This is the equipment I use to image from the mountain cabin under extremely dark skies. I use a small Borg 71FL refractor with a piggyback 50 mm miniBorg guidescope on an old Astro-Physics 400 GTO mount with a portable pier. The pier is shrouded with an TeleGizmo 365 cover and weighed down with hundreds of pounds of rock. Imaging is done with a QHY-12 one-shot color (Bayer matrix) cooled CCD, and guiding is done using a Starlight XPress Lodestar autoguider. Everything is controlled and data are collected using software on a MacBook Pro running Windows 7 in BootCamp.
Construction of the Exploradome Observatory
Our cabin in the Medicine Bow Mountains, from which many of the images were made.
Here are some images of galaxies taken from both the dark mountain cabin and my own suburban back yard, as well as a couple from a trip to Iguazu Brazil in 2010.