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My Equipment

Scope setup with 400mm Lens mounted piggyback, webcam in main scope for guiding

105mm Orion Apex guidescope mounted w/webcam, camera in main scope, Homemade dew shield

Dew shield at work- note the main scope is bone dry but guidescope is frosted over

Dew shield at work- just took the dew shield off the main scope for better look at how dry it remains. The scope exterior can be dripping wet while this dew shield keeps the objective clean and dry.

The "Astreaux Shed" opened up for observing

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS lens mounted piggyback, 10lbs of counterweight, webcam in main scope for un-needed guiding (who needs guiding for 45 sec subs @ f/2.8?)

Massive Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS lens mounted piggyback using 150mm ADM Accessories MDS guidescope rings, Canon 40D camera

Meade LX200 "Classic" (non-GPS model), 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (SCT)

Coronado Personal Solar Telescope (PST), 40mm apeture, H-alpha filtering at approx. 0.7 angstroms (strictly for observing the sun) SOLD!

Orion Apex 105mm (4 inch) Maksutov-Cassegrain (Mak) Spotting scope

Meade heavy-duty field tripod (comes with LX200 telescope)

Meade Equatorial Wedge (not the Superwedge) for 8-10" LX series scopes

Meade 8x50 Finderscope (comes with LX200 telescope)

Meade 0.63x SCT focal reducer field flattener

Homemade Dew Shield

Peterson Engineering EZ-Focus kit (highly recommended)

ADM Accessories Mini Dovetail System (MDS) 150mm guidescope rings, counterweights and mounting plates (highly recommended)

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (a.k.a. 350D), 8 megapixel digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera SOLD!

Canon EOS 20D, 8 megapixel digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera

Canon EOS 40D, 10 megapixel digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera (primary)

Canon EOS 5D, 12 megapixel digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera

Various standard camera lenses that can be used for astrophotos- 300mm f/2.8, 135mm f/2, 400mm f5.6, 50 f/1.8, 70-300 f/4-f/5.6 SOLD!

Generic brand (Meade or Celestron knock-off) off-axis guider for SCTs

Generic brand 0.5x Focal Reducer for SCTs SOLD!

Meade cordless 9mm illuminated reticle eyepiece

Canon EOS T-mount adapter (technically with T2 threads, but everyone calls it "t-thread")

Eyepiece adapter & 1.5 inch diagonal mirror for visual observing (comes with LX200 telescope)

Meade variable projection eyepiece T-adapter (for photographing planets through eyepieces)

Meade #64 Eyepiece t-adapter for ETX (for small eyepieces, allows Rebel XT to reach focus in the PST)

Meade 26mm super plossl eyepiece (comes with LX200 telescope)

Celestron 9mm plossl eyepiece

Meade achromatic 2x air-spaced barlow (magnifies visual image 2x)

Generic 40mm plossl eyepiece

Celestron 4mm plossl eyepiece

Don't forget the software to process the images + run the scope:

Sky Map Pro v 9


DSLR Focus

DSLR Shutter

Canon EOS Utility (with Live View)

Philips vRecord

Registax v 4


Adobe Photoshop CS2

Noel Carboni's Astronomy Actions for PS CS2

RC Astro's GradientXTerminator

Noise Ninja

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