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Monday, September 22nd, 2008
First light test with Vixen R200SS.
 
I picked up a Vixen R200SS (DG) 8 inch (200mm aperture) @ f/4 (800mm focal length) reflector to get faster and deeper astro photos. I still plan on taking hour long shots, but theoretically, I will get the same mount of data as 4 hours or so in the 90mm apo. We'll see how it goes.

Adding weight to the Sirius seemed to work out fine. The scope is 4 lbs heavier and required a second 11lb counterweight. I did not have any major tracking issues with this setup.

I'll be adding a little more weight later when my Zenithstar 66 comes in. It will be the new guide scope. It's 2 lbs heavier then what I have now.

So I was not able to get much data unfortunately as I didn't have much time - and then my camera batteries died. Sheesh. My 12v power adapter is on it's way and that should 100% solve the camera power problem.

Images from this session:
M13
Scope: Vixen R200SS 200mm @ f/4 w/Baader MPCC
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo
Guiding:  Meade DSI Pro and PHD Guiding
Camera: Canon EOS 20D (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 20 minutes - 10 @ 120 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image


M33
Scope: Vixen R200SS 200mm @ f/4 w/Baader MPCC
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G with GoTo
Guiding:  Meade DSI Pro and PHD Guiding
Camera: Canon EOS 20D (unmodified)
Special Settings: None
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 6 minutes - 2 @ 180 seconds
Processing Software: Acquired in Nebulosity, Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker, Levels and Curves in Photoshop
See Gallery below for image



Image Gallery For This Session
M13 20m R200SS M33 6m R200SS
   

M13-20m-R200SS.jpg
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