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A Customer Review

 Customer Comment of the Month
   Updated 10/22/19


IMAGING
 Astrophotography with a Platform
 MallinCam Imaging
 MallinCam at the 2010 OSP
 Image of the Month Updated 9/8/19


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Equatorial Platforms
for great Dob tracking.

A well-made Dobsonian telescope is an excellent observing machine. It features unmatched stability and smoothness of motion. Plus, it is eminently compact and transportable. However, the Dobsonian has one major drawback - no motor drive. You have to push it around to follow what you're viewing. This can get to be a hassle.

Set a Dobsonian on an Equatorial Platform and experience instant motorized tracking! Wherever you point, you're tracking - smoothly, precisely - without losing stability, ease of operation or portability.

A Dobsonian mounted on an EQUATORIAL PLATFORM becomes the ultimate user-friendly telescope. Perfect for High-Power Drawing, Classes, Star-Parties, Group Viewing, Astrophotography and CCD Imaging.

Large Aperture
Aluminum Telescope System with SlipStream GoTo Drive

These new SpicaEyes Telescopes combine solid All-Aluminum construction with a new GoTo drive system that integrates a Slip Clutch on both axes for full-time manual and motorized slew control.

32" f2.8 SlipStream Telescope
with Lockwood Optics

Recently, Equatorial Platforms has completed the construction, assembly and testing of a new 32" F2.8 SlipStream Telescope.
Click here for a report
of the telescope’s mechanical and optical performance, based on testing/calibration over a period of several evenings. While the quality of the night sky during these sessions was not superior, still, certain evaluations can be made about both the mechanics and the optics of this amazing telescope.

30" f3.3 SlipStream Telescope
with Kennedy Optics

Click here to see a PDF article about this amazing telescope in the Sept/Oct. 2010 issue of Astronomy Technology Today.
 

You can find objects fast by using the included Argo Navis computer. The telescope will automatically slew, or you can move it by hand. Once you find your target, the telescope will track it for you, keeping it centered in the field of view. The integrated SlipStream clutches allow you to move the scope at any time by hand or with the motorized slew control, with no levers to disengage.

These SpicaEyes Aluminum Telescopes are also available with Integrated Aluminum Platforms for superior imaging capability.


Customer Comment of the Month -


 

Colin Mitchell in Ohio just received his new Dual-axis Aluminum Platform. He is already using it with a SkyWatcher 300P Dob to take auto-guided exposures of deep sky objects. His image of NGC 281, the Pacman Nebula, is shown below. It is a stack of 40 one minute auto-guided exposures using a Nikon D5300 DSLR camera.

Here are some of Colin's comments:

"My custom equatorial platform from Tom Osypowski has finally arrived! It is absolutely gorgeous and is extremely strong and rigid. From his advice, I purchased a dual axis aluminum platform. This is the ultimate visual and imaging platform for a Dobsonian. The platform is operable manually with a hand control as well as automatically by an ST-4 port. This allows me to use a guide scope and laptop to automatically correct for tracking errors in real time while imaging. In the first night, I was able to immediately go for one minute exposures with barely any noticeable trailing or tracking error. It’s almost magic! In the end, the Tom Osypowski platform is worth every penny, and I know I will have years of great nights under the stars with it."

Colin has posted some very useful information about his Platform setup, including details about his auto-guiding, filters, focusing techniques, etc. This tutorial can be found here.