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I'll begin this post by saying, I've searched every forum. I've tried every tip. And I'm hoping you beautiful people can provide some suggestions based on my specific issue. Because, as my title states, I'm just about ready to give up. Here's a bit of background before I list the many ways I've tried to resolve the issue. I own a Celestron NextStar 8SE and a Canon Rebel T6. After many nights of trying, I cannot get a clear image of planets, or even the moon. I've given it plenty of time to reach thermal equilibrium each night (1-2 hours). When viewing through the eyepiece, the image is an absolute blur. When viewing from the camera, I get no image at all. Here are the things I've tried on the telescope itself: Focusing the telescope via the "Focus Knob" Collimating the mirror via the 3 screws Using a Duncan Mask to make collimation easier. Focusing the telescope on an object much closer, getting a clear, sharp image through the eyepiece and the DSLR, then attempting to view a star. Waiting for, and viewing during, a near-perfect clear night with very little atmospheric turbulence. I live on the westcoast of the US. So, the only objects I'm able to see clearly (with the naked eye) are the moon and Venus. I cannot describe the level of disappointment and frustration I feel when I can't clearly view them from the scope. Venus is as bright as ever, and I'm getting a blur. I tried using the DSLR and the planet doesn't show up at all. Just black skies. My DSLR settings are as follows: Manual Focus Shutter Speed: Bulb ISO: 1600 What am I missing? I feel like I've tried everything and I just want to throw up my hands in defeat.
If I am just generally looking through my telescope and find something interesting which is not near any identifiable object. Is there a simple way that I can save the position where my scope is pointing so that I can perhaps continue viewing the following night. Perhaps using a cell phone or other attachment, Some are so small that it is not visible through my finder scope. I have the Skywatcher 8" on a Dobsonian mount.
Ok. Hello. Just starting astronomy again. Would like to view/photograph moon/planets and maybe sun? What would be best scope for this? My 200p dobsonian or a skywatcher 120 refractor? I also have a goto EQ5. Thanks
Finally a clear night and no need to get up (too) early tomorrow !! Seen the weather report on the Clear Skies app and immediately informed the missus shed be going to bed alone tonight. Got all my kit up and running in the garden and prepared myself for a few hours of viewing. First thing i noticed was how much id forgotten... so just keeping it simple and going for some obvious targets like double stars and the moon to get used to the equipment again (this is only my fith outing). Want to use my new phone adapter to grab some simple pictures but a bad back has left me unable to contort myself into some precarious positions to view the screen and nab a decent shot so you all will have to wait until the next clear night before i can try it out for real. Heading up to the very north of scotland for work tomorrow so will take all my gear along with me in the hope i get a calm clear night to get some awesome stargazing ! Clear skies everyone and we can finally get this show on the road for another season.
I have a 120mm 1metre long refractor on an eq mount and find it difficult managing the extreme differences in viewing position. How do other people go on? Do you have the tripod legs fully extended and swap between craning your neck and stooping right down? I do have a right angled finder so at least I don't have to lie on the floor! All the photos I have seen appear to show the tube well forward in the rings which would make life easier but mine doesn't balance like that.