Sunday, November 19, 2017

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 […]

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.