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About Subdeo

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  1. Great shots, all! Loved to see them, and see what is possible with a smartphone!
  2. High speed winds over in my part of Colorado, USA! I would be out with the telescope doing solar observations, but this wind and these flying branches might threaten my telescope! :hiding: 

  3. Beam splitter conundrum

    This morning I replaced the glass piece with a different one that was better, and less broken. I gave it a full test, and hooked up the camera to it. It worked like a dream! I could actually see through one eyepiece myself, while the camera was poised and ready on the other side. The side with the camera was noticeably dimmer, but not enough to be an annoyance. After a few more tests, I think I will be ready to use it in the field.
  4. Beam splitter conundrum

    finally, (partial) success! I was able to use a microscope coverslip to achieve much the same effect as a beam splitter (see the below picture). I was actually really surprised to see how well it worked on the telescope, as it actually let me see where the telescope was pointed, from both sides! Still bugs in the system, but I am working on it. Primary annoyance: Hot glue obscures the view! This is obviously still in beta version, so I will replace it with a more functional, professional glass piece. This is still just proof of concept. I will try to keep all posted! Thanks for the help!
  5. Beam splitter conundrum

    Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!
  6. Beam splitter conundrum

    Thanks all, a big help. When (and if) I am successful, i will try to post about it. It may end up taking me till summer break, though!
  7. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a DIY beamsplitter to be used in a very basic homemade binoveiwer lens? It needs to have a 45deg. angle of incidence (I think that's what it's called, right?) and a 50/50 ratio. Thanks, Subdeo
  8. Crazy Idea, but it Might Work!

    Thanks, that was a helpful diagram and information!
  9. Crazy Idea, but it Might Work!

    I see what you mean.... What if I used a beam splitter to send half the light one way and the other half the other way? I think that this would eliminate the problem of a half image on each side, no?
  10. Hello all, The ISS is set to transit the sun on Tuesday, and I am torn between observation and photography . However, I thought of a solution. I considered it, and drew a blueprint which I attached below: Sorry, It looks like something a five year old drew! I did some research, and I found that someone already beat me to the idea. However, these lenses are a bit above my budget at the moment. So, now I come to the point; Does this plan seem feasible for an amateur to build? Will it operate as expected? I plan to try to buy some small mirrors at a hobby store and carefully position and glue them in some PVC fittings we have lying around. While I might eventually turn it into a bino lens, I think that for now, I will just position the lenses on opposing sides, like a "T". This way, the camera and I will not be competing for room. Thanks in advance! Subdeo
  11. Solar Eclipse Video

    Okay, I know I'm a bit late, but here it is: I finally got my YouTube channel, and I posted this video of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Check it out, and let me know what you think!
  12. I have never flown over the ocean before, but I hope to experience it someday. Thanks for the report!
  13. Moonflight...

    Visually stunning!
  14. whats this?

    There are thousands of Earth orbiting satellites over a given location at any time. Using a satellite tracking tool, like CalSKY, it can be found out what satellite it was. What time did this happen?
  15. WOW! I stand corrected What telescope and camera were you using?