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[PROJECT] ASIGN Observatory II is back on track!

Discussion in 'Other Toys/Hobbies' started by Builds By Baz, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. silenthunter

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    Looks fantastic mate, congratulations on your efforts so far, the smile on your face tells the story! Looking forward to seeing it complete.
     
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    Thanks mate!

    DOME FULLY COVERED WOOT!!!!!!!

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    Absolutely sensational mate. Will keep an eye on this thread. Keep up the great work.
     
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    Thank you squire!
     
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    1. Telescope installed - fire extinguisher fitted as priority!
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    2. Preliminary calibrating on the moon.
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    3. "FIRST LIGHT" through the ASIGN Observatory II telescope! A very quick shot with only the DSLR on the scope, but enough to check the optics.
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    4. Crop and different processing of the above.
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    How much is left to do? looking fantastic :thumbup:
     
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    Lots still to go:

    Upstairs - flooring checkerplate, lighting, stairwell and bannister with gate, motorising of dome, more weatherproofing, painting inside dome matt black.

    Downstairs - carpet, insulation, internal wall cladding, ceiling, lighting and power, furniture, stairs, decorating.
     
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    So in other words its pretty much finished ;)

    I'm very jealous, only really picked up the astronomy bug to any serous degree this past year. It's depressing how little sky I can see from my courtyard and how inconveniently placed the trees are to block the best views!
     
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    Remove some tiles and build a small dome in your roof! :thumbup:
     
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    Enjoy the video of this fully armed and operational battle-station!
     
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    All the cameras and cables installed now. Mount aligned to the planet's axis and ready for imaging. Now to wait for that pesky moon to go away and have a clear night!!

    1. The mighty photon hunter!
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    2. Looking out to the heavens.
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    3. Peering into deep space.
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    4. Watchful warrior.
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    Simply amazing...

    Love the photo of the moon. Would love to see any more you have :thumbup:
     
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    When you motorise the dome, will it be linked to your telescope? ie when you move the telescope, the dome also moves.
     
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    Amazing, truly amazing.

    I love watching this build progress, even for a simple stargazer like myself it's a thing of beauty.
     
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    Oh it's coming... the mods here may even get sick of me! ;)

    Eventually, that's the plan.

    You should give it a go mate!
     
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    YAY!! Finally imaging again! Clear night, no moon, no clouds and DARK DARK DARK SKY!!! :D Going for Messier 42 - The great Orion Nebula tonight!

    I've been out of the deep space imaging game for a couple of years now, so this will be interesting trying to re-learn everything and apply the last two years of regular photography processing skills.

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    Here's one more from last night. Now to stack and process the actual DSO frames!

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    I am a very amature sky gazer. I have a skywatcher telescope that my wife bought me for Christmas last year. I can get very clear images of the moon and some closer stars but no deep space for me!

    Can you list some of the equipment in the photo and what it does? I obviously can see a laptop and telescope.
     
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    Very keen to see images of M42 :thumbup:

    I had gander of it in a mates 12" newt the other night, very cool stuff.
     
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    Equipment: Skywatcher black diamond ED120mm apochromatic refractor - main imaging scope with a Orion Starshoot Pro III Deep space OS colour CCD imaging camera for long exposure astrophotography

    Skywatcher gold pro ED80mm apochromatic refractor - guide scope piggy-backed on top with an Orion Starshoot autoguiding camera, which enables locking onto a selected guide star on-screen, fine tracking and corrections to that guide star, keeping the whole rig pinpoint accurate while the main telescope and imaging camera shoots the long exposure.

    Skywatcher EQ6 pro German equatorial mount - for aligning to the earth's rotational axis and tracking the stars' motion at a sidereal rate to counteract the earth's rotation.

    Laptop with appropriate programs and drivers to run and control the cameras.
     
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