Equipment

Equipment

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.

Optics

An overview of all the different telescopes used for both imaging and guiding.


Orion Optics SPX 10" Newton

The Orion Optics UK 10″ f4.8 SPX Newton, the focuser has been upgraded to a Moonlite


Vixen VMC110L

A Vixen VMC110L f9.4 Maksutov. In use as a guide scope for the TMB 80/480.


TMB/LOMO 80/480 APO

A TMB 80/480 LOMO Triplet in a William Optics tube. Focuser was upgraded to a Moonlite

Mounts

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.


Losmandy G-11

The Losmandy G-11 GEM, bought as a standard version but meanwhile upgraded to an Ovision precision RA worm and to Gemini GoTo


Ovision precision worm

The Ovision precision worm, much higher (guaranteed) precision than the standard Losmandy worm.

Digital photography

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.


SBIG ST-8300M

Currently the main imaging camera. It features the Kodak KAF 8300 Monochrome (8.3 MP) CCD.


Canon 350D DSLR (8.0MP)

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 !


Canon 20D DSLR (8.2MP)

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.


Atik 1 HS II

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.


ToUcam Pro II

The Philips ToUcam Pro II is used as a (color) autoguider and as planetary imager.


Tele Vue TRF2008

A focal reducer and field flattener in use for the TMB80/480. Distance to focal plane is absolutely critical.


Tele Vue Paracorr

A coma corrector and extender (1.1) in use for the Orion Optics 10″ Newton


Tele Vue RPF2804

1.1 Extender and field flattener as of end 2011 in use for the TMB 80/480.


Baader 2″ RGB CCD Filters

A set of 2″ Baader RGB CCD Filters, purchased in 2012.


SX 2″ Elec. Filterwheel

The SX USB 2″ Filterwheel which houses all 2″ CCD filters. Powered only via USB, automatic filter changes from within the CCD software.

Other

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.


Baader 2″ UHC-S

Baader UHC-S light pollution suppression filter. Used for imaging as well.


IDAS LPS-P2

IDAS LPS-P2 light pollution suppression filter. Used for imaging as well.


Vixen LV Series

A small set of recently acquired eyepieces


Meade Plössls

Have been using these as of 1994 (and it shows).


Antares W70

Used solely as a widefield eyepiece in the Vixen VMC 110L for finding guide stars. (if necessary)

Previous equipment

The equipment listed below was used in the past, but is now sold.
There is an image available of equipment highlighted in white

  • Astrotec OTE 150 GEM
  • MTS3-SDI Mount Controller
  • Orion USA 80mm f7.5 ED
  • GSO 8″ Photo-Newton f4
  • GSO 250/1250mm (10″ f5) – Dobson
  • TS 127/820mm (5″ f6.45) – Achromatic refractor
  • Baader 2″ Fringe Killer – C.A. reduction filter
  • Baader 2″ Moon & Skyglow filter – LPS filter
  • Meade 254/1140mm (10″ f4.5) – Starfinder Newton & Mount
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