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Posts Made By: Tom Licha

October 2, 2002 09:31 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Tube rings for an 80mm refractor?

Posted By Tom Licha

Here is a high quality reasonable price solution for your scope:

http://www.baader-planetarium.de/zubehoer/statmont/montagezubeh.htm#Leitrohrschellen

Gute Nacht
Tom
mehr freude. http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb 49° 13' 54" N

October 6, 2002 02:40 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Deep image of the Cocoon Nebula

Posted By Tom Licha

Hi Ron,

Millions of perfectly guided stars! Wow!

Here is my close-up version which has the same blueish faint nebula on the outer parts.

http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb/gallery_fullsize.php3?iSOId=304&iBPId=111

Gute Nacht
Tom
mehr freude. http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb 49° 13' 54" N

October 6, 2002 02:49 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Favorite Star Charts?

Posted By Tom Licha

>But I have seen these beautifully laminate and/or fold-out >star charts in my local astro shop for ~80-120 bucks.

>Does anyone use these? Are they worth it? Are they a pain >to work with at the telescope? Can you see the colored >markings of non-star objects in red light?



Hello James,

I have a copy of laminated Star Atlas. I use it only indoors. It is just too big for outdoors. But I use it very rarely. My favourite approcha is to use a good charting software. Finding things is *so* easy compared to printed versions.

Here is a link to a review of the best free software I know:

http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb/reviews_fullsize.php3?iRevId=15

Gute Nacht
Tom
mehr freude. http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb 49° 13' 54" N

October 14, 2002 08:58 AM Forum: Film Astrophotography - Imaging and Processing

New M42 image

Posted By Tom Licha

Hello,

if you are interested in my version with a Takahashi FS60C (not enough exposed yet, moon present...)

http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb/gallery_fullsize.php3?iSOId=3&iBPId=110

and a Zeiss Sonnar 135mm focal length at f/4 (moon present)

http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb/gallery_fullsize.php3?iSOId=3&iBPId=107

Thanx
Tom

October 15, 2002 12:26 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Re: Best high end barlows televue or takahashi ?

Posted By Tom Licha

I have the 5x Televue PowerMate and I think its perfect!

Gute Nacht
Tom
mehr freude. http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb 49° 13' 54" N

October 16, 2002 09:12 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Best CCD mount for under $3,000

Posted By Tom Licha

Hey Joe,

I am using a european mount called FORNAX 50. Its a real monster of stability. Carries up to 45kg of telescopes and still tracks fine enough for CCD imaging. Periodic error is arround +/- 5 arc sec. It's not really under $3000 but close. I can really recommend it.

Here is review (with pictures) that I have written:

http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb/reviews_fullsize.php3?iRevId=9

Regards
Tom

October 16, 2002 09:16 AM Forum: Film Astrophotography - Imaging and Processing

Another M42 image

Posted By Tom Licha

Hi Mike,

thats not a bad shot at all. Just a little bit of vignetting.

Gute Nacht
Tom
mehr freude. http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb 49° 13' 54" N

October 23, 2002 08:39 AM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

Best Earth based moon shot ever.

Posted By Tom Licha

Hello Eddie,

the new imaging Interferometer of the ESO (VLTi Amber) will have a resolution of about 2 meters on the moon. I shall have first light in summer 2003.

We will see wink

Gute Nacht
Tom
mehr freude. http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb 49° 13' 54" N

November 3, 2002 07:26 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Horsehead with C14

Posted By Tom Licha

Hi Ron,

looks like Finger Lakes will be very satisfied with your tests! Another great image of you.

Thanx
Tom
mehr freude. http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb 49° 13' 54" N

November 3, 2002 07:36 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Poll: Astronomy Software

Posted By Tom Licha

Mike,

there is a very good freeware version from a french university. It's available in all languages. To me that is the best software I have seen.

Please heck a review and link here:

http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb/reviews_fullsize.php3?iRevId=15

Thanx
Tom
mehr freude. http://www.licha.de/AstroWeb 49° 13' 54" N