A Takahashi FCT-150 refractor telescope with a 6-inch triplet flourite objective operating at f7. I also have a reducer for the scope, which allows it to be operated at f5.9. This APO scope is carried on a Takahashi NJP mount, which has now been converted to a Temma mount. I have a separate list of images taken with the FCT-150.
A Takahashi Epsilon 250 astrograph with a 10-inch mirror operating at f3.4. This scope is carried on a Takahashi NJP mount. In 2007, a new corrector lens was added to this telescope that was especially designed for digital imaging with large CCDs and megapixel 35mm digital cameras. I have a separate list of images taken with the Epsilon 250.
A Takahashi FS-128 refractor telescope with a 5-inch objective operating at f8, or with the use of a reducer, the scope can operate at f5.9. Some of my first attempts at astrophotography were made with this telescope. This scope is carried on a Takahashi NJP mount. I have a separate list of images taken with the FS-128.
A Takahashi FS-78 refractor telescope with a 3-inch objective. This is a convenient telescope to take on trips, and I used it to take images in Hawaii, Cucacao, Bolivia, and Mauritius. When used alone, the FS-78 scope is carried on a Takahashi EM-10 mount, which was converted to a Temma Jr. mount in May 2005. This telescope has also been used as a guidescope for the FS-128 and Epsilon 250 scopes. I have a separate list of images taken with the FS-78.
A Takahashi Epsilon 180ED astrograph with a 6-inch mirror operating at f2.8. This scope is portable and can be carried on board an aircraft. I have a separate list of images taken with the Epsilon 180ED.
A Takahashi Mewlon 250 Dall-Kirkham telescope. This 10-inch scope is used for planetary CCD imaging and imaging small planetary nebula. The telescope has a focal ratio of f12 and a focal length of 3000 mm. I have a separate list of images taken with the Mewlon 250.
A Takahashi Mewlon 210 Dall-Kirkham telescope. This 8-inch scope was mostly used for visual observations, but is also useful for planetary CCD imaging and imaging small planetary nebula. The telescope has a focal ratio of f11.5 and a focal length of 2415 mm. I sometimes used this telescope to time asteroid occultations. It may be carried by a Takahashi EM-10 mount when used visually, or by a Takahashi NJP mount when used for imaging. I have a separate list of images taken with the Mewlon 210.
An Explore Scientific ED152CF APO refractor telescope with a 6-inch air-spaced triplet objective operating at f8. The telescope has a carbon-fiber tube, and an excellent 10:1 dual speed 3-inch Feathertouch focuser.
A Coronado Instruments SolarMax 60 refractor telescope with a 60mm objective, a focal length of 400mm, and a focal ratio of f6.6. This is a dedicated solar telescope with a built-in H-alpha filter.
A StarMaster reflector telescope with a 14.5-inch mirror, and a focal ratio of f4.3. This is a Newtonian design on a Dobsonian mount. This telescope includes the Sky Tracker goto-then-track drive system with the Sky Commander digital setting circles.
A Takahashi FCT-76 refractor telescope with a 3-inch objective. This telescope has a triplet flourite objective, and with a reducer, can operate at f4.5.
An SBIG STL-11000M CCD with a remote guiding head. This CCD can be guided using the built-in internal TC-237 guide CCD or with the remote TC-237 guide head attached to a separate guidescope. I have an 8 position filter wheel that includes L, R, G, B, Ha, O-III, and S-II filters.
An SBIG ST-8 CCD, which was subsequently converted to an ST-8E with enhanced cooling, and then again sent back to convert it to an ST-8XE with a USB interface and change the guide chip to a TC-237.
An FLI IMG6303E CCD, which was subsequently converted from a parallel port interface to a USB interface.
A Phillips ToUcam web cam has been used for planetary images.
A Cannon EOS Digital Rebel has been used for planetary images and bright deep sky objects.
Some film exposures were guided using an SBIG ST-4 CCD autoguider on a Takahashi 78mm refractor as a guidescope, sometimes using a Takahashi "vari-extender" to lengthen the focal length of the guidescope.
A Nikon F2 camera body with a DW-2 6x finder
A Mamiya 645AF
An Olympus OM-1 camera
Epsilon 250 images
Mewlon 210 images
Mewlon 250 images
Epsilon 180ED images
StarMaster 14.5 images
SolarMax 60 images
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