I haven't posted in a while, I've had months and months or cloudy, cold weather. Instead of getting rid of my gear I decided to upgrade!
I purchased a Celestron 11" EdgeHD on a CGEM-DX mount and it arrived one week ago. I had a brief opportunity between clouds to use it twice in the past week. The sky conditions weren't the best and it was very cold and windy. I'm really happy with this first image though, Jupiter's moons actually even showed some detail. Can't wait for good conditions to try again.
I made a comparison image of the FOVs I had been used to.....
Today I finally got all the final parts and pieces together to setup the rig for imaging.
I added an ADM dovetail to the top and piggybacked my AT65EDQ. Once I installed the QHY9M camera I need more counterweights, so I added a 3lb weight in the front of the OTA and an 11 pound CGEM weight to the counterweight bar. The CGEM weight has a 3/4" center hole so I drilled it out to the 1/ 1/4" for the CGEM-DX shaft.
Hopefully the weather forecasters are right and I should have a few clear nights ahead!