Equipment

Currently I operate three main imaging platforms:

  • Celestron CPC 1100, mounted AltAz; 11 inch (0.28 meter) schmidt-cassegrain reflector.  Orion ST80 piggybacked.
  • Televue NP101is; 4 inch wide-field apochromatic refractor, mounted on CGEM.  Stellarvue 60m guidescope. The NP101is is mounted on the CGEM via a Losmandy Dovetail with the Televue 4″ Mount Ring Set.
  • AstroTech AT10RC; 10 inch Ritchey–Chrétien reflector, mounted on a Celestron CGE Pro. Orion 80mm ED guidescope. There is also a detailed review of the AstroTech AT10RC and CGE Pro

And two smaller, visual use only platforms:

  • Celestron SLT 102 refractor.
  • Celestron 15×70 binoculars.

Cameras: Canon Rebel XSI DSLR, Orion StarShoot Pro Color v2.0, StarShoot Autoguider and Planetary Imager
Eyepieces: Ethos 13, 21; Panoptic 19; Nagler 31, 9, Meade 4.7, 2×16 UWA, 2×20 SWA, 28 SWA; 40m plossl
Accesssories: Celestron f/6.3 reducer, Stiletto, GSO focuser, Pyxis field rotator, Skyglow 1.25, 2″, AstroZap

All imaging and references are from the general Seattle, WA area unless otherwise specified.

CPC 1100 mounted Alt Az with ST80 Guidescope

CPC 1100 mounted Alt Az with ST80 Guidescope

Televue NP101is

Televue NP101is on CGEM

AstroTech AT10RC, CGE Pro, JMI Wheeley Bars

AstroTech AT10RC, CGE Pro, JMI Wheeley Bars

Most of my data capture and processing is done on an old, decrepit Alienware computer with the Orion Starshoot Pro V2.0 Color CCD Camera. Processing is typically done in Maxim DL Essentials and/or DeepSkyStacker. Occasionally I will also process a little on a Mac using GIMP. Planetary images are processed through Registax. In November, 2010, I started also mixing in Nebulosity for image processing on my MacBook. Unfortunately, MaximDL does not seem to have a Mac version!

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