Monday, May 29, 2017

20170529 Short imaging session


Quite windy these days, so I brought only the Ranger for this fun imaging session.


The moon is setting, so this is just a prime focus shot, taken at 1222 UT.


And we have a 2x shot, of the Jupiter, taken at 1228 UT.


Finally, push up to 5x, i.e. 2400mm focal length, taken at 1236 UT.

Using the Ranger is much easier for this Nexstar mount.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Further testing of the Canon FD 300mm f2.8L in scope mode

I have done some work on the internal reflection issue before, but no testing since then.  Today I have a cloudy afternoon and thus it is a good chance to test it out with a EOS 1.25"adapter.

First test was conducted with a diagonal. Yes, it won't focus unless I add a barlow in front of the diagonal or a 2x extender, 2x extender seems more elegant.  In short, it's sharp with my 20mm eyepiece.  I expect around 50x with this configuration.

Pulling the diagonal off should be a better test, it's even sharper since the effective focal length could go down to 300mm!  I took the plunge to use it at 3000mm, yes, 3000mm by using a 2x extender plus a 5x Powermate, and so we have 150x and it remains very sharp and contrasty, too.

I guess I should try it out with the moon or the planets, probably with a camera.  I hope it could replace my C5 eventually, if it is also good as a 4" refractor.

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After writing the above short report, I pulled it out again to try higher.

First test was with 2x extender with a TMB 4mm, so we have 150x again.  Sharp and no image break down.

And then I added a 2x barlows in the same setup, so we have 300x!  Floaters come in but again no image break down, focusing was easy.

I'm quite confident now.