Re: IEXOS-100 with prototype polar scope unguided images #iEXOS-100

Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering

On Wed, Jul 10, 2019 at 10:42 AM, Wes Mcdonald wrote:
You can get a nice little ST 80 scope for 100$.  Add $50 for the t adapter and maybe an extension tube and you will be in business at f5.  Still sort of wide.  Then add a 2x Barlow and you will be at f10 which will fill the fov for many clusters and nebula such as the Swan nebula. 
I would caution you that even though the weight limit will support the longer focal length scopes, our general advice for the iEXOS 100 mount is to not exceed 400 mm in focal length because even when guiding the residual PE will be around 2 arc-seconds which limits your plate scale to a minimum of 3-4 arc-seconds/pixel. My general advice when using any DSLR is to lower the resolution (similar to binning on an astro camera) to keep your plate scale around this level.

Modern high megapixel cameras have very small pixels, but when you select from say 16 megapixel to 4 megapixels you double the size of the pixel and you can then increase the focal length without oversampling or having a too small plate scale. This is all based on the limits of the iEXOS 100 mount mechanical performance.
Jerry Hubbell
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