Two laptops control the scopes and cameras.
By using LUKES dovetail sets it is possible to mix and match scopes very easily for different applications. I have now set the 8" LX90 OTA on the pier with the Meade ED80 next to it, a simple case of unlock, slide off, slide on, lock, balance. Too easy.
The present light train set up. Lx90 has micro focuser, Meade .63Focal
Reducer/Field Flattener, 1.25" flip mirror with Orion guide camera and
12.5mm illuminated reticle eyepiece. The Meade ED80 triplet has the Canon
450D at prime focus with Canon TC80n3 digital shutter control module.
The 450D runs mainly on AC power in the obs
Saxon 102mm F10 achro for planetary and lunar work and Meade 5000 series ED80 Triplet set side by side on main pier
The 2 scopes sit on a side by side system designed and built by Luke over at StarStuff . Solid as a rock and very well made.
Celestron 5" Comet Catcher OTA..... Needs some serious work on repairing the focus mechanism.
Binoculars.... a set of Milo 16 x 50 and a set of Zenith 20 x 50s
WEBCAM TYPE THINGS:
I have a few webcams in different configurations for different things. A wireless cam thats been incorperated into a 1.25" eyepiece tube, Check in projects section, which is soon to be tested.
The Photon Turret
after removing the 8" OTA (optical tube assembly) off the Meade LX90 fork mount, I decided to design and build a guided camera platform to go on the forks. It's made from 16 and 12 mm MDF and all up weight without the counterweight, is less than the original OTA
I made a short base for it with level adjustment bolts and added a starrynight bluestar bluetooth serial adapter for control. All works very well.
Meade ETX 70..........
A handy small scope for wide field and lunar and planetary imaging
2 laptops. one is used for mount control and guiding and the other for imaging.
Canon EOS 400D (cmos)
Canon (CMOS) EOS 450D Clear glass Moded by Eric Lo at Ezy Styles
GSTAR-EX CLR and a GSTAR-EX
video camera from My Astro Shop capable of imaging deepsky targets
The Imaging Source DBK 31 Colour CCD Camera X 2 and a DBK 41 colour
Meade LPI lunar and planetary imager
Orion Starshoot deep sky imager
Orion Starshoot planetary imager
Orion autoguider x2
Cmos Video Eyepiece.
Assorted finder/rifle scopes.. 2 x 50mw green laser pointers used for demos or attached to a scope as a very accurate finder.
Telrad finder. Very handy when trying to line scopes up.