My telescopes are for looking through them not at them!(Joseph von Fraunhofer)
Celestron 6″ Newton
(150 / 750 mm)
on Vixen GP-E
2006 I bought a C6-Newton with a Sky-View mount so I could also take photos later. But the mount turned out rather flimsy so I sent it back and got a Vixen GP-E mount second-hand. Its not tracked yet but since I got a better camera its on my list now.
Photo © by Matthias Schneider
Bresser 3″ Newton (76 / 700 mm)
also called „Tchibo-Scope“
My first telescope that had to endure a lot with me. From telescope meetings in Germany, the Silvretta High Alpine Road to Scotland, this telescope was my companion. Even though larger optics are appealing for many, I did like to push the boundaries with this relatively small telescope. Another point for it is its handiness. I can just grab it and don’t need a lot of setup.
- SVBONY 1.25″ 68° wide angle oculars (6 / 9 / 15 / 20 mm )
- TS 1.25″ zoom ocular 21-7 mm
- 1.25″ Huygens-ocular 12,5 / 20 mm
- 1.25″ symetric Ramsden 4 mm
Canon EOS M50
In 2019 I finally decided to retire my EOS 350 D. After some recherches and recommendations I got an EOS M50, a system camera without mirror. Except for the facts that it needs more energy and that an adapter is needed for standard EF-lenses, the advantages of a lot less weight and size in my hand (and on the telescope) convinced me.
Open Astro Tracker (OAT)
This is an open-source DIY star tracker with 3D printed parts. I got the pre-printed kit in 2021 but so far only tested it.
- Karkoschka, Atlas für Himmelsbeobachter
- head light with red foiled LEDs
- flash light with red filter
- A spray-painted telescope pt. 4It’s been a while since I talked about this. But after those wrinkles I was a bit frustrated because sanding it down was quite some work. But with the wet sanding it worked best and I could smooth out most of the wrinkles.
- A nightsky telescope (pt. 3)Last part for the design, adding stars. After that it was just clear coating. Wait, just? If I hadn’t made a big mistake…
- A nightsky telescope (pt. 2)The next part of my spray-paint experiment. This time I added more details to get that milky way look.