The equipment section features all sorts of tools used for astronomy and astrophotography.
Ranging from cameras to imaging correctors, filters, mounts and eyepieces.
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A list of previously owned equipment can be found at the bottom of this section.
An overview of all the different telescopes used for both imaging and guiding.
The Orion Optics UK 10″ f4.8 SPX Newton, the focuser has been upgraded to a Moonlite
A TMB 80/480 LOMO Triplet in a William Optics tube. Focuser was upgraded to a Moonlite
The G-11 is permanently housed in an observatory, this is currently the mount which is actively used for imaging. The G-11 has been upgraded from the standard version to Gemini GoTo and an Ovision precision worm.
The Losmandy G-11 GEM, bought as a standard version but meanwhile upgraded to an Ovision precision RA worm and to Gemini GoTo
The Ovision precision worm, much higher (guaranteed) precision than the standard Losmandy worm.
Cameras currently in use for both imaging as well as autoguiding. The SBIG ST-8300M is currently our main miaging camera. The Canon 350D has been extensively used in the past as it had a MUCH better noise signature than the Canon 20D.
Currently the main imaging camera. It features the Kodak KAF 8300 Monochrome (8.3 MP) CCD.
This DSLR had been the main imaging camera up to the purchase of the ST-8300M. It has very low noise, and we were able to obtain some great imaging material with this camera !
Not used as often as the 350D, due to the much worse noise characteristics of this camera. Although it should perform as good, or even better as the 350D, in practice it never did.
The guiding camera used for all images, getting old but still doing it’s job perfectly each time. Based on the Sony ICX-098BL CCD.
A focal reducer and field flattener in use for the TMB80/480. Distance to focal plane is absolutely critical.
The SX USB 2″ Filterwheel which houses all 2″ CCD filters. Powered only via USB, automatic filter changes from within the CCD software.
Everything else currently in use which does not belong into any of the above categories. Filters (except RGB), eyepieces as well as other stuff can be found here.
Used solely as a widefield eyepiece in the Vixen VMC 110L for finding guide stars. (if necessary)
The equipment listed below was used in the past, but is now sold.
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