This is a complete list of all equipment I'm currently using. All images I've produced so far were generated with this assembly.

  • Orion ED80T CF 80mm Refractor OTA
  • Orion Skyview Pro Equatorial Mount (AKA EQ5) w/ GOTO Kit
  • Canon 600D Camera (unmodified)
  • Orion Thin Off-Axis Guider (TOAG)
  • Orion Starshoot autoguider
  • Gigabyte Laptop (i7 cpu, 16gb ram, ssd)
  • QHY PoleMaster

The imaging train is assembled as follows:
Focuser->2" nosepiece-> 18mm spacer-> TOAG/Autoguider-> T-ring for canon-> 600D Camera

The autoguider is screwed directly onto the TOAG's threading without spacers and without using the c-mount adapter which is attached out of the box.

The OTA is affixed to the mount with 90mm ID tube rings which are fastened to an Orion 8 inch dovetail plate.

For power I use a cheap 12v jumpstarter just for the mount although I do have a 2.0a 12v ac adapter available which can also power it. I have a spare battery for the camera as well as a recently acquired ac adapter for when mains power is available. The autoguider and polemaster are powered via usb on the laptop. The laptop itself I can currently only run off the battery or ac mains.

Beyond this the only relevant equipment is the cabling. The autoguider, polemaster and camera are all powered by usb cables which come with each respective device. However, I did need to purchase a usb-to-serial cable to establish connectivity between my laptop and the mounts GOTO handset for ascom/eqmod access. The rj11-to-serial cable to complete the connection was included with the mount.