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#1 syc1959

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 08:57 AM

Ok, I am in a bit of a quandry, I've been into astronomy for over 45 years. Til recently i have never had the 'bug' to capture anything. I have been doing a bit with my ETX's. 

I have several scopes and frustrated with getting things to work. I'm 58, eyes not what they used to be. I have tried using a Celestron SteadyPix but get frustrated on aligning it. I have Handheld some with my IPhone.

 

I just bought a Meade LPI (an older one), cant wait to try it out, and I have a Meade Electronic Eyepiece. 

 

Here is the fork in the road. 

 

I have a laptop that I connect the ETX's through and use several programs (Meade's AutoStar Suite, Stellarium, StarCalc, The Sky, etc.  Realizing that this is getting old school, I purchased SkySafari Pro5 (I have SkySafari 3,4,5 on my Iphone and Ipad) along with Meade's Stella Access. 

 

Would I be better off dropping the older laptop and going with the WiFi for the IPad connectivity and just capturing images on my IPhone. 

 

I would like to get some decent planetary images and maybe some of DSO that I see. Nothing major, just some simple captures to verify my observations. 

 

Thoughts, Ideas, etc. 

 

Here are a few that I've done. 

 

The Moon was handheld with the ETX 125 on an IPhone

Saturn was the ETX125 on a Pentax LS465 handheld, video (best frame)

 

 

Thanks;

Steve 

 

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#2 leveye

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:06 AM

If your happy with these pictures then I say yes connect using wifi and have fun out there!



#3 APshooter

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 05:50 PM

A ZWO camera can give you some pretty nice results, i.e. ZWO 120, 178 or 224MC.  For happy snaps you can look into EAA cameras like the Atik Infinity.


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