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QHY + SBIG + Olympus = A cool toy (Pun Intended)

24 May 2013, 02:25 UTC
QHY + SBIG + Olympus = A cool toy (Pun Intended)
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Traded out recently for some toys. I missed my old QHY-8 OSC CCD, so now I have another one. What's as good as a DSLR for wide field, but also as good as a CCD for sensitivity with thermoelectric cooling and low noise? A CCD that can use SLR lenses. So if you take a QHY-8 for example, go get a bayonet adapter from SBIG, and some SLR lenses, and slap this hodgepodge together, you get exactly that - a super sensitive, low noise, wide field imager.Here's a test shot indoors during the early morning hours while it was still dark out. 1 second on a DVD shelf across the room. Looks like it reaches focus just fine. Next Step - mounting hardware to piggyback it on my new CGEM DX EQ mount or on top of whatever OTA I end up picking up here shortly. For now it's all back in the box for the big move coming in the next few days.

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