Equipment and Setup


My current setup is comprised of a Meade 10 inch LX-200 classic SCT.  It is mounted on a Mitty wedge and ATS Portable Pier.  This provides for a very stable foundation and setup.  The pier rests on JMI Medium Wheeley Bars with 10 inch all terrain wheels.

The Meade LX-200 has been upgraded with a feathertouch focuser, mirror vibration lock modification, and Telrad Finder.

Piggybacked onto the LX-200 is a Williams Optics ZenithStar 66mm Semi-Apochromatic Refractor.

This setup is controlled with either an Apple laptop or more recently wirelessly with the IPAD running sky safari.  The accessories are stored in a Sears Tool Cabinet and is rolled out with the scope.

My quick grab and go setup includes a Televue-85 Apochromatic Refractor mounted on a Great Polaris Equatorial Mount outfitted with the sky-sensor 2000

Cameras:        Canon EOS 1000D Modified

                        Meade DSI (used as Autoguider)

                        Vista toUcam Pro Modified Web Cam for Planetary Imaging

Accessories:   Celestron 6.3 Focal Reducer

                         Televue 0.8X Reducer/flattener

                         WO 0.8x Reducer/Flattener II

                         Televue 2.5X and 5X Powermates

                         Astronomik  CLS-CCD EOS Clip Filter

Computer:       Apple MacBook PRO

                         Apple IPAD with Sky Safari

                         Equinox 6


                         Photoshop CS5

                         PHD Guiding Software

                         EOS Movie Record

                         Keith’s Image Stacker