Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.

sgl_imaging_challenge_banner_the_milky_way_winners.thumb.jpg.0a840852a676f881f4a849dd8099085d.jpg

Recommended Posts

Posted (edited)

Zero budget astrophotography...

I thought it may be interesting for people wanting a super lightweight and easy to set up form of astrophotography that costs next to nothing. I've taken these three shots with my mobile phone through a pair of cheap binoculars using an ordinary tripod (it belonged to my wife's grandfather). 

5ad1ac577ecf9_straightbackground.thumb.jpg.3691825b4614c32a61461fa7790b4396.jpg

 

The intergration time for each was only a few minutes. 

Orion: 157 x 1 sec
Andromeda 300 x 2 sec
7 sisters 120 x 2sec

I've made a VIDEO of the method and the surprising adventure I had taking them which you can watch here: 

 

 

 

Edited by rorymultistorey
  • Like 24
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow!!  What a great video.  Played it, half-expecting a dull, monotone dialogue amble.  Was totally shocked to discover it to be inspirational, informative, entertaining and fun. I’ll be sure to check out some of your other stuff now.  Well done 🙂🙂

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow! Very impressive Rory. :thumbsup:

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Totally agree with Ande, informative, entertaining, funny and very impressive results!

I think any non astronomers might question your sanity, but as a fellow astronomer...being up during the early hours freezing your "bits" off in the middle of nowhere is pretty standard behaviour :icon_biggrin: Thanks for sharing your adventure.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awe! thanks all. I think most people expect another dull astro video which is why I don't have many views... so please spread the word if you liked it. FYI I make tv shows for a living so this kind of a thing is really a bit of a busmans holiday! V glad you liked it. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, rorymultistorey said:

please spread the word if you liked it.

Link posted on my FB page.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great video Rory! Inspirational!

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Mentioned this video to my sister, who is also getting into astronomy. She absolutely loved it, and vowed to subscribe. She then proceeded to wade through your back-catalogue, as have I.  And one of the things that really impressed her, and that I had overlooked, is how much more real your videos are because you do not edit out the bad stuff. When your hard drive is full, or when the heavens suddenly open, or clouds roll by day after day you record it all. And it makes your experiences all the more relatable.  It makes such a refreshing change from the perfect world videos out there, that often serve to highlight my short-comings.  Once again, top marks fellow 🙂🙂

PS: Really hope that you get the opportunity to create more videos of this quality.

Edited by Ande
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 14/04/2018 at 16:12, bottletopburly said:

Very good , how much is the  mount on your profile picture lols

More importantly, how stable is it and does it track properly?

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 4/14/2018 at 16:12, bottletopburly said:

Very good , how much is the  mount on your profile picture lols

Low initial cost, but the maintenance adds up :)

Loved the video by the way.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes they always work well to start off with short sessions work well long sessions known for failing 😂😂😂😂

  • Haha 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Rory, a very entertaining video :-) 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thx everyone,  right now ive got a big smile on my face. 😊

The mount in my profile pic is getting stronger everyday but  struggles to stay on target after bedtime.  Is there a mod for that?😂

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, rorymultistorey said:

struggles to stay on target after bedtime.  Is there a mod for that?

Make bedtime later >> "after" bedtime becomes later >> stays on target longer ...

I'll get my coat

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think there is potential and I need to do some more testing when I have time.

Below is a single photo of the moon taken through the eyepiece (afocal) this evening.

Some method of fixing the iPhone to the eyepiece, more frames+stacking and raw would make it better, but it's not a bad test and shows there is potential.IMG_8375.thumb.PNG.e8865fe8bfb3b068f50b363f3b842a35.PNG

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That was good :) Rather enjoyed it so cheers until I watch the next one.

Dave

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, rorymultistorey said:

wow.  it's really really good. what eyepiece were you using? 

 

Many thanks, I used an unbranded 8-24mm 1.25" zoom (exactly the same as the Sky-Watcher 8-24mm), so nothing special on an ED80. I committed a cardinal sin though - I didn't make a note of the actual focal length used. I suspect it was nearer to 24mm than 8mm as the HEQ5 wasn't tracking at the time and it didn't move out of the center of the FOV that quickly.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I really enjoyed that. I thought it would end before Dartmoor but it didn't. Great stuff. Very funny. 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ha ha I’ve found Astrobiscuit on SGL. Great videos Rory, keep up the good work.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By astrolunartick
      Here are my attempts at  Astrophotography with a smartphone. Taken thought a 10 and 20inch Dobsonians. Most of the photos have been processed through photoshop. The eclipse photos where taken with a smartphone with a small screw on Samsung lens and a home made white light filter.   
      I have more on my Instagram
      https://www.instagram.com/astroramblerphotos/
       

       


       


      Venus

       










      Messier 13 (Hercules Cluster)

       










    • By kev100
      Hi all,
      Although I've owned a pair of Celestron Skymaster 20x80s for over six years now, but because they went badly out of collimation, I haven't used them for ages. I sent them back to Celestron, but, apparently, they couldn't be repaired. Amazingly, though, they gave me a brand new pair (!), and these arrived yesterday. 
      Once mounted on the tripod I took a look at the 69% waxing Moon. Absolutely incredible view! Sharp, bright, big, three-dimensional, and only the very slightest hint of chromatic aberration. Kept coming back to this over the course of the evening.
      Next up M31 and M33. Although quite washed out by the moonlight (as was everything I looked at), I was amazed at the brightness, the size, and the hint of detail in M31. Again, the three-dimensionality was obvious. M33 was only just visible.
      Open clusters: Double cluster, Owl cluster, Coathanger – all were fantastic, with a variety of star colours obvious, and only a hint of distortion around the edge of the fov (really had to drag my eyes away from the objects in the middle of the fov to experience it). The Coathanger pretty much filled the fov, and was pin sharp and bright.
      Double stars: Epsilon Lyrae, a very easy split, as was Albireo (again, the different colours were obvious). Mesarthim was just too tight to split. In passing, one of the things that amazed me the most last night was star colour. Mirach, Algol, Vega and many others were all pin sharp, bright, and their colours were very obvious.
      Globulars: M15 and 92 were small and dense fuzzy balls, M13 bigger, brighter, and with just a hint of granulation to it (like the Moon, I kept coming back to M13).
      Ring nebula: The ring shape was obvious, even at x20, though small. 
      Being a work night, I was back indoors by about 10, but although just a brief session, it was hugely enjoyable, and a real buzz to be using 20x80 bins again.
      Cheers,
      Kev.
    • By rorymultistorey
      HI All,
       
      I have an entertaining   video to share with you which is perfect for those just starting out and wanting to taste a bit of astrophotography without spending a lot of money. I image from London and managed to get a pretty good shot of Orion for just £150. This video runs through where I bought the equipment, why I bought  it and how I used it to capture a Orion and some of the trials and tribulations I had to deal with on the way. Any questions please ask!  Enjoy!
      FYI I shot this last year but with Orion now beginning to rise over the rooftops of London I thought this would be a good time to share it.
       
       
       
       
       
    • By astrosathya
      Hello Everyone,
      I have 7x 36mm Baader filters in my QHY Filter wheel. I use a simple Orion 80ED with a manual focuser. I have two questions basically.
      a) How important is refocusing between the LRGB Ha OIII and SII filters? 
      b) If important, then how do I manually calculate the offset distance between them assuming the filters aren't parfocal?
    • By Ulysses31
      Hi Guys, any one had any use of a Technosky Apo or know anything about them. 
      I am looking at getting my first apo as usually I am Astrograph man and seen this 70/478 mm quadruplet flatfield for £482. It seems a good deal but was just wondering about the build quality? As this seems cheap for a quadruplet!!! https://www.astroshop.eu/telescopes/tecnosky-telescope-ap-70-478-quadruplet-flatfield-ota/p,57327#tab_bar_1_select
×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.