jpoulette Posted January 27 Share Posted January 27 Warning - newbie alert ! So, I've been an alt-az / refractor sky gazer forever - but my New Year's resolution for 2023 was to finally give imaging a try. The "easy stuff" is going well: Here is the set-up so far, based around the Askar FR400 (for which there is lots of information on this site). It is practically based on Lee's thread here for which I am great full. Progress so far: - Build set-up as shown. (highly recommend the PRI-PLLLOS240P PrimaLuceLab 240mm Plate which leaves plenty of room for everything) - Connect and familiarize myself with ASIair through a PC using Bluestacks X, and through Android. (Test and align focuser, test heaters - not much else until mount arrives) - Settled on the AM5 for a mount (ordered - will be here next week). - Complete some rudimentary calculations on the power requirements - decisions to use this power supply with a splitter to de-rate the system enough so I won't worry about it (I work with overly stressed power systems all the time and it literally drives me crazy). Questions: - I'd like to ultimately experiment with this 2" 2X Powermate on the main camera (with a 2X Barlow on the guider) , and I'm wondering if it could simply take the place of the adapters supplied with the FRA400 (and refocus of course). - Best placement of filters (such as the Optolong Dual-Band L-eXtreme 2" Filter). - I'm sure I'll have a jillion other questions when the mount arrives. 😎Looking forward to posting my first image (hopefully M81) - but I'm going to take it slow and methodical. Jim 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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