Re: [tec-scopes] Re: Recommendation on camera for guide scope for Autoguiding


May 14, 2009

 


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#16456 May 14, 2009

I am learning about Auto-guiding and found a great article by Craig Stark, PhD. on Auto-Guiding and have discovered the very useful software PHD Guiding.



My question to those with experience imaging with TEC telescopes is...



What kind of camera would you recommend to mount on the Guide scope so that you can use a laptop to assist with auto-guiding?



I have the TEC 160FL with the TEC guide scope ordered and would like to eventually get into imaging. I really appreciate the help that I get here and on Cloudy Nights. Thanks.



Richard



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#16457 May 14, 2009

   Richard:  I use a Tak FS60C as a guidescope with my "toys" along with different guide ccd's.  I haveused Meade DSI's Pro and Pro II.  The Pro II was better and you can getthem on Astromart used for a good price.  I have also used the Orion StarShooter guide scope, easy to use.  Any of these would be good guide ccd's.  Carl



I am learning about Auto-guiding and found agreat article by Craig Stark, PhD. on Auto-Guiding and have discovered the veryuseful software PHD Guiding.



My question to those with experience imaging with TEC telescopes is...



What kind of camera would you recommend to mount on the Guide scope so that youcan use a laptop to assist with auto-guiding?



I have the TEC 160FL with the TEC guide scope ordered and would like toeventually get into imaging. I really appreciate the help that I get here andon Cloudy Nights. Thanks.



Richard



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#16458 May 14, 2009

Ditto....except I use an Orion ED80 as the guidescope. Gedas, Gallery at gedas.me  ----- Original Message -----From:CarlWellmanTo: tec-scopes@yahoogroups.comSent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 11:12PMSubject: RE: [tec-scopes] Recommendationon camera for guide scope for Autoguiding

   Richard:  I use a Tak FS60C as a guidescope with my "toys" along with different guide ccd's.  I have used MeadeDSI's Pro and Pro II.  The Pro II was better and you can get them onAstromart used for a good price.  I have also used the Orion Star Shooterguide scope, easy to use.  Any of these would be good guideccd's.  Carl



I am learning about Auto-guiding and found agreat article by Craig Stark, PhD. on Auto-Guiding and have discovered thevery useful software PHD Guiding.

My question to those with experienceimaging with TEC telescopes is...

What kind of camera would yourecommend to mount on the Guide scope so that you can use a laptop to assistwith auto-guiding?

I have the TEC 160FL with the TEC guide scopeordered and would like to eventually get into imaging. I really appreciate thehelp that I get here and on Cloudy Nights.Thanks.

Richard



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#16459 May 14, 2009

I'm using a WO 80ED and the original OrionStarShoot to guide my TEC-180FL.  I also use PHD (as well asMaxIM). Teri ----- Original Message -----From:RichardTo: tec-scopes@yahoogroups.comSent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 8:07PMSubject: [tec-scopes] Recommendation oncamera for guide scope for Autoguiding

I am learning about Auto-guiding and found a great article by Craig Stark,PhD. on Auto-Guiding and have discovered the very useful software PHDGuiding.

My question to those with experience imaging with TECtelescopes is...

What kind of camera would you recommend to mount onthe Guide scope so that you can use a laptop to assist withauto-guiding?

I have the TEC 160FL with the TEC guide scope ordered andwould like to eventually get into imaging. I really appreciate the help that Iget here and on Cloudy Nights. Thanks.

Richard



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#16460 May 14, 2009

Thanks for the info guys....I'm learning as I go.



I meant that I had the Finder Scope on order....I doubt that is good enough to use as a guide scope....so I'll have to decide on a guide scope. Thanks for the advice!



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#16461 May 14, 2009

Richard, I have the APO140 and I am guiding through a Mini Borg 50 and a Starlight Xpress Ex-View guider.

It is a terrific combination and it weighs less than 1lbs!



:)





--- In tec-scopes@yahoogroups.com, "Richard" richrd_cc@...> wrote:

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> Thanks for the info guys....I'm learning as I go.

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> I meant that I had the Finder Scope on order....I doubt that is good enough to use as a guide scope....so I'll have to decide on a guide scope. Thanks for the advice!

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#16463 May 14, 2009

What I have done (with both my 140 and 180FL) isto get a second dovetail from Yuri.  This is then mounted on top of therings and I use a set of rings that mount onto the dovetail for myguidescope.  You can see how I do this here: tinyurl.com/psqoub Teri (Note, having this top dovetail also helps balancein dec by sliding the guidescope back and forth.)  ----- Original Message -----From:RichardTo: tec-scopes@yahoogroups.comSent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 9:25PMSubject: [tec-scopes] Re: Recommendationon camera for guide scope for Autoguiding

Does TEC make guidescope mounts for the 160FL?



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#16464 May 14, 2009

That looks like a great setup. I'm thinking that might be a good setup for my purposes.



Thanks!



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#16465 May 15, 2009

Richard,



you'll find many ways to skin the cat...well here is my.set-up:



I use a mini Borg 60 (focus is futile ;-) and ST-402me on AP 15" dovetail/sliding bar.system mounted directly to the rings. In addition,.I use.a cheap 2x barlow and green filter with the.ST-402 to reduce its sensitivity and increase its FL to 770mm. The ST-402 is attached via 1/4-20 socket screw to the sliding bar and a large 5" dia. ring holds the objective end.



Here is a picture:



scas.org/tk/scope.jpg



Tim



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From: Richard richrd_cc@...>

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Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 1:09:50 AM

Subject: [tec-scopes] Re: Recommendation on camera for guide scope for Autoguiding



That looks like a great setup.. I'm thinking that might be a good setup for my purposes.



Thanks!







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#16466 May 15, 2009

Great setup...I am realizing that there are many ways to setup...I guess the goal is to get the piggybacked scope to have as close to the same focal length as the big scope to get better tracking. Correct?



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#16467 May 15, 2009

Richard, no not necessarily, you do not want to chase stars around and you want to be able to pickup a guide star easily without having to hunting for it. The ST-402 is just too sensitive for the task and thats why I increase the FL and added a green filter (reduce the number of stars in the field and increase the.exposure).



Tim.



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From: Richard richrd_cc@...>

To: tec-scopes@yahoogroups.com

Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 8:19:07 AM

Subject: [tec-scopes] Re: Recommendation on camera for guide scope for Autoguiding



Great setup...I am realizing that there are many ways to setup...I guess the goal is to get the piggybacked scope to have as close to the same focal length as the big scope to get better tracking.. Correct?







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