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Imaging Equipment:

  • Takahashi Epsilon 160 f/3.3 Astrograph
  • Takahashi MT-200 f/6 Newtonian
  • RC Optical Systems 10" Carbon Tube

 

Epsilon 160

Many of the images in this site were taken using Takahashi Newtonian style optical tubes. The optical tube pictured above is a Takahashi Epsilon 160 which is attached to an Astro-Physics 1200 GTO mount.
 
I now use this optical tube with a Santa Barbara Instrument Group [SBIG] STT-8300 with the 8 position self-guiding filter wheel. I previously used this optical tube with a SBIG STL-11000M and a SBIG ST-2000XM CCD camera and also with 35 mm film.

 

MT-200

The optical tube pictured above is a Takahashi MT-200 and is shown in the configuration I use for CCD imaging. The MT-200 has an 8" primary mirror and a native focal length of 1200 mm with a f-ratio of 6.0. I now use a SBIG STT-8300 CCD camera with the 8 position self-guiding filter wheel with this optical tube. I have used the SBIG ST-10XME CCD camera with this optical tube in the past.

 

RC Optical Systems 10 inch

My long focal length instrument is a 10" f/9 Ritchey-Chretien from RC Optical Systems in Flagstaff, Arizona. I use this instrument at the native f/9 focal ratio and use a SBIG STT-8300 CCD camera with the self-guiding filter wheel. I used to use the Santa Barbara Instruments Group ST-10XME for imaging with this optical tube.