT Super-Field Tripod that came with my donated Meade 12" LX200. So I'll move the 12" LX90 SCT onto the Giant Super-Field Tripod - which is what should be supplied with the 12" LX90's in the first place!

    If you can follow all that above - you're a better man than I! :p

    All the above boils down to that I, too, will have my LXD55 - mounted 200mm F/4 Newtonian on a Super-Field Tripod. My Orion 200mm F/4 is the same telescope that you have. It's from about a year before they started using the word "Astrograph" though. I used (still do) the older term "Rich-Field" to describe these incredible beasts! They truly take in a fantastic, wide swatch of deep-sky. Anyway - a question for you, please? Here goes:

    How's the stability of this pairing of the 200mm F4 / LXD55 and the Super-Field Tripod? I'd think it would be great indeed! Had any problems that you'd care to warn me of? Any tips and/or tricks you've got would be great of you to share with all of us out here. I don't think anyone has ever written up the combination of these before. I'd say this could also apply to the Meade LXD75 mounts. Both of these LXD55 & LXD75's were wonderful! A few bugs in the '55's which are easy to fix, but about the same all-in-all.

    Keep up the fine works!


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