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After the students left I stayed one more night to do some more pictures. At 6500 feet elevation and pretty dark skies, I figured this would be my best opportunity to shoot the great targets in the southern part of the Milky Way. I switched to the AT111EDT at f/5.6 for these shots.

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Comment by Jeffrey P Nunnari on July 15, 2013 at 4:07pm

I understand what you are saying. My SW PRO 120ED came with a stock focuser that was a piece of junk. I replaced it with a Moonlite focuser and it made the difference between night and day. You have some really nice refractors. I am very happy with mine. It amazes me what it can do for a relatively small scope. The ED optics yield great star colors with my DSLR. I also have at AT6RC, an AT72ED, and an Orion 8" f/4 imaging newt, but I find that I reach for my SW more than any of them. Keep posting the great pics, and Clear Skies!

Comment by Greg Marshall on July 15, 2013 at 9:28am

Thanks, Jeffrey. The camera is a QSI 583wsg. Neither scope or the camera is really ideal for the science projects, but we made it work by selecting one of the brighter asteroids. BTW, although I very much like the optics of the AT111EDT, its stock focuser leaves much to be desired, as did the original focuser on the Starfire 142. So both scopes now have FeatherTouch focusers.

Comment by Jeffrey P Nunnari on July 15, 2013 at 5:02am

And an AT111EDT, too? Man! What camera are you pairing these fine scopes with?

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