Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)

Expand Messages
  • monagarliceanu
    Hello to everybody, I am a (very) beginner amateur astronomer and for now I have more enthusiasm than knowledge and experience. I recently bought a WP GTF81
    Message 1 of 11 , May 4 6:05 AM
    • 0 Attachment
      Hello to everybody,

      I am a (very) beginner amateur astronomer and for now I have more enthusiasm than knowledge and experience.

      I recently bought a WP GTF81 which is my very first piece of equipment. I did some research and I decided to buy an iOptron ZEQ25 with polar scope. It is a new mount so there are not too many reviews out there. Does anyone have any thoughts on this mount?

      In order to mount my telescope on it I think I need the WO 90 MM rings, but I am not sure which dovetail to get as there are so many out there. Any thoughts? Is there any other, better mounting option?

      I will also have to get the diagonal, eyepieces, camera adaptor for my Canon 7D. Can anyone make some recommendation on which would be the most suitable for WO GTF81, in an decent price range?

      I am planning to use the scope for both viewing and then for astrophotography.

      Are there any other accessories that are a good idea to have with this scope?

      Sorry if I sound like a dummy but I guess this is what I am for now. :)

      Thank you very much in advance.

      Monica
    • Ray Hurst
      Hello Monica, Don t much about the mount but I have read some good thing about it. I have a GTF 81 scope and it takes very good images. Since you have a Canon
      Message 2 of 11 , May 4 12:53 PM
      • 0 Attachment

        Hello Monica,

        Don’t much about the mount but I have read some good thing about it.

        I have a GTF 81 scope and it takes very good images.

        Since you have a Canon camera I would suggest imaging capture software called BackyardEOS.

        It’s designed just for Canon cameras.

        They have a very active forum that you can get very good imaging information on.

        This forum got me off the ground a few years ago for AP.

        Hope this helps.

        Ray

         

         

         

         

        From: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com [mailto:William-Optics@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of monagarliceanu
        Sent: Saturday, May 04, 2013 9:06 AM
        To: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [William Optics] WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)

         

         

        Hello to everybody,

        I am a (very) beginner amateur astronomer and for now I have more enthusiasm than knowledge and experience.

        I recently bought a WP GTF81 which is my very first piece of equipment. I did some research and I decided to buy an iOptron ZEQ25 with polar scope. It is a new mount so there are not too many reviews out there. Does anyone have any thoughts on this mount?

        In order to mount my telescope on it I think I need the WO 90 MM rings, but I am not sure which dovetail to get as there are so many out there. Any thoughts? Is there any other, better mounting option?

        I will also have to get the diagonal, eyepieces, camera adaptor for my Canon 7D. Can anyone make some recommendation on which would be the most suitable for WO GTF81, in an decent price range?

        I am planning to use the scope for both viewing and then for astrophotography.

        Are there any other accessories that are a good idea to have with this scope?

        Sorry if I sound like a dummy but I guess this is what I am for now. :)

        Thank you very much in advance.

        Monica

      • Timm B
        Hi Monica, You can use the built in Vixen compatible foot of the GTF 81 if you want, or get rings and a Vixen style dovetail. There are some very good threads
        Message 3 of 11 , May 4 2:07 PM
        • 0 Attachment
          Hi Monica,

          You can use the built in Vixen compatible foot of the GTF 81 if you want, or get rings and a Vixen style dovetail. There are some very good threads on the ZEQ25 on Cloudynights and the iOptron Yahoo groups.

          Get a WO dielectric diagonal - either 1.25" or 2" and whatever eyepieces you can afford.

          For the Canon - you will need a WO 2" photo adapter, and a T-Ring. You might also want to get cable shutter release with a timer. The non-Canon ones on Amazon are cheap and work great. Not sure which model works for you yours, but you can look it up to make sure.

          Hope that helps and let us know how it goes.

          Timm

          --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, "monagarliceanu" <amona27@...> wrote:
          >
          > Hello to everybody,
          >
          > I am a (very) beginner amateur astronomer and for now I have more enthusiasm than knowledge and experience.
          >
          > I recently bought a WP GTF81 which is my very first piece of equipment. I did some research and I decided to buy an iOptron ZEQ25 with polar scope. It is a new mount so there are not too many reviews out there. Does anyone have any thoughts on this mount?
          >
          > In order to mount my telescope on it I think I need the WO 90 MM rings, but I am not sure which dovetail to get as there are so many out there. Any thoughts? Is there any other, better mounting option?
          >
          > I will also have to get the diagonal, eyepieces, camera adaptor for my Canon 7D. Can anyone make some recommendation on which would be the most suitable for WO GTF81, in an decent price range?
          >
          > I am planning to use the scope for both viewing and then for astrophotography.
          >
          > Are there any other accessories that are a good idea to have with this scope?
          >
          > Sorry if I sound like a dummy but I guess this is what I am for now. :)
          >
          > Thank you very much in advance.
          >
          > Monica
          >
        • Monica Garliceanu
          Thank you both, Timm and Ray fro the help. I thought that the easiest way to go would be the L shaped bracket, but unfortunately mine didn t come with one. So
          Message 4 of 11 , May 4 4:08 PM
          • 0 Attachment
            Thank you both, Timm and Ray fro the help. I thought that the easiest way to go would be the L shaped bracket, but unfortunately mine didn't come with one. So I will have to go for the rings and the dovetail.

            So far I decided for the WO  2" dielectric diagonal and I still have to think about the eyepieces. And then the camera adapter and T-ring and the BackyardEOS software.  

            This hobby ain't cheap :).

            This is all great information and I thank you again!

            Monica


            To: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com
            From: t.bottoni@...
            Date: Sat, 4 May 2013 21:07:33 +0000
            Subject: [William Optics] Re: WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)

             
            Hi Monica,

            You can use the built in Vixen compatible foot of the GTF 81 if you want, or get rings and a Vixen style dovetail. There are some very good threads on the ZEQ25 on Cloudynights and the iOptron Yahoo groups.

            Get a WO dielectric diagonal - either 1.25" or 2" and whatever eyepieces you can afford.

            For the Canon - you will need a WO 2" photo adapter, and a T-Ring. You might also want to get cable shutter release with a timer. The non-Canon ones on Amazon are cheap and work great. Not sure which model works for you yours, but you can look it up to make sure.

            Hope that helps and let us know how it goes.

            Timm

            --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, "monagarliceanu" <amona27@...> wrote:
            >
            > Hello to everybody,
            >
            > I am a (very) beginner amateur astronomer and for now I have more enthusiasm than knowledge and experience.
            >
            > I recently bought a WP GTF81 which is my very first piece of equipment. I did some research and I decided to buy an iOptron ZEQ25 with polar scope. It is a new mount so there are not too many reviews out there. Does anyone have any thoughts on this mount?
            >
            > In order to mount my telescope on it I think I need the WO 90 MM rings, but I am not sure which dovetail to get as there are so many out there. Any thoughts? Is there any other, better mounting option?
            >
            > I will also have to get the diagonal, eyepieces, camera adaptor for my Canon 7D. Can anyone make some recommendation on which would be the most suitable for WO GTF81, in an decent price range?
            >
            > I am planning to use the scope for both viewing and then for astrophotography.
            >
            > Are there any other accessories that are a good idea to have with this scope?
            >
            > Sorry if I sound like a dummy but I guess this is what I am for now. :)
            >
            > Thank you very much in advance.
            >
            > Monica
            >


          • Monica Garliceanu
            I ve been researching and looking around all day yesterday and today and finally I made my decisions and came up with the list of accessories I will get. Here
            Message 5 of 11 , May 5 12:04 PM
            • 0 Attachment
              I've been researching and looking around all day yesterday and today and finally I made my decisions and came up with the list of accessories I will get. Here it is:
               
               
               - iOptron ZEQ25 Equatorial Mount
              - ADM - Vixen "V" Series Universal Dovetail Plate 7" Long
              - WO 90mm tube rings 
              - WO - 2" Carbon Fiber Dielectric Diagonal
              - Explore Scientific 14mm 100° Series Nitrogen-Purged Waterproof Eyepiece (2") - for deep sky observation
              - Tele Vue Plossl 8mm Eyepiece (1.25") - for Moon and planetary observation 
              - WO 2" prime Focus Camera Adaptor
              - WO EOS T Ring
              - RF-602 C3 Wireless Remote Shutter release FLash Trigger
              - BackyardEOS software 
               
              I hope this makes sense and if somebody thinks there is something that doesn't, could you please point it out?
               
              Thanks again for your help. I'll post photos of the set-up when I have everything.
               
              Monica
               
               

              To: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com
              From: t.bottoni@...
              Date: Sat, 4 May 2013 21:07:33 +0000
              Subject: [William Optics] Re: WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)

               
              Hi Monica,

              You can use the built in Vixen compatible foot of the GTF 81 if you want, or get rings and a Vixen style dovetail. There are some very good threads on the ZEQ25 on Cloudynights and the iOptron Yahoo groups.

              Get a WO dielectric diagonal - either 1.25" or 2" and whatever eyepieces you can afford.

              For the Canon - you will need a WO 2" photo adapter, and a T-Ring. You might also want to get cable shutter release with a timer. The non-Canon ones on Amazon are cheap and work great. Not sure which model works for you yours, but you can look it up to make sure.

              Hope that helps and let us know how it goes.

              Timm

              --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, "monagarliceanu" <amona27@...> wrote:
              >
              > Hello to everybody,
              >
              > I am a (very) beginner amateur astronomer and for now I have more enthusiasm than knowledge and experience.
              >
              > I recently bought a WP GTF81 which is my very first piece of equipment. I did some research and I decided to buy an iOptron ZEQ25 with polar scope. It is a new mount so there are not too many reviews out there. Does anyone have any thoughts on this mount?
              >
              > In order to mount my telescope on it I think I need the WO 90 MM rings, but I am not sure which dovetail to get as there are so many out there. Any thoughts? Is there any other, better mounting option?
              >
              > I will also have to get the diagonal, eyepieces, camera adaptor for my Canon 7D. Can anyone make some recommendation on which would be the most suitable for WO GTF81, in an decent price range?
              >
              > I am planning to use the scope for both viewing and then for astrophotography.
              >
              > Are there any other accessories that are a good idea to have with this scope?
              >
              > Sorry if I sound like a dummy but I guess this is what I am for now. :)
              >
              > Thank you very much in advance.
              >
              > Monica
              >


            • Timm B
              Hi Monica, That sounds like a good setup to start. I would love to hear how you or others like the Canon EOS software, but it might make more sense to talk
              Message 6 of 11 , May 5 12:30 PM
              • 0 Attachment
                Hi Monica,

                That sounds like a good setup to start. I would love to hear how you or others like the Canon EOS software, but it might make more sense to talk about it on the Canon DSLR Digital Astro group here - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Canon_DSLR_Digital_Astro/?yguid=175472659 or on the Digtal Astro group here - both are quite good - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/digital_astro/?yguid=175472659

                I have the GTF102 and just got the iEQ45 and have used it a whopping 2X now, so if you have questions and want more advice feel free to email me. I'm only a volunteer moderator on this group, but I belong to many other groups, and am just getting started in Astrophotography like you are.

                One more thing I just got and am reading is the Book on CDROM by Jerry Lodriguss called "A Guide to Astrophotography With Digital SLR Cameras". He also has a new beginners version but I think this one is the way to go if you are interested for $39.99.

                Timm

                --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, Monica Garliceanu <amona27@...> wrote:
                >
                > I've been researching and looking around all day yesterday and today and finally I made my decisions and came up with the list of accessories I will get. Here it is:
                > - iOptron ZEQ25 Equatorial Mount
                > - ADM - Vixen "V" Series Universal Dovetail Plate 7" Long
                > - WO 90mm tube rings
                > - WO - 2" Carbon Fiber Dielectric Diagonal
                > - Explore Scientific 14mm 100° Series Nitrogen-Purged Waterproof Eyepiece (2") - for deep sky observation
                > - Tele Vue Plossl 8mm Eyepiece (1.25") - for Moon and planetary observation
                > - WO 2" prime Focus Camera Adaptor
                > - WO EOS T Ring
                > - RF-602 C3 Wireless Remote Shutter release FLash Trigger
                > - BackyardEOS software I hope this makes sense and if somebody thinks there is something that doesn't, could you please point it out? Thanks again for your help. I'll post photos of the set-up when I have everything. Monica
                >
                > To: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com
                > From: t.bottoni@...
                > Date: Sat, 4 May 2013 21:07:33 +0000
                > Subject: [William Optics] Re: WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > Hi Monica,
                >
                >
                >
                > You can use the built in Vixen compatible foot of the GTF 81 if you want, or get rings and a Vixen style dovetail. There are some very good threads on the ZEQ25 on Cloudynights and the iOptron Yahoo groups.
                >
                >
                >
                > Get a WO dielectric diagonal - either 1.25" or 2" and whatever eyepieces you can afford.
                >
                >
                >
                > For the Canon - you will need a WO 2" photo adapter, and a T-Ring. You might also want to get cable shutter release with a timer. The non-Canon ones on Amazon are cheap and work great. Not sure which model works for you yours, but you can look it up to make sure.
                >
                >
                >
                > Hope that helps and let us know how it goes.
                >
                >
                >
                > Timm
                >
                >
                >
                > --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, "monagarliceanu" <amona27@> wrote:
                >
                > >
                >
                > > Hello to everybody,
                >
                > >
                >
                > > I am a (very) beginner amateur astronomer and for now I have more enthusiasm than knowledge and experience.
                >
                > >
                >
                > > I recently bought a WP GTF81 which is my very first piece of equipment. I did some research and I decided to buy an iOptron ZEQ25 with polar scope. It is a new mount so there are not too many reviews out there. Does anyone have any thoughts on this mount?
                >
                > >
                >
                > > In order to mount my telescope on it I think I need the WO 90 MM rings, but I am not sure which dovetail to get as there are so many out there. Any thoughts? Is there any other, better mounting option?
                >
                > >
                >
                > > I will also have to get the diagonal, eyepieces, camera adaptor for my Canon 7D. Can anyone make some recommendation on which would be the most suitable for WO GTF81, in an decent price range?
                >
                > >
                >
                > > I am planning to use the scope for both viewing and then for astrophotography.
                >
                > >
                >
                > > Are there any other accessories that are a good idea to have with this scope?
                >
                > >
                >
                > > Sorry if I sound like a dummy but I guess this is what I am for now. :)
                >
                > >
                >
                > > Thank you very much in advance.
                >
                > >
                >
                > > Monica
                >
                > >
                >
              • frissenm
                Hi Monica, Excellent list. I love Backyard EOS, even though I m a mac user. I was looking for a new mount and am doubting between the iOptron
                Message 7 of 11 , May 5 12:33 PM
                • 0 Attachment
                  Hi Monica,

                  Excellent list. I love Backyard EOS, even though I'm a mac user.
                  I was looking for a new mount and am doubting between the iOptron zeq25 and celestron AVX, so very interested about your experiences once you have it.

                  Regarding t-rings, I usually go for cheap unbranded ones, usually found on ebay etc for a few $

                  Why the rf602 remote trigger? I went for the JJC TM-C LCD Timer Remote Shutter. Can also be timd, pretty nice for timelapses (if you're into such thing)

                  As Timm says, the ebook DSLR photography is a great way to get up to speed. You might want to check out Nebulosity as well. Unfortunately, in astrophotography, shooting photos is only 20% of the work, way more work is done in post..

                  Cheers
                  Marco
                  --
                  Sent with Yahoo! Mail for iPad



                  --
                  Sent with Yahoo! Mail for iPad


                  From: Timm B <t.bottoni@...>;
                  To: <William-Optics@yahoogroups.com>;
                  Subject: [William Optics] Re: WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)
                  Sent: Sun, May 5, 2013 7:30:49 PM

                   

                  Hi Monica,

                  That sounds like a good setup to start. I would love to hear how you or others like the Canon EOS software, but it might make more sense to talk about it on the Canon DSLR Digital Astro group here - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Canon_DSLR_Digital_Astro/?yguid=175472659 or on the Digtal Astro group here - both are quite good - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/digital_astro/?yguid=175472659

                  I have the GTF102 and just got the iEQ45 and have used it a whopping 2X now, so if you have questions and want more advice feel free to email me. I'm only a volunteer moderator on this group, but I belong to many other groups, and am just getting started in Astrophotography like you are.

                  One more thing I just got and am reading is the Book on CDROM by Jerry Lodriguss called "A Guide to Astrophotography With Digital SLR Cameras". He also has a new beginners version but I think this one is the way to go if you are interested for $39.99.

                  Timm

                  --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, Monica Garliceanu <amona27@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > I've been researching and looking around all day yesterday and today and finally I made my decisions and came up with the list of accessories I will get. Here it is:
                  > - iOptron ZEQ25 Equatorial Mount
                  > - ADM - Vixen "V" Series Universal Dovetail Plate 7" Long
                  > - WO 90mm tube rings
                  > - WO - 2" Carbon Fiber Dielectric Diagonal
                  > - Explore Scientific 14mm 100° Series Nitrogen-Purged Waterproof Eyepiece (2") - for deep sky observation
                  > - Tele Vue Plossl 8mm Eyepiece (1.25") - for Moon and planetary observation
                  > - WO 2" prime Focus Camera Adaptor
                  > - WO EOS T Ring
                  > - RF-602 C3 Wireless Remote Shutter release FLash Trigger
                  > - BackyardEOS software I hope this makes sense and if somebody thinks there is something that doesn't, could you please point it out? Thanks again for your help. I'll post photos of the set-up when I have everything. Monica
                  >
                  > To: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com
                  > From: t.bottoni@...
                  > Date: Sat, 4 May 2013 21:07:33 +0000
                  > Subject: [William Optics] Re: WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Hi Monica,
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > You can use the built in Vixen compatible foot of the GTF 81 if you want, or get rings and a Vixen style dovetail. There are some very good threads on the ZEQ25 on Cloudynights and the iOptron Yahoo groups.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Get a WO dielectric diagonal - either 1.25" or 2" and whatever eyepieces you can afford.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > For the Canon - you will need a WO 2" photo adapter, and a T-Ring. You might also want to get cable shutter release with a timer. The non-Canon ones on Amazon are cheap and work great. Not sure which model works for you yours, but you can look it up to make sure.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Hope that helps and let us know how it goes.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Timm
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, "monagarliceanu" <amona27@> wrote:
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > Hello to everybody,
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > I am a (very) beginner amateur astronomer and for now I have more enthusiasm than knowledge and experience.
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > I recently bought a WP GTF81 which is my very first piece of equipment. I did some research and I decided to buy an iOptron ZEQ25 with polar scope. It is a new mount so there are not too many reviews out there. Does anyone have any thoughts on this mount?
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > In order to mount my telescope on it I think I need the WO 90 MM rings, but I am not sure which dovetail to get as there are so many out there. Any thoughts? Is there any other, better mounting option?
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > I will also have to get the diagonal, eyepieces, camera adaptor for my Canon 7D. Can anyone make some recommendation on which would be the most suitable for WO GTF81, in an decent price range?
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > I am planning to use the scope for both viewing and then for astrophotography.
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > Are there any other accessories that are a good idea to have with this scope?
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > Sorry if I sound like a dummy but I guess this is what I am for now. :)
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > Thank you very much in advance.
                  >
                  > >
                  >
                  > > Monica
                  >
                  > >
                  >

                • Monica Garliceanu
                  Hi Marco and Timm, I will have to set up everything all by myself and that will be a little bit of challenge, that s why I decided to go for the same brand (as
                  Message 8 of 11 , May 5 12:47 PM
                  • 0 Attachment
                    Hi Marco and Timm,
                     
                    I will have to set up everything all by myself and that will be a little bit of challenge, that's why I decided to go for the same brand (as the telescope)tube rings. This, I hope, it guarantees that they will fit perfectly and although I will pay more $$ I think it will save me some frustration and time (and time is money:).
                     
                    The remote shutter is the one thing that I didn't research too much so I went with what I thought it would work. But thanks a lot for the tip, Marco, I will look into that one.
                     
                    I will definitely need some guidance for Astrophotography and I will get that ebook. Thanks, Timm.
                     
                    I don't expect it to be easy, I take pictures (here on Earth:) and I know there's a lot of work involved. Taking pictures of the sky must be even more difficult.
                     
                    Thanks again,
                     
                    Monica
                     

                    To: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com
                    From: frissenm@...
                    Date: Sun, 5 May 2013 12:33:21 -0700
                    Subject: RE: [William Optics] Re: WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)

                     
                    Hi Monica,

                    Excellent list. I love Backyard EOS, even though I'm a mac user.
                    I was looking for a new mount and am doubting between the iOptron zeq25 and celestron AVX, so very interested about your experiences once you have it.

                    Regarding t-rings, I usually go for cheap unbranded ones, usually found on ebay etc for a few $

                    Why the rf602 remote trigger? I went for the JJC TM-C LCD Timer Remote Shutter. Can also be timd, pretty nice for timelapses (if you're into such thing)

                    As Timm says, the ebook DSLR photography is a great way to get up to speed. You might want to check out Nebulosity as well. Unfortunately, in astrophotography, shooting photos is only 20% of the work, way more work is done in post..

                    Cheers
                    Marco
                    --
                    Sent with Yahoo! Mail for iPad



                    --
                    Sent with Yahoo! Mail for iPad


                    From: Timm B <t.bottoni@...>;
                    To: <William-Optics@yahoogroups.com>;
                    Subject: [William Optics] Re: WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)
                    Sent: Sun, May 5, 2013 7:30:49 PM

                     

                    Hi Monica,

                    That sounds like a good setup to start. I would love to hear how you or others like the Canon EOS software, but it might make more sense to talk about it on the Canon DSLR Digital Astro group here - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Canon_DSLR_Digital_Astro/?yguid=175472659 or on the Digtal Astro group here - both are quite good - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/digital_astro/?yguid=175472659

                    I have the GTF102 and just got the iEQ45 and have used it a whopping 2X now, so if you have questions and want more advice feel free to email me. I'm only a volunteer moderator on this group, but I belong to many other groups, and am just getting started in Astrophotography like you are.

                    One more thing I just got and am reading is the Book on CDROM by Jerry Lodriguss called "A Guide to Astrophotography With Digital SLR Cameras". He also has a new beginners version but I think this one is the way to go if you are interested for $39.99.

                    Timm

                    --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, Monica Garliceanu <amona27@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > I've been researching and looking around all day yesterday and today and finally I made my decisions and came up with the list of accessories I will get. Here it is:
                    > - iOptron ZEQ25 Equatorial Mount
                    > - ADM - Vixen "V" Series Universal Dovetail Plate 7" Long
                    > - WO 90mm tube rings
                    > - WO - 2" Carbon Fiber Dielectric Diagonal
                    > - Explore Scientific 14mm 100° Series Nitrogen-Purged Waterproof Eyepiece (2") - for deep sky observation
                    > - Tele Vue Plossl 8mm Eyepiece (1.25") - for Moon and planetary observation
                    > - WO 2" prime Focus Camera Adaptor
                    > - WO EOS T Ring
                    > - RF-602 C3 Wireless Remote Shutter release FLash Trigger
                    > - BackyardEOS software I hope this makes sense and if somebody thinks there is something that doesn't, could you please point it out? Thanks again for your help. I'll post photos of the set-up when I have everything. Monica
                    >
                    > To: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com
                    > From: t.bottoni@...
                    > Date: Sat, 4 May 2013 21:07:33 +0000
                    > Subject: [William Optics] Re: WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Hi Monica,
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > You can use the built in Vixen compatible foot of the GTF 81 if you want, or get rings and a Vixen style dovetail. There are some very good threads on the ZEQ25 on Cloudynights and the iOptron Yahoo groups.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Get a WO dielectric diagonal - either 1.25" or 2" and whatever eyepieces you can afford.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > For the Canon - you will need a WO 2" photo adapter, and a T-Ring. You might also want to get cable shutter release with a timer. The non-Canon ones on Amazon are cheap and work great. Not sure which model works for you yours, but you can look it up to make sure.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Hope that helps and let us know how it goes.
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > Timm
                    >
                    >
                    >
                    > --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, "monagarliceanu" <amona27@> wrote:
                    >
                    > >
                    >
                    > > Hello to everybody,
                    >
                    > >
                    >
                    > > I am a (very) beginner amateur astronomer and for now I have more enthusiasm than knowledge and experience.
                    >
                    > >
                    >
                    > > I recently bought a WP GTF81 which is my very first piece of equipment. I did some research and I decided to buy an iOptron ZEQ25 with polar scope. It is a new mount so there are not too many reviews out there. Does anyone have any thoughts on this mount?
                    >
                    > >
                    >
                    > > In order to mount my telescope on it I think I need the WO 90 MM rings, but I am not sure which dovetail to get as there are so many out there. Any thoughts? Is there any other, better mounting option?
                    >
                    > >
                    >
                    > > I will also have to get the diagonal, eyepieces, camera adaptor for my Canon 7D. Can anyone make some recommendation on which would be the most suitable for WO GTF81, in an decent price range?
                    >
                    > >
                    >
                    > > I am planning to use the scope for both viewing and then for astrophotography.
                    >
                    > >
                    >
                    > > Are there any other accessories that are a good idea to have with this scope?
                    >
                    > >
                    >
                    > > Sorry if I sound like a dummy but I guess this is what I am for now. :)
                    >
                    > >
                    >
                    > > Thank you very much in advance.
                    >
                    > >
                    >
                    > > Monica
                    >
                    > >
                    >



                  • Gianluca Sordiglioni
                    Monica, you could buy the UWAN series, the WO 7mm and 16mm. Or consider the Vixen LVW 17 for large field views. I own the Megrez 90 f/6.9. For fast grab and go
                    Message 9 of 11 , May 6 4:22 AM
                    • 0 Attachment
                      Monica,

                      you could buy the UWAN series, the WO 7mm and 16mm. Or consider the Vixen LVW 17 for large field views.
                      I own the Megrez 90 f/6.9. For fast grab and go observation, I find the 7.5-22.5mm WO Zoom eyepiece is fantastic. However it suffer from small FoV at 22.5mm (42° only), while enought at 7.5mm (65°).
                      For planetary visions I would not suggest a 8mm Plossl. Take *at least* a 7mm.
                      Sometimes to see Jupiter I use the UWAN 4mm even thought I think it gives its best on globulars.
                      In fact it suffer from parassite lights, and the 82° FoV is not necessary.
                      The 14mm 100° is a good choice. You get a higher powered view but with a FoV comparable to a 17mm. However read the CloudyNights website, someone wrote you can't see the whole 100°; someone tested it on a M90 too. Be careful.

                      For astrophotogray, the M90 has an evident field curvature. Using the camera adapter only coupled with a DSLR you will be forced to crop your frame a lot because borders are much distorted. Even using the Lens Distortion filter in Photoshop, you can't get soddisfactory results. Best use a field flatterner, even a general purpouse one that sells many dealer (OPT, TeleskopService, and others).

                      Take care,
                      Gianluca

                    • Monica Garliceanu
                      Hi Gianluca, Thanks for the feedback. I think in time I will get more eyepieces, these are just for start (as I can t afford all of them at once). I tried to
                      Message 10 of 11 , May 14 10:36 PM
                      • 0 Attachment
                        Hi Gianluca,
                         
                        Thanks for the feedback. I think in time I will get more eyepieces, these are just for start (as I can't afford all of them at once). I tried to select the ones for which I found the most positive reviews. The TV 8mm Plossl was reviewed after testing (along other eyepieces) in a CloudyNights document. And there isn't a 7 or 6 mm on this eyepiece.
                        Anyway, I was looking at a Baader Classic Ortho 6mm - wondering if that is a good choice? I'll have to decide between these two for now.
                         
                        From what I read here on the forum the GTF81 has an built in field flattener and does not need another one. Can anyone confirm this?
                         
                        Thanks again,
                         
                        Monica
                         

                         

                        To: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com
                        From: gsordiglioni@...
                        Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 13:22:48 +0200
                        Subject: [William Optics] Re: WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)

                         
                        Monica,

                        you could buy the UWAN series, the WO 7mm and 16mm. Or consider the Vixen LVW 17 for large field views.
                        I own the Megrez 90 f/6.9. For fast grab and go observation, I find the 7.5-22.5mm WO Zoom eyepiece is fantastic. However it suffer from small FoV at 22.5mm (42° only), while enought at 7.5mm (65°).
                        For planetary visions I would not suggest a 8mm Plossl. Take *at least* a 7mm.
                        Sometimes to see Jupiter I use the UWAN 4mm even thought I think it gives its best on globulars.
                        In fact it suffer from parassite lights, and the 82° FoV is not necessary.
                        The 14mm 100° is a good choice. You get a higher powered view but with a FoV comparable to a 17mm. However read the CloudyNights website, someone wrote you can't see the whole 100°; someone tested it on a M90 too. Be careful.

                        For astrophotogray, the M90 has an evident field curvature. Using the camera adapter only coupled with a DSLR you will be forced to crop your frame a lot because borders are much distorted. Even using the Lens Distortion filter in Photoshop, you can't get soddisfactory results. Best use a field flatterner, even a general purpouse one that sells many dealer (OPT, TeleskopService, and others).

                        Take care,
                        Gianluca


                      • Ray Hurst
                        Monica, I can’t comment on the eyepieces because I only use my GTF-81 got imaging. I only have a few very old eyepieces. As to the Flattener , you are
                        Message 11 of 11 , May 15 5:16 AM
                        • 0 Attachment

                          Monica,

                          I can’t comment on the eyepieces because I only use my GTF-81 got imaging.

                          I only have a few very old eyepieces.

                          As to the Flattener , you are correct you don’t need one because it is built in.

                          Ray

                           

                          From: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com [mailto:William-Optics@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Monica Garliceanu
                          Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:36 AM
                          To: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com
                          Subject: RE: [William Optics] Re: WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)

                           

                           

                          Hi Gianluca,
                           
                          Thanks for the feedback. I think in time I will get more eyepieces, these are just for start (as I can't afford all of them at once). I tried to select the ones for which I found the most positive reviews. The TV 8mm Plossl was reviewed after testing (along other eyepieces) in a CloudyNights document. And there isn't a 7 or 6 mm on this eyepiece.
                          Anyway, I was looking at a Baader Classic Ortho 6mm - wondering if that is a good choice? I'll have to decide between these two for now.
                           
                          From what I read here on the forum the GTF81 has an built in field flattener and does not need another one. Can anyone confirm this?
                           
                          Thanks again,
                           
                          Monica
                           

                           


                          To: William-Optics@yahoogroups.com
                          From: gsordiglioni@...
                          Date: Mon, 6 May 2013 13:22:48 +0200
                          Subject: [William Optics] Re: WO GTF81 Accessories for dummies :)

                           

                          Monica,

                          you could buy the UWAN series, the WO 7mm and 16mm. Or consider the Vixen LVW 17 for large field views.

                          I own the Megrez 90 f/6.9. For fast grab and go observation, I find the 7.5-22.5mm WO Zoom eyepiece is fantastic. However it suffer from small FoV at 22.5mm (42° only), while enought at 7.5mm (65°).

                          For planetary visions I would not suggest a 8mm Plossl. Take *at least* a 7mm.

                          Sometimes to see Jupiter I use the UWAN 4mm even thought I think it gives its best on globulars.

                          In fact it suffer from parassite lights, and the 82° FoV is not necessary.

                          The 14mm 100° is a good choice. You get a higher powered view but with a FoV comparable to a 17mm. However read the CloudyNights website, someone wrote you can't see the whole 100°; someone tested it on a M90 too. Be careful.

                          For astrophotogray, the M90 has an evident field curvature. Using the camera adapter only coupled with a DSLR you will be forced to crop your frame a lot because borders are much distorted. Even using the Lens Distortion filter in Photoshop, you can't get soddisfactory results. Best use a field flatterner, even a general purpouse one that sells many dealer (OPT, TeleskopService, and others).

                           

                          Take care,

                          Gianluca

                           

                        Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.