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I Got A New Telescope, How Do I Find Galaxies?

August 17, 2010 by  
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“I am using the stock eyepiece of this scope. I haven’t been able to observe galaxies, nebula and star clusters like I would love to. Perhaps I am doing something wrong?” This is a comment somebody posted under my YouTube video “Omni XLT 150 Setup” It seems this is a common theme with many people […]

Stellarvue 80mm Raptor review.

April 17, 2010 by  
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I have been wanting to use my 8″ Schmidt-Cassegrain to capture some of the smaller objects out there. I have tried using my finder/guide scope, but at about 200mm focal length it just doesn’t seem to guide a 2000mm scope very well. The last trip out I tried using an off axis guider with my […]

Delta II Rocket Spotted from Orange County

December 14, 2009 by  
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I’ve always wanted to see the shuttle lift off in Florida, but that will probably never happen.  So this year I’ve been trying to spot a rocket launch here in California. As you may know Vandenberg AFB is home to NASA’s west coast launch pad. And according to Brian Webb’s website www.spacearchive.info we should be […]

Tripod Pads

September 22, 2009 by  
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Have you ever gone out to a campground out in the desert to image or do some visuals?  Or how about an access road out in the middle of nowhere to get away from light polluted skies?  If you’re one such individual then you know that some of the best locations have the worst foundations […]

CCD Cameras and Frost

September 11, 2009 by  
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A couple of years ago after owning my SBIG ST2000-XCM camera for about 10 months, I ran into a situation that puzzled me.  I was at Anza and started imaging M42 so I decided to start with 5 minute subs.  The first shot looked pretty good.  No field of view rotation, guiding looked good, in […]

Finderscope turned Guidescope

March 30, 2009 by  
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Last weekend I went out to do some imaging and was having problems with my guidescope. I used a super long 60mm Tasco with a webcam mounted to it. It worked okay, but it wasn’t working so great with the clouds, and it did not help that I was imaging near the zenith. That meant that […]

Pictures longer than 30 seconds

March 27, 2009 by  
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Someone just asked, “can I take exposures longer than 30 sec. using my Nikon DLSR?” The answer is yes. You can take exposures much longer than 30 sec. but you have to do it manually. Set your Nikon DSLR (D40, D50, D60, D70, D80, D90) to manual (M) or shutter priority (S) and move your […]

Astrophography with a 1 1/4″ focuser

March 13, 2009 by  
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If you are like me, you are amazed by all the wonderful photos people are getting with their telescopes. Yes it does take a while and is not easy, but there are things you can do to try it out. We’ll focus on the types of astrophotography you can do with a  telescope that has […]

How to Get Started In Astronomy

March 12, 2009 by  
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What can you really see when you look through a telescope? We’ve all seen the amazing Hubble photos showing the Pillars of Creation and all their magnificent colors. There are also photos of galaxies and their amazing spiral arm structure. Can you see colors in the night sky? Not really. There are a couple of […]

Celestron Omni XLT 150 Setup and Collimation

June 4, 2008 by  
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When I first got the Celestron Omni XLT 150 I was not clear on how to set things up. Here’s a video I made that will help clear up some things. I show how to setup, balance and collimate this scope using a Baader Laser Collimator.