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July 2009 brought a new crop of equipment:
  • Astro-Tech 8" Ritchey-Chrétien with f/8 optics the 1,625 focal length should prove to be the "sweet spot" for those smaller objects
  • QHY8 CCD Cooled Camera - No more Dark Frames!!!
  • Moonlight Focusers with High-Res Stepper Motors for both the AT8RC and WO 100mm Megrez scopes


The new equipment took some tinkering to make it all work and the wee hours of August 1 was my first semi-successful trial and I picked 3 objects to test out. Have a look.

IC5146 Cocoon Nebula

IC5146 Cocoon Nebula

M13 Hercules Globular Cluster

M13 Hercules Globular Cluster

M31 Anromeda Gallaxy

M31 Anromeda Gallaxy

The New Rig

The New Rig