hmm that skytracker has a powerful resemblence to the vixen polarie, on a side note, hey mike i can have a batch of skybender made for canon cameras... Thats on my list of thing to do, what size lens are you working with 58mm?
Last Edit: Jul 26, 2014 4:39:26 GMT -6 by skybender
Post by Mike - Istar Optical on Jul 25, 2014 18:49:22 GMT -6
iOptron SkyTracker first light. Weather finally let up last night. We're in the height of the rainy season. Mounted my Canon DSLR and imaged the Milky Way last night. You can see my distant neighbors security light at the bottom.
Milky Way - Galactic center or as much of it as I can see this time of year Canon 600D iOptron SkyTracker Canon 18-55 lens set on 18 and F5 30-2 minute subs and flats combined in DSS and tweaked in Photoshop CC
Astromanuk: I think thats just what an amazing strehl ratio provides... There is zero spherical aberation in that scope combo. An actual .5 angstrom filter would make those filaments look extremely mean and menacing however!
Post by Mike - Istar Optical on Jul 22, 2014 20:22:40 GMT -6
Apollo, As I mentioned earlier you really caught us in the middle of everything. Ales will be heading back to Europe very soon where he will be able to give it good look. I have been in the middle of finishing up my long time regular job to work on Istar full time. I have really been struggling to keep up but hopefully things will get just a little easier. Please give us just a little more time to use it. Thanks for your patience.
I use my 150 f12 ATM scope which weighs in around 16kg's on an NEQ6 and it works ok, no difficultly tracking or slewing all around the sky. A few jiggles at the focuser end which I get round by using an Rigel Systems electric stepper motor. Most of the time though the scope is on an old pillow block that takes the weight easily with out the jiggles. Cheers Matt
Progress!! So far I have managed to make two brass 8" circles 6mm thick each and a 3mm thick aluminium slightly smaller circle. The aluminium one will be spay painted gold to match (hopefully) polished brass. I was going to cut 2mm out from each brass disc but chickened out as I had no confidence that it would work. These disc's need to be JB welded together and have centre shaft hole cut and engraved....the tricky bit. All this has been done by hand with my drill press and jigsaw, somewhere around 25hrs of work/enjoyment. I know it's a bit mad to do it by hand instead of going to a machine shop, but that is my idea of DIY....Do It Yourself
Hi all, I am new to this forum and have a question regarding the Istar Asturia TCR 150-12 R35. I currently have a Celestron 9.25 Edge on the Advanced VX mount and am wondering if the TCR 150-12 R-35 would work on it as well. I know the weight would be OK, was wondering about the long moment arm each side of the mount head. Thanks Dan