Finally, after being unable to get out and image for several months (tropical weather compounded by work and my son's football season) I was able to get out last night for a quick test imaging session. Since I last had a chance to get out, I added a couple of toys to my toolbox and desperately wanted to try them out.
First, the telescope wheelie bar
. Charlie has upgraded to his skyshed and perm pier, and had no use for his, so he sent it my way…what a difference. I actually set it up a week ago..the scope that is, and it had been sitting in my garage since then. I got clear skies last night….rolled the bad boy out…even over grassy uneven ground…and was imaging in minutes. Incredible. Normally, would need to construct my setup every time I go out, which can take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. Not anymore…just wheel it out, plug everything in and presto…good to go!
Second, I purchased a focuser, crayford type
, for my old Skyview Deluxe F4 8" Reflector. I went against my own rules, and bought the "low" end Orion "drop-in" crayford. I swore never to buy from them again due to their poor customer service, but did not really as I bought it from OPT. But I digress…this is not a "drop-in" for the SVD. The hole in the tube needs to be 3 5/8th inches to accommodate the focuser. The SVD is like 2 3/4 inches. So I had to go to Home Depot, buy a new bit for my drill and drill it out. Easier than it sounds. I have to report, other than that, the focuser works well. Very smooth, the lock is solid and easily accommodated my ST2000xcm. The scope still needs a coma reducer to get rid of my "arrow-head" stars, but other than that, very nice.
Third, I purchased a LPR filter. The filter, which is the subject of another discussion, I purchased can be found here
. Very impressed with this bad boy. If you use this filter, you do not need a separate IR cut filter. I was concerned about the color…but after using it, over the street lights…I must say I am very impressed.
Sadly, I must say, my session was short…school night and all, but very productive. All the new toys worked, some better than expected. Now I am hoping that the weather gods smile on me and let me get out again soon to try all this fun stuff with my refractors!