Astronomy Gear

A brief description of my telescopes, mounts and cameras:

Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro Mount with tripod and hand controller

The Sky Watcher NEQ6 Pro mount is the best largest mount considered to be mobile enough carrying it around. It is a very stable mount and definitely suited for astrophotography. By making a rough polar alignment and by aligning afterwards to three stars you get enough precision to point towards 13,400 objects on the night sky. It got PEC-training, and adjustable slewing speeds. The mount is controlled through a hand controller (SynScan) and got complete database of the IC, NGC and Messier catalogues. The total weight of this mount is 23.7 kilograms. The payload capacity however should not exceed 25 kg with counterweights. SkyWatcher EQ6 Pro supports heavy equipment  such as large refractor telescopes.

PrimaLuceLab Eagle Astro-dedicated mini PC

PrimaLuceLab Eagle 3 unit is a life saver! It is mounted on top of your primary refractor scope with your guider and is a complete mini PC that is specialized for cable management, assisting you to monitor your dew heaters, offers many USB ports for your peripherals (cameras, auto-focusers, etc) and runs Windows 10. You just need 1 cable going up to power your unit and from there, everything is powered through the Eagle! You sit warmly indoors or in your car and remote desktop to the unit through its own hotspot network!

Megrez 72 FD APO

Megrez 72 FD APO is a very suitable telescope that can also used for wide field photography, such as M31 (Andromeda Galaxy), clusters, nebulas, etc, as well as a guide telescope. Easy to handle as it got a crayford focuser which is an appreciated focusing mechanism for fine adjustments. Like all other William Optics refractors it also got a built-in dew shield cap you pull out avoiding dew on the front lens while observing.    

Astromania
Astromania Guiding Scope

Astromania 70mm Compact Deluxe Finder & Guidescope Kit with 1.25″ Double Helical Focuser – Guiding. Great little affordable guiding scope, is lightweight, easy to use and perfect to use for auto guiding purposes.    

FluoroStar 110 FLT APO

FluoroStar 110 FLT APO. This refractor is the best you can acquire for the money. I’m very pleased about the results on this one especially on distant objects. Like Megrez 72, it got a build-in dew shield cap and a crayford focuser.    

ZWO-ASI-GT-camera-body
Astrophotography Dedicated Camera

ASI 1600 GT. ZWO ASI’s best dedicated camera for the money. It comes with a built-in filter wheel with 5 positions. It also is very silent and quick to cool down the sensor to the necessary temperature for astrophotography. That in combination with the APT (Astro Photography Tool) software to manage it remotely is a great companion out in the field.            

ZWO120MM
Guiding Camera

ASI120MM (Mono) ZWO ASI120MM (mono) is a great little camera that is used for auto-guiding purposes. ASI120MM Mini camera integrates AR0130CS 1/3″ sensor (4.8 mm x 3.6 mm). It is ZWO new mini camera. This camera has 1280 x 960 pixels. The pixel size is 3.75 μm x 3.75 μm. This camera provides 12bit ADC and its QE peak is almost 80%.    

Lakeside Astro Focuser

Lakeside Astro Focuser is a fine focus panel that connects to a motor and comes from UK. It is possible to connect it to a variety of telescopes and is a necessity when it comes to astrophotography. It is also possible to connect the hand controller with a PC adjusting focus through a software, measuring backlashes and changes in temperature. Lakeside motorized focusers are currently manufactured, supported, sold and distributed by First Light Optics who also maintain and update software and sell spare parts such as brackets and screws for all kinds of configurations and scores to support Lakeside Focuser.

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7 thoughts on “Astronomy Gear

    emmy said:
    2010-03-07 at 5:01 AM

    wow. me and my dad want one just like this!! we live where we can see stars very clear. we only have a bonocular.

    Astroniklas responded:
    2010-03-08 at 7:55 AM

    You can observe quite many things with binoculars as well 🙂
    Are you studying constellations?

    night vision goggles said:
    2011-08-21 at 9:58 AM

    Very helpful post man, thanks for the info.

      Tonela said:
      2012-02-11 at 6:13 AM

      Yep.If I can get my suaheeght together, it will be there next time I go out.I got a lot more stuff to get for it though… the biggest problem being what off-axis guider to get.I don’t think I will have any problem fitting it in the car. Whether it will fit in the case I have it in now is the question.My new mount is supposed to come Friday… hehehe. Jerry

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