hi guys, i have just joined this site. ive been a member of other forums but only became aware that this site existed. its great to find local enthusiasts. Im on my way to building up a decent imaging rig. Im currently running a SW evostar 120 on HEQ5 pro. i have a canon 500d and philips spc900 webcam(modded). im also looking on the second hand market for a st80 scope for guiding or if anyone out there has a spare 9x50 finder going cheap then theres a great mod that can be done to turn it into a guide scope. i was looking some help from someone more experienced than myself to help me on setting it all up properly for imagin DSOs.
Hi, And welcome to the forum. We have a number of experienced astrophotographers, such as David Stewart, Paul Evans, Andy McCrea , Brian Beesley and John McConnell to name but a few. If you can come along to one of the meetings and speak to the President he will introduce you to them. Our next meeting is on Wed night ,11th Jan. If you can't make it send me a message with your phone number via the forum and I'll give you a call. Pook
Hi I've finally become the proud owner of a DSLR!! Now the bad news...I don't know what to do with it! I would love to get a photo of something other than the moon but am completely bamboozled. I have a Skymax 127 and an 8" Skywatcher dob. The dob isn't the goto version. Here is my question : Can anyone tell me in a very basic way, how to take a picture of, for example, Jupiter?? Will my telescope and camera allow me to do that??
Oh, I also have the connecting ring for the scope and a remote shutter release cable, if that helps!
There isn't enough space on any forum to give you the info required to take astro-pics as its such a wide ranging hobby. Having said that, planetary imaging requires a driven mount with accurate alignment to avoid image drift, any telescope with decent and aligned optics and a barlow lens to magnify the image on to the chip. Most popular camera for planets is a standard Philips webcam with lens removed and 1.25" adapter fitted to allow fitting to the telescope. Modern DSLR's have also been used by using liveview to stream the image to the pc for capture with free software. There are many ways to find out more on this by googling the subject or checking out youtube. I'm sure there are several books on the subject too. Better still ask some of our experts at our meetings or outreach events, theres lots of info to be had foc
I forgot to mention, welcome to the forum! I'd suggest if you want to ask a question, start a new thread to avoid any confusion etc. Also bring your scope down to our regular observing at Delamont, plenty of advice and good craic too.