Thought we could start a new discussion,, on the above.. we have seen the thread Carlos started about the new all singing and dancing wallet draining telescope and I'm Shure we can design a fantasy telescope system.. And keep it realistic and as cheap as possible. Maybe somebody will use some of our ideas ,, make a few quid on it and not give us any recognition lol😂🤣😂🤣
What would I like to see in my ideal all in one style set up
Portable Az and eq all in one,,,, to go from az to eq mode via an electric motor controlled from a comprehensive app on a tablet.with a degree scale to set it up.
Built in lipo battery that can be swapped and charged and powered external power source..
80mm app with a built in field flatner/ Focal reducer,, The ability to swap over cameras,, precise upgraded kit,, E.g. ,, Buy this camera ,,you need this focal tube,, fit in a five position electric filter wheel,, use this focal tube. Electric focusser,, All electronics to a central core,, And WiFi control,, Software that can process an image to a half decent stage and upload to Facebook group ect,, facility to store the raw data to do more complex post processing,,
Since I started on this until today I have spent a lot of money and time on equipment. Today I have reduced the equipment to a minimum and it is the one I propose. Telescopes evolve slowly but cameras and software go at almost light speed. For me, points 3 and 6 are the most important and the ones that have to be kept updated.
As I am quite traditional, my equipment would not be completely automated or would allow certain functions to be deactivated, I would leave the manual approach with Bahtinov, obtaining darks and flats, changing filters, just to not get bored too much and have something to do.
Stellina and company are VERY boring, they do everything and you are there looking at a screen without being able to do anything other than select an object.
I would propose 2 telescopes and a single camera.
1.- An APO of 80 mm for large objects and a Ritchie-Chretien of 203 mm for small objects.
2.- An equatorial mount of 10 kg. of payload
3.- A single 19x13 mm camera with a sensitive chip, not less than IMX294
4.- A good star map that selects and creates objective observation lists by constellation, size and brightness that directs these telescopes. Controlled with smartphone. With the more data and catalogs the better.
5.- A filter wheel with UVIR / Halpha / Light pollution control, manual.
6.- A capture software that leaves the photo stacked and finished automatically. I mean adjust the Histogram, eliminate gradients and noise, balance color and adjust the detail at least.
Why a Ritchie-Chretien: It has no intermediate glasses and eliminates coma error and spherical aberration. Hyperbolic mirrors
Why the IMX294 Camera: Good FOV that covers all celestial objects combined with the two basic telescopes. It has little electronic noise that corrects well with darks and is very sensitive.
TSOptics Ritchey-Chretien 203/1624 for small and weak objects
Tsoptics refractor AP 72/432 (fpl53) for big bright nebulae and other big objects