Robert Berta A&M152mm

by Robert Berta

Robert Berta A&M152mm

My main setup, A&M 152mm f8 APO with TMB triplet LZOS optics, carbon fiber tube, Feather Touch 3 1/2" focuser with Starizona wireless automated focuser. Mount is an AP 900 GTO on modified Meade Giant Field Tripod. SBIG STL 6303e with both RGB and narrow band (Ha, OIII, SII) filters. Custom flat field lens (f8) or focal reducer (f5). Solar images with Coronado 60mm Ha filter set on home made adaptor through BF30 on same SBIG camera, autoguiding via SBIG slave 237 camera. Software is Maxim DL, Photoshop, etc. I also have two Celestron 11" SCTs...one is a fork mounted GPS version, the other is a tube only 11" that is used on the AP 900 GTO. I use a Stellacam III video camera with the 11" scopes that are equiped with a Hyperstar conversion. This converts the scope into a 11" f1.8 digital Schmidt Camera. Output is in video rather than captured to a computer. With a Ha Lumicon filter you can get amazing nearly "real time" images that are amazing. The Ha filter cuts through light polution and even the light from the full moon with ease. I view these images on my 19", 32" or 50" HI DEF flat screen TVs. The camera can be used for deep sky images or in the normal position and with a barlow...planetary and lunar images.


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