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Posts Made By: william caspe

February 27, 2005 04:48 PM Forum: TeleVue

np127

Posted By william caspe

has anyone had the opportunity to compare the np127 to the toa130. i am looking to buy a 5 inch scope to use on my g11, and these are the final two contneders. thanks, bill

March 1, 2005 10:32 AM Forum: Astro-Physics

losmandy g11

Posted By william caspe

will the new g11 support the ap160 for astrophotography

March 27, 2005 07:44 PM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

guiding a nikon D100

Posted By william caspe

Hi: I'm about to get into astrophotography using either my np 101 or AP 155 on a Losmandy g11 mount. I have a nikon d100 digital slr and the appropriate rings and attachments. I would like some advice on how to guide images of longer than a minute or two; an off-axis guider, a flip-mirror, etc. ?? Thanks a lot for your help. Bill Caspe

July 17, 2005 06:22 PM Forum: TeleVue

light-weight tripod

Posted By william caspe

I have an NP 101 that I like to take on the road. The problem is the weight of the gibralter tripod. Has anyone had any experience with lighter weight tripods to be used just for viewing and not astrophotography. By the way - the 25" x 15" x 10" Televue travel case has yet to be challenged as a carry-on piece by the airlines - doesn't mean that they don't open the bag and ask lots of questions. Thanks for your help, Bill Caspe

November 13, 2005 06:46 PM Forum: Digital SLR AstroPhotography

DSLR focusing

Posted By william caspe

Hi: I could use some of your collected wisdom. I am relatively new to astrophotography and want to use my Nikon D100 on a Tak 150 at New Mexico Skies this spring. They do not have any DSLR software on their computers and so I must use the Tak focuser/Robofocus combination to manually focus the camera. What do you think is the best way to manually focus a DSLR, and as a corollary, how do the software packages ( Maxim DSLR or DSLR focus) compare. Thanks for your help, Bill Caspe

March 29, 2007 08:18 AM Forum: TeleVue

TeleVue 60 and CCD Camera

Posted By william caspe

Hi: I could use some help. I am trying to use my TeleVue 60 as a guiding scope with my new Trifid Nugget. Can't seem to find the focal plane even with multiple extensions, using the diagonal, etc. Anyone have any experience using a CCD camera with this otherwise exceptional scope. Thanks, Bill Caspe

March 29, 2007 08:20 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

Trifid Nugget and the TeleVue 60 for guiding

Posted By william caspe

Hi: I could use some help. I am trying to use my TeleVue 60 as a guiding scope with my new Trifid Nugget. Can't seem to find the focal plane even with multiple extensions, using the diagonal, etc. Anyone have any experience using a CCD camera with this otherwise exceptional scope. Thanks, Bill Caspe

August 26, 2007 11:54 AM Forum: Home Observatories

Where to go?

Posted By william caspe

I could use some advise. My wife has agreed to purchasing a summer, and eventually year-round, house in a dark-sky location where I can build an observatory. But, her requirements are rather stringent. We have to be: no more than 2 1/2 hours from New York, and near a cultural or college community. Northwest Connecticut or Southwest Mass look reasonable. I would also like to find a community with other amateur astronomers or an active club. I would love to hear what you folks think. Thanks, Bill

October 10, 2007 05:45 AM Forum: Star Parties

motorhome vs. a trailer

Posted By william caspe

Contemplating retirement and a bunch of star parties ( mostly on the East coast ) every year, I would love to hear your suggestions regarding purchasing a motorhome or trailer - just for star parties and other short weekend trips. What do you like or dislike, and why. What size, what features, etc. Thanks for the help. Bill

November 24, 2007 05:53 PM Forum: Refractors

protecting your telescope without a dome

Posted By william caspe

I've recently gotten into the habit of leaving my refractor on a G11 with SGIG camera attacthed out on the back patio 24/7 waiting for clear skies. I have it covered with a telegizmo cover only - no light, no heater, no nothing. It stays dry in the rain, doesn't blow over in the wind, and starts right up when I want to image. And most importantly, it holds the polar alignment. Am I risking damaging the refractor ( NP101) or the camera, etc. Love to get your advice on this.. Bill