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Astrophotography

Astrophotography

Whether from my yard or our club’s dark-sky site in Taxahaw, SC, here’s where they go. I’ll get better.

Astrophotography

Music & More

Music & More

A night under the stars goes well with some music. Here you will find some of our favorites, including links when possible.

Music

Booze

Booze

Here in the Astro Saloon we take our booze seriously. Quality liquor, hand-carved clear ice, and generous pours.

Booze

First Light with the Takahashi FSQ-106EDX4, Paramount MyT, and Atik 16200 Mono


Posted: July 14, 2018

7 minute read

After waiting so long for the equipment, I finally had all the pieces of the puzzle. Miraculously, the first Saturday (July 14, 2018) after finally getting the last piece (another counterweight) it was clear with a fairly new moon. I packed up the family truckster with my stuff (I really should take pictures along the way!) and headed out to the observatory.
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The Mount: Paramount MyT


Posted: July 3, 2018

6 minute read

I ordered pretty much the entire rig at the same time– the mount, OTA, camera, filter wheel, filters, guide camera, tripod, and an extra 10 lb weight for good measure. I already had a guide scope that I planned to use. About half of the equipment was in stock when I ordered, but I was aware that my mount wasn’t going to arrive at the same time as everything else; it was quoted as about a six-week lead time.
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Power, Control, and Dew, oh my!


Posted: June 3, 2018

4 minute read

The last chunk of stuff from the initial bullet list (see “Pulled the trigger…”) I want to talk about together. I needed a way to control all of this stuff I needed a way to power all of this stuff And definately needed a way to prevent dew from wreaking havoc on everything
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The Filter Wheel: Atik EFW3 and the case of the missing Astrodons


Posted: April 19, 2018

2 minute read

As far as the filter wheel is concerned, the frontrunner was actually one by FLI (I read several reports of folks having trouble with Atik’s EFW2). After talking with Larry at OPT I learned that Atik released a new filter wheel, specifically for the the 16200, the EFW3. That made the choice easy. I was quite glad that he mentioned it, since it wasn’t yet on OPT’s website. It’s really good to have someone help you with this process!
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The Cameras: Atik 16200 Mono & ZWO ASI290 Mini Mono


Posted: April 12, 2018

2 minute read

After selecting the telescope other things started clicking into place. I had a telescope with a huge image circle, I needed to use it. When it came to selecting the camera there really weren’t many choices– I started with a pretty short list. Initially I was looking at at the QSIs - in particular, the QSI 683wsg-8, an 8.3 megapixel (3326 x 2507) KAF-8300 sensor with 5.4 micrometer pixels, also sporting a built-in, 8-position filter wheel for 1.25-inch filters. Unfortunately, a death in the family put QSIs in limbo for quite some time. I believe that Atik as helped ramp back up operations, but I haven’t looked into availability.
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The Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-106EDX4


Posted: April 10, 2018

5 minute read

This post goes over my my thoughts when selecting the telescope for my imaging rig. Trying to follow the advice of the masses, my requirements for the telescope were: Small(ish) refractor, preferably apochromatic, either with a flat field, or a flattener available. Bonus points if the system allows threaded (vs compression) connections in the imaging train.
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Pulled the trigger on the dream rig


Posted: March 30, 2018

1 minute read

That brings us to today. Like many aspiring astrophotographers, I had my dream setup planned out. Like many plans, it was somewhat “fluid”.
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