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.
For my roadtrips to dark skies, I currently use a Celestron CGEM mount and rotate the primary telescope between a Celestron 8" SCT optical tube or a AstroTech 6" RC. On either optical tube, I piggyback a 80mm KSON refractor and 60mm Antares guidescope. In the past, I used a StellaCam-3 analog video camera on the primaries and a SC-II vidcam on the 80mm. Currently I use a ZWO ASI294MC astronomical camera on the primary optics and a ASI290MC on the 80mm, along with a ASI120MC on the 60mm guidescope. (I decided to 'retire' my StellaCam videocams to the backyard observatory and go with all ZWO cameras on the travel scope.)
Baader Solar Film filter (white-light)
1000 Oaks II glass filter (white-light)
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