Equipment Used

I have changed telescopes more often than my wardrobe. My primary interest has always been imaging and I have used a variety of instruments, each with their own strengths and limitations. Over the past 15 years, I have owned the following instruments:    

     TS-Optics 10 in. f/5 Newtonian

     APM LZOS 152mm refractor
     TPO 10 in. R-C
     Televue Genesis
     Explore Scientific 152ED refractor      
     Celestron C8, C11, and 11 in. EdgeHD
     Meade SN-8 and SN-10
     Takahashi FS-60, FS-102, FS-128, Mewlon 210, and Mewlon 250
     Vixen R200SS, NA140SS, and VC200L
     Astro-Tech AT10-RC
     Orion ED120 and 10 in. Newtonian
     William Optics Star 71 APO
     Sky-Watcher 100ED and 120ED


My primary optical tube is a Takahashi TOA-130NFB. Other current scopes inclued an Astro-Tech 8 in. R-C and Pentax 75 EDHF refractor.

My permanent mount is an iOtron CEM60. I guide with a QHY 5 L-IIM camera on a 60mm guide scope.

My field mount is an Orion Atlas EQ-G. I guide this with an SSAG or QHY 5 L-IIM (depending on the scope) on a 50mm guide scope.


I currently have three cameras for imaging: and SBIG ST-8300 with an Astronomik 12nm Ha filter, an two astro-modified Canon 650D (T4i) DSLRs.

I use a variety of 35mm lenses for imaging including, but not limited to the following:

Canon 300/4
Takumar 300/4
Super-Takumar 200/4
SMC Takumar 120/2.8
Nikon 180ED/2.8
Super-Takumar 105/2.8
SMC Takumar 50/1.4
SMC Takumar 35/3.5
SMC Takumar 24/3.5
Rokinon 14/2.8