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Dave made a comment about how when you change out toys, the scope always seems to have an issue. Boy we all know this is true. It always seems like your best shot is when you're stable with a particular configuration for a few sessions to where it's becoming routine. I've gotten so many toys and changed up so much in the last period here, that now I'm really sort of focused on stablizing the setup. I do not want to move or change anything for a bit, and actually get some nice shots.

My paramount ME is tracking perfectly, my guider issues have been resolved as least therietically via daniel bisque who is very cool to work with FYI if you ever buy a mount from bisque. Everything is stable and operting, and I don't want to change a thing for a bit. Really quite excited about the potential of not battling a machine and just focusing in on shots and my camera, and getting good subs.

There is an observatory showing up in late March, I'll put that up of course, but no changing guiders, camera's, scopes, etc.


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Comment by Charles Dunlop on February 19, 2012 at 2:35pm

How is the quality of that 12" refractor Emil? Compared to more expensive manufacturers what's the difference? BTW that is the same exact scope that AstroTech is selling, must be same manufacturer. I'm going to email like AG optical and see what they think the differences are.

Comment by Conor on February 18, 2012 at 4:18pm

And yeah, I meant the G-11 mount from Losmandy. I was just shooting the breeze about gear and stable setups. I'll stop hijacking your post now!

Comment by Conor on February 18, 2012 at 4:17pm

You could check out ASA, Takahashi or Officina Stellare. They all make astrographs. The latter have some really nice scopes. Expensive, though.

Comment by Emil Kolbert on February 18, 2012 at 8:35am
Comment by Emil Kolbert on February 18, 2012 at 8:34am

About RCs, Guan Sheng Optical also have some from 8 to 12" but I dont know if those are good enough, I dont have seen much feedback regarding those scopes.

Comment by Emil Kolbert on February 18, 2012 at 8:31am

I guess:
G-11 the mount or
C-11 from Celestron
but I tend to believe that Conor means the G-11 from Losmandy

Comment by Charles Dunlop on February 18, 2012 at 7:47am

a G-11, what's that?

I'm eyeing a planewave, an AG optical, or a deep sky instruments OTA. RCOS is way too expensive, like a solid years salary in one OTA, ridiculous. Anyway, those are looking rad to me. Anyone else know of another high end RC or DCK maker?

Comment by Conor on February 17, 2012 at 1:12am

The "doughnut" shaped rings I thought were dust motes at first, but their uniformity would suggest they are an artifact of microlensing or some such. I really need to nail down my own setup. I'm so very tempted to pick up a G-11 right now...

Comment by Charles Dunlop on February 16, 2012 at 9:35am

there's a nebula filter and then the filter housing the camera. That's likely it. Not super concerned about it though either way, as this OTA and camera will likely be temporary anyway

Comment by Emil Kolbert on February 16, 2012 at 7:57am

About reflexions, do you have a front filter mounted on your camera? That could explain the reflexions because you have 2 surfaces: the deep-sky filter and the camera filter but this is only speculation so long you dont confirm the presence of the camera filter.

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