Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Setting up the telescope again

It's been a long time since I last posted anything about my telescope and the only excuse I have is that I've been busy lately.
But yesterday I finally managed to get it reassembled and attached my new camera mount to it. So far I have mounted a small compact camera to it.

Telescope with a camera mount

My first astrophotography
At first I was just playing around trying to focus while the camera is mounted (it blocks my view through the telescope for obvious reasons) and pointed the telescope at the Orion Nebula and just took a picture. It didn't work that well, so I fiddled around with the scope a bit and noticed something moving quite rapidly across the sky in my line of sight. I waited until it passed in my view and clicked the camera for a 2 second exposure.
Although very much out of focus, it was still quite cool to capture something moving on my first astrophotography :)

SL-16 R/B moving across the sky

In case you are wondering it was the SL-16 R/B (the body of a rocket launched in 1999 by the interim coalition of states from the former USSR).

Evening shots
Later that evening I decided to go out and see if I could find the recent supernova in the Pinwheel Galaxy. I tried to follow the instructions from 'Starts with a bang' but the clouds quickly filled that part of the sky and made it impossible.

So I turned my attention to Jupiter (which is very clearly visible in the nights sky towards the east).
The skies were clear enough that I could see the two large red bands above and below the equator of the planet. Unfortunately the camera I'm using wasn't able to capture that magnificent sight and the details on the planet ended up being washed out. But at least the four Galilean moons were clearly visible :)

Jupiter and the four Galilean moons
That's it for now but stay tuned for more (and much better) pictures over the next couple of weeks.