equipment

Like many other amateur astronomers I own several telescopes and mounts for different purposes such as planetary and Deep Sky oberving and imaging. Find here some information and reviews of the instruments I mainly use.

Takahashi FSQ106ED

4″ f/5 flat-field Super Apochromat

This 4″ apochromatic refractor from the Japanese telescope maker Takahashi is a perfect astrograph with a modified Petzval design and an excellent instrument for visual observing.

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Intes Micro MN76

7″ f/6 Maksutov-Newtonian

This scope is my first choice for planetary and Deep-Sky observing. It has a small obstruction and delivers high contrast views of the planets.

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Celestron 11

11″ f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain

An all-round scope, with its great aperture and its long focal length mainly used for planetary imaging and observing faint small Deep-Sky objects.

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GSD Dobson 300 deluxe

12″ f/5 Newtonian-Dobson

Aperture, aperture, aperture! This scope is an impressive and powerful observing instrument for faint Deep-Sky objects, good quality at an unbeatable price. The telescope is still transportable in my mini van. The telescope was “pimped up” by Wolfgang “Howdii” Howurek and got a new rocker box.

Fornax 51 mount

German equatorial mount, 30 kg load capacity

This Hungarian mount is my platform for astrophotography.
The low periodic error of +/- 5-6 arcseconds and the equable
running of the motors supports long-term astrophotography.
The Pulsar drive controllerof Andras Dan enables Goto and
helps to minimize time for locating the targets.