I bought a new camera today, the Cannon Powershot A510. Its sole purpose will be to use in conjunction with my telescope - the reason I bought it is that it allows me to manually set the exposure length (up to 15 seconds) which my Sony doesn't. Provided it gets clear in the next few … Continue reading Powershot A510
So that's my first attempt of using my new telescope with a webcam. That image is made up of 20+ 'stacked' frames of recorded video. There are a couple more like it of Saturn here but they aren't much to look at since I just used default values in the stacking software for all the … Continue reading Webcam Image
For those interested, here's what I was able to see on the first night out with the new telescope.
If you're here, you probably notice the new blogging software. I've had too much of a problem with spam comments in Serendipity and have caught some flak for disabling comments - so here's WordPress. I did a quick and dirty import of the old data and, as you can see, a lot of html encoding … Continue reading WordPress (obviously)
I'm just in from taking my new telescope out for its first light. Wow is it ever impressive. With the 4.5" reflector I have, whenever I pushed the image up to 200x it almost always came out blurry and very dim. Quite the opposite with the 8" - they're extremly bright and sharp. I'll be … Continue reading First Light
My new telescope has arrived! Pictures can be seen here. It took a little over 3 hours to get all setup and the mirrors aligned from its apparently bumpy ride across country, but it's awesome! I'm about to take it out now and get the finder scope aligned and take it for a test drive. … Continue reading Arrived!