Friday, September 30, 2011

The Sun Remains

Yes, the sun really remains unchange but I no longer have my solar filter. Even my Thousands Oaks white light is now full of pin-holes.

Monday, September 19, 2011

20110919 Sun

2011-09-19 14:22 (GMT+8):-

Again with my Thousand Oaks filter but this time not using a telescope nor a Lumenera but my Canon 450D + Kenko 2x + Canon 100-400mm at 800mm effective focal length, five frames stacked and processed...

The sun should be very active these days but my aging white light filter couldn't reveal much of its detail.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

20110913 Sun



Both taken with my Tele Vue Ranger, Thosuand Oaks Type 2+ Glass (full of pin holes!), and also a generic green filter, Tele Vue 5x Powermate, Lumenera Lu070M.

No tracking, I just count on the fast frame rate of the Lumenera.

Monday, September 12, 2011

FS: Takahashi TG-SP II (SOLD)

Seldom used Takahashi TG-SP II (less than 10 times in the field), tracking mount for small telescopes and DSLR with lens Original Counter weight, hand controller, battery case, V-bracket for Hong Kong, polarscope with paper box Additional stuff: German made GP compatible dovetail saddle, bass counter weight, 4AA battery box, USB power cable, plastic case to keep everything inside, ask for SOLD HKD. I should have the original paper box (not photographed)

And if you want a Russian made dovetail, add $300 HKD.  It has 1/4" screw for mounting telephoto lens or camera.


20110912 Sun

Got some sunshine today, I pulled out my Thousand Oaks to take a few snapshots.  My JMI NGF-CM controller was running out of battery and luckily, I still got my FCUSB around so that I can drive the focusing motor through my PC.

AR1289 takes the center of the stage, with AR1290 scattered into two smaller fragments on top of it... AR1287 was on the far right top corner.

Close up by using a 5x Powermate reveals nothing but dust on the CCD, they were left as tracks...

Without any serious equipments around, all I could do now is to do whatever I can.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Some of my earliest shots

I've been organizing the files inside my hard drive, and I found a few astrophotographs which I had made long ago... it was taken afocally through my Ranger, by using a DC of my friend.

Guess what?  The first one should be Jupiter out of focus, the exposure was about right!  The shaky hand and tripod worked together to form this nice image!

And this one should be Saturn!  The power was oh-so-low such that the ring couldn't be resolved.

By checking the EXIF, I know that the DC was a FinePix 40i, taken at 2001/2/20