My Gear

 Location: East Bay area backyard, CA, USA

Date last updated: 11 December 2020


Current Rigs

My Backyard Menagerie





Primary Rig



This is my main imaging rig, and the one I pay the most attention to (because it works the best :D)

Telescope: Celestron 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain
Mount: Paramount MyT
Camera: ZWO ASI1600MM Pro
Guide scope: Lumicon off-axis guider
Guide camera: QHY5L-II
Filter wheel: ZWO 7-position 2-inch electronic filter wheel
Filters: Astronomik RGB 2-inch Type 2c, Astronomik CLS-CCD 2-inch, Chroma 3nm H-alpha & OIII 2-inch
Focuser: PrimaLuce Lab Esatto 2" focuser
Focal reducer: Meade 0.63x focal reducer/field flattener
Dew heater: Thousand Oaks dew heater controller







Secondary Rig


 





Telescope: Takahashi FSQ-106N
Mount: iOptron CEM40
Camera: ZWO ASI294MC Pro
Guide scope: Orion 50mm mini-guidescope
Guide camera: QHY5
Filter wheel: Starlight Xpress electronic filter wheel
Filters: Astronomik Luminance Type 2c 1.25-inch, Astronomik CLS-CCD 1.25-inch
Focuser: ZWO Electronic Automatic Focuser





Science Rig 2.0




I use this rig for scientific observations, primarily variable star observing for the American Association of Variable Star Observers and NASA JPL's Exoplanet Watch program.


Telescope: Vixen MyStar G-R200SS 8-inch f/4 Newtonian
Mount: Celestron Advanced VX
Camera: QSI 583ws
Guide scope: Orion 50mm mini-guidescope
Guide camera: Orion Starshoot Deep Space Monochrome Imager II
Filter wheel: QSI internal 5-position, 1.25-inch
Filters: Schuler Johnson-Cousins BVRI 1.25-inch photometric filters
Focuser: Robofocus 3.1








Temporary Rigs

"The Traveler"



Compact, airline-portable rig



Telescope: Nikon Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 lens
Mount: Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer
Camera: ZWO ASI294MC Pro / Nikon D5300
Guide scope: Orion 50mm mini-guidescope
Guide camera: QHY5











Outreach Rig





My easy-to-setup and easy-to-use rig for doing outreach.




Telescope: Celestron 8-inch Scmidt-Cassegrain
Mount: Celestron NexStar SE












Decommissioned Rigs

Science Rig 1.0



My Celestron CGE Pro RA motor is pretty much nonfunctional.


Telescope: Vixen MyStar G-R200SS 8-inch f/4 Newtonian
Mount: Celestron CGE Pro
Camera: Orion Starshoot Deep Space Monochrome Imager II
Filter wheel: Starlight Xpress 5-position 2-inch
Filters: Schuler Johnson-Cousins BVRI 1.25-inch, Astronomik RGB Type 2c 1.25-inch
Focuser: Robofocus 3.1







"The Beast"







Besides the CGE Pro not really working anymore, the C11's mirror is very floppy, which made getting a good pointing model and autoguide calibration impossible.

Telescope: Celestron 11-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain
Mount: Celestron CGE Pro
Camera: ZWO ASI1600MM Pro
Guide scope: Celestron 80mm f/7.5 guide scope
Guide camera: QHY5
Filter wheel: Gosky 5-position 1.25" manual
Filters: Astronomik LRGB Type 2c 1.25" 
Focuser: JMI EV Horizon





Solar Eclipse 2017



Used to image the 2017 solar eclipse from Casper, WY.

Telescope: Borg 76ED
Mount: Celestron NexStar SE
Camera: Nikon D5300







"The Mini"






I have passed on the Borg scope to my minion Miqaela, a budding astrophotographer and astrophysicist.


Telescope: Borg 76ED
Mount: Celestron Advanced VX
Camera: Nikon D5300
Guide scope: Orion 50mm mini-guidescope
Guide camera: QHY5L-II
Accessories: Hotech self-centering field flattener


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