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Original file size190 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken14-Feb-09 14:38
Date modified14-Feb-09 14:38
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Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D40X
Focal length26 mm
Focal length (35mm)39 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/200 at f/7.1
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Unknown
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
12/2008 - Present (Long Focal Length)

12/2008 - Present (Long Focal Length)

Here you can see my first "real" imaging setup. The main telescope is an Orion 8" with the SkyView Pro mount. On top of the main telescope is the Orion ShortTube 80mm guide scope.

I made some modifications to the 8" telescope including masking the primary mirror's edges to avoid unwanted diffraction spikes, lining the inside with black felt, tuning and regreasing the mount's gears, and adding autoguide capabilities.

I still use the telescope, but have upgraded the mount to an Orion Atlas.

Orion 8" Telescope
Type: Newtonian Reflector
Aperture: 203mm (8")
Focal Length: 1000mm
F#: f/4.9

Orion ShortTube 80 Telescope
Type: Achromatic Refractor
Aperture: 80mm
Focal Length: 400mm
F#: f/5.0

Orion StarShoot Autoguider CCD
Type: Monochrome CCD Camera
Size: 6.66mm x 5.32mm
Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Interface: USB 2.0
Guide Port: ST-4