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  1. l decieded to build myself an 8" scope primarily for reasonable wide field imaging at a medium f5 ratio. l rolled an aluminium tube from .8 sheet and machined the rings from 20mm plate, making them with flat angles allows the mounting of side plates for easier attachment of other accessories such as the Stellavue 13x80 finder which will be fitted to this scope. the scope was finished in white 2 pack baked enamel.
  2. Aluminium 8" Astrograph

    thanks guys, Ray, l have a rolling machine at work that we use for making body panels for custom cars and hot rods. Warthog, actually l am the boss so it makes things a little easier, there is no real difference between the two except an astrograph is dedicated to astrophotography as opposed to strictly visual. there is no need for extension tubes as the tube is made to come to focus with the camera and the tube is also fully baffled where a normal newt tube is not.
  3. Counterweights

    l have been trying to get a little business off the ground supplying Aussie made scope accessories and these are the counterweights l am making to suit EQ6, Losmandy and Astro Physics although l can make them to suit anything on request, any size weight and colour. They are precision machined and secured with a replaceable brass plunger that will not mark the shaft. Thanks for looking and any comments good or otherwise gratefully received.
  4. the 12" LX200 is just to heavy to move anymore especially getting it on to a wedge on your own. so this is the new portable gear, G11 with Argo Navis, 8" reflector, W.O. Megrez 90 and ED100. imaging will be through the reflector and M90 and guided with the ED100 and Sbig ST-7.
  5. Portable Imaging Setup

    hi Chris, the 50D at the moment and l may have a go with the Sbig ST7 at some stage.
  6. Portable Imaging Setup

    Brett, balancing is fine just needs to be fine tuned with different equipment attached. hi Ray, including cameras just over 24kg, the plates quite simple just 12mm plate and about $80 worth.
  7. Orion Neb 5/1/09

    the frustration of processing continues, l tried a different approach this time and although not really happy things are improving. RAW images 10x30 sec 10x3 min 6x7 min 4x10 min Darks subtracked Megrez 90 w/6.3 reducer Canon 400D @ iso800 Baader UHC-S filter Hand guided through LX 200 @ f/10 Stacked in DSS adjusted in PSCS2
  8. New Image: NGC 2467

    very tight image with great contrast, well done.
  9. NGC 1977 - The Running Man

    very nice shot, lovely colours, maybe tighten up the focusing a bit.
  10. Rosette neb

    all 3 are excellent images, well done.
  11. Ruchbah region

    very striking photo Greg, what part of the processing do you do in PSP7?
  12. Moon with 80mm F11,4

    lovely shot Erwin, very nice contrast.
  13. M42 26/12/08

    nice for such short exposures Trev, maybe a quick noise reduction to soften it up a bit.
  14. M42 24/12/08

    hi guys and a merry x-mas. sorry about the long absence but work and life get in the way sometimes. first image in nearly 3 months due to cloud and time restraints. Megrez 90 w/ 0.8 reducer and Canon 400D Hand guided with LX200 @ f/10. thanks for looking and comments welcome Mick.
  15. M42 24/12/08

    thanks Tim, hopefully a lot more time to spend here now, l do miss it.
  16. hi guys long time no post, bloody work. anyhoo l'm getting myself a pair of 45 degree BT 100MM binos so l decieded l needed a good mount and so a set of Meade LX50 fork arms modified with a set of internal hubs to take a new mounting plate which will also double as a camera mount for wide field shots. will post some finished pics soon.
  17. Binocular Fork Mount

    l've made the mounting bracket for my smaller 15x70's and will mount the big BT100's when they arrive.
  18. 127 Apo

    they look good but why did Meade pull the pin on them?
  19. 8 Inch SCT- Dovetail Mounted

    very nice Radar, hope it works well for you.
  20. imaged with ED100 @ f/5.6 and Canon 400D + Baader UHC-S 5x5 min @ iso 1600 2x10 min @ iso 800 hand guided through LX200 @ f/10
  21. Ngc 3372

    1 X 20 min handguided exposure imaged with ED100 @ f/5.6 and Canon 400D @ iso 800 and Baader UHC-S guided through LX200 @ f/10.
  22. Does imaging = observing?!

    l would think that l observe as l image, it helps me get a perspective of what an object looks like in space and what it looks like on the computer screen. l spend a fair bit of time looking at an object before l image it so l would say they are the same.
  23. My DIY Observatory

    what a great project, it looks absolutely fantastic and l hope it gets lots of use.
  24. my first image of the flame and horsehead. 7x7 min @ iso 200 5x5 min @ iso 400 with Canon 400D ICNR imaged with ED100 @ f/5.6 hand guided through LX200 @ f/10
  25. "Second Light" - Orion 102ED

    which scope do you have Lon? l have the Orion ED100 f/9 and also get the cross on some brighter stars and l think it is the small retainers on the front lens cell. look through the scope with no eyepiece during the day and you may see what l mean.