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    Default First astrophotograph attempts



    First I would like to say thanks for some fantastic images on this site, keep them coming please. Here are two of my own favorites so far.
    Older tasco reflector 114mm F=900.
    1st - 0.965 H20 EP + HP Photosmart M447 on 3X zoom.
    2nd - 1.25 Meade 4000 26mm EP + Kodak Z1015 IS on 10X zoom.
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    Thanks for sharing. Do you use a camera bracket or are you just holding the camera in place?

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    Some really nice detail coming out of those!

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    Hi, this is the bracket, it will be tidied up now I know it works
    From left - flat steel bar attached to bottom of focuser with slightly longer screws, cable ties just incase, wingnut so camera can be moved to side.
    Middle - extension needed for new ep.
    Right - part of joiners angle finder, screw from broken camera tripod,
    This is so I can attach different cameras and try varying distance to ep.
    It is prone to vibration and will be braced from somewhere to somewhere else until I can mod a digital camera minus lens.
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    From one newby to another, it looks great.

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    A few things I have found while experimenting, the Kodak Z1015 will not focus as crisply as I want it, even in manual, the focal point must be inside lens ( as I read somewhere on this site ) so that is out for moment.
    The HP Photosmart point and shoot does quite a good job on auto, zoom in slightly, and use timer if possible, but this will eat batteries in the cold.
    Practise during daylight, it makes it a lot easier in the dark to find buttons, settings etc. ( again this has been mentioned, but is worth it ).
    I took 150 photos and got 4 "good" ones, a pretty good ratio if you consider the "lens" you are using.
    Clear skies to all (but send some here please).

 

 

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