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Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Steve Siedentop
 

Looks good Derrell!  What are the specifics on the image (ISO, exposure length, number of exposures, etc.).  Inquiring minds want to know!

-Steve 

On Sun, Oct 24, 2021 at 10:45 PM Derrell Oliver <mtbkr123@...> wrote:
Hey Guys,
I recently purchased a new Camera, an Asto Modified Canon 600D T3i, here is the first image I've used it on.
The Bubble Nebula, 1hr 48min, 180sec expoures @ iso800, SvBony UHC filter, using my iEXOS-100 mount and my Astro-Tech AT80ED.  I was getting great tracking on this night,  total RMS Error stayed around (0.86") , this is a 
great mount !! 


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Derrell Oliver

ES iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight with ES Heavy Duty ST3 tripod & Azimuth Adjuster
ES USB Power Bank
Astro-Tech AT80ED.
Astro-Tech 0.8 Field Flattener/Reducer.
Meade Infinity ST80 with Lunt Solar dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 90 with GSO dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 130 with ScopeStuff 1.25 crayford focuser.
ZWO ASI120mc-s, Canon XSi 450d.
ZWO ASI120mm-mini & ZWO 30mm f/4 Mini Guide Scope
EQ2 Mount with Orion EQ-2M RA Drive.
AZ3 Alt-Azimuth Mount.


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Mounts: ES PMC-8 G11 with Ruland Couplers and One Piece Worm Blocks, Skywatcher NEQ-6
Scopes: ES ED127CF FCD100, Orion 6” Mak, Stellarvue SV80EDT, Coronado Solarmax 40
Cameras:  CentralDS CDS-600, CentralDS Astro 60D, Orion Starshoot SSAG
Msc: Moonlite Focusers, Astrozap Dew Straps, Pegasus Ultimate PowerBox
Software: PixInsight, Cartes du Ciel, BackyardEOS, SkySafari


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Derrell Oliver
 

One more Image of the Bubble, Cropped.
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Derrell Oliver

ES iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight with ES Heavy Duty ST3 tripod & Azimuth Adjuster
ES USB Power Bank
Astro-Tech AT80ED.
Astro-Tech 0.8 Field Flattener/Reducer.
Meade Infinity ST80 with Lunt Solar dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 90 with GSO dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 130 with ScopeStuff 1.25 crayford focuser.
ZWO ASI120mc-s, Canon XSi 450d.
ZWO ASI120mm-mini & ZWO 30mm f/4 Mini Guide Scope
EQ2 Mount with Orion EQ-2M RA Drive.
AZ3 Alt-Azimuth Mount.


Re: Astrophotography Done with the iEXOS-100, EXOS 2, and G11 Post your Pictures and Details! Lets Show What These Mounts Can Do. #G11 #astrophotography #iEXOS-100 #EXOS2

Derrell Oliver
 
Edited

Hey Guys,
I recently purchased a new Camera, an Astro Modified Canon 600D T3i, here is the first image I've used it on.
The Bubble Nebula, 1hr 48min, 180sec expoures @ iso800, SvBony UHC filter, using my iEXOS-100 mount and my Astro-Tech AT80ED.  I was getting great tracking on this night,  total RMS Error stayed around (0.86") , this is a 
great mount !! 


--
Derrell Oliver

ES iEXOS-100 PMC-Eight with ES Heavy Duty ST3 tripod & Azimuth Adjuster
ES USB Power Bank
Astro-Tech AT80ED.
Astro-Tech 0.8 Field Flattener/Reducer.
Meade Infinity ST80 with Lunt Solar dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 90 with GSO dual speed crayford focuser.
Meade Polaris 130 with ScopeStuff 1.25 crayford focuser.
ZWO ASI120mc-s, Canon XSi 450d.
ZWO ASI120mm-mini & ZWO 30mm f/4 Mini Guide Scope
EQ2 Mount with Orion EQ-2M RA Drive.
AZ3 Alt-Azimuth Mount.


Re: Trying to flash Exos II GT to latest firmware.

Wes Mcdonald
 

James

I presume you have an exos2gt pmc8? 

Wes


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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100, ESG11
ES ED 127+MoonLite Focuser, 10" LX200GPS+ MoonLite focuser+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified, ASI071 cooled OSC, ASI MM290 guide camera
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Trying to flash Exos II GT to latest firmware.

Wes Mcdonald
 

James

You don’t need the configuration manager to connect to download firmware.   

On connection tab set the comm port for serial.  Forget about WiFi. 

Goto advanced tab.  Use the file browser to find the 2A01.1.eeprom file.   Select it.  The. Press the button to program the pmc8. It will work

If it does not then you naught not have a working usb to serial converter which you need on the exos2 pmc8.  Or you might not have a driver for the usb to serial converter.  If you go to the device manager you should see the usb to serial shown with its associated comm port if all is good. 

Try this and let us know.

And be sure to configure the firmware using the new PmC8 configuration tool included in the zip file by following the instructions in the included  pdf document.  Don’t forget to do this.  It must be done.

Wes


On Sun, Oct 24, 2021 at 10:18 AM James <jeverson.biz@...> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

I downloaded the new package and extracted it. I connected the mounts wifi. I connected my serial cable. Opened the Config Manager v1. It sees that I am on the mount's wifi. It sees the mount on the correct com port. However, when I click on the "do it" button, it just keeps saying that mount doesn't seem to be connected. I'm on a firmware version that only allows control access via wifi or serial. It is currently in wifi mode, but will not connect. Please help.

Thank you

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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, William Optics SpaceCat 51, Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length), SVBONY SV165 Mini Guide Scope 30mm (120mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification), ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome
Filters: Optolong CLS-CCD, Baader Planetarium UHC-S Nebula Filter, and Orion SkyGlow Astrophotography Filter
Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Software: Windows 10 Home (20H2), PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100, ESG11
ES ED 127+MoonLite Focuser, 10" LX200GPS+ MoonLite focuser+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified, ASI071 cooled OSC, ASI MM290 guide camera
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Backlash in RA worm gear on Exos-100

James <jeverson.biz@...>
 

Wes,

Thank you for the description. I am including some pics this time to make sure we are talking about the same thing. In the pics, the worm gear (yellow arrows) is what is moving laterally. The screw/nut one the right side (red arrows) is what I am attempting to adjust. That screw/nut will not budge at all. Is there something I can't see locking it in place? Should it be that way? I got the impression from that video that it should move rather freely or with minimal effort.



Thanks


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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, William Optics SpaceCat 51, Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length), SVBONY SV165 Mini Guide Scope 30mm (120mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification), ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome
Filters: Optolong CLS-CCD, Baader Planetarium UHC-S Nebula Filter, and Orion SkyGlow Astrophotography Filter
Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Software: Windows 10 Home (20H2), PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Re: Backlash in RA worm gear on Exos-100

Wes Mcdonald
 

James:

1.  First you must loosen the nut that is around the piece you are describing.  This is done with a regular crescent wrench.

2  The collett, which is the piece you must tighten, is fragile, so be sure you don't try to grab it with pliers

3.  You may need to purchase a spanner wrench.  On some of these units locktite was applied.  So be careful.  

I bought something about like this:




Wes.



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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100, ESG11
ES ED 127+MoonLite Focuser, 10" LX200GPS+ MoonLite focuser+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified, ASI071 cooled OSC, ASI MM290 guide camera
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Trying to flash Exos II GT to latest firmware.

James <jeverson.biz@...>
 
Edited

I downloaded the new package and extracted it. I connected the mounts wifi. I connected my serial cable. Opened the Config Manager v1. It sees that I am on the mount's wifi. It sees the mount on the correct com port. However, when I click on the "do it" button, it just keeps saying that mount doesn't seem to be connected. I'm on a firmware version that only allows control access via wifi or serial. It is currently in wifi mode, but will not connect. Please help.

Thank you

--
Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, William Optics SpaceCat 51, Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length), SVBONY SV165 Mini Guide Scope 30mm (120mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification), ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome
Filters: Optolong CLS-CCD, Baader Planetarium UHC-S Nebula Filter, and Orion SkyGlow Astrophotography Filter
Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Software: Windows 10 Home (20H2), PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Backlash in RA worm gear on Exos-100

James <jeverson.biz@...>
 

Hey guys and gals. I was pulling out my 100 that I haven't used in a while and noticed quite a bit of backlash in the RA axis. I found this tutorial and tried to follow it. It appears the issue is that the worm gear has to much lateral movement. There is a "screw" on the side opposite the drive belt that you are supposed to be able to tighten or loosen to adjust this lateral movement. The screw is actually hollow and only has two inset groves where the threads are. Even my widest flathead won't cover the width and I tried using a dime like the guy in the video did and all it did was bend the coin. It is in there really tight. Anyone else seen this? What did you use to adjust this screw?

Thanks


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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, William Optics SpaceCat 51, Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length), SVBONY SV165 Mini Guide Scope 30mm (120mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification), ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome
Filters: Optolong CLS-CCD, Baader Planetarium UHC-S Nebula Filter, and Orion SkyGlow Astrophotography Filter
Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Software: Windows 10 Home (20H2), PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Re: Ascom error using All Sky Plate Solver #ASCOM

Jennifer Shelly
 

Use ASTAP instead of ASPS and your plate solving woes will disappear.
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Sincerely,

Jennifer Shelly
AstroPorch, VA

Mounts: ES PMC-8 G-11, PMC-8 EXOS-2, PMC-8 iEXOS-100
Scopes: ES ED127 FCD-100 f/7.5, N208CF f/3.9 / Askar FRA400 f/5.6, FRA600 f/5.6 / Meade LX850 10” ACF f/8 / QHY Mini Guide Scope f/4.3 / Solomark F60 Guide Scope f/3.6
Cameras: QHY600M, 128C, 168C, 183M, 5III174C
Misc: MoonLite CFL 2.5, High Res Stepper, V2 Mini Controller / Baader SteelTrack NT, SteelTrack SC, SteelDrive II, UFC, 2” LRGBSHO CCD / Optolong 2" L-Pro, L-eNhance, L-Extreme, 1.25” LRGBSHO CCD / QHY CFW3-L, CFW3-S, OAG-M / Primaluce Lab Sesto Senso 2
Imaging Software:  NINA, APT, SharpCap Pro
Processing Software: PixInsight / Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Elements


Re: Just flashed my iExos-100 mount to latest firmware and it appears to have changed the WiFi ID

James <jeverson.biz@...>
 

Micheal,

That got it. Suppose it might have helped if I had RTFM the new manual/guide. Now to update my Exos II GT. Fingers crossed.

 Thanks
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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, William Optics SpaceCat 51, Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length), SVBONY SV165 Mini Guide Scope 30mm (120mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification), ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome
Filters: Optolong CLS-CCD, Baader Planetarium UHC-S Nebula Filter, and Orion SkyGlow Astrophotography Filter
Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Software: Windows 10 Home (20H2), PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Re: Just flashed my iExos-100 mount to latest firmware and it appears to have changed the WiFi ID

Micheal
 

James

   I think i had the same thing when i updated. Wifi disconnected.

   Try reconnecting the Wifi  to your computer then you should use the PMC-Eight 2AO1 configuration tool 1.0 to do the final connection to the Mount. You should not have to use the old tool any more. Unless maybe fore a firmware update in the future??

Micheal

On 10/23/2021 10:58 AM, James wrote:
When I initially connected, the WiFi IS was the typical PMC_Eight1234 ID. After the flash, it now shows up as ESP_9840EF which the Config Manager doesn't recognize as a valid name. I still have a good serial connection but need to get the WiFi working asap as I plan on imaging tonight.



Thanks


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Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, William Optics SpaceCat 51, Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length), SVBONY SV165 Mini Guide Scope 30mm (120mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification), ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome
Filters: Optolong CLS-CCD, Baader Planetarium UHC-S Nebula Filter, and Orion SkyGlow Astrophotography Filter
Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Software: Windows 10 Home (20H2), PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Just flashed my iExos-100 mount to latest firmware and it appears to have changed the WiFi ID

James <jeverson.biz@...>
 

When I initially connected, the WiFi IS was the typical PMC_Eight1234 ID. After the flash, it now shows up as ESP_9840EF which the Config Manager doesn't recognize as a valid name. I still have a good serial connection but need to get the WiFi working asap as I plan on imaging tonight.



Thanks


--
Mounts: Explore Scientific EXOS II GT, iEXOS-100, Celestron AVX
Scope: Explore Scientific AR102, AR152, FirstLight 152mm Mak-Cassegrain, William Optics SpaceCat 51, Sky-Watcher Evostar ED APO 72mm
Guide Scope: Astromania 50mm Guidescope (190mm focal length), SVBONY SV165 Mini Guide Scope 30mm (120mm focal length)
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120MM Mini Monochrome
Camera: Canon RP (IR modification), ZWO ASI120MM-S Monochrome
Filters: Optolong CLS-CCD, Baader Planetarium UHC-S Nebula Filter, and Orion SkyGlow Astrophotography Filter
Laptop: Dell XPS 13
Software: Windows 10 Home (20H2), PHD2, ASCOM, and APT


Re: Ascom error using All Sky Plate Solver #ASCOM

Wes Mcdonald
 

Jordan

Not sure about how the plate solver works that you are using.   But….

What version of firmware are you using?

Hiw are you connected, with ascom via poth or hub?  How is the plate solver connected to ascom?

Are you successful in using ascom to move your mount around say with stellarium or CDC?

Wes


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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100, ESG11
ES ED 127+MoonLite Focuser, 10" LX200GPS+ MoonLite focuser+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified, ASI071 cooled OSC, ASI MM290 guide camera
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: IEXOS-100 load for lucky imaging #iEXOS-100

Bear40
 


--i have c5 with a svbony 60 mm guide scope and zwi 120 mc and Sony a600 .  I use a 4 lb dive lead weight that I drilled and sandwich between the  the supplies weights works but not a great look. 
Bear40 

Clestron C5
Zhumell 10in Dob
exos 100
Zwo 120 mc
Sony alpha 6000
Sbony 60mm guide scope


Ascom error using All Sky Plate Solver #ASCOM

 

Hey all. 
I am trying to plate solve wirelessly with my iexos100, and after taking the pictures, and solving the image, my last step was to "solve and sync" which I assume will physically move my Mount to the proper coordinates. I keep getting an error after clicking the button https://i.imgur.com/1S2AVGR.jpg

Any thoughts? 
Thanks
-Jordan

Nikon D5200, Iexos 100, Explore stars, backyard Nikon, ASPS 


Re: Telescope Recommendations #iEXOS-100

Wes Mcdonald
 

Yes chuck is correct. 

Other vendor equipment is to be discussed in the applications sub group, but even then it should be relevant to a pmc8 user experience.  Employing the asiair on a pmc8 mount is a great example.

Frank have some go advice in that some scopes may require an extra counterweight, or extension of the 100’s weight bar.  

The exos 2 may need a lighter weight counter weight for small scopes.  

Each mount has a rated payload, on for visual one for astro.  Scope choice should consider those limits.   All scopes sold indicate their weight.

Many telescope recommendations my be found on other genera purpose forums.  

Wes






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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100, ESG11
ES ED 127+MoonLite Focuser, 10" LX200GPS+ MoonLite focuser+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified, ASI071 cooled OSC, ASI MM290 guide camera
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Telescope Recommendations #iEXOS-100

 

While on the subject of telescope purchases, it might be apropos to mention the company that provides this forum for us (Explore Scientific).   In addition to the PMC-Eight mounts, they make wonderful, highly rated, and sought-after scopes, too!

 

Even better, perhaps we should be limiting our telescope discussions to weight, size, and other generic attributes as they relate to the PMC-Eight System mounts.   

 

Just Sayin’

 

 

Chuck Lewis

 

 

 

From: MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io <MAIN@ESPMC-Eight.groups.io> On Behalf Of Frank Rich
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:43 PM
To: MAIN@espmc-eight.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] Telescope Recommendations #iEXOS-100

 

I use the WO Z61 easy to find targets (wide field of view) you will need the flattener if taking photos IMO

Also to balance the mount, you may need another counterweight.  I just threaded a 6" bolt into the counterweight bar so I can slide my (2) weights further down to achieve balance

 

Very well made and easy to setup

 

 

Regards

Frank Rich


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Scope: Explore Scientific AR-102, Astro-Tech AD72ED, Nikon kit lenses
Mounts: Exos2GT-PMC8, Homebrew barndoor tracker
Camera: Nikon D7000, QHY5III-462C
S/W:  APT, DeepSkyStacker, Stellarium, CdC, PHD2, Sharpcap Pro, Gimp, RawTherapee, StarTools


Re: Telescope Recommendations #iEXOS-100

Frank Rich
 

I use the WO Z61 easy to find targets (wide field of view) you will need the flattener if taking photos IMO
Also to balance the mount, you may need another counterweight.  I just threaded a 6" bolt into the counterweight bar so I can slide my (2) weights further down to achieve balance

Very well made and easy to setup


Regards
Frank Rich


Re: Telescope Recommendations #iEXOS-100

Captain Haddock
 

While I don't have this mount yet, I have a Skywatcher 72ED doublet. It weighs about 4 pounds and I'm happy with it. I used it for occasional visual viewing as well. It does show some chromatic aberration (occasionally blue stars) in pictures.

Check out the refractors by Astrotech. They appear well reviewed, and without the premium pricing of a William Optics.

Also keep in mind that refractors at your intended focal length will require a field flattener (or else, you will have to crop out all but the center of your picture). I bought one from Orion that costs about $130 (again, the cheapest one I could find). It works well, but factor that into your budget.


On Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 12:01 PM Godfrey B <godash23@...> wrote:
Hi all!

It's getting close to Christmas, and so far, I'm loving the iEXOS-100. Now I want to move forward with replacing my camera lens with an actual telescope. There's so many options on the market, so I'm having some trouble picking which one works. At the minimum, I'm looking for a refractor that can sit well with the base tripod; a widefield focal length (300mm+) with a budget close to 800$. At the time of me writing this, I was looking over the SharpStar 61EDPH II, but Cuiv's recent video about the refractor and chromatic aberration is giving me second thoughts. I was also looking at the Zenithstar 61, and the focal length is good, but the price point is extremely close to budget. If any of you can, I would love to hear what your thoughts are along with pictures of the set-up and any recommendations (either what was listed or otherwise).

Hoping to hear from you all soon!
--

Godfrey Benjamin
Mount: IEXOS-100 with Polar Scope
Camera: Nikon D5300
Hardware: Raspberry Pi 4B, Amazon Fire HD 8, Rocksolar Weekender RS81
Software: Kstars, Ekos, Explorestars, Pixinsight
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

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