WiFi Connection with SS-one Controllers

•March 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

For the customers who are waiting for ZWO Capture, thanks for your patience. We are scheduling to start 2nd lot shipment middle of next month.

One of good features for SS-one controllers is the mirrored function with a smartphone or tablet etc. This allows to control and keep watching imaging status remotely. Probably most convenient in cold winter time.

0327aAt this moment, WiFi antenna optionally provided by us is only one we can guarantee since the software driver is already in. But according to one of users, following device works without installing the driver. So this is virtually plug and play mode.

http://www.tp-link.com/lk/products/details/cat-11_TL-WN725N.html

Setting procedure is

1) Plug WiFi USB adapter before powering on. Once ZWO Capture gets ready to use, “ssonecmos” pops up in the WiFi list on your smartphone or tablet.

2) Connect “ssonecmos”.

3) Start up the viewer software and initially set as follows;

Host : 192.168.2.102

Port : 5900

4) And press “Connect”. Then, you can see same screen on smartphone or tablet, and control on touch screen.

I’m using “Remote Ripple” freeware. It looks reliable and stable, and easy for initial setting.

This procedure is exactly same for AG Element and AG Complete too.

Enjoy astro imaging in comfort.

SS-one 3 Brothers & BORG 1.25″ Helical Focusers

•March 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Hutech will demonstrate 3 SS-one controllers at NEAF.

0324aPlease stop by Hutech booth at NEAF, and touch and play it around. From left, ZWO Image Capture, AG Element and AG Complete. Each model’s features can be seen at

http://www.sciencecenter.net/hutech/ss-one/index.htm

As mentioned earlier, ZWO capture and AG Element are commercially available. AG Complete will be later.

As many are using, BORG 1.25″ helical focusers are very convenient tools and long-seller items among BORG components. #4317 is rotating type while #7315 is non. Each focuser has M36.4 thread at the objective size. This is the quite popular thread size in most of Japanese brand telescopes including Vixen crones. So this fits those scopes without an adapter. But some adapters give us more attachment possibilities. Most common is # 7423. This allows to attach the focuser onto male t-thread shown below.

Also 7315 is t-threaded outside, which allows to connect a camera without nosepiece. The focuser achieves fine focus tuning. So it’s perfect match for planetary viewing and imaging. If your scope system has no such a thread, generic 1.25″ nosepiece adapter # 7316 allows to insert the focuser into the opening. Enjoy high power viewing and imaging with those focusers!

 

 

 

 

 

Nightscape Picture & BORG Premium Finder Scope

•March 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Hutech official nightscape photographer – Stan Moniz shared his 1st light taken by his modified SONY A7S and IDAS HEUIBII filter.

0321aSpecial note for this picture is this is the conventional one shot finish. Not the one created by combining between the sky and landscape generally we see these days.  IDAS HEUIBII filter allows to fully capture various Ha nebulae while neutralize the sky background and the terrestrial color.   I think this picture shows us the biggest advantage of HEUIBII performance and is exactly what I expected from him. Usually astro photographers are pointing the sky only. Please try to shoot including the landscape next time, so that you can see more what the optical designer has intended.

Stan has various great landscape pictures there. Please enjoy looking around his site as well.

I have set BORG finder scope page.

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Enjoy the high quality erecting viewing along with fine focusing. You can see the attractive package discount. It will be available from next week.

SS-one Mount Expedition & BORG 55FL F3.6

•March 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I forgot describing an another important feature on SS-one Expedition mount yesterday. As shown below, the scope allows to pass the meridian without flipping it over or without interfering with the mount.

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This is why DEC section is intentionally set toward the north side. This should be helpful much for users who are taking long imaging session for one target.

BORG 55FL F3.6 is getting popular these days. Yes, this is really a fun scope. Following is the 1st shot for Mark Marfoglia in Canada. IMG_0812

He took this shot in New Mexico with his Canon 6D. Some other 55FL F3.6 are on the way to each customer. I’m looking forward their 1st light too. Enjoy wide-field imaging with the Fluorite optics.

SS-one Portable Mount “Expedition”

•March 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This will be the mainstream of SS-one “PC-less” project.  Key concepts for the mount Expedition are

  •  Heavy-duty portable GEM capable of handling 3″ or 4″ (in case of BORG) scopes and heavy cooled cameras.
  • More open space when pointed to the zenith
  • GOTO and dual-axes tracking/autoguiding capability without PC
  • Built-in electric polar camera as standard
  • Dithered imaging when used with SS-one KODO controller
  • Low profile DEC unit allows to reduce the counterweight
  • Compact size – 180mm  x 220mm x 90mm when disassembled

In short, this is the airline-transportable mount for the overseas expedition. Target users will be those who wish to minimize the system weight and size while maximizing the imaging performance without PC at the field. Stay tune.

 

Eclipse Specials & SIGMA adapter

•March 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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I have just setup an entry banner for Eclipse Specials at home page. These are the limited time and quantity offer. Especially BORG’s lead time is still getting longer and longer. Delivery schedule for 107FL is now close to the eclipse month. Don’t miss this great chance. More items will be coming up soon. Please stay tune here.

Now SIGMA SA mount adapter is available from BORG. This should be the good news for SIGMA Quattro camera users.

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See following tremendous full resolution images taken with SIGMA Quattro and BORG 107FL. Generally, this target shows the moire effect when shot with a regular Bayer sensor with highly resolved optics like BORG. But these images don’t look like that.

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BORG Erecting Finder Scope

•March 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I have decided to carry my finder configuration as the commercial package. I’m using with Japanese Ortho 25mm. It shows me very clean star shape entire field of view at 10x. Probably AFOV is not as wide as other eyepieces. But very pleasing view anyway.

Features are

  1. High quality 50mm achromat lens F5/250mm
  2. Precision helical focuser for fine focusing
  3. Includes an erecting prism
  4. The focuser allows to attach T-threaded diagonal as well.
  5. It turns a guide scope by adding an extra 7604
  6. Package price : $295.00 (including 2050, 7604, 7603, 7522, 7315 & 7779 – You will see good package discount)
  7. Tube OD is 60mm

As mentioned the above, very flexible system design. It’s a system package. But still each user can change the system based on personal favorite. At least you can enjoy star-hopping with your favorite eyepieces. Actually this is a real telescope, not modified from a original finder scope. So it is the premium grade optically and mechanically.

Since the focuser has 10mm focus travel, it doesn’t guarantee the focusing with all of eyepieces. But don’t worry, thanks for BORG proprietary modular design – By adding an extension tube or replacing if necessary, it accepts all eventually.

As described before, I’m planning to use this finder scope to view the entire corona during the totality. I guess 10x looks perfect.

 
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