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