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Old 12-03-2007, 07:13 AM   #1
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I've got a couple of scopes but no heating strips to control dew. I'm still a newb at the whole star gazing thing.
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Old 12-04-2007, 07:26 PM   #2
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I've got a couple of scopes but no heating strips to control dew. I'm still a newb at the whole star gazing thing.
I'm and amateur too but really enjoy Astronomy. My scope is a 8" Celestron C8 not the best mount for Astrophotography but I try. I built a CCD camera it was very popular camera called a cookbook 245, just a black and white camera with a TEC cooled CCD chip. Had a lot of fun using it even if my stars were not round due to tracking. I then bought a Meade ccd but found out that my Canon digital Rebel took a much better picture. I now use the Meade ccd on a smaller scope mounted on the larger scope with the Canon on it. The Meade auto guides the larger scope and I get much better pictures now. The Meade CCD comes with software that is written to be used with the Meade lx200 scope so I made a interface that takes the LX200 command and converters them into commands that my scope can use. I did this with a Pic chip and it works great. I really love to build electronic projects and program pic chips. I get my best pictures while camping in the mountains.
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I have an Orion XTI10 Dob with the COL and an Orion 4.5" StarBlast. Since both are Dobs I don't do any photography but I do enjoy looking at the stuff out there. Had some GREAT views of the comet Holmes 17p after it exploded early last month? And I enjoy crusing for the Mesier objects and planet gazing.

Hmmmmm...... May have to start a section for scope nuts.
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:09 PM   #4
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Good deal on the Dob's Greg I really like Dob's for visual work. I have a friend with a 16" Dob and it is quite a light bucket, we have to get it out of the valley and into dark skies to really appreciate the views. The views are stunning, much better than what I can see form my scope. My dream scope is a Meade LX200R but that is a ways off for now.

Radio sorry about the Hijacking this thread, but sense you brought up the fact that Aintgotnun was into Astronomy I didn't think you would mind to much.

I find a lot of Hams are into Astronomy too. Camping, Ham radio and Astronomy all seem to go well together.
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Moved to "Ragchew" section under "Astronomy" to "un-hijack" the other thread
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Here are a few pics of my Dobs. I added a Telrad to the 10" after these pics were taken.
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There's another hobby I have to live without until I get my trailer....cool toys though
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Very nice scopes, I tried to find some pictures of my scope but didn't find any so here some of the pictures I made with my telescope.



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Me too!

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