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Posts Made By: Andrew Culpepper

April 5, 2005 04:45 PM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

me and my scopes

Posted By Andrew Culpepper

I'm waiting for the sun to set. These are my first scopes, not counting the 60mm Cresent brand refractor. The MN56 is about a year old and the Mirage 7 I bought new in December. They're both wonderful.


April 5, 2005 07:06 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

M44 & Sony DSC-W1

Posted By Andrew Culpepper

I just got the Sony 2.6x 'Apo' telephoto lens for this camera. Here's a picture at full optical and digital zoom (15.6x):

It's a 30 second exposure at IS0 400, resized and sharpened in Irfanview. The camera is riding on a 7" Mirage mounted on a GM-8.

fun smile


April 5, 2005 07:52 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

Big Dipper with Cybershot - nothing special

Posted By Andrew Culpepper

A 30 second exposure with a Sony DSC-W1, ISO400, F3.5.

If it's cloudy where you are, stare at this and pretend. smile


April 28, 2004 09:53 PM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

Scopes please Scopes

Posted By Andrew Culpepper

Making do until the scope mount arrives.

May 4, 2005 09:28 AM Forum: Beginning Astronomy?

Just a quick poll.

Posted By Andrew Culpepper

My first telescope was/is an Intes Micro MN56, purchased one year ago. It now shares viewing duties with an STF Mirage 7, depending on conditions and targets.


May 15, 2005 07:38 PM Forum: Maksutovs

MN56 and Astrophotography

Posted By Andrew Culpepper

Hi Ed,
I've not used the scope for prime focus photography but have read about the problems that you and Mike have mentioned. makes a pricey focuser that is 1/2" shorter than the stock focuser and should solve the problem of lack of in travel. I've also read about someone replacing the secondary with a larger one but that seems to be defeating the main advantage of the mak-newt.

Mirage 7

May 27, 2006 06:41 PM Forum: Eyepieces


Posted By Andrew Culpepper

Hi Brian,
I have a 20xw and 30xw and love them for the ease of looking through them. To the question of what is a good low power exit pupil, it depends on you and your eyes. Being so close to the 34, I think the expense of a 30xw is not justified by exit pupil alone. If the Pentax is to be a replacement then go for it. You'll love it. I use mine as the low power eyepiece for my F6 mak-newt.


August 26, 2009 08:01 PM Forum: Eyepieces

comparison of 60- 80mm finders

Posted By Andrew Culpepper

I'm really pleased with my Stellarvue 50mm finders. Maybe their 60's and 80's are just as good.


February 11, 2011 05:03 PM Forum: Maksutovs

MK91 and DM4

Posted By Andrew Culpepper

Hi John. Looks very convenient. Has me looking at the DiscMounts website. smile Is it really stable when the MK91 is positioned between legs instead of over a leg like in the photos?


August 29, 2012 06:13 AM Forum: Maksutovs

intes 0.55X f/r

Posted By Andrew Culpepper

You could try contacting Markus Ludes at