E q u i p m e n t
Over the years, I've owned various types of astronomical equipment.
When I first became interested in astronomy, I started out with an old pair of binoculars. I used them for several years, slowly learning the constellations until I upgraded to a small 60mm refractor. As my observing skills and knowledge of astronomy progressed, I built, purchased, and sold different styles of telescopes and accessories, eventualy settling on an 8" SCT as a good general purpose instrument.
Along the way, I added accessories, such as eyepieces, finderscopes, and solar filters to aid my observing. After I became interested in video astronomy, I modified several security cameras that I use, and eventually purchased a Adirondack' AstroVid StellaCam EX dedicated deep-sky camera.
Last year, I picked up a used StellaCam-II camera, and recently added the advanced StellaCam-3.
To help make setting up my equipment more easier and comfortable, I remodeled my backyard 'barn' shed into an observatory. For roadtrips to the regional astronomy conventions, I purchased a small teardrop camper and installed video and computer equipment.
In 2014, I upgraded the small teardrop camper to a much larger Tab model clamshell camper with permanently installed video/computer monitors in the backend.
A few years back, for my roadtrips, my primary imaging telescope was an AstroTech 6" RC on a Celestron CG-5 mount. Now I currently use a Celestron 8" SCT optical tube mounted on a Celestron CGEM mount with a 80mm KSON refractor and 60mm guidescope, using my STellaCam-3 analog video camera, a ZWO ASI120MC as guide-camera, and a ZWO ASI294MC Pro astronomical camera.
Baader Solar Film filter (white-light)
1000 Oaks II glass filter (white-light)
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