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I am currently concentrating on putting together a system that will allow me to perform photometry and astrometry. With that in mind, I have spent a significant portion of my budget on the mount, an Astro-Physics 1200GTO.

My current telescope is a Celestron C14 Schmidt-Cassegrain (14" diameter primary mirror). Most of the images below also show my previous setup which was based based on the Celestron C8 SCT.

My imager is now a Finger Lakes ProLine 1001E, coupled to the C14 with a FL colour filter wheel (BVRI Filters) and a FL PDF focuser.

The entire setup is controlled by the observatory PC via ACP which runs scripts that contol the mount, focuser, imager and filter wheel. I simply construct a script detailing what images I want taken during the night and then let ACP do all the hard work. I keep an eye on things whilst sitting in my study. The pc is connected to the home network with a long ethernet cable. Great for those cold nights.

As with most amateurs, my wish list remains both long and expensive. But I would hope to gradually build the system up with top quality items to achieve my goals.

 

  AP1200
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  AP1200 Labelled AP1200 Labelled
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  AP1200 AP1200 Labelled
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  FLI FLI
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  FLI FLI
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© David McDonald 2012 Updated 10 June 2012