The Equipment Loan Program is a Benefit of Membership in the RASC-KC and initially was to provide new members a chance to use equipment that they may not have had. Increasingly over time however, we are adding more intermediate and advanced equipment that even long-term members may not have or be able to buy... but you can certainly try out first if you are looking to purchase!
The Equipment is held at the home of the Loan Coordinator: Kevin Kell, just outside of Yarker. Arrangements (like exchanges at Regular meeting, observing sessions, etc) can be made by contacting me by telephone or email kevin (at) starlightcascade (dot) ca
If you have any suggestions for Loan Equipment that you would like to see made to
members, please send your suggestions to Kevin as well.
Suggestions received: GPS, shortwave radio for time signals, videocamera (public events, occultations, eclipses), solar telescope (PST or Coronado), 4-6" tracking scope for KAON, faster laptop.
|5mw green laser pointer 2005 December For use at public events/ lectures/ etc.|
5mw green laser pointer 2005 December
STATUS: Dedicated to KAON 2007 September (Susan Gagnon)
* Binocular Set #1 Bausch&Lomb 7x50 1999 April - Tripod & binocular mount
STATUS: Assigned to KAON 2007 September (Susan Gagnon)
|* Binocular Set #2 Bausch&Lomb 10x50 1999 April- Tripod & binocular mount|
|* Binocular Set #3 Bushnell 7x50 1999 April - Tripod & binocular mount|
|* Filter Collection - 2000 August - Six 5/4" filters - - 3stop neutral density, 4 colour, nebula Filter OIII Filter Information created by Susan Gagnon- January 2006|
|* Cats-eye Collimator for 5/4" focusers. Aids in fine collimation of your optical system. Better than a film canister.|
|* Large collection of Educational 35mm slide sets|
* Sky Quality Meter (SQM) from Unihedron - 2006 November
Used to measure Sky Brightness for various locations or in one location over time. See StarlightCascade's SQM page
|Meade Lunar Planetary Imager (`) CMOS camera with 1.25" mount 2003 January (donated by Kevin Fetter) LPI Manual 3mb .PDF Good for imaging bright objects only|
Dobsonian Equatorial Tracking Platform#1
STATUS: Out of service - awaiting repair with Brian Hunter
|LOAN EQUIPMENT - Must be members in good standing of the RASC-KC for at least 1 year.|
* 20cm (8") f7 fl=1385mm (56") Fitzgerald Dobsonian telescope 1997 (built by RASC-KC ATM with
donations from Mr. Fitzgerald)
Eyepieces: 28mm RKE Edmond Sci. (x50); 40mm Meade MA (x35)
Accessories: Telrad finder. Green backpack to carry accessories. Observer's Handbook, Laminated moon chart, Exploring the Universe Observing Program guide, Messier Certificate Guide Users Manual
STATUS: Dedicated to KAON 2005 September
* 20cm (8") f4.5 fl=1400mm (36") Barney Dobsonian telescope 1999 (Built by RASC-KC ATM
Eyepieces: 18mm Bausch&Lomb plossl (x51) and 30mm, Bausch&Lomb plossl (30x)
Accessories: Finder is an Orion gunsight. Purple carry case for accessories. Observer's Handbook, Laminated Moon Chart, Exploring the Universe Observing Program guide, Messier Certificate Guide Users Manual
* 25cm (10") f5.5 fl=1405mm (55") Douglas Dobsonian telescope 1979.
(reBuilt by Larry Manuel 1986) Requires large vehicle to transport. Can be carried by one person.
32mm Koenig University Optics 1.25" (1990 October) (x44);
25mm Antares super plossl 1.25" (2005 December) (x56);
9mm MA Meade 1.25" (x155);
Antares x2 barlow 1.25"
Accessories: telrad finder (1991 July), an eyepiece heater and power centre, sky atlas 2000 chart, and a big dufflebag, Laminated moon chart, red flashlight, full aperture (10") solar baader film filter, Observer's Handbook, Exploring the Universe Observing Program guide, Messier Certificate Guide Mirror recoated with bare aluminum (no other coatings) 1995 and 2005 November. Users Manual
STATUS: 2009 October-November major maintenance
* 19mm Televue 5/4" Panoptic Eyepiece 2000 March
|* 31mm 2" Nagler Type 5 eyepiece 2005 September This heavy "grenade" shows what a high end eyepiece can show you.|
*Starlight Express MX716 CCD Camera - Sony ICX249AL EXview
CCD with ultra low dark current and vertical
anti-blooming. Pixel size: 8.6 x 8.3uM, image format 752 x 580 pixels.
Spectral response: Peak response at
590nM, 30% at 400nM (Violet) and 70% at 670nM (Near infra-red).
Image download time: Typically 4 seconds with a 200MHz PC and USB. Weight: 200g. You need a computer
with a USB port.
STATUS: Dedicated to the Torus project 2013 October
Meade Deep SkyImager#1 (DSI) CCD camera with 1.25" mount
2006 November (donation from Kevin Fetter)
You need a computer with a USB port. DSI manual
1mb PDF and DSI Quickstart 100kb PDF
STATUS: Dedicated to the robodome project (Walter MacDonald)
Meade Deep SkyImager #2 (DSI) CCD camera with 1.25" mount
2011 September (donation from Hank Bartlett)
You need a computer with a USB port. DSI
1mb PDF and DSI Quickstart 100kb PD
|Epson Model 76c Data Projector: 2006 July. For use at educational/public event presentations. 1024x768 LCD resolution. Carry bag, power cable, vga cable, composite audio/video cables.|
60cm Venor Dobsonian Telescope 2003 (Built by RASC-KC ATM Group with Parts Donations from Robert Venor)
Venor Web Page * Users Manual
STATUS: Awaiting permanent installation in an Observatory Facility
Meade 20cm LX200 GPS Telescope 2003 December
20.3cm (8") f10 LX200 GPS Telescope
Primary Mirror: 203 mm
Focal Length: 2000mm (78.7") F-ratio: f10
Coatings: Meade EMC Super Multi Coatings
Eyepieces: Meade Super Plossl 40mm, 32mm, 26mm, 20mm, 15mm, 12.4mm, 9.7mm,
This also comes with a Baader Film Solar Filter, a Kendrick Dew Controller,
primary heater, eyepiece heater, telrad and telrad heater.
*New* 2005 July - 5 colour filter set 1.25": Celestron #21 Orange,
Celestron #56 Green, Celestron #12 Yellow, Celestron #25 Deep red,
Celestron #80A blue.
STATUS: Dedicated to the Remote Telescope Project 2006 November