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ETX90/EC with the Meade Tripod
ETX125 with Meade Tripod
C8 on a Great Polaris mount , RA motor drive .
Canon IS15x50 image stabilized binoculars - very good for visual observations .
Inexpensive spotting scope 25x50 .
Inexpensive (supermarket) telescope
70mm aperture. The optics may not be very good, but with a RA motor
drive the mount should do well as a polar mount for a camera.
Inexpensive 70mm F5 refractor , just
the optical tube, just for fun
114mm Newtonian on tripod - not tested yet
Coronado PST (Personal Solar Telescope) until
now used only for visual observations. Narrow band accessory filter
gives a considerable boost of the contrast.
Was tested with a bracket and compact digicam (Canon A95) with much difficulty in focusing, the image of a prominence was not to my satisfaction.
Sony DV-cam DCR-PC110 with 10x optical zoom . The camera has what is labeled a "Low LUX" setting as well as a "Nightshot" function .
Sony TRV-77 with nightshot facility .I
tested it one night
and found the light polluted sky saturating the CCD , and showing
very grainy (noisy) images . Without using "nightshot" it easily
shows Mizar and Alcor , so some sensitivity is there . It might be
useable for meteor showers . This should be tested at some stage .
Home Video machine : Combined Hi8 and VHS machine .
Video capture card : a) WinTV ,
easily captures 384x288 , b) Firewire (DV) Capture card - goes well
the portable recorder
Philips Vesta Pro 680K with a Mogg adaptor
Philips ToU-Cam Pro
Hardware Pentium III 1GHz /256MB /40GB
- - - needs an upgrade
Capture : Avi_IO useable for video as well as webcam
Image processing software :
Photoshop Elements 2 ( comes with cameras etc )
A free image processing program The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation
Program) is available from www.gimp.org
IRIS - powerful image processing
software , Freeware , I have just scratched the surface of its
AstroStack - image stacking software , no
longer freeware program
by Robert Stekelenburg . Now in Version 3.0 . see his homepage
Registax is freeware and more useful to me
than the free Astrostack version.
Scanner : Minolta slide scanner .
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