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Equipment page

Primary OTA's
Meade 2120 LX 6 10" f/6.3 OTA 1600mm focal length with 9x60 view finder and MCOG coatings, on DM 10 Dovetail plate
Vixen R200SS 8" f/3.9 imaging Newtonian reflector OTA 800mm focal length, 9 x 50 image correct right angle view finder Simmons red dot wide field spotting scope.
Sky Watcher Quantum 150 ED-APO carbon fiber refrator f/7 with focal reducer, 9x50 image correct right angle view finder and 170mm ADM rings on Losmandy dovetail.

Wide-Field imager/guide scopes
Celestron 80mm refractor guide scope f/7.5 600mm focal length mounted with 125mm Celestron rings on ADM Losmandy dovetail system.
Orion short tube 80mm OTA 400mm f/5 focal length mounted with Celestron 125mm rings on ADM Losmandy dovetail system

Astrophotography equipment
Canon 60D 18.0MP DSLR & Canon 60Da 18.0 MP DSLR these camara's are mainly used as the primary image capture devices. Wheather in prime focus or eyepiece projection.
Starlight Xpress Lodestar Autoguider in monochrome. Pixel data: pixel size 8.2uM x 8.4uM, image format 752 x 580 pixels. Camera uses type ICX429AL Sony Exview Interline CCD with low dark current and vertical anti-blooming.
Orion Starshoot Deep Space Video Camera. Used for solar, lunar, planetary and Messier objects. Camera uses a Mintron 72S85HN-EX-R color sensor. CCD is 1/2 inch format 8.4uM x 9.8uM, image format 768 x 494 pixels, with a capture rate of 30 frames per second. The video output of this camera can be composite, componnent & SVHS used in conjunction with a video capture device.

4mm, 7.5mm, 10mm, 12.5mm, 20mm, 25mm 26mm, 32mm, These eyepieces are all 4 element 1.25" Sirius Plossl's with a 52 degree F.O.V. 40mm is a Plossl as well, but with a 43 degree F.O.V. 40mm Super wide Plossl is a 2" eyepiece with an 82 degree F.O.V. 2x & 3x 1.25" telenegative amplifiers (barlow lens).

Visual filters
Hydrogen-Beta Narrowband nebula filter, Oxygen 111 Narrowband nebula filter, SkyGlow broadband light pollution filter, UltraBlock Narrowband light pollution filter, 908 Nebula filter, Moon filter 13% transmission, Varable Polarizing filter 1% - 40% transmission, all three sets of advanced glass color filters, Thousand Oaks full apeture solar filter type 2, 1/1000th of 1% (optical density).

Imaging and Photographic filters
Thousand Oaks Optical Hydrogen Alpha solar filter (h-alpha, 0.9 angstroms) along with an ERF (energy rejection filter), Extra Narrowband Hydrogen-Alpha imaging filter, Extra Narrowband Sulpher-11 imaging filter, Extra Narrowband Oxygen-111 imaging filter, SkyGlow imaging filter, LRGB (luminance, red, green, blue) imaging filters.

CGEM DX mount, SCT visual backs, SCT diagonals, off axis guiders, imaging flip mirror systems, GPS unit, cross grid illuminated reticules, USB & composite eyepiece cameras, extension tubes, lasers (red & green), Thermal processors, heaters and cooling fans, Hotech SCA laser collimators for all scopes & OTA's, coma correctors, CGEM DX upgrade and just about every toy a grown man could possible need for his life long growing hobby.

Computer systems
Desk top PC, Dell Inspirion 560 Pentium 4, 4GHz dual core extreme processor, 4GB memory, Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit operating system. Video card: Intel GMA X4500, Audio card intergraded 7.1 channel high defination, 1-500GB internal SATA hard drive, 4-4Terabyte Western Digital Hard drives and a future, massive 40 Terabyte device that I am building for storage of large format pictures

Laptop, ASUS K53UDH21, AMD fusion E-450 Dual core 1.65 processor, 4GB memory, 15.6" widescreen LED LCD 1366 x 768, 4GB ram, 500GB hard drive Radeon High Defination 6320G graphics card, HDMI DVD+RW (+R DL), WebCAm, card reader, Giganit LAN, Wireless b/g/n/, 2- 750GB SATA external hard drives for storage and photos.
Network infrastructure: Motorola 3347 4 channel Ethernet router with Cat 6 cabling and wireless wifi at 802.11GHz, interfaces: WAN ADSL 2/2 (RJ-11), LAN port 10/100 ethernet (RJ-45)

The Sky X, Maxium CCD, Maxim DL, Ascom 5.5, Adobe photoshop, Deep sky stacker, Registax 2.0, PHD guiding, Lodestar guiding, Stellarium 0.11.4, AmCap video capture software, Canon EOS utilities.

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