Re: [ccd-newastro] Re: New to Group - Looking for help
- Good way to start, Kevin. The shorter focal length stuff is indeed the way to go!
Direct from Boston - brilliant diamonds in pea soup
Also check out the astro_narrowband Yahoo group!
--- On Wed, 12/31/08, Kevin Rasso <vitozilla@...> wrote:
From: Kevin Rasso <vitozilla@...>
Subject: [ccd-newastro] Re: New to Group - Looking for help
Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2008, 5:31 PM
I will be brave enough, with the caveat, I am also relatively new to
the whole astrophotography thing. This is my first post to the group,
I've been mainly lurking just trying to learn as much as possible. I
will tell you though that you can do some great things with the LX200
mount. I have the 10" LX200GPS SMT. It was one of the last SCT
versions left, and I can tell you it has performed remarkably for the
last 2.5 years out of the box. I have lugged this thing to many
astronomy outreach events that my local club gets involved in, as well
as a few hundred miles to the last three MASPs. The only upgrade I
have put into it is a set of Bob's Knobs for ease of collimation (which
I have had to do once). You just have to make sure you keep everything
balanced, and follow the training procedures every now and again. I
have yet to use PEC as I do not have a permanent setup.
I made a folder named Kevin's Astro Photos. All photos were taken with
my WO ZS 80 ED II with a TV .8X FR and a QSI 532ws-M1 piggy backed on
my LX200. Some are unguided with 2 minute subs and another is with 5
minute guided subs. I have yet to image via the main optics with this
camera, but it was explained to me that I would be a lot less
frustrated learning the fundamentals with a shorter focal length set
up. In appreciation I would like to give a shout out to Robert and
Mike that I met up with at MASP...you know who you are, and thanks!
Again, I am only starting out in image processing, and by no means are
these pictures going to be the jaw dropping images that you will see
some incredible imagers here post. But for where I am, I'm comfortably
sharing these with the group. I hope my wife took the hint for some
birthday gifts...Ron's books! Any critiques appreciated!
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