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EQ-Z – RA Housing and Shaft Assembly (Part 2)

I was able to make more progress on the mounting this week. I first finalized the clutch assembly. I needed to enlarge (actually deepen) the housings for the four dowel pins (which force the clutch assembly to be kept in … Continue reading

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EQ-Z – RA Housing and Shaft Assembly (Part 1)

It’s been a while since my last progress on the equatorial mounting… But I am now officially started on the “serious” work: i.e. all of the heavy assembly work. So here’s what I have so far: Although I haven’t made any … Continue reading

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Antares to Rho Ophiuchi

June 1st, 8th and 15th 2013: This is my second light with the FSQ106EDX-III and I wanted to try to capture some nebulosity.  It also happened that I had been waiting to shoot this region of the skies for years. … Continue reading

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New wide field setup

Last year my DSLR died. I could have bought another one and have it modified but I was already well into my 17″ CDK project and thought I should just get the CCD camera I had already chosen for the … Continue reading

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EQ-Z – Motor Interface

Theoretically the Gemini-II controller could work with any brushed DC servo motor. There are some limitations to this. One is the maximum current that the IC built-in the Gemini-II controller can actually output (that limitation could probably be lifted by … Continue reading

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The Virgo Cluster

May 11th 2013: It’s been over 8 months since I was out imaging. Combination of bad weather and battles with equipment to get things straight convinced me to get an imaging scope that is adapted to my new full frame … Continue reading

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EQ-Z – RA Shaft

After several months with no work on the mounting, I finally got back to it by working on the electronics that interfaces the motors to the Gemini-II controller. Meanwhile, I sent out one of the two big lathe jobs. None … Continue reading

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EQ-Z – RA Bearing Blocks

I’ve started working on the Right Ascension housing which once assembled will be the single most massive part of the whole mounting. Two of the main parts of the RA housing are the Bearing Blocks. Each of these blocks host a large … Continue reading

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Refocusing Script for MaximDL

I wrote a simple script to start a focusing routine. The idea is to run this script regularly in an AutoSave sequence. A typical imaging sequence would be compose of 10 minutes of Luminance (slot 0) and 5 minutes of … Continue reading

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AT10IN – Relocating the Focuser

As explained in one of my last post, in order to reach focus on my G3-11000 I need to have the first element of the Paracorr at the edge of my draw tube (which is 1.5″ long on the Moonlite). … Continue reading

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