The prospect of imaging those great views of planets, nebulas and far away galaxies in multi colour glory has been brought back down to humble earth rather quickly. This is a good thing in many ways, but means effort is going to have to be applied.
Here are a list of things I learnt very fast after my first effort at strapping my Pentax DSLR to the telescope using a x2 barlow and T adaptor combo with my AstroMaster 130.
- The sky moves remarkably quickly
- Good focus is an art
- Stability is rather important...
- The camera can see so much more than the eye can
- Light pollution sucks
- The light from the LiveView DSLR screen is really bright
- Doing things in the dark is harder than you think.
- Adding wine to the mix adds more levels of complexity