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Astronomy Equipment

Posted by Paul On April - 21 - 2013

Here are some pictures of my astronomy setup.

I'm currently using the following equipment:

Telescope – Celestron 1100 Edge HD

this is an 11 inch Schmidt Cassigrain telescope with a focal length of 2800 mm F10


















Mount – Celestron Cgem DX

this mount has a 50 pound weight capacity



















Guide Scope – Celestron 80 mm guidescope










This is my Orion autoguide camera.  It's used to help guide the mount for astrophotography.
















This is my ZWO ASI120MM-S Super Speed Monochrome CMOS Camera which I'm currently using for guiding, but this camera will take fabulous pictures of planets.















Like this:















Finder Scope – Telrad Finder

















Camera – Canon 60Da




Celestron .7x Focal Reducer






















Scope Dolly – JMI large size wheeley bar with 10 inch pneumatic tires













This first picture shows my telescope right after I got it in June of 2012.  I haven't yet installed the 10 inch pneumatic tires.  This version has the 3 inch plastic castors that were very difficult to move over even slight height variations in the concrete.

































This picture shows the 10 inch pneumatic tires.  A great improvement.

































These pictures show the camera installation

These orange pads are placed between the dolly jackscrews and the cement driveway to damp out vibrations.

This view shows the telescope connected to my laptop.  I can control all aspects of the telescope from the laptop.  No more standing on my head to see what's up there.

8-9-2013 Here is a picture of the installation of my new camera – the Canon 60Da which is specifically set up for astrophotography.


12/8/15 My 10Micron GM1000HPS mount finally arrived.  It's made in Italy and will go a long ways to improving my ability to track objects in the night sky.  

10 Micron are one the highest regarded manufacturers of high precision ultra high quality mountings in the business.

The GM1000 HPS features:

Absolute on-axis encoders in RA & Dec, featuring
more than 10 million increments (interpolated),
fully encapsulated and calibrated

•Provides up to 0.5“ RMS tracking accuracy – for long duration UNGUIDED imaging – even at long focal lengths

• Closed loop (encoder controlled) satellite

• speed – up to 20°/s

and much much more!

Here are some photos: