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MattJenko

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  1. I went from my ED80 to an Altair 115 triplet. As mentioned above, I saw no point in upgrading to a similar FL system, as the difference would not really justify the leap in cost, and I wanted something different. I really haven't regretted it. I do switch between reducer and a flattener to give me FL options, but actually prefer native FL. Its all about image scale at the end of the day with pairing it with a suitable camera and I find the FL with thin scope marries really well with the newer CMOS chips and the skies that I image under.
  2. I can only speak for myself, but the process of progressing with astronomy and AP in particular has taught me a lot, and not just about clouds. I moved from a DSLR to a modded DSLR to a small mono CCD to a larger chip CMOS, and now to a low resolution spectroscope, and it has been an evolving process on where I want to go, given what I have learnt and where my interests turn. There is so much more that amateur equipment can do if you get frustrated needing multiple hours/sessions of data to improve on images you may have already taken, and others will have done better. The cosmos is a changing
  3. Nice, only had a go at this once, back in my trusty ED80 days and my even more trusty 414ex.
  4. As a previous owner of an ED80, I regret letting mine go. I learnt a huge amount using it, and it would still find a place in my scope collection, despite costing less than a reducer for some of my other scopes... Your Evo ED80 is certainly not something you need to upgrade first from the list of equipment you currently have. I would look at a mono cooled CMOS camera as the first step up upgrade. I still use my HEQ5 as well, over 5 years later...
  5. bit late to the party, but I always got some spikes from my ED80 on brighter stars which I attributed to the how the lens cell was held in place as there are very slight intrusions into the light cone. I never minded them.
  6. Not the same scope by any stretch of the imagination (TS60ED reduced to 260 FL), but the exact same 3nm Chroma Ha and ASI1600Cool - older one, not the Pro. Could be argued there are some blurry halos around my stars but at this resolution its hard to tell. I would tend to attribute to the camera given my experience with it as opposed to the filter as I have used it with an Atik 414ex and a 460ex and not a hint of halo with those.
  7. Tis indeed the second one from iTelescope. They get things nice and oriented. I actually prefer the data from my RC6 though, despite the gradient I can see after posting. Just goes to show how much the $$$ racks up to get those last few % improvements and how well you can get things working with a scope that costs less than a single filter in the iTelescope setup.
  8. Been meaning to do this for a while. Not exactly a like for like, given the home scope was just over 6 hours and the iTelescope scope had just under 3 with a bit of a few missing Green subs (half the number of B,R). Home scope: Altair Astro RC6, HEQ5, Atik 460ex. 0.69 arc-sec/pixel iTelescope 21 : Planewave 17CDK, Planewave Ascension 200HR, FLI PL6063E, 0.96 arc-sec/pixel Which is which?
  9. I think you are probably right. Means I can get exactly right equipment combo per application as opposed to a do it all single rig which might need to compromise somewhere
  10. Has anyone seen one of these up close or even in action? Rotarion Tempted to utilize something like this for a combined spectrograph/imaging setup as opposed to a multi scope operation.
  11. I have the RC6 and run at native F9 and I use an Atik 414ex (equivalent to your 314L and an Atik 460ex. Great little setup for me.
  12. Been a long time since I had the opportunity to spend a bit of time gathering data. Native F9 with the little RC6 on my HEQ5 with an Atik 460ex for an LRGB image of around 12 hours total. 2x2 binned RGB. Multiple sessions and a lot of discarded subs due to rustiness and those pesky high clouds blowing over, but more than happy with end result. Nice to be back processing my own data.
  13. I bought a second hand ST80 in my early days of astronomy and it still gets regular usage as a guide scope as I have moved to focus more on astrophotography. Not many bargains in astronomy, but this scope is one of them because it is so flexible.
  14. For those rebels who actually look through their refractors, and to those who have an aversion to clutter, I suggest you look away now. A kind of dual imaging setup, one which is based on flexibility than both scopes imaging at once. Each one can guide the other, giving me options in one setup.
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