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First Light Modified Canon Eos20d

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A couple of weeks ago I took my canon Eos20d to bits and changed the filter to a Baader one.

This was quite an undertaking for me, as my eyesight now is not the best, but with a lot of information from the web, an anglepoise light thingy with magnifying glass and a lot of care I did it. It took me a whole day.

Anyway, I have a couple of tiny marks on the filter and had planned to take it apart again and maybe will, as it will probably only take about 3 or 4 hours this time LOL. I have set a custom white balance.

Meanwhile, I thought I would give it a try out last night at the end of my long session.

I piggybacked the canon on the guidescope and set the 28-135 zoom lens to 100mm. The lens has a UV filter on it. The scope was looking at the pelican nebula and I captured about 20 subs of 80 seconds with my homemade timer. Focusing was difficult even with a 2x angle finder and is out. I will be using DSLR focus when I have enough time and learn how to drive it.

So this is the result. Processed in DeepSkyStacker and then fiddled to get into PS and saved as .JPG

Is this what I should expect and I would be very interested in any comments .

John

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Hi John

Just ran your picky through focus magic, is it any better?

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Well done changing the filter yourself :salute:

You seem to have picked up a lot of nebulosity.

A focus aid is essential , the infinity mark on lenses is not accurate for astro use.

John

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