New GM-8 – First Light

Aug 2009 – Finally, a night with stars and a chance to test out my new GM-8. I recently bought a brand new Losmandy GM-8. I bought this mount to serve as a portable (almost grab-n-go) to take when I head up into the hills to do imaging. I found that my CGE is just … Read more

DIY Scope Heaters

Ever had your scope objective dew up? Frustration eh? After it happened to me I went shopping for ready made heaters. Well… being frugal (i mean really cheap), I just couldn’t bring myself to part with the money they wanted for the heaters. So…. I looked for ways to do it myself. The solution I … Read more

AP Mount Considerations

After 3 years in this hobby (I hate calling it a hobby… addiction, passion, endeavor, pursuit…) I’ve formed some opinions about what makes a mount suitable for astrophotography. Choosing a mount for your telescope is a very individual thing. It’s very much dependent on your goals, your current and future telescopes and cameras, whether it’s … Read more

A 50mm Finder as a Guidescope

Back in April 2009 I wanted to have a more portable system using a more lightweight mount. thus reducing the weight of the imaging gear is a good thing. I’d seen in the forums on Cloudynights.com that some folks were using 50mm finder scopes as guiders. I decided I had to try modifying one myself. … Read more