Unless you have been living on Mercury the last few years, you have probably heard of the James Webb Space Telescope. It was successfully launched on Christmas day from French Guyana. It was delayed several years due to the complexity of its deployment. We didn’t want another HST debacle, did… Continue Reading... "James Webb Space Telescope"
That’s all I get this winter. 🙁 I figured out a couple of issues with my D5300 that made a time lapse the other night not work so well. I gave it another try tonight. I’m getting a little better at this each time. This is five second exposures over… Continue Reading... "Cloudy nights"
I had previously full-spectrum modified my Nikon D5300 when I initially wanted to use it as a dedicated astronomy camera. This modification lets in a lot of deep red and infrared light, which gives the images a strong red balance and not great focusing abilities. It also renders it useless… Continue Reading... "Moonrise"
I recently purchased a cheap 50mm f/1.8 lens for my Nikon D5300. The poor camera has just been sitting in a case for almost a year, I figured it needed something to do. I hope to start doing wide-field images with it when a mount that I ordered comes in.… Continue Reading... "First timelapse"
I use the term “meridian flip” quite often without explaining it well, and the term isn’t exactly intuitive. The telescope follows the sky by running a motor on one of its axes, called the right ascension axis. If you have the mount aligned with the celestial pole properly, which is… Continue Reading... "What is a meridian flip?"
I had my IR security camera take an image every 60 seconds all night long, and I compiled it into a video at 30 frames per second. You can see two meridian flips and a target change in the middle. Ain’t technology grand? Continue Reading... "Dome time lapse"