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New C6

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Hester May 1, 2011. 6 Replies

I got a C6 at hands on optics today to use with my deck setup. Since i'm at a star party this weekend though, its getting first light here instead.I'll have pics later.Also, Chat doesn't work over…Continue

Anyone want to play with some data for M82

Started this discussion. Last reply by samiam Apr 20, 2011. 1 Reply

It happens to be the only thing visible from my apartment balcony observatory so its all I have data for yet. M81 is also next to it and i might try that tonight.…Continue


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Celestron 8 inch newtonian with various refractors piggybacking depending on the focal length i'm imaging at that night -
66mm apo: wide field imaging (i use the reflector to guide)
Meade etx 80 (removed from its base): 1000mm imaging (moderate field imaging),
NEW- C 11 with 90mm f10 piggybacked: 2000mm+ imaging

Mount: CGEM with counterweight pole from LXD75 and 3 weights

Orion Starshoot Monochrome 3 with nautilus filter wheel
Orion Starshoot 1 Color
Meade DSI 2 color
Meade LPI - planetary only

Orion Starshoot autoguider

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Reston VA

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Long time since i was here

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 11:46am 2 Comments

It's been a really long time since I last posted. I was falling out of astronomy for a long time and recently got back into it. This reignition is especially thanks to getting a channel on NightSkiesNetwork.

The plastic observatory shed is gone, had to throw it out since the apartment complex started re-decorating the exterior. The new mantra is to not be lazy with the astronomy. I re-arranged the interior of my apartment, shifting computer and TV into the bedroom. The main area is…


arduino focuser controller

Posted on April 1, 2012 at 10:00am 5 Comments

I saw the arduino boards sitting on the shelves at Radioshack and I figured I would try to make a focuser controller for the motor focuser I bought a few weeks back. This is mainly due to that the 100ft wires were too flimsy to last and secondly that I can then precisely control the focus, even without a focuser program.

The core of the focuser is an arduino…


Home made cables

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 4:33pm 1 Comment

I recently purchased a JMI motorized crayford focuser and a C5 to shoot with but noticed an interesting thing about the focuser's connection cable and my guide scope cable. They were 6 pin RJ11 patch cables. In a desire to create an extension cable for the focuser I got RJ11 crimping tools and made a new cable out of Cat5 cable. Turns out that the focuser cable could be 100 ft long and still work.

Then I noticed that my Celestron hand controller had the same 6 pin RJ11 port. I thus…


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At 6:36am on April 20, 2011, samiam said…
A fellow newt user ! welcome aboard Michael .
At 11:26pm on March 23, 2011, Trevor Woodrow said…
Welcome Michael!


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