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Cameras

imaging

FLI PL-16803 camera   with

 

 

 

65mm shutter

 

 

 

Anti-Dew Technology

 

 

FLI Centerline filter wheel   with:

 

 

 

Astrodon generation 2 LRGB E-series 50mm square filter set

 

 

 

          (L includes UV, NIR blocking)

 

 

 

Astrodon 5mm Ha 50mm square filter

 

 

 

Astrodon 5nm OIII 50mm square filter

 

 

 

Astrodon 5nm SII 50mm square filter

 

 

FLI Centerline to Proline flange

 

 

Precise Parts AP 2.7” to Centerline adapter

 

 

 

 

guiding

SBIG ST-402ME camera  with

 

 

 

internal filter wheel

 

 

 

T mount to 1 ¼” nosepiece

 

Astrodon MonsterMOAG off-axis guider  (AP 2.7” on both sides)

 

 

1.0” x 1¼” extension tube

 

 

 

 

solar

Imaging Source DFK41AU02.AS color camera (with IR filter)

 

system

ZWO ASI178MM Mono camera (without IR filter)

 

 

Coronado SolarMax 60 Ha filter with T-Max and BF10   (0.7Å)

 

 

Daystar Quark Chromosphere Ha filter   (0.3-0.6Å)

 

 

C mount to 1¼” nosepiece

 

 

 

 

all sky

Starlight Xpress Oculus camera with 150° fish eye lens

 

 

 

Scopes

high

Planewave 12.5” CDK scope (12’5” aperture, 2541mm focal length, f/8)   with

 

resolution

 

delta T heater

 

 

 

Electronic Focus Adapter

 

 

 

piggyback dovetail

 

 

Alnitak (now Optec) Flat-Man L light “box”

 

 

Planewave AP 2.7” extension tube adapter

 

 

AP 0.60”, 0.75”, 0.90”, 1.25”, 1.75”, 2.5” extension tubes

 

 

Optec 0.5” extension tube

 

 

AP standard & short 2” nosepiece adapters

 

 

 

 

wide

Takahashi FSQ-106 EDX III scope (106mm aperature, 530mm focal length, f/5)   with

 

field

 

Takahashi focuser and CAA removed

 

 

Precise Parts FSQ to Takahashi Auxiliary Ring M92 adapter

 

 

Precise Parts Takahashi Auxiliary Ring M92 to AP 2.7” extension tube adapter

 

 

FLI Atlas focuser

 

 

 

Mount

 

AP900 mount with GTOCP3 microcontroller level V, firmware v4.19.2

 

 

AP DOVELM162 16” easy balance saddle plate  (3 knob style)

 

 

AP 900FSA flat surface adapter   (fits on flat surface of pier)

 

 

AP 900RPA rotating pier adapter  (fits between AP 900FSA and AP900)

 

 

1 AP 24lb & 3 AP 18lb counter weights (with Planewave scope)

 

 

2 AP 18lb counter weights (with FSQ-106 scope)

 

 

La Sueur 4¼“ pier   (actually have 2 piers for separate locations)

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

Intel NUC computer D54250WYK (i5 at 1.3 Ghz) for image capture with

Hardware

 

 

Crucial 8 GB DDR3 memory

 

 

 

Crucial M500 240 GB mSATA drive

 

 

 

4 USB 3.0 ports

 

 

 

 

1 TB flash drive   (U32 Shadow external USB 3.0 hard drive)

 

 

 

 

USB 2.0 hub

 

 

 

 

USB 3.0 hub

 

 

 

 

external port 1

 

 

 

dual band 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n WiFi plus Bluetooth

 

 

 

10/100/1000 ethernet

CompuLab Display Emulator

 

 

 

Cable Matters female HDMI to male mini HDMI adapter

 

 

Digital Loggers Inc. Web Power Switch 7 with multiple power supplies

 

 

 

port 1: ST-402

Celestron 18778 2.5 amp 12v

 

 

 

port 2: PL-16803 & Centerline

PowerSolve PSG120-12 10 amp 12v (from FLI)

 

 

 

port 3: AP900

Pyramid PS138V5A 5 amp 13.8v (from AP)

 

 

 

port 4: Planewave EFA & heater

Celestron 18780 5.0 amp 12v

 

 

 

port 5: computer

19v supply

 

 

 

port 6: USB 2.0 hub

Celestron 18778 2.5 amp 12v

 

 

 

port 7: Ethernet switch

9v supply

 

 

 

port 8: unused

 

 

 

 

Power Switch, Sky Quality, Cloud Watcher controlled by physical switch

 

 

TP-Link TL-SF1005D 5 port 10/100 ethernet switch

 

 

Power Switch

 

 

computer

 

 

home LAN

 

 

2 unused ports

 

 

Digi 301-1010-78 7 port USB 2.0 hub

 

 

 

AP900                 (through serial adapter)

 

 

 

Planewave EFA   (through serial adapter)

 

 

 

Planewave heater

 

 

 

PL-16803, Centerline (& Atlas when using FSQ106)

 

 

 

THUM temperature probe

 

 

 

power meter (monitors AP900)

 

 

 

ST-402

 

 

Anker SuperSpeed 10-port USB 3.0 hub

 

 

 

external port 2

 

 

 

external port 3   (sky quality meter & cloud watcher)

 

 

 

8 unused ports

 

 

Keyspan USA-19HS 1 port USB 2.0 to serial adapter          (drives AP900)

 

 

Digi-Key 768-1013-ND FTDI USB 2.0 to serial adapter          (drives Cloud Watcher)

 

 

Digitus USB 2.0 to serial adapter supplied by Planewave    (drives Planewave EFA)

 

 

West Marine Radio PWRcheck

monitor AP900 power

 

 

Unihedron Sky Quality Meter

measures sky ‘darkness’

 

 

AAG Cloud Watcher   

monitor clouds and rain

 

 

THUM

monitor temperature & humidity

 

 

Hotech Advanced CT Laser Collimator

scope collimation

 

 

TeleGizmos 365 series cover 170”x56”

mount placed at park 1 position

 

 

 

 

Primary

 

64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium

used for image capture

Software

 

64 bit Windows 10 Home

used for image processing

 

ASCOM 6.4SP1   plus:

 

 

 

AstroPhysics V2 5.21.01     

AP900 ASCOM driver

 

 

 

APCC Pro 1.7.1.1

AP900 pointing & tracking correction

 

 

MaxIm DL Pro 6.20   plus plugin:

 

 

 

PWI Plate Solve 0.0.5

interface to Planewave PlateSolve

 

 

 

CCDPlugFingerLakes 1.2.3.0

Interface to FLI hardware

 

 

PinPoint 6.1c

DC-3 Dreams plate solution

 

 

PlateSolve 2.28

 

Planewave plate solution

 

 

PWI 3.4.1 beta 2

control Planewave focus, fans, heater

 

 

TheSkyX 10.5.0.12304 plus plugin:

planetarium & control scope

 

 

 

X2AscomTelescope 1.0.2

interface to AP900 ASCOM driver

 

 

FocusMax 4.1.0.85

automate focus

 

 

CCDAutoPilot 5.10.1

automate overnight run

 

 

CCDStack 2.93

 

align/stack & build RGB image

 

 

eXcalibrator 5.00

color balance

 

 

Photoshop CS6 64 bit   plus plugins/actions:

 

 

 

Eddie Trimarchi’s FITSPlug 2

read/write fit format

 

 

 

Russell Croman’s GradientXTerminator 1.2.0

remove light gradients

 

 

 

Russell Croman’s StarShrink 0.8

shrink stars

 

 

 

ProDigital Astronomy Tools v1.6

special effects

 

 

 

Annie's Astro Actions 7.0

special effects

 

 

 

Neat Image Pro 8.3.0

smooth image

 

 

 

Rogelio Bernal Andreo’s HLVG

remove green coloring

 

 

 

Rogelio Bernal WhiteCal

color balance

 

 

 

 

Support

 

Aladin 9.013

sky atlas

Software

 

Sky Tools Professional 4.0e

session planning

 

 

CCDNavigator 2.0.78

session planning

 

 

CCDCalc 1.4.15

session planning

 

 

PEMPro 3.00.27

mount maintenance

 

 

SQM Reader Pro 3.1.1.0

Sky Quality monitor

 

 

AAG Cloud Watcher 7.20.100

Cloud/Rain monitor

 

 

PWRcheck 1.48

AP900 power monitoring

 

 

CCDInspector 2.5.3

scope collimation, CCDStack plugin

 

 

PixInsight 1.8.5.1353

image processing

 

 

FITS4Win2 2.03

windows explorer FITS plugin

 

 

FireCapture 2.5.03

ZWO and Imaging Source capture

 

 

usbcam 2.4.14

Imaging Source camera driver

 

 

AutoStakkert 2.6.6

video processing

 

 

Team Viewer 13

remote control

 

 

Radmin 3.5

remote control

 

 

 

 

 

 

*  AP900 and ST-402  use Switchcraft S760K with center positive power plug

 

 

 

Note: Like every other amateur astronomer, I’ve acquired gobs of scopes, cameras, eyepieces, software, and miscellaneous stuff over many years including 6 scopes, 6 CCD cameras and 4 video cameras. The above list, although intended to be detailed & complete, only includes the equipment I currently use for imaging.

 

Planewave imaging train :

 

12.5” Planewave scope with Hedrick focuser

Planewave AP 2.7” adapter

AP 0.6” extension tube

Astrodon AP 2.7” to MMOAG adapter (included with MMOAG)

Astrodon MMOAG

 

helical focuser train :

 

1” extension tube

 

SBIG 1¼” to T mount nosepiece

 

SBIG ST-402 camera

Astrodon MMOAG to AP 2.7” adapter (included with MMOAG)

AP 1.25” extension tube

Precise Parts AP 2.7” to Centerline adapter (length 0.078”)

FLI Centerline filter wheel

FLI Centerline to Proline flange

FLI Proline 16803 camera

 

 

FSQ 106 imaging train :

 

 

 

FSQ 106 EDX III scope with focuser & CAA removed (extension tube remains on scope)

Precise Parts FSQ-106ED/EDX II/III (no focuser) to Tak Auxiliary Ring M92 (length 3.0”)

Precise Parts Tak Auxiliary Ring M92 to AP 2.7” extension tube (length 0.736”)

AP 0.90” extension tube

AP 1.75” extension tube

FLI AD58 AP 2.7” to Atlas adapter

FLI Atlas focuser  (focus point ~63,000 to 70,000 units out of 105,000)

FLI AD62 Atlas to Centerline adapter

FLI Centerline filter wheel

FLI Centerline to Proline flange

FLI Proline 16803 camera