"Strut Your Stuff"

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"Strut Your Stuff"
Posted by Poppa Chris on Saturday, September 11, 2010 1:12 PM

After a wonderful response to the Labor Day On-line Star Party, I thought it might be interesting if the participants could post some pics of the equipment they used to produce those wonderful reports.  Not being shy, I figured I would kick start this little effort.

So... "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours!"  Wink  Whistling

All my stuff set up for the evening

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My "baby"  CPC1100GPS(XLT)

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Observation Table ready for action

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Eyepiece collection - complete set Celestron Ultima LX's 70deg AFOV  Orion 20mm reticle "Centering" eyepiece is on scope for initial alignment

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Filter Case - LPR filters and 0.6 Focal Reducer are all SCT thread - 1.25" and 2" Planetary and Moon filters, also storage for star diagonal

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Astrophotography Case - Angle viewfinder, telextender T-Adapter, T-Ring, small 1.25 eyepieces

I'm just strting to learn to use this stuff so I can't speak too much on it yet.  Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR is (obviously) in my hands at this moment.

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Binoculars (Don't leave home without them) Celestron 15x70 Skymasters

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Accessories and 12V Power:

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Questions, comments, criticisms... All are welcome!  Big Smile

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by Ed Holland on Saturday, September 11, 2010 4:11 PM

Bear with me - I'll have to get some equipment shots.... please don't hold your breath!

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:27 AM

Ed Holland

Bear with me - I'll have to get some equipment shots.... please don't hold your breath!

I promise not to hold my breath, at least not until I turn blue or something.  Captain

I would dearly love to see your setup however.

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by tkerr on Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:54 AM

There is already a long time running thread for posting pictures of your telescopes in the Telescopes forum under the Equipment Group of forums.
http://cs.astronomy.com/asycs/forums/p/19931/305627.aspx#305627 

I see no reason you cannot post pictures of all your equipment and accessories in that thread. 

Note: This particular Equipment and accessories forum is under the Astro imaging Group of forums. This are was intended for the discussion of equipment and accessories used for Astrophotography/imaging. 

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:00 AM

I know.  that is where I intended to put this thread.  I put it here by mistake. (Re: Labor Day Star Party for explanation).  Mea Culpa.  Ashamed

Is there a way I can transfer this to the "Equipment - Telescopes" area you mentioned, short of just copying it there?  That would just double everything up and cause more confusion.

 

 

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by Jean B on Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:07 AM

Very impressive setup Poppa Chris! This «show-me-yours-and-I-will-show-you-mine» is a great initiative. Is that your backyard we see on the first picture?

I did not take part of the labor day party Zzz but I will probably post a few pictures (in the Equipment Group of forums) of my (very) modest greenhorn setup for future reference.

Jean B Montreal, Quebec, Canada 130mm Newtonian reflector EQ mount, motor drive, Celestron NexImage planetary webcam and Lumenera CCD camera. Bushnell 15 X 70 binoculars. Digital Nikon D5000 camera. Nikon point and shoot Coolpix. Baader solar film mounted on a cardboard frame.

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Posted by tkerr on Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:23 AM

Poppa Chris

I know.  that is where I intended to put this thread.  I put it here by mistake. (Re: Labor Day Star Party for explanation).  Mea Culpa.  Ashamed

Is there a way I can transfer this to the "Equipment - Telescopes" area you mentioned, short of just copying it there?  That would just double everything up and cause more confusion.

 

 

Ask Kevin Bozard, ChipdataJeffB, or DaveMitsky, they are the moderators and should be able to move it for you.

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, September 16, 2010 10:30 AM

I copied the offending post to the correct place under "Equipment - Telescopes - Post Pics of your ...."

I hope it meets the intent I originally envisioned as a complement to the Star Parties we have managed to pull off so successfully.

 

 

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by zachsdad on Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:12 PM

I think it will be a fun thread, Chris.  I've posted pics of most of my stuff in various threads, but never all together.  I'll try to get some shots this weekend Thumbs Up.

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, September 16, 2010 1:10 PM

Jean B

Very impressive setup Poppa Chris! This «show-me-yours-and-I-will-show-you-mine» is a great initiative. Is that your backyard we see on the first picture?

Yep.  That's my backyard.  Roughly 14000ft square.  Trees to the north and west, House to the south.  East is fairly open.  Works out fairly well since the bulk of my light pollution problems are to my west-northwest.  House kind of limits my southern horizon a bit, however.  The bottom of the teapot in Saggitarius is about as low as I can get from here. (Lat = approx. 30deg 20min)

  

 

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by Ed Holland on Saturday, October 23, 2010 7:44 PM

I promised a contribution to this thread ages ago....

 Well, here's my latest acquisition - A used Orion Maksutov Cassegrain 127. Decent shape and a very decent price IMO. The finder and bracket are my own design, an unholy union between some useless giveaway binoculars and plumbing spares....

 

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Posted by Enfilade1 on Saturday, October 23, 2010 10:05 PM

Poppa Chris

After a wonderful response to the Labor Day On-line Star Party, I thought it might be interesting if the participants could post some pics of the equipment they used to produce those wonderful reports.  Not being shy, I figured I would kick start this little effort.

So... "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours!"  Wink  Whistling

All my stuff set up for the evening

IMG_0587.jpg picture by Poppa-Chris

 

Whoooah.  Dude

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Posted by Enfilade1 on Saturday, October 23, 2010 10:14 PM

 My setup includes vice grips and a meat thermometer...really.

 

I could still see Jupiter's  moons.... More importantly, so could my 10 year old.

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Sunday, October 24, 2010 3:12 PM

Enfilade1
My setup includes vice grips and a meat thermometer...really.

 

I can sort of understand the vice-grips, but a meat thermometer Confused

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by leo731 on Monday, October 25, 2010 11:53 AM

If ever there was a set up that cried out for an observatory, this is it!  A nice and organized selection of equipment.

Um, I too was wondering about the meat thermometer.  Something to do with mirror or corrector plate temperature, or something to put in one's armpit to determine if on a cold Autumn night you are freezing to death? Smile,Wink, & Grin

Thanks for the view,
L

A nebula in the eyepiece is worth two in the Atlas.

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Posted by Ed Holland on Monday, October 25, 2010 2:11 PM

Re the meat thermometer.... BBQ while observing, perhaps?

Sounds rather civilised, as long as one is careful about the heat haze Smile

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Monday, October 25, 2010 4:00 PM

Enfilade1

My setup includes vice grips and a meat thermometer...really.

 

I've just GOT to see pictures of this setup...Wink

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 5:10 PM

Stop keeping us in suspense!  What's the meat thermometer for?

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by Jean B on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 8:05 PM

Well guys, it's 21h00 in Montreal and I am in my backyard taking some picture of Jupiter.

With a cold beer.

I dip my meat thermometer in my glass: 11°C. My guess is that's what the device is for. If not, well it works anyways! Big Smile

The seing is good tonight

Cheers!

Jean B Montreal, Quebec, Canada 130mm Newtonian reflector EQ mount, motor drive, Celestron NexImage planetary webcam and Lumenera CCD camera. Bushnell 15 X 70 binoculars. Digital Nikon D5000 camera. Nikon point and shoot Coolpix. Baader solar film mounted on a cardboard frame.

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Posted by Enfilade1 on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:58 PM

LOL. Sorry Guys.

 

I wish it was something worth the wait. I bought the scope for my daughter, and she lost the mount assembly bolt. The meat thermometer was the 1st thing I could find to throw in there, then the vice grips keep it tight.

 

Zzz

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, October 28, 2010 6:51 AM

Humph... Well that is a very plausible, mundane explanation.

The imaginatgion, however, can give a much more exotic mental picture.  Mischief

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by Ed Holland on Thursday, October 28, 2010 2:53 PM

That's not a mundane explanation, it's an imaginative solution!

BTW: poppa chris,  I meant to say thanks for posting your pictures - a very impressive and well organised setup!

 

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, October 28, 2010 3:11 PM

Thanks!  A welcome compliment.

I'm not always that organized, but I was taking pictures so I wanted to look good.  Besides I don't like to fumble around in the dark looking for eyepieces, filters, etc.  Keeping them straight in the cases helps prevent a lot of lost motion and frustration in the field. 

Some things are there that I don't normally use.  Like the step-stool for my grankids to reach the eyepiece.

Others don't seem to be really necessary but are actually either vital or very convenient.  Like th elarge footlocker to keep all of the smaller cases in, along with the dolly to save my back in lugging the stufff around.   Belive it or not, all of this can be rolled out ot the field and setup in under ten minutes.  A little longer for breakdown since I try to make sure to wipe the dew off of everything, etc.

 

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by shstar56 on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:01 AM

I LIKE your idea!  I'm only just starting out, so these pictures help me learn how to set up my newly purchased equipment, but also gives me a good starting point for asking questions about what seasoned sky-watchers have and how they do what they do!  This is great for me, being new to all this.  Hopefully, I'll have pictures to submit soon.  I recently bought my telescope.  I"m waiting for a package of various eyepieces and filters, and today, just bought a Celestron Neximage Solar System Imager.  

Thanks for starting this!

Donna

DONNA

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Neximage

Eye Pieces: Celstron PLOSSL 2X barlow, 6 8 13 17 25 32 Orion 20mm Illuminated Centering Eyepiece

 Meade F 6.3 focal reducer

Filters O-III moon 21 56 58 80A 12 25 

Meade DSI II Color Imager

 

 


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Posted by Poppa Chris on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:20 AM

Thanks, Donna.

That's why I started this thread.  There is another thread mentioned in an earlier post to this one (with a link to it) that includes a lot more pics of other setups that members own.  Be sure to check it out.

By the way... Welcome to the Forums.

Keep looking up!

 

 

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by shstar56 on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:42 AM

Hi PC,

Yes, I noticed the discussion about the thread placement.  I did not notice the link though, and will check it out...Thank you for the warm welcome and info!

Donna

DONNA

Nextar SE 8

Neximage

Eye Pieces: Celstron PLOSSL 2X barlow, 6 8 13 17 25 32 Orion 20mm Illuminated Centering Eyepiece

 Meade F 6.3 focal reducer

Filters O-III moon 21 56 58 80A 12 25 

Meade DSI II Color Imager

 

 


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Posted by Poppa Chris on Friday, October 12, 2012 10:46 AM

A little "bump" to this thread to see if we can't get some new pics of newer members outfits...

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Monday, September 23, 2013 1:18 PM

With so many new people here since the last bump almost a year ago, I thought it might be good to "bump" once again and see what we get from the newer members.  Geeked

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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Posted by stepping beyond on Saturday, September 28, 2013 6:37 PM

I 've got one word "AWESOME" Chris I'd never leave home, if I was your son. For real, I'd be right there with you every night taking care of my inheritance . All kidding aside "AWESOME RIG" . Enjoy those views

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Sunday, September 29, 2013 9:31 PM

Thanks!  It is my baby...

In the time since those early photos were taken I've added an equitorial wedge to my setup.

CPC1100 on wedge

So... Got any pics of your stuff?

---Poppa Chris---

Denham Springs, Louisiana USA

"Second star to the right - Then straight on until morning!" - Peter Pan

Celestron CPC1100GPS (XLT) - 279mm aperature, 2800mm Focal length. (f10) Celestron Ultima LX (70deg AFOV) Eyepieces 32mm thru 5mm, Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, Backyard EOS imaging software, Orion Star Shoot Planetary Imager IV, Celestron Skymaster 15x70 binoculars

 

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