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iOptron CEM60 Equatorial Mount | First Look

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The iOptron CEM60 is a center-balanced equatorial mount that provides an excellent platform for astrophotography.  This astrophotography mount has created quite a buzz both in terms of design and performance.  Weighing in at just 27 lbs, this mount can handle a substantial payload of 60 lbs. I've been given an opportunity to review the iOptron CEM60 this month, and hope to share my experiences in astrophotography along the way. This a step up from my previous mount used for deep sky astrophotography, the Sky-Watcher HEQ-5 Pro. The iOptron CEM60 Equatorial Mount The early feedback I…

Astrophotography with a 12nm ha filter

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With the aid of an Astronomik 12nm Ha filter, I can capture deep-sky images more often than ever before.  With both the h-alpha clip version for my Canon DSLR and the 2" CCD round mounted version for the 183C, I collect photons in every moon phase. Despite the bright 80% illuminated moon on Saturday night - I was able to capture some incredible deep sky photos of the Wizard Nebula and Bubble Nebula in narrowband h-alpha and OIII wavelengths from my city backyard. The 2" Astronomik round mounted versions thread into my Altair Lightwave 0.8x field flattener/reducer - which I unite with m…

William Optics Zenithstar 61 APO Review

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The William Optics Zenithstar 61 is a doublet apochromatic refractor telescope that excels in deep-sky DSLR astrophotography.  The Z61 is the most portable telescope ever made by William Optics, a company with a reputation for high-performance refractors. In this review, I'll tell you why I think the William Optics Zenithstar 61 is a top contender when it comes to affordable astrophotography telescopes.  I'll cover the features and specs of the scope, and share some examples of deep sky images taken using this refractor. [caption id="attachment_7179" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Th…