These other accessories are equally important in astronomy and astrophotography.
An IBM T42 (2005 model) primarily used as a field laptop during imaging sessions.
Canon LEGRIA FS20 Video Camera used not for imaging planets nor galaxies, but primarily for documenting events and taking personal videos of the whole experience :) You need an extra camera if you wish to keep souvenir photos/videos.
This mini-tripod is one of the most useful tool that I have. Very helpful in framing subjects, this tripod is strong enough to support my DSLR, yet small enough to fit in a pocket :)
16 pieces Ni-Mh AA rechargeable batteries and chargers to power cameras and other accessories.
A 5-A DC to DC converter (left) accepts an input of 12 V and provides output voltages of 15 V, 16 V, 18 V, 21 V, and 22 V. Another 2-A DC to DC converter (right) accepts an input of 12 V and provides output voltages of 1.5 V, 3 V, 4.5 V, 6 V, 7.5 V, 9 V, and regulated 12 V.
Neutral Density 3.0 (not shown) and 5.0 Baader solar filters for safe viewing and imaging of the Sun
Shortwave (SW 1-10) radio receiver for calibrating timing signals. While I would still rely on digital timers for accuracy, it is so much fun to hear the beeping sound of timing signals sent over the SW band. You should try it :)
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