DON WRIGHT'S ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY


My Equipment

Telescope 1:
Televue NP-101,  101mm (4-inch) f/5.4 apochromatic refractor
Telescope 2:
Meade LX850 (OTA), 10-inch f/8 ACF
Telescope 3:
William Optics Star71,  71mm (2.8-inch) f/4.9 apochromatic refractor
Telescope 4:
Lunt LS100THa Hydrogen Alpha Solar Telescope (double stacked) and B1800 blocking filter diagonal
Telescope 5:
Homemade 10-inch f/6.7 Newtonian reflector
Guide-Scope 1:
Stellarvue SV80/9D,  80mm (3.15-inch) achromatic refractor
Guide-Scope 2:
Orion ShortTube 80,  80mm f/5 achromatic refractor)
Mount 1:
Losmandy G11 German Equatorial with Gemini 2 GOTO System
Mount 2:
iOptron ZEQ25GT Equatorial
Guiding Camera:
Orion StarShoot AutoGuider with PHD guiding software
Camera 1:
QSI 583ws with Astrodon filters
Camera 2:
Canon 20Da DSLR
Camera 3:
Canon 50D DSLR (Unmodified)
Camera 4:

IS DBK21AU618.AS (For planetary imaging with the Meade 10")
Camera 5:

Celestron Skyris 274M (For solar imaging with the Lunt Solar Ha scope, and lunar imaging with other scopes)
Camera 6:
Celestron Skyris 618M (For planetary imaging with the Meade 10")


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Lunt LS100THa - 100mm f/7 Ha Solar Scope with the DSII module.


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Lunt LS100THa - 100mm f/7 Ha Solar Scope (shown here without the DSII module).


wo-star71
William Optics WO-Star71 (71mm f/4.9 Imaging APO Refractor) with Orion ShortTube 80 on top for auto-guiding.


wo-star71
William Optics WO-Star71 (71mm f/4.9 Imaging APO Refractor) with Orion ShortTube 80 on top for auto-guiding.


Meade
Meade 10" f/8 ACF and Stellarvue 80mm guidescope mounted on the Losmandy G11.


Meade
Rear view showing the QSI 583ws camera on the 10", and the Orion Starshoot AutoGuider on the 80mm.

focus
The Remote Focus Contraption (RFC) built by my brother, Jerry Wright.   It is custom machined to fit the new Meade f/8 ACF focuser.  It uses a Futaba S3004 servo motor, and a Shoestring FCUSB interface.

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Closeup view of the RFC.


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The majority of the images on this website were taken through the 4" refractor at left, a Televue NP-101.  The trailer provides a refuge from the dew, and mosquitoes.  A laptop inside the trailer controls everything.  Active USB cables connect the cameras to the laptop.  The Losmandy G11/Gemini2 mount connects to the laptop via Ethernet cable.


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A close-up view of the QSI 583ws camera on the Televue NP-101.


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The Stellarvue SV80/9D with a new MoonLite focuser.  The mount is a iOptron ZEQ25GT.  This telescope was used mostly as guide-scope, but now I use it mostly for observing.  It has a good achromatic objective lens.

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Closeup of the new MoonLite focuser.


inside
( 2010 )
Inside the astro-imaging trailer.



1969
( 1969 )
Homemade 10" f/6.7 Newtonian Reflector



2006
( 2006 )06
The 10" telescope shown in the previous photo was completely rebuilt in 1978.  The optics are the only original parts.  My grandson, Casey, is seen here posing with the telescope at Tree Farm Campground in Springfield, Vermont, a few days prior to the 2006 Stallafane convention.  This 350 pound scope is rarely used now.