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thelargemonk

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  1. Does anyone know a case that a Takahashi TSA120 would fit in and where you can get them from? Cheers Chris
  2. Cheers I'll go with that! That's a nice image of it! It is getting a bit late, hopefully can get a couple of good hours on it before it starts getting too low if I can get setup ready before its dark and it all goes well. Might try the Leo triplet if not, new CCD camera so itching to get some nice nebula images! Chris
  3. Fantastic image! Great detail! Thinking of having a go at this tomorrow night if the forecast stays as it is. Am I best using just the Oll and HA filters or maybe going wit L R HA GB?
  4. Great ill take a look at the AZ4 and the Vixen Porta. I think I would prefer goto, but if there was the right mount, size, weight, load and cost I would definitely consider one without!
  5. Yeah I think push to would be an option. I've heard of the T-Rex mount before in posts on here, but never seen one and its specs, will have a look!
  6. I'm after advice on a getting a portable mount for visual use that I can get out and setup quick for when those gaps in the cloud appear and will also not take up too much room for storage. I would like something that will support at least a Takahashi TOA 120, but will also use with a ED80 and have goto. Have been considering a Ioptron Mini Tower Pro as it looks like it can be packed down easy for storage and quick to have setup or could even leave setup and carry out side and then attach the scope but have come across some mixed reviews regarding quality control, gps issues and jumps in the gears. Would like something reliable that doesn't need lots of fiddling with and can get going quickly. Also been looking at a Skywatcher HEQ5 as it looks like a good all rounder through possibly take longer to get going and aligned though it may be of size I can leave setup and carry outside and then attach the scope Budget wise, not sure, just want some ideas to consider the different options and pros/cons of different mounts out there. Cheers
  7. Ill re-phase that then, a mount I can leave set up and pick up in one go and move around and then add the scope to. The C9.25 is not a must, but would like to be able to put up to a Tak 120 on it. Ill have a look at the Ioptron 25 then, was also thinking about a skywatcher HEQ5 possibly
  8. I'm after advice on a getting a more grab and go mount for visual use (currently have a CGEM DX) that I can get out and setup quick for when those gaps in the cloud appear and will also not take up too much room for storage. My CGEM DX is a great mount and I will use it more for imaging and when doing all nighters (and I have the energy to set it all up), but would like another that is more portable that I can get out quick and is also easily portable if I wanted to take it to other sites. I could do with something that will support at least a Takahashi TOA 120 and possibly up to a C9.25, with goto. Have been considering a Ioptron Mini Tower Pro as it looks like it can be packed down easy for storage and quick to have setup with out feeling like you've been in the gym! It could also carry the C.9.25 and some Naglers and still be in the weight limit, but have come across some mixed reviews regarding quality control, gps issues and jumps in the gears. Would like something reliable that doesn't need lots of fiddling with and can get going quickly. Budget wise, not sure, just want some ideas to consider the different options and pros/cons of different mounts out there. Cheers
  9. Thanks lensman57! So would the 460 be a better fit for my scopes or is it very close between the two? Yes thinking of the mono version!
  10. I'm trying to work out if the Atik 490EX would be suitable for use with my ED80 which is what I will be using for imagining or if I should be looking at another CCD, my other scope us a C9.25. I've tried to download the field of view calculator, but my laptop is not well so using my Mac and it will not download. Just after a bit of advice if the 490EX would be a good match with the ED80 and give a good field of view for most DSOs and if it would also be suitable with the C9.25 with maybe a focale reducer?
  11. Thanks for everyone's comments and advice! I might look at getting my canon 700D modified and do a bit of saving to go for a CCD down the line with a larger sensor as my main imaging scope is a ED80, but do also have a C9.25 and do a lot or reading up! Can anyone recommend a place where I can get it modified?
  12. Thanks for all your advice, looks like I've got a bit of thinking and looking at different mono CCD cameras to do! From everyone points it looks like a mono CCD is the way to go to get more detail and can be a bit more versatile. Just need to do a bit or reading up on all the gear needed and the way to use and process with them!
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