I’m just a guy who happens to have two complementary hobbies: photography and astronomy.
I use a Canon EOS 600D, a 650D and a modded Canon 350D with an assortment of lenses, telescopes and mounts.
- Canon EFS 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
- Canon EFS 18-135mm
- Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for landscapes and starfields
- Sigma 120-400mm 4.5-5.6 APO HSM (Not the sharpest lens around but definately not the the most expensive.. )
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
- Canon EFS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Canon EFS 55-250mm f/4-5.6
An impressive list of non-impressive camera lenses, except for the 60mm macro and Tokina. Also, the 55-250mm zoom lens has a surprising sharpness to it at 250mm. See here.
My astronomy gear includes a reasonably old Meade 8″ SCT (Scmitt Casegrain) telescope with a f/6.2 focal reducer / field flattener and a variety of gadgets, webcams, home built CCD camera, etc. I also have an Orion EON ED 80mm refractor with a field flattener.
I use an iOptron SkyTracker for long exposures on a tripod. One of my current projects include an autoguiding star tracker with stepper motor and Arduino processor.
I have started using Astrobin to host my images at full resolution. Look at http://www.astrobin.com/users/TheoP/. This site is not free anymore and I am not publishing new photos there.
- I am getting a small metal lathe and want to make more worm wheels. Maybe I could sell a few of them to help me buy a new mount.
- I have modified my Canon 600D camera to replace the infrared filter with a clear glass filter. The focusing distance of the converted camera have changed a small amount and my Tokina lens does not reach infinity anymore. I will have to re-adjust the CCD in the 600D to get the focusing distance within reach of my lenses again.
- I want to sell my modified 350D. Anybody interested?
- Build a camera box with peltier cooling for the modified 600D to reduce noise on long exposure astrophotography shots.
- Get a full frame Canon camera body (Canon 6D ?) and a set of L lenses.
- Get a decent tracking mount (EQ6 ?), remove the 8″ optical tube assembly from the Meade SC fork mount and put it on the new mount
- O yes, and win the lottery to finance all of this.