February 23, 2012

New camera and other toys

Hi all

For a while now I have been on the lookout for a small mono chip camera and luckily last week I managed to get my hands on a second-hand Starlight express SXVF-H9 and as luck would have it I also found a SX filter wheel and OAG. Perfect me thinks, well not quite, the filter wheel, OAG, camera set up fits together like a glove. The only issue is that the OAG connection is a c mount and is designed to work with a SX guide head and lodestar, now while I would love a lodestar I’m having problems enough hiding my current expenditure from the misses without adding to it.
So I had to find a way of connecting a t thread DSI to a c mount which wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, anyway after a lot of goggling and chats with FLO and SteveL (many thanks again guys) we located this Compact C-to-T Adapter – Edmund Optics from Edmund Optics.
The connector itself is a bit loose on the threads of the OAG but some PTFE tape will soon resolve that, all I need to do now is get them par focal and we are all set to go.

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