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Venus February 18 2020. Shaking off the rust

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#1 schu

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 10:58 PM

It has been almost 8 months since I've attempted any imaging!  

 

I put the scope out last night and planned to try to get an image of the lunar occultation of Mars.  However I was having some sort of camera connectivity issue with my 224MC, so it was a disaster.  I ended up watching through the eyepiece, which was also enjoyable enough.

 

I did get the camera figured out.  This evening after work I did a rough collimation (still not very good) and pointed at Venus.  With my new laptop and SSD +USB3.0, I was able to get 400+fps just messing around a bit.  I think this computer will be a very good one for imaging.

 

Seeing was 2/5.

 

Here's the result.  Some glow/artifacts that I couldn't get rid of but not bad for jumping back into things.

 

Venus 5

 

 

 

Bonus:  a shot of the Mars occultation with my phone camera through the eyepiece from this morning:

 

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#2 Foc

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 11:17 PM

Great start!   Venus and Mars.

 

 

It is starting to look a little better here and so I am also looking forward to some imaging over the next days or weeks and the initial ghastly results of  my own efforts of mental rust removal.




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