Telescopes and testing

During many years of astronomical activities I've owned or tested many astronomical gears. Many of them are still used, and here is a small list of my main instruments. Moreover in this page you can also find some instruments I don't own, but I've tested. In particular you can find many photographic lenses and cameras, tested by a technical point of view, especially for the astronomical use.
My instruments can be divided in fixed and portable ones. My Schmidt camera, due to the dimensions and weight is not portable, while all the other, somehow, are portable under dark sky on the mountains. Now my main setup is a TEC 140 with a SBIG STL11000, mounted on a Gemini G-41, a German equatorial mount with an FS2 goto controller. For travel I prefer a japan-made Kenko NES mount with Pentax 75 apo refractor.

Optics

Schmidt
300 mm f/2
TEC 140 mm f/7
Newton
310 mm f/5
Newton
200 mm f/6
Pentax 75
f/6.7
Meade SC
200 mm f/10
GHT 20x110
binuculars
Vixen 12x80
binuculars
Konus Vista
80 mm f/5

Mounts

Gemini G-41
Meade 2080
Kenko NES
Binocular mount



Sky trackers
comparison and testing



Cameras

Finger Lakes ME2
Camera with Kaf-6303
fixed on Schmidt
   Canon EOS 350D   Canon EOS 5D
baader filter
Film cameras
and objectives
Guiding cameras
survey 2010
Technical test of DSLR:
gain and read noise
Lodestar 1 vs. Lodestar X2

Lens testing

Canon 50 mm mkII f/1.8
Sigma 20 mm f/1.8 EX DG Sigma 180 mm f/3.5 Canon 70-200 mm f/4

Canon 85 mm f/1.8 Canon 24-70 mm f/2.8 Canon 50 mm macro f/2.5
Yashika 50 mm f/1.9
Canon 50 mm mkII f/1.8
Tokina 11-16 f/2.8
AF AT-X Pro DX Canon
Pentax SMC 67
165 mm f/2.8
MTO 500 f/6.3
Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8
L IS USM II
Samyang 14 mm f/2.8
ED AS IF UMC
for Canon EOS


Canon 100-400 mm
f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
+1.4x II Extender
Canon EF-S
10-22mm
f/3.5-4.5 USM


Observing locations

 
 
Colle del Nivolet
Valle d'Aosta
2600 m
Capanne di Cosola
Piemonte/Emilia Romagna
1500 m
 Monte Avaro
Lombardia
1700 m
 San Martino
Lombardia
1100 m

Bogli
Emilia Romagna
1350 m
Colle dell'Agnello
Piemonte
2750 m
Passo Maniva and Croce
Domini, Lombardia
2150 m


Meteo



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Meteo weather station
Astroweather Panel


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