is devoted to our new instrument, shown here at our Payson location
observatory mounted on the Astrophysics AP1200 mount. Also mounted
is the six inch Cometracker astrograph and a 80mm guide scope.
The new 10"
f/3.9 system is to supplement the 12.5" f/5 setup which
swaps out on the same mount. The primary reason for getting this
superb instrument was to image comets that are of naked eye brightness
which never fit in the small field of the 12 inch, and the 90mm
SV80 refractor does not have the resolution for this once or
twice a year opportunity. Also, this instrument provides a larger
1 degree field for deep sky imaging and there are many objects
such as NGC2174 that simply were too big to fit.
The fast f/3.9
will be a chore to keep collimated, but with the Baader MPCC
coma corrector the results so far have been very good and have
demonstrated some very superb comet images.