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Posts Made By: Louis Busby

June 27, 2019 05:25 PM Forum: Antique/Classic/Vintage Optical Instruments

Cave Astrola GEM Restore

Posted By Louis Busby

Originally Posted by Darian Rachal
That looks very nice! smile
Thanks Darian.  I still need to soda blast the pier and pier legs then paint.  Then we start work on the clock drive.

July 10, 2019 02:37 PM Forum: Antique/Classic/Vintage Optical Instruments

Garage Find - Cave Astrola 10-Inch Deluxe

Posted By Louis Busby

Originally Posted by Richard Oberg

If you ever decide to part with this baby please let me know - I'm missing a 10" in the collection and this would probably be within driving distance.
Roger that!

August 6, 2019 01:52 AM Forum: Antique/Classic/Vintage Optical Instruments

October 7, 2019 12:01 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

NGC 891 The Silver Sliver Galaxy

Posted By Louis Busby

NGC 891 (also known as Caldwell 23 or Silver Sliver Galaxy) is an edge-on unbarred spiral galaxy about 30 million light-years away in the constellation Andromeda. It was discovered by William Herschel on October 6, 1784.

Belmont Observatory 20191004
Scope: FRC300 FL4680mm @ f15.6
Cam: ZWO ASI1600MM-C
Frame Exp: 60s
Frame Count: 223
Total integration time: 3.8hrs

October 20, 2019 05:44 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

NGC 891 The Silver Sliver Galaxy

Posted By Louis Busby

Here is a better effort on NGC 861 after some additional post-processing.  I was able to pull out additional detail in the dust lane.

October 21, 2019 04:46 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Deep Sky

NGC 891 The Silver Sliver Galaxy

Posted By Louis Busby

Thanks Eric.  Still a little bit of a tracking error, but it's the best I can do at this FL and manual tracking.

November 23, 2019 01:34 PM Forum: Antique/Classic/Vintage Optical Instruments

Cave Astrola GEM Restore

Posted By Louis Busby

Guess I never followed up with a finished restore on my 71 Cave 10" Deluxe.  Well, here it is all beautified.  Some improvements, but mostly original.

November 23, 2019 05:49 PM Forum: Antique/Classic/Vintage Optical Instruments

Cave Astrola GEM Restore

Posted By Louis Busby

Originally Posted by Darian Rachal
That is a very nice looking telescope. smile
Thanks Darian.

November 23, 2019 08:19 PM Forum: Antique/Classic/Vintage Optical Instruments

Cave Astrola GEM Restore

Posted By Louis Busby

Originally Posted by Greg Shaffer
Excellent job.....looks right off the showroom floor, perhaps even better smile
Thanks Greg.  The Software Bisque ME counterweights really make a difference in appearance.

April 15, 2020 05:46 PM Forum: Wildlife Photography

Great Blue heron @ Belmont Observatory

Posted By Louis Busby

This image is from a single frame taken from a 20 frame video through a Takahashi FS78 using a ZWO ASI290MC camera at a distance of 1000 yards.  Processed with PSCC.