Telescopes and other imaging equipment must be handled with extreme care. Below are some of the hard cases I use in moving my telescope and its accessories, especially when travelling to remote observing sites.
The Celestron Travel Scope 70 is a small telescope designed for viewing distant land-based targets (such as birds and trees) and for casual astronomical observations. While many enthusiasts would purchase this telescope as a grab-and-go telescope, I intend to use it as a guide scope for my autoguider setup.
To view images taken with a Celestron Travel Scope 70, click here.
I have just finished making a couple of solar shades using a solar filter. If you do not have access to a solar filter, you may use instead what is called a no. 14 welder’s glass, available in most local hardware stores.
Here’s my recent version of a peltier-cooled Canon 450D for astro-imaging. It is housed in an aluminum case with custom-fabricated mount to accept standard Canon lenses and T-adapters. The camera’s stock filters, both the IR and the dust-cleaning filter, were replaced with a Baader UV-IR filter to optimize sensitivity to H-alpha wavelengths. During operation, sensor temperature drops to 35 degrees C below ambient.
During an exposure, the imaging sensor of a DSLR heats up to 10 degrees above normal exposure, resulting to noisy images. By cooling down the sensor, it is possible to eliminate or somehow minimize this thermal noise.
Identify constellations and planets using Google Sky Map! This app uses sensors in a smartphone to generate a real-time map of the sky. Just hold the phone against the sky and Google Sky Map automatically plots the current sky objects such as the sun, moon, planets, and constellations.
The Sky-Watcher Equinox 100 ED serves as my main telescope, both for visual use and for astrophotography. The telescope comes with a wooden aluminum-lined carrying case. It is supplied with two eyepieces: 25 mm (left) and 5 mm (right). At f=900 mm, the 25 mm and the 5 mm provide magnifications of 36x and 180x, respectively. Supplied also is a 90-degree 2-inch diagonal mirror. The telescope comes with an 8 x 50 finder scope.
The Optical Tube Assembly (OTA) features a 4-in f/9 extra-low dispersion (ED) apochromatic (APO) lens design, which makes it highly suitable not only for visual observation but also for astrophotography. It features a 2-inch/1-inch dual-speed Crayford focuser with a thumbscrew underneath for locking the draw tube once focus is achieved.