These are the three telescopes that I have used for my astronomy fix. I started
with the LX50 then invested in the Mountain Instruments MI-250 and AstroPhysics
AP130EDT when I started doing astrophotography. I added a Meade
RCX400 telescope to the collection in 2005. I worked with this scope for a few years but setup was
hard due to its weight so I ended up selling it. I now have a new system
for my observatory and am excited to see what I can do with it.
Paramount MX and Takahashi FSQ 106 EDX III
In early 2013 I got the astrophotography bug again.
I always had an eye on the Paramount ME but the cost just seemed a bit too steep for me. When
they came out with the MX model I knew I had to get one. When they went on sale, I jumped and
that led me to finally building the observatory I knew it needed.
10" Meade RCX400
After a few years off from film astrophotography I have found
renewed interest in the hobby partly because of this telescope. I plan on installing
a pier for this scope to facilitate a faster setup time (long setup time was one
of the reasons I lost the will to do film astrophotography). This telescope along
with a TeleVue TV76 for wide field shots will be my main setup for the near future.
I have also converted to CCD imaging (ST2000XM/CFW8 with Astrodon filters) and hope
to advance to a remote setup as I gain experience and add the needed equipment to
I sold the RCX400 after I started dreading setting it up due to weight.
MI-250 and AP130 EDT
This setup was purchased for the sole purpose of taking astrophotos.
For more information on my exploits with this setup, click on the picture to the
I sold the AP130EDT after it went un-used for a few years. I sometimes wish I still
owned it because it was of such high quality.
Meade 8" LX50
I started into astronomy with this telescope. It served me well
for visual use and will continue to serve that purpose when taking pictures with
my MI-250/AP130EDT. For a more detailed account of this telescope and accessories
that I have bought/made for it, click on the picture to the left.
I sold this telescope to fund other astrophotography purchases. I left these
pages because they still have valuable information concerning the LX50.