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Pictures of Your Astronomy Kit in Action!

Discussion in 'General Astronomy Chat' started by Orion25, Sep 10, 2023.

Pictures of Your Astronomy Kit in Action!

Started by Orion25 on Sep 10, 2023 at 11:11 AM

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  1. Orion25

    Orion25 Well-Known Member

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    Here's your chance to post pics of your astronomy setups! And you can post as many pictures for as many different setups as you like. Tell us a little about the setup and your intended targets (planets, DSOs, solar, etc.) Preferably, show your kit in the field during an actual observing/imaging session. If that's not possible it's ok; just show us what you got, lol!

    I'll get things started with my usual planetary imaging setup (Orion Skyview Pro 180mm Mak-Cassegrain/Skyview Pro EQ mount, ZWO ASI 221mc, HP laptop running Windows 10 using Firecapture and Registax 6):

    ASTRONOMY - TELESCOPE IMAGING SHOTS 11-28-22 A 007 SM.jpg
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    ASTRONOMY - TELESCOPE IMAGING SHOTS 11-28-22 A 034 FIX SM.jpg

    As you can tell, my intended target on this particular evening was Mars (the last shot was aimed toward Orion just because, lol).

    Reggie
     
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  2. Mak the Night

    Mak the Night Well-Known Member

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    Very impressive high tech Reggie. I think NASA are interested in your set-up. lol

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    My big Mak (127mm) looking at the Moon. WO Amici with cheapo 23mm SvBony EP.

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    Above, 90mm Orion Mak.

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    102mm Synta Mak, set up for lunar session. Orion RACI and Rigel reflex sight. WO Amici, nicely low-tech. Metal cat silhouette deterrent optional.

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    127mm Synta Mak, WO bino's, 20mm WO SWAN EP's, set up for lunar.

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    WO bino, assorted gear.

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    More Big Mak ...

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    Big Mak, Baader Amici, reflex sight, Vixen mount/tripod. Loony, I mean lunar session.

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    102mm Starwave apochromatic refractor, 2" APM Amici.

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    150mm GSO Newtonian set up for plane of the ecliptic planetary obs/cooling down phase.

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    Synta 130mm Newtonian cooling down.

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    Forgot the ST80's ...

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    Both ST80's now have GSO (TS Optics) focusers. Stock focuser shown above.

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    Orion ST80, first light with GSO focuser, waiting for a setting Jupiter.

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    Tichy Sixty. Baader prism.

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    ST102 plus Long Perng rotating focuser.

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    I can't hold a candle to your rigs, Dave, lol! I was waiting for you to post ;) How many years has it taken to build your kit?
     
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    They're not very high tech/state of the art. It's taken several years to get what I wanted to more or less work. It's been a journey, that's for sure. It's been fun, except for the screaming tantrums and tearing my hair out bit lol.
     
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    Starwave plus Vixen tripod.

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    ST102 plus MoonLite.

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    Erratum: I use the ZWO ASI 224mc (not 221mc as I mistakenly posted; I wish we didn't have a limited time to edit our threads!)
     
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    Mak where is your 14 inch dob?
     
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    14" Dob, what's that in understandable?
     
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    00h0h_1SWcW213NKTz_0wg0lv_300x300.jpg Here are my latest acquisitions... No more guest room..LOL
     
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    I have the Big Cat ...

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    235mm/9.25"

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    what is your big cat's name ...... "astrophic"
     
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    Wow! That's impressive, Michael. Which one(s) get used most?
     
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    Wohhhhhhhh! That's a fat cat, Dave, LOL! I'm sure it gets fed plenty of light ;)
     
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    I got this today.


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    I do not know... Ask the guy who owns them!
     
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    :p:p:p
     
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    I call it 'Big Cat'.
     
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    Alas, the fatty kitty is too fat for me to let it out much.
     
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