First Light Takahashi Sky 90 ST-10XME CFW10 Astrophotography Set Up

Takahashi Sky 90 + SBIG ST-10XME + CFW10

Takahashi Sky 90 + SBIG ST-10XME + CFW10

For my 15th wedding anniversary, my wife bought me an SBIG ST-10XME, a CFW10, and a full set of Astrodon Series E Gen 1 filters (LRGB + SII, OIII, and Ha).  Here is my imaging set up, which includes the following:

Takahashi Sky 90II Refractor Telescope (f/5.6; 500mm)

SBIG ST-10XME Monochrome CCD Camera

SBIG CFW10 Filter Wheel

  • Inside the Filter Wheel are 1.25″ mounted Astrodon Series E Gen 2 Filters (LRGB + SII, OIII, and Ha)
SBIG CFW10 Astrodon E Series Gen 1 Filters

SBIG CFW10 Astrodon E Series Gen 2 Filters

To connect the CCD to the Telescope, I use the following combination:

1.  Camera Angle Adjuster

2.  Field Flattener/Reducer (f/4.5; 408mm)

3.  41.2mm Spacer (TCD0018L)

For Autoguiding, I use the following

  • Orion 50mm Guidescope
  • Orion Starshoot Autoguider

All of this equipment sits on top of a Celestron CG-5 Advanced GOTO Mount

On August 22nd, I had First Light with the ST-10XME and captured the Elephants Trunk Nebula (IC 1396):

Elephants Trunk Nebula (IC 1396)

Elephants Trunk Nebula (IC 1396)

2 comments to First Light Takahashi Sky 90 ST-10XME CFW10 Astrophotography Set Up

  • […] on August 9th, and of course, the conditions were not right to image until August 20th.  I had first light with the ST-10XME under a bright full moon so I could only shoot through Hydrogen Alpha filter.  […]

  • Francisco Herrera  says:

    Hi, I’m looking to buy the same camera that you use! Could you please tell me the cons and pros also could you please tell me how you deal with the blooming issues?
    I appreciate your help and advice
    Thank you
    Francisco

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