Previous Standard Imaging setup

 This is my Equipment. Well not quite all. but here is as good a place to start as any. Here we see I have a Celestron 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain OTA (Optical Tube Assembly) mounted on a Vixen GP mount with Gearheads and Stepper motors driven. The box in the middle houses the Circuit Board and power which consists of 1X 12volt 50 amp hour gel sealed deep cycle battery and 2X 12 volt 18 amp hour lead sealed batteries. The box is also equipped with volt meters and amp meters. This allows me to see the power consumption and remaining battery power. With the use of this power I can very comfortably run two laptop computers, a light for my optics case, a dew heater for my scope and eyepiece when needed, the Imaging camera and anything else I need which either requires 12 volt or 240 volt as I also have a 12v to 240v converter. When out in the field I am completely self sufficient in power so traveling to remote locations is never an issues for at least two solid nights of Imaging. To the far right is the pantry which houses the Laptop computers, Optics case and Imaging equipment case.

 Right Ascension Stepper motor and Gearhead 

Below the Declination Stepper motor and Gearhead 

 Here is a closer photo of the Power box with tool box on top.

 This is the Optics case with a light on the lid and auto on/of switch when the lid is opened or closed. There are the few eyepieces which I will realistically use (No Over Kill here) SLR Camera, Lenses, Focal reducer, Barlows extension, T-Adaptor for To-U-cam 940K Radial Guider, and a few other things. Most amateur astronomers will spend money on eyepieces which they will hardly ever use after the initial time. I tend to use a 25mm for general viewing and if I need to bump the magnification I will go to a 15mm or even a 7mm. However, most of the time I have my Gstar-Ex Integrating Video camera attached and there is no need for an eyepiece. The views though this camera are very good!

Here is what I have to protect my electrical equipment from dew. It's a simple $45 camping pantry. I would recommend this to any astronomer out there. The heat which the laptop (or laptops in this case) produce will be enough to increase the temperature around the computers by a few degrees above ambient to prevent any dew from occuring inside the pantry.   


The Laptop on the top operates my scope and the lower laptop is used for acquiring images. Here you can see to the right of the lower laptop supporting a PCMCIA video grabbing device.

Above is a picture of the Right Ascension shaft coupling and Gearhead 

Below is a picture of the Declination shaft and coupling. 


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