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    This is a reprocessed Image taken from Oct 10th 2010 using Pixinsight to bring out a little more detail in the dust lanes.
    32x90" ISO 800.


    I can't wait to start guiding



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    Nice shot Ken,

    Looking forward to the "guided" images.

    What camera? (sorry missed it in your signature line!)

    I'm looking at XT's so will be asking questions soon I hope.
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    Thanks Gordon.
    I get carried away with exposure times lately trying to perfect my polar alignment but after I start guiding the practice should make it easier to get better images.
    This one was before I updated the focuser and added the mpcc.
    the focuser was all the way bottomed out in this image making it slightly out of focus.
    The XT was my first choice
    Good Camera.
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    Thats a sweet image. Thanks for posting.
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    Thanks Nick
    I'm starting to like pixinsight
    now if it would just clear up.
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    Hey Ken, that's a nice picture. What bits are you getting for your guided setup? I am looking at getting guided soon, but there's lots of info out there about what's best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swag72 View Post
    Hey Ken, that's a nice picture. What bits are you getting for your guided setup? I am looking at getting guided soon, but there's lots of info out there about what's best.
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    I'm getting the Orion combo here Orion Awesome Autoguider Refractor Package | Orion Telescopes
    I was going to get the tube and use my dsi but the package combo is a better investment.
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    Ken,

    Lots of folks are using the Orion setup with much success!

    I looked at that option but decided to try something that I had heard about. Since I'm using a 10" newt on a EQ5Pro mount weight is always an issue. The ST80 is fairly light but figure any to help lighten the load would help.

    Since the OTA came with a 9x50 viewfinder I could use that for my project. A little teflon tape, and a $1.00 pvc pipe fitting and I was on my way!

    It really works fantastic and was a cheap (and light) way to set my self up for guiding.
    Here's some photos of my project:

    I got the idea from this website: Finder Scope Guide Scope

    I use a StarShoot Autoguider and PHD with this setup, however I have heard of others using a DSI also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghswen View Post
    Ken,

    Lots of folks are using the Orion setup with much success!

    I looked at that option but decided to try something that I had heard about. Since I'm using a 10" newt on a EQ5Pro mount weight is always an issue. The ST80 is fairly light but figure any to help lighten the load would help.

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    It really works fantastic and was a cheap (and light) way to set my self up for guiding.
    Here's some photos of my project:

    I got the idea from this website: Finder Scope Guide Scope

    I use a StarShoot Autoguider and PHD with this setup, however I have heard of others using a DSI also.
    Pretty impressive set up.
    I thought about using my finder scope but decided to go for the Orion combo autoguider.
    My eyesight isn't the best anymore so projects and mods are getting harder and harder to do.
    Still your set up is awesome
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    Thanks Ken,

    I have the same problem. I really don't do much visual work anymore because I just don't see that well. Most everything is done via cameras. My scope is on a pier and I use Stellarium, StellariumScope, EQMOD to run everything (I haven't done an alignment to the scope in over 6 months!) Just tell EQMOD to "unpark" the mount and select a star in Stellarium for the scope to point to. 99.9% of the time they are dead center in the FOV of the DSI. It's taken a while the get there but it all seems to be working quite well.

    I have my PEC down to less than 2 arc seconds now so my guider really doesn't have to do much work.

    Just need time and clear skies.
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