Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 14 of 14
Like Tree10Likes

Thread: What's in Your guide scope?

  1. #11
    whatsamw's Avatar
    whatsamw is offline Main Sequence
    Points: 4,834, Level: 47
    Level completed: 43%, Points required for next Level: 116
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Puget Sound, USA
    Posts
    95
    Points
    4,834
    Level
    47
    Thanks
    34
    Thanked 16x 15 Posts

    Default Re: What's in Your guide scope?



    Thanks Ken. I appreciate hearing the feedback about focal length not being an issue on a 9.25 since Orion indicated that this is for 1500 mm FL or less (I do have an new FR to try out, so that's a good thing). I checked it out again at Orion's site, seems to predominantly have 4-5 star reviews. One guy did have trouble loading the software with on a 64 bit OS about a year ago, but it sounded like Orion put drivers on their site to fix the issue since then. The added weight (1.3 to 1.4 lbs depending on deluxe or not, included is the 4 oz weight of the SSAG) to what I have now is minimal, so less compensation by adding/subtracting weight somewhere is a plus I think. It appears that an Orion package is in my near future for guiding....

    I must admit, I am also checking out the ST80 setup a little closer too, it has good reviews also. But then again, the added weight I'm hoping to avoid would be climbing back up there again. Oh the decisions...gotta love the waffling process.
    jimminCT likes this.
    Jon
    Scope:
    Celestron CGEM 925; Accessories: Meade 5000 SWA 16mm-40mm EPs, Baader: 2" ClickLock Diagonal, 2" ClickLock visual back, 1.25" adapter, TeleVue 2X Barlow, Orion full Ap solar filter, heated dew shield, Orion Mag-Mini Guider Delux Pkg, Farpoint Bahtinov Mask, C 6.3 FR, HP 0.5 FR; Imaging: Celestron NI 5; Wants: Small-Med DOB, APO refractor, 11" Edge HD, Moonlite focuser w/PC control, Zoom EP, BYO, etc, etc, etc.

  2. #12
    whatsamw's Avatar
    whatsamw is offline Main Sequence
    Points: 4,834, Level: 47
    Level completed: 43%, Points required for next Level: 116
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Puget Sound, USA
    Posts
    95
    Points
    4,834
    Level
    47
    Thanks
    34
    Thanked 16x 15 Posts

    Default Re: What's in Your guide scope?

    Yes, thanks to all for the feedback & pics. It's just what I was looking for by starting this thread, to give options & solutions to anyone that runs across it in the future. More are always welcome by anyone that feels the urge to post, so feel free.

  3. #13
    fogfire's Avatar
    fogfire is offline HYPER GIANT
    Points: 51,092, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    200+ Posts Achievement!Ghost Achievement! Averaging 5+ posts a day!First 1000 Experience Points400+ Posts Achievement100+ Threads Achievement!
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Lynnwood WA, USA
    Posts
    3,200
    Points
    51,092
    Level
    100
    Thanks
    1,408
    Thanked 1,683x 1,047 Posts
    Blog Entries
    4

    Default Re: What's in Your guide scope?

    I have run PHD on Windows 7 64 bit no problem, just download the most recent.. It works well with the SSAG and I am using short shots in PHD still have not had a problem finding guide stars.

    I didn't turn major tests but I had it running on Windows 8 before I trashed the install and haven't had the time to go back and rebuild that so just put the Windows 7 HD back in the notebook for now.

    At some point I may see if I can reach focus with a 2 x barlow that might increase accuracy for longer FL.. But of my 4 imaging configurations only the 2350mm F 10 which is just very slow for DSO imaging) might push it. you really want to shoot all but the smallest objects with the F6.3 FR it cuts the imaging time down to almost a third (quick estimate) of the time as you are getting about 1.5 Fstops faster and getting some feild flattening too.
    whatsamw likes this.
    Ken H. sharing the sky with my 9yr old daughter
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    ZEQ25GT - w/Meade 10" SN F4 1000MM "BIG Linda!" * w/Astro Tech AT65EDQ "Tiny Rosa"
    4SE & 6SE to be named *
    Meade Star Navigator 102 "Blue Bird" Daughter's
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.


    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
    Lynnwood Sky Guess
    Check out my most recent Blog "Ken's Personal Update - 4-2-2013"

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to fogfire For This Useful Post:

    whatsamw (03-04-2013)

  5. #14
    whatsamw's Avatar
    whatsamw is offline Main Sequence
    Points: 4,834, Level: 47
    Level completed: 43%, Points required for next Level: 116
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    2 Posts Achievement20 Posts Achievement!365 Days+ Registered Achievement!50 Posts Achievement!First 1000 Experience Points
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Puget Sound, USA
    Posts
    95
    Points
    4,834
    Level
    47
    Thanks
    34
    Thanked 16x 15 Posts

    Default Re: What's in Your guide scope?

    Ken - just thought to check this thread again before turning in (up way too late now). I also wondered about using a barlow for that, sounds worth a try. The worst thing that could happen is having to pull it back out again lol. Thanks again for your input.
    Jon
    Scope:
    Celestron CGEM 925; Accessories: Meade 5000 SWA 16mm-40mm EPs, Baader: 2" ClickLock Diagonal, 2" ClickLock visual back, 1.25" adapter, TeleVue 2X Barlow, Orion full Ap solar filter, heated dew shield, Orion Mag-Mini Guider Delux Pkg, Farpoint Bahtinov Mask, C 6.3 FR, HP 0.5 FR; Imaging: Celestron NI 5; Wants: Small-Med DOB, APO refractor, 11" Edge HD, Moonlite focuser w/PC control, Zoom EP, BYO, etc, etc, etc.

 

 
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Similar Threads

  1. Guide camera to use with Orion Mini 50mm Guide Scope
    By tnkumar in forum Astro Imaging Forum
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-11-2012, 06:41 AM
  2. help with guide scope for lx 200
    By dre71 in forum Meade LX200 Telescope Forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-05-2012, 04:16 AM
  3. Need help in regards to guide scope as beginner main scope - astrophotography
    By Itsthechaz! in forum Astronomy Beginners Forum
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-10-2012, 06:08 AM
  4. Guide scope for less than $40
    By WWPierre in forum Astro Imaging Forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-28-2010, 04:25 AM
  5. Guide Scope
    By BClay in forum Amateur Astronomy Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-01-2006, 03:57 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.0
Powered by vBulletin®
All times are GMT. The time now is 02:33 AM.