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Test #1 of the cheap gear imaging process., 





    
        

            Van H. McComas

Test #1 of the cheap gear imaging process.

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Resolution: 564x411

Date:Dec. 18, 2018

Time: 19:33

Focal length: 800

Seeing: 4

Transparency: 7

Locations: Van McComas, Gloucester, Virginia, United States

Data source: Backyard

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Test #1 of the cheap gear imaging process.
My wife, sweet as can be, bought me a telescope about 10 years ago as a Christmas gift because I said one day I thought I would look into getting one since I had one my father gave me when I was a teenager. Bless her heart she just bought what she thought was a good telescope, the salesman was laughing all the way to the bank. So I have the Celestron NexStar Alt/Az 80 mm GoTo Scope (~$500). So I bought a cheap CCD camera (~$60) called an Orion Star Shoot USB camera. I figure I will see if I can get any kind of image out of this and also see if I can and like setting this up each time and can align it properly.
Here is my first attempt, the plan was to take a 5 minute video of the Moon (a lot more than one would need but it is a test). The scope could not stay on target for more than 30 seconds, gear or user? I ended up shooting 33 seconds twice before giving up for the night. Here is image #1. I used RegiStax 6 to stack the 984 subs and Canon Digital Photo Professional to finish up the image.
Comments positive and negative are welcome, how else can I learn. Look I am old, you can’t hurt the feelings of an old man, and we are seasoned and hard as old leather.

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