My Equipment

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

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  • Mount: Meade LXD-75 with Meade Autostar 497 hand controller
  • OTA: Meade 10 inch Schmidt Newtonian
  • Meade LPI (Lunar Planetary Imager) – first series
  • Meade DSI (Deep Sky Imager) – first series
  • Software
    • Telescope Control: Meade Autostar Suite
    • Guiding: None – nothing like PHD existed yet
    • Image Capture: Meade Envisage
    • Image “Stacking” and Processing: Meade Envisage & Paint Shop Pro

Current Setup (2019)

I’ve finally entered the correct decade with my astrophotography rig.

  • Mount: Meade LX85
  • OTA: Meade Series 6000 80mm Triplet APO Refractor
  • Field Flattener: Meade Series 6000 0.8x Reducer/Flattener
  • Guide Scope: ZWO 60mm guidescope
  • Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MC
  • Imaging Camera: ZWO ASI071MC-Pro
  • Filters:
    • Optolong L-Pro
    • Hutech IDAS NB1
    • Astromania 12nm H-alpha, 2in
  • Software
    • Telescope Control: Astrophotography Tool, using a new Meade universal ASCOM driver
    • Guiding: PHD2
    • Plate Solving and Object Targeting: PointCraft embedded in Astrophotography Tool
    • Image Capture: Astrophotography Tool
    • Image stacking: Deep Sky Stacker
    • Image processing: Photoshop CC

Clear Skies, Bleary Eyes – KA