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Me & the Equipment:
60mm Takahashi Refractor Telescope with a
355mm Focal Length option, Camera-Imaging Source/Celestron 1600x1200 Skyris Camera, Takahashi Teagul Equatorial Mount,
It's weight is a mere two pounds. It's weight makes it excellent for use on the Teagul Equatorial Mount. It is also excellent as a traveler for future A modification of the Focuser was made to make it a 2 speed.
Image of the Telescope shows a 1600x1200 pixel Imaging Source/Celestron Skyris "Planetary Camera." This Telescope can be used for observing. A 24mm Televue Panoptic provides 14x with a 4.9 degree field of view.
Future Solar Eclipses & more...
Hybrid Solar Eclipse
One for the
April 20th, 2023
What is a
Hybrid Solar Eclipse?
This Solar Eclipse transitions from Annular to a Total and back to an Annular.
April 8th, 2024
Good luck finding a parking place!
To ensure a clear sky view, Eclipse
chasers worldwide are expected to jam up the Southern States.
The Imaging Telescope
The SharpStar 61 is part of a series
of new is Telescopes to enter the market place. I
collapses to a size so small, that the Telescope and Mount fit
into one Pelican IM-2100 case.
This Telescope can be used for observing. A 24mm Televue Panoptic Eyepiece provides 14x with a 4.9 degree field of view. But this Telescope will probably never be used for any other purpose than imaging Lunar, Solar or Transit events.
The Takahashi Teegul Mount
This Mount has been modified to reduce it's foot print in a carrying case (see image below), creaating a modular Mount/Telescope design. The counterweight shaft/housing and has been removed to reduce weight. The red line (pictured below), shows the weight distribution to acheive "near" blance around the R.A. axis. The black battery pack attached to the R.A. Drive Housing aids the weight distribution.
This is my only Tracking Mount. This is a clever mount with numerous configuration options. It is accurate and has carried larger payloads then intended, without issues. It has supported the 85mm Televue Refractor. It has been used for imaging since the Venus Transit in 2004.
Eclipse Exposure Chart