This is a complete list of all equipment I'm currently using.
- Orion ED80T CF 80mm Refractor OTA
Orion Skyview Pro Equatorial Mount w/ GOTO Kit
- SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro Mount
Canon 600D Camera (unmodified)
- Canon 600D Camera (modified: LP2 filter removed)
- Orion Thin Off-Axis Guider (TOAG)
- Orion Starshoot autoguider
- Gigabyte Laptop (i7 cpu, 16gb ram, ssd)
- SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro mount replaces old Skyview Pro
- Modified 600D replaces unmodified 600D
- Sold Polemaster. It's mostly redundant now that I'm on a pier and can use >Sharpcap.
The imaging train is assembled as follows:
Focuser->2" nosepiece-> 18mm spacer-> TOAG/Autoguider-> TOAG canon adapter -> 600D Camera
The autoguider is screwed directly onto the TOAG's threading without spacers and without using the c-mount adapter which is attached out of the box.
The OTA is affixed to the mount with 90mm ID tube rings which are fastened to an Orion 8 inch dovetail plate.
For power I use a cheap 12v jumpstarter just for the mount although I do have a 2.0a 12v ac adapter available which can also power it. I have a spare battery for the camera as well as a recently acquired ac adapter for when mains power is available. The autoguider and polemaster are powered via usb on the laptop. The laptop itself I can currently only run off the battery or ac mains.
Update 2/2021 - I now image from an observatory equipped with Solar + 100AH battery storage and a 240v inverter. Most equipment is powered by either usb or 12v adapters which connect to the inverter.
polemaster and camera are all powered by usb cables which come with each respective device. However, I did need to purchase a usb-to-serial cable to establish connectivity between my laptop and the mounts GOTO handset for ascom/eqmod access. The rj11-to-serial cable to complete the connection was included with the mount.
Update 2/2021 - After upgrading to an EQ6-R, I can now connect it directly to my laptop via USB.