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#1 TrailEx

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 05:22 PM

After a slow start with my telescope (due to assembling my own system rather than buying an all-in-one), I took my first photos with it the other night! Unfortunately, it was a weekday, so I only had a short time to dedicate to the telescope before I had to go to sleep. So, I imaged the most obvious and easy to spot object in the sky: the moon!

Canon 6D 1/500 sec ISO 100. Telescope focal length 714mm F/7 Cropped in post to fill the frame.

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Hopefully, the coming nights will provide some new targets and views, but there are a lot of clouds in the forecast so fingers crossed! (curse you, Southern Georgia weather!)


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Posted 21 August 2016 - 01:57 AM

Nice shot! I'd be very curious to see a shot of the equipment setup together with how you are connecting the 6D to the scope if you do get a chance!  ^_^

 

Cheers  :D



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Posted 21 August 2016 - 03:42 AM

Crystal clear shot. That's the advantage of the telescope over normal lens.

Now do the same but with stacking :)

 

And could you post your longitude and latitude? I'll see what's up in there in Stellarium :)

 

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marcod I was expecting the shot of the gear actually... :D

But yea I'd like to see the full gear shot. Telescope can be the high quality. The full setup (tripod+camera+telescope) can be done with the refrigerator, never mind the quality ;)



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Posted 21 August 2016 - 03:46 PM

Ask and ye shall receive...

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The mount is motorized but it takes 12V outlet and I'm still waiting on the power pack (hopefully I'll get it tomorrow). The camera mounts directly to the telescope's focuser via a T-ring and 2" adaptor tube.

 

...and my latitude is 32 deg 23' N. I have a short-list of targets for the coming nights, but I'm receptive to suggestions.


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Posted 21 August 2016 - 04:26 PM

Son of a.... Zeus and Europa... A little bigger than my 70-200mm :D

I was wondering Celestron or Sky-Watcher :D Great that you've got mount with guiding.

 

So still the northern hemisphere :D I don't know how dark it is in your exact location but (everything before the Moon rises ;) ):

SW - Mars, Saturn and Antares in Scorpius constellation should be really nice. They're really colorful. And if the place is dark try to use wide lens to catch the center of the Milky Way as well.

E - Neptune you can try, but can be really hard. I don't know how powerful lens has to be to catch it.

NE - Double Cluster in Perseus.

NE - Pleiades If I count it right they'll show above horizon around midnight so why not. Beauty blue stars :)

NE - of course Andromeda! No doubt :D

 

Unfortunately Orion is still a deep night object so either I neither you won't wait till 4AM to catch its glory :D Right?

 

Besides that with guiding Heart+Soul Nebula in Cassiopeia and again Orion with it's Great Nebula and Horse Head Nebula*.

Unfortunately all of the nebulas needs guiding and dark sky so suggestion might be right, but results not quite.

 

*I've seen it on 200mm photos so with your setup should be a piece of cake. If it is dark enough...



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Posted 21 August 2016 - 07:05 PM

Great shot. Been wanting to get back to star gazing and start astrophotography. Details on scope?

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Posted 22 August 2016 - 09:50 AM

The telescope is an Explore Scientific 102mm APO refractor with a carbon fiber OTA. Focal length is 714mm which makes it great for star clusters and large DSOs. Gonna need to buy a focal extender (teleconverter in standard photography parlance) to get decent images of planets; I got a shot of Saturn last night, and I can just make out the rings when I zoom all the way into the image. I expect that the scope will be of limited value for small DSOs, but I'll give em a shot once I get the mount powered and I photograph the "low-hanging fruit" targets.



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Posted 22 August 2016 - 10:37 AM

So if your moon photo wasn't shrunk that's the difference between my 200(300)mm and yours 714mm :)

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Cannot wait to see your clusters, galaxies and nebulas :)



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Posted 22 August 2016 - 09:04 PM

That's a triplet, yes?  I have the older CG5-GT, the predecessor to your AVX.  I have a Stellarvue 4" f11 doublet achromat.  Not a good imaging scope due to a bit of CA (purple fringing).  Not bad for observing, though.  Our astronomy club did an outreach the other night and Saturn looked terrific!

 

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Posted 23 August 2016 - 03:26 PM

David that's really nice setup. I'd like to have it in my home. Doesn't look too big and too heavy.

 

You said 'our astronomy club'. So question is. Only observing or you making photos either?



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Posted 03 September 2016 - 12:19 AM

Nicely done. As stated, try to stack some images. Moon shots will really pop! Also I don't know if the 6D is supported, but check out BYEOS. It is a great capture software for both planetary and deepsky imaging.

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Posted 03 September 2016 - 07:26 AM

Nice program, didn't know it. However D500 is not supported. Well, maybe in a few months :)





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