Do you use the f3.3 or F6.3 reducer on the Meade to give a reasonable fov? Have you seen the Hyperstar system for the Meade which would get you to f2.2! (I think), great for the H16 or H9 as they are low profile on top of the corrector plate. Its rather £££ though. The H9 esp' has great Q/E, at f2 you could get really low mag' in a few sec's exp'.
Here is another astronomical question: Whats the breaking strain of your fishing line?
P.S. Hope you post some more pics, inspirational stuff!!
David, I've looked at the Hyperstar's and it seems like an expensive way to wreck a scope if you are not ultra ultra carefull at every moment. I've already managed to rip the focuser complete with ccd off my TMB when they collided with the wedge during polar align. Having a 1.2 lb hyperstar complete with ccd attached to the corrector plate just scares the hell out of me even if it got me down to F1.8.
It was 12lb line but looking to upgrade to 3lb line. The thinner the better ;-)
Hi Phoenix, Should have said this earlier, but welcome to our forum. It's a pleasure to have you on board and it's good to see that you've already made a big impression with your images. Hope to see you along at our first meeting on 23 Sept. Best regards Pook