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  1. Thanks for the tips! Will go step-by-step and will certainly look into ADM accessories for mounting stuff... someone also suggested Losmandy has some good solutions so will look into that as well. I think it does make sense to learn everything first doing well with a minimal setup and visual only and then adding one item at a time. The only item I am tempted to start with asap is the ASIAIR - not for AP, but even just using a guidescope with the ZWO174MM mini camera for the system to give me a more precise polar alignment and control of the mount for browsing the skies via the ASI i
  2. Hi all, first I would like to thank all that helped above... Christmas came early and the scope, the mount and a whole bunch of accessories have arrived. I have started a separate thread which will be used to guide through the setting-up process and troubleshooting; which I hope there will be quite some Please see the post here and please help out if you have some ideas / comments - I will appreciate it very much! Cheers!
  3. Hi all, first I would like to thank all that helped above... Christmas came early and the scope, the mount and a whole bunch of accessories have arrived. I have started a separate thread which will be used to guide through the setting-up process and troubleshooting; which I hope there will be quite some Please see the post here and please help out if you have some ideas / comments - I will appreciate it very much! Cheers!
  4. Hi all, Christmas came early; my new C11 scope with CGX-L mount has arrived; so have many accessories including the entire ZWO ecosystem (2600MC camera, 174MM mini guide camera, ASIAIR Pro controller, ZWO electronic focuser, small guide scope). Unfortunately ZWO does not provide much documentation / set-up guides... I need some help setting this up and to make sure that I don't screw up something during my first attempts before I learn more about how to use this well... Particularly I am considering whether best to learn step-by-step or should I try to automate and connect as much as
  5. From purely AP perspective I would agree 100%; however in my case visual observing is quite important as well - great entertainment and educational experience for kids; seeing things with their own eyes for them is much much more special then looking at a heavily processed image on a computer screen. So I figure a C11 EDGE HD with a Hyperstar gives me kind of the best of both worlds - I can do either depending on the intent... Amazing though what some people have been able to achieve with these newer OSC without any narrow band filters... but clearly that is not just the camera but a
  6. Great, thanks! ...this may be the wrong place to ask (and I'm sure a lot is written on it - I still need to read up on a lot), but if you don't mind a question: some nebulas that really impress with their colour spectrum are produced in the "Hubble palette"; would one ever be able to recreate a Hubble palette with OSC and some filters and good processing skill, or is this something one needs to go to monochrome with dedicated filters in order to get there? ...sorry if the wrong place to ask.
  7. Thanks @Annehouw for pointing this out! This was a very informative read and I looked deeper... some quite disappointing reviews with RASA or Hyperstar combo indeed. This seems to be the way to go! Thanks @Phillyo & @DaveS! Specs look good... seems this one was developed particularly with fast scopes in mind and some initial reviews show it seems to work well with hyperstar. Thank you!!! That's a good point. I still have to learn all the processing stuff, but I've done quite a bit before in regular nature photography with RAW processing in photoshop. So I look
  8. Thanks! I've read several reviews and watched a few youtubes with L-extreme... looks like the right filter to go with!
  9. Hi, I recently purchased a (significant) upgrade for our backyard astro evenings - a C11 EDGE HD scope (and a steady CGX-L mount); ZWO ASI2600MC Pro is in my shopping basket. I also have Celestron's 0,7x reducer and UHC/LPR filter already. Starizona's Hyperstar v4 is on its way, but I'm not sure if that will help with the Horse nebula? I now received a challenge from my wife: with this "fancy" scope, will I be able to capture the horse nebula? Considering that I will not have a mono camera, but a colour OSC, what filters would you recommend me to go for so that I may generate de
  10. Hi all, I have just bought a brand new C11 EDGEHD. This is a big 2800mm f/10 SCT, which I intend to equip with a 0,7x reducer on one side and a Starizona Hyperstar on the other; with starizona - based on their claims, this would turn the C11 into a very fast f/1.9 with ~500mm. Many have warned me that C11 will be tough to get into AP, which I fully appreciate and expect much learning ahead. However, thinking about Starizona's Hyperstar: this set-up will prevent me to use my Off-Axis Guider and will need to switch to a guide scope if I want to have autoguiding... One
  11. Haha... TeasMaid(TM) sounds like a wonderful idea! ...I'll try to convince my wife we need something like that! I've been reading up on Celestron & general SCT collimation, trying to get myself ready... of course until I have the machine in hand, it is difficult to be theoretical only. But all this is really helpful to at leat prepare me in some of the challenges ahead thanks also for the tip on daylight exercises... makes sense!
  12. Hi all, After some years of having fun with our "toy" scope AstroMaster 130EQ we decided to make a significant step-up and invest into a C11 EDGE HD scope, mounted on the heavy CGX-L so that at some point in the future the mount will not be a limiting factor when starting to explore astrophotography as well. The purchase has been made and now it is waiting time until the equipment arrives (expecting early November): 1) scope & mount: 1100 Edge HD CGX-L 2) eyepieces: TV Ethos 8mm, Nikon NAV HW 17mm, TV Panoptic 41mm, 2" Baader BBHS diagonal with Clicklock, Celestr
  13. it's been a while since any post. Any comments on my thinking above? Would really appreciate any input here at this stage as we are conceptually working on how to implement this. Much appreciated!
  14. I fully agree cantilever is not an option - I did not even consider that. What I have in mind is to fix the onto the structural walls below; I made a simple sketch - not sure how this will be understood, but this is a birds-eye view of my roof; the three red lines horizontally mark the heavy structural trams below the roof structure. I was thinking to make foundation with a heavy steel cross (blue lines) that is rooted into these structural trams; then on top of that I could build the base for the observatory - first made out of steel plate then maybe layers of plywood or the jigsaw floors tha
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