Let’s talk about gear!
This is my primary telescope, “Scopey McScopeFace” 🙂 It’s a Sky-Watcher StarLux 190MN (Mak-Newtonian), on a Paramount MyT mount from Software Bisque. The camera I use most often these days is an Atik 383L+, which I use with LRGB and narrowband filters to produce color images. I also have a ZWO ASI294MC Pro and an Atik 414EX camera in my arsenal for deep-sky imaging. My rig also has a Moonlite motorized focuser, and the whole thing is controlled by software called TheSkyX Pro and CCD Autopilot. The whole thing is sitting on a ScopeBuggy, which allows me to just wheel the whole thing out of my garage on a clear night and get started. Once it’s aligned, CCD Autopilot automates imaging all night long while I sleep. It’s the next best thing to an observatory or permanent pier, neither of which would be allowed in my neighborhood!
For star parties, outreach events, and planetary imaging, I also have a Celestron NexStar 8SE Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope on a Celestron Advanced VX (AVX) mount. For planetary imaging, I use a ZWO ASI224MC camera driven by FireCapture.
Other stuff I do
I’m an active supporter of The Planetary Society and board member at large for the Central Florida Astronomical Society. I also collect Star Trek costumes, props, and production artifacts and maintain No-Hate News. I’m married to a Nintendo princess who is the watcher of the cosmos.
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