My Original Setup (2005) the day I got it. That OTA was 32lbs!


  • Mount: Meade LXD-75 with Meade Autostar 497 hand controller
  • OTA: Meade 10 inch Schmidt Newtonian
    • This is a 10 inch F/4 Newtonian reflector with a corrector plate on the front to help with coma (stars at the edge looking like footballs)
  • Meade LPI (Lunar Planetary Imager)
    • 0.32 megapixel CMOS sensor
    • Exposure time: 1/1000s-16s
    • Maximum video frames per second: 3
  • Meade DSI (Deep Sky Imager)
    • 0.25 megapixel 16bit CCD sensor
    • Exposure time: 1/10,000s-60m
  • Software
    • Telescope Control: Meade Autostar Suite
    • Guiding: None – it didn’t exist that I knew of
    • Image Capture: Meade Envisage
    • Image “Stacking” and Processing: Meade Envisage & Paint Shop Pro

Current Setup (2018)


  • Mount: Meade LXD-75 with Meade Autostar 497 hand controller
  • OTA: GSO 6-inch F/5 Newtonian
  • Guide Scope: ZWO 60mm f4.6
  • Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MC
  • Imaging Camera: “Astromodified” Canon T1i DSLR
    • 15 megapixel 14bit CMOS sensor
    • Internal Glass replaced with Baader BCF-1 Filter
  • Filters: Optolong CLS, Astromania 12nm Ha
  • Coma Corrector: 2-inch GSO Newtonian Coma Corrector
  • Software
    • Telescope Control: Stellarium through Stellarium Scope using ASCOM POTH
    • Guiding: PHD2
    • Plate Solving and Object Targeting: Astrotortilla
    • Image Capture: BackyardEOS
    • Image stacking: Deep Sky Stacker
    • Image processing: Photoshop CS5 with Astronomy Tools Actions