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Beginner Imaging Thoughts



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


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