Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
mckitterick

First light (imaged) through my Meade 12" with my new DSI-III astro-imager

Can you guess what this is?


No, it's not an astro image.

It's part of the house across the alley, siding and window trim. The Deep Sky Imager is a royal PITA to focus, so it's best to set up the focus during the day on motionless subjects using an eyepiece and locking ring (making them "parfocal") and then finding the camera's focus. My first attempt with the Moon led to frustration, as the camera's focus is about 15mm different than the eyepiece that the manufacturer recommends using to focus an object.

In case you haven't seen it yet, here's the telescope:


And here's the astro-camera (a replacement for the broken one the retailer sent last winter):


Now I'll be able to image astro-things much more simply... hopefully starting tonight! Then you'll get fresh amateur astro-images on a regular basis. Hoo-boy, amateur photos! I bet you're thinking ;-)

Best,
Chris
Tags: astronomy, telescopes
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