This is a set of pages about my imaging equipment. Initially I had just one page for equipment and images, but of course more and more equipment arrived over time so I had to break it up. The equipment not needing more in-depth coverage is mentioned below, the other stuff is described in the following sections: cameras, guiders, software & computers, Bahtinov masks, light box, off-axis guiders, adaptive optics, imaging with C14 and imaging with O10. Non-imaging equipment is discussed in accessories section. My photo gallery can be browsed from astrophotography.
The best thing that I ever done for my astrophotography is to build the observatory. It is so easy to set up everything for imaging, and then control it from a warm room! The two imaging telescopes CGE1400 and Orion 10" Newt sit on the piers in the open part, while computers and the operator sit in the warm room. The Omega-2 piers have their own AC/DC converters and they provide source of 12V DC and 110V AC power. Controlling the scopes and cameras is another thing. I have 5 cables running to each pier, and I need 3 USB ports in each notebook:
So far most of the imaging I did was using one shot color (OSC) cameras: Canon 40D (modified) and CCD-Labs QHY8 (Q453HR). However, even with these sensors it is possible to do narrowband, and even Hubble palette type imaging, with a loss of resolution. I have Astronomik 12nm Hα filter, Astronomik 12nm OIII filter and 12nm SII filter. For LRGB imaging with my SBIG ST-8300M mono camera I got Astronomik LRGB filter set.
And in the end one needs lots of different adapters, barrel extenders, T-thread extenders and such. The best place to get such things is ScopeStuff, and I have accumulated my share as you can see below ... It is good to have few spares at hand, nothing is more frustrating than loosing a good clear night because I forgot to order a $1 piece of equipment.