Re: M8/M20 from Seattle with WO 80mm Fluorite and Canon 10d
- I am very happy with it. I used to have a decent Vixen mount, which
tracked pretty well, and was lighter than this GM-8. I also had a
celestron CG, with the goto, and I loved the goto and set up, but I
was not happy with the quailty of construction, nor with their
support. Tthe GM-8 is an amazingly well built, sturdy mount. I
don't think it has a great reputation for long unguided shots,
although apparently they are getting better each year, and mine is
new. I often get 4 minute shots unguided, but I am using a wide
field scope ( 385mm), which is forgiving. The DSC are working great
too. I think anything better costs quite a bit more. (I have a Tak
EM-200, which is fantastic, but costs ~3x as much!)
--- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, "night_astronomer"
> Very nice photos.
> Fast question how do you like using the
> Losmandy GM-8 mount?
> Clear Skies
> Tom H.
> --- In William-Optics@yahoogroups.com, "kurt_friedrich"
> <kurt_friedrich@y...> wrote:
> > I tried the Swan (Omega) nebula 2 nights ago from Seattle. I am
> > +47 deg and it is at -16, so if I catch it at its highest point,this
> > is still only 31 deg above the horizon. The UHC filter makes
> > shot at least worth trying.http://mywebpages.comcast.net/kurtfriedrich/images/SwanNebulaAug0405-
> > 16x4minAPf8iso1600.jpgresults.
> > or
> > http://tinyurl.com/ddlhz
> > AP130 f/8 16x240sec UHC ISO1600
> > Last night I tried M8 / M20. From Seattle (+47 deg) M20, at -24
> > puts the scope at only 23 deg, the scope almost seemed "flat" to
> > ground. Anyhow, the UHC filter gave me surprisingly good
> > have always considered M8/M20 as the 2nd most photogenic target
> > (after M42), but never thought I could get if from so far north.
> > http://mywebpages.comcast.net/kurtfriedrich/images/M8-
> > M20Aug0505WOtvpt8-24x3minISO1600.jpg
> > or
> > http://tinyurl.com/bfr7m
> > WO 80mm Fluorite TV .8 reducer 24x180sec UHC ISO1600 Canon 10d
> > Losmandy GM-8, unguided.
> > Kurt