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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:05 pm 
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I am slowly putting together another deep-sky imaging system - this time I am carrying out "parallel" imaging (c/f parallel processing) using 4-refractors and 4 CCD cameras in an imaging array. This is a heavy piece of equipment - and quite honestly the only mount up to the job is a thing called a Paramount ME. Yesterday I received my Paramount at the New Forest Observatory - it is completely daunting/massive/beautiful. Here's a picture of it:

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Hmm.... shiny :) Now I can see why it costs as much as a car. There's probably as much metal in it.

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I can't really grasp the whole concept/function of this thing, but I sure do want one. Congrats on your purchase! :)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:28 pm 
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Wow, congratulations. That's serious kit. :!:

Will your existing site be up to it or will you also invest in a few hundred kilos of concrete and create a new observatory platform?

Can't wait to see the pictures of the finished observatory. While running four refractors in parallel might seem extravagant to some I can totally understand the need given our fickle skies. Good luck. 8)

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Thanks guys :D No Bob - existing setup won't be any good for this one, so it will be another plinth of concrete 2 foot by 2 foot across and 5 foot into the ground - with a new purpose built Aluminium pier on the top. This means a second observatory in the garden - so it will look like the Keck out there :shock: :shock:
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cybermystic wrote:
...so it will look like the Keck out there :shock: :shock:

Keck, I mean Heck, that's over a tonne of concrete. Worth it, though.

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...with a new purpose built Aluminium pier on the top...

When I was a lad I used to pore through my three volumes of "Amateur Telescope Making" by Albert G. Ingalls (I've still got them) and dream of casting aluminium forks in my grandfather's back garden. Luckily for him it never happened. ;)

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I read the same books Bob - maybe it got stuck in my subconscious? :D
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Hi Greg, comgrats on your purchase - a friend of mine has one and it's an awesome piece of kit...


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Cheers Gordon,

It will be quite a while before I fire it up :( It's going to be a long slow business getting all the bits together. Right now I'm trying to resurrect an old computer to do a lot of the work - it's fighting back like a good'un :D
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:18 am 
A Paramount ME . . . My wet dream , haha , even my Losmandy Titan looks like a toy next to it :) Grats on the purchase !


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IppatsuMan71 wrote:
A Paramount ME . . . My wet dream , haha , even my Losmandy Titan looks like a toy next to it :) Grats on the purchase !


Thank you :D I had considered the Titan as a possible alternative, but decided I'd always be hankering after a Paramount if I bought a Titan - so I went with the Paramount in the first place.
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