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Old 05-07-2011, 11:45 PM
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Post 16" Live View

Hi all thought you may be interested in my new project which consists of live viewing through a 16" Skywatcher GOTO Dobsonian. After initial set up I removed the 2" eyepiece holder and placed the 1.25" adapter straight into the focuser to achieve focus using the GSTAR+ C-Mount Vixen focal reducer. Since I aligned on Arcturus first port of call was M 104 which was very impressive with the deliniating dark lane prominant. I then went to M83 and was totally blown away with spiral stucture and knots everywhere,even went and got the kids just as a satellite went through the FOV.This has to be a highlight of my short GSTAR live view sessions and is what I have been after but until now was out of my grasp.The Dob also tracked the object well but as luck would have it my old shed computer would not boot up it may be on its last legs so an image will have to wait.
Anyway not to be put off I slewed to NGC 4038/39 The Antennae Galay and was again amazed at the amont of detail. Finally NGC 5128 Centaurus A and detail within the central dark lane was clearly visible. Fate now intervened with cloud streaming in from the north and dew increasing still it was an hour well spent.As some sort of equivalent to what I am seeing my onscreen view is roughly the same as what took one hour to be captured on black and white film.
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:28 AM
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nice report Dekka's wish I could look through that baby myself
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Old 02-05-2012, 12:25 PM
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Thanks for a great report, I was thinking of getting a Go To base for my 10" Dob and was wondering how it would work.
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Old 08-30-2014, 04:29 AM
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Hope you get mr. Computer to feeling better. I'm itching to see what you've described.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:38 AM
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Looking forward to seeing some images.
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