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#1 Liquid360

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 07:33 AM

I joined this forum almost a year ago. I had just purchased a new LX90 10in. Over the first several months I learned that visual astronomy wasn't my thing and that deep space AP was were I wanted to be. I sold my LX90 a couple weeks ago and then it began. Unfortunately my mount won't arrive for a few weeks so all I can do is look at my table o' kit and wait. I've always heard that this endeavor was a tad bit pricey, but I don't see what the big deal is. It's not like I needed a life's savings for anything else.... I won't will I? Cause it's too late now. 😮
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Posted 19 September 2014 - 09:35 AM

To be honest, its going to be as expensive as you want to make it. If you stick to reasonable focal length telescopes to begin with, you will be fine. For now I would recommend staying below 800mm focal length and 100mm in aperture for a refractor. for a reflector, stick to the compact newtons or standard ones and again below 1000mm FL and 200mm aperture etc...

 

For AP the mount is the most important pice of equipment and its capacity will determine how much telescope it can control etc... Most EQ6 mounts max out at 20kg then there is a big price jump to the EQ8 which can handle 40kg. My mount can handle 50kg and i have never needed more than this.

 

Do forget that the object that you want to image are huge!!! Therefore, you don't need a lot of magnification, light grasp is better, so a fast telescope should be preferred, at least to begin with (F5.6 or better) F7 is normal and F10 is slow...

 

Good luck building up your kit.

 

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 10:31 AM

My table thus far....ImageUploadedByTapatalk1411122679.698200.jpg
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Posted 19 September 2014 - 10:33 AM

The mount is a paramount MX, have reducers, extenders, attachments, etc...all of it and now a QSI 683 on the way along with a slightly used 90mm Stellarvue. See what I mean?
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Posted 19 September 2014 - 11:30 AM

The FSQ is a fantastic telescope, I have the BabyQ since I also have the TOA130F!

 

Wow... the Paramount MX!!! That will handle anything you ever need. Looks like you are assembling an excellent imaging system. 

 

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:14 PM

Yeah... it's beautiful kit which will be useful when I'm homeless. I'll have the nicest kit in the world of the broke and downtrodden. Yet still I'm so excited about the mount. The more I read the more excited I become. Were I not spent I'd add an Baby q 😊 but I believe the spending ends now. I have no excuses whatsoever to not get some great images. Would be tragic if I didn't.
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:52 PM

I bet that TOA is wicked huh?
Have you seen the self aligning startup of the paramount system? It's mind blowing! God willing it'll be the last mount I ever buy.
Thanks for that! I'd love to see photos of your setup!!

The FSQ is a fantastic telescope, I have the BabyQ since I also have the TOA130F!

Wow... the Paramount MX!!! That will handle anything you ever need. Looks like you are assembling an excellent imaging system.

Clear Skies


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Posted 21 September 2014 - 03:26 PM

Here is my current setup.

A picture is worth a thousands words.

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My Mewlon is currently setup up with the reducer for smaller targets such as the bubble etc...

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Posted 21 September 2014 - 03:31 PM

Very nice Neil!!! I had considered the epsilon 180 but in the end decided the FSQ was the better first serious AP scope but should I ever move from my loft to a house where I could setup a pier I'll certainly add a Mewlon or Epsilon. That was a part of why I went with the paramount MX. It can handle that weight.
Beautiful kit man!!

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Posted 22 September 2014 - 08:06 PM

I'm stunned beyond belief. My mount was supposed to arrive in a month, but just found out it shipped today!!!

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 10:32 PM

It is a jewel in every sense of the word. WOW!!
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Posted 28 September 2014 - 04:31 PM

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