|Alter M1008, 10” f/10 Maksutov-Cassegrain||Astro-Physics 900GTO||Hutech-modified Canon 350D (type 1a filter)|
|Orion 190mm f/5.3 Maksutov-Newtonian||Orion Sirius EQ-G||Orion Parsec 8300M|
|Astro-Physics 130 f/6.3 Gran Turismo||Vixen Great Polaris||Orion StarShoot Pro|
|Vixen 114ED f/5.3 Refractor||Yankee Robotics Trifid-2 (KAF-6303E)|
|For the field: 2006 Dell Inspiron 600m (native serial port!)||MaxIm DL Pro 5||2 x 115Ah and 1 x 85 Ah deep cycle marine batteries|
|ASUS Mini EEEPC 1000H||Photoshop CS4||Harbor Freight Storm Cat 900W generator|
|2010 HP Desktop||Noise Ninja Plugin||10′ x 10′ FirstUp Canopy when needed|
|Rogelio Andreo’s HLVG Plugin||60W Solar Panel w/charger, backup|
|RegiStax 5 (for the few times I image the planets)|
|PixInsight||2012 Subaru Outback to take me to the wonderful dark sky sites.|
Here’s most of the astroimaging equipment I use currently. The VX114ED and AP130GT get the most action by far. I need a location with better seeing to support more focal length! Even 1000mm can be problematic in the wind, and that is on a rock-solid AP900GTO mount. The Trifid-2 camera may have to be sold if I don’t start using it. It’s a terrific scientific grade camera without anti-blooming so it should have a fairly linear response.
I will be adding a nightscape section later in 2015.
I recognize that much of my gear is becoming dated, however astroimaging equipment is far less dependent on modern consumer electronics and computer operating systems than, say, a GoPro. In fact, hardware, software and driver support for astronomical CCD cameras is usually happier with Win 7 or older, and has no problem with 32-bit systems. Ok.. what I’m really lacking is a camera that uses the KAI-11002.. I’m like 10 years late to that bandwagon. Chip real estate is one of the common attributes in published astrophotos. Anyways