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Posts Made By: John Love

January 27, 2012 09:06 PM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

My new toy

Posted By John Love

I have had my new toy for 3 months now and have only one night out with it so far. )o:
I guess we have to pay our dues.

John
CCD-Freak

AT8RC and Atik 383L+OSC camera on CGE mount with UO 80mm f6,25 and SSAG

April 3, 2012 05:02 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

M95 and SN2012aw

Posted By John Love

I was able to get out for one night in March )o;
We had 6" of rain 3 days before and it was HUMID so dew was a big problem.
I only managed to get 6 x 15 minute subs but it turned out better than I expected.

6 x 15 minutes
Atik 383L+OSC Baader UV-IR filter and AT2FF
AT8RC on CGE mount
UO 8omm f 6.25 guide scope, Atik 16IC and PHD
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John
CCD-Freak
Whitesboro, TX

May 25, 2012 02:23 PM Forum: Solar System Observing

My eclipse photo...

Posted By John Love

Hi Rex

We ended up at Fort Griffin SHS and some clouds formed during the afternoon and we thought we were going to miss the eclipse but it popped out under the clouds with about 25 minutes till sunset. Conditions were not great but hey....we saw it. (o:

Explore Scientific 127mm EDT with AT2FF....$$$$$
Olympus E-500 DSLR 1/60th....$$$$
Orion glass solar filter.....$$$
CGE mount......$$$$

Clear sky at eclipse time...."Priceless!" (o;

John
CCD-Freak

June 6, 2012 06:29 PM Forum: Solar System Observing

Venus Transit

Posted By John Love

The weather forcast in the North Texas area was not looking too good so I looked at satellite images of cloud movement and moisture then looked at the CSC pages for my surrounding areas and I decided I needed to make a " dash for tha blue". I got lucky when I ended up at the Hugo Lake State Prk in S.E. Oklahoma where I had clear skies from before first contact until 7pm local when the tops of storms to the west started playing havoc with the seeing. I set up on the east side of the lake so I would be observing over the water to improve the seeing. I was very happy that I made the 100 mile dash to clear sky. Here is a shot at 2nd contact.

Explore Scientific 127mm EDT with AT2FF
Olympus E-500 DSLR at 1/4000th
Orion Solar filter
CI-700 Mount

John
CCD-Freak

July 21, 2012 08:40 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Autoguiding scope choice: 66mm or 80mm

Posted By John Love

I use an 80mm f6.25 as a guide scope with great results with my AT8RC on a CGE mount. The 80mm has a little more light grasp and the longer 500mm FL gives better guiding with longer FL scopes.





August 4, 2012 03:08 PM Forum: Star Parties

Okie-Tex...

Posted By John Love

Hi Rex

I hope to go. Both my elderly parents are sick so I may not be able to go this year.
We will wait and see. I have some time until the deadline so I am keeping my fingers crossed. I have not missed an Okie-Tex since 2003. Hope to see you there.

John
CCD-Freak

August 26, 2012 01:25 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

M8

Posted By John Love

Great image for only 8 minutes.

CCD-Freak

January 5, 2013 11:29 AM Forum: LUNATICS

Lunar X this month?

Posted By John Love

I found this on the web.....

http://home.comcast.net/~wd9gvu/files/lunarx2013.pdf

I saw the November X quite by accident.

John
CCD-Freak

January 8, 2013 04:36 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

What's wrong with this?

Posted By John Love

It could also be collimation issues. Do you have the CCD spaced about 110mm behind the reducer? Those reducers were designed to use a prime focus camera adapter, T-ring and a 35mm camera. The reducer will really aggravate collimation errors if the spacing is not right. How long was the exposure? If you are not guiding that could be it as well as bad seeing. Try a Bahtinov mask for focusing, they work great.

Just a few possibilities...hope you can get it figured out.

John
CCD-Freak

February 21, 2013 07:08 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

My "Supernova Predictors"

Posted By John Love

Wow Eric...

I don't think I have ever seen so many asteroids in one image. I counted at least 15 and they showed a lot of movement during the exposures. When was the image taken? You are a one man NEO survey. (o: