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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Dec 29, 2013 14:19:53 GMT -6
Attempted Testing equipment session
28 December 2013
Being completely clear for the daylight hours, it looked to be a decent evening to set-up new equipment and gear to test out. Chicago Astronomer Javier joined me, but soon enough - conditions deteriorated for anything serious.
Javier wanted to try out his new Orion Guider and I wanted to work out the connectors/adapters for the T5i and scope coupling. Clouds prevented any decent tests...
Using the adapted Sigma Zoom lens from my Nikon film days on the T5i...I picked up the Jovian satellites nicely...even through the cloud muck.
It was obvious that no serious tests would be conducted this evening, so I took the opportunity to shoot the skyline and manipulate the camera settings...
Doing afocal imaging with the 40mm MaxView II imaging eyepiece and later popping in a 2x Barlow works out nicely.
I often advise fellow astrophotographers to switch the the Tungsten White Balance setting to help knock out the ghastly glow of intrusive light pollution.....
We called it quits about an hour and a half into the testing session and will wait for another night to set-up....
Chicago Astronomer Joe Founder, Administrator and Chief Astronomer
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Astronomy Instructor Instituto Del Progresso/IHSCA
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