Observational

The observational equipment available is:

Mount:
NEQ6 Pro SynScan Go-To

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Optics:
Astro-Tech 8″ F/8 Ritchey-Chretien Astrograph (carbon fiber tube) with JMI motorized focuser
Meade 80mm F/6 triplet apochromatic refractor with MoonLite motorized focuser

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Imaging:
Atik 314L+ CCD Camera with Atik EFW2 9 position 1.25″ motorized filter wheel

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Philips Toucam Pro webcam modified with ICX098BL sensor, peltier cooled and radiator, used mainly for guiding and star field matching (orientation) purposes

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Imaging Source DMK 21AU04.AS camera with ICX098BL sensor, the same sensor as used in the above custom self-built camera
This camera is used as a guider for the Alpy 600 spectroscope and also for planetary photography.

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Canon EOS 400D DSLR modified for astrophotography with Baader BCF Filter

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AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC20 for Canon and custom self-built USB port cable shutter release

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Astro-Tech 2 inch field flattener
While the Ritchey-Chretien telescope’s two-hyperbolic-mirror design manages to eliminate the nasty off-axis asymmetrical aberration known as coma, it still has off-axis astigmatism and field curvature.
Though I prefer pure Ritchey-Chretien reflective optics for more precise scientific observations (virtually all professional Observatories use RC Telescopes, Hubble Space Telescope is also RC by design) , the field flattener lenses can be useful sometimes, especially for wider field “pretty pictures”
Also, the field flattener is mandatory for wide field photography through the Meade refractor.
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3x Barlow lens
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Filters:
Baader CLRGB 1.25″ filter set

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Schuler Photometric V filter

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Spectroscopy:
Alpy 600 spectrograph with guiding module

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I can use the above equipment in various configurations:

Atik 314L+ CCD Camera and motorized filter wheel mounted on RC telescope
Modified Philips Toucam Pro webcam mounted on the Meade refractor for guidance

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Atik 314L+ CCD Camera and Alpy spectrograph with guiding module and off-axis guiding camera (DMK) mounted on RC Telescope
Philips Toucam Pro webcam mounted on the Meade refractor for star field matching and precise target acquisition (orientation)

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Canon EOS 400D DSLR mounted on Meade refractor
Atik 314L+ CCD Camera and motorized filter wheel mounted on RC Telescope

 

DMK with 3x barlow and filter wheel mounted on RC telescope for planetary imaging
Atik 314L+ CCD Camera mounted on Meade refractor