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    Default Minimalist capture of the M57 region



    I figured this might help inspire those on a very tight budget that want to get into astrophotography. It's a quick and dirty capture using less than $200 worth of gear showing M57, a few binary/multiple star systems, and hints of a galaxy. Granted it takes time, patience, and dedication, but what it didn't take was a lot of money.

    M57 Region
    Manually plate solved animated GIF using short exposures totaling 3 minutes integration

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    Default Re: Minimalist capture of the M57 region

    Very nicely done. And yes, it must have taken a LOT of patience and dedication to get that to work! Looks great!

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    Default Re: Minimalist capture of the M57 region

    Quote Originally Posted by BABOafrica View Post
    Very nicely done. And yes, it must have taken a LOT of patience and dedication to get that to work! Looks great!

    Joe
    Thanks. The hardest part was polar alignment, and getting the clock drive dialed in. Even with that, it was easier than my driven barn door drive to set up.

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