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Behind The Scenes

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Behind the scenes of my last astrophoto "Diving Into The Lagoon Again"

This was taken after I had been imaging this nebula for about an hour and a half. I lit the telescope with my mobile phone screen. Pictured here is a NEQ6 Pro Goto mount. On top of that is a 10 inch F/4 Newtonian Reflector Telescope. On top of that is an Orion 80mm ShortTube Guidescope and Synguider Autoguider (Bright glow top right). You can also see the Canon 1000D direct coupled into the telescope and a programmable remote shutter release hanging from the camera. There are actually three counter-weights on the mount but two are black and don't show up in the image.

Let me know if you want to see more of these 'behind the scenes' sort of shots or if you want to know more about a bit of equipment imaged here.
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800x543px 139.71 KB
Canon EOS 60D
Shutter Speed
30/1 second
Focal Length
10 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 19, 2011, 12:06:31 AM
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Goppo713's avatar
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IRphotogirl's avatar
I am happy this shot was the very first one uploaded to our new folder, love it, and that is what I call "gear":p
CapturingTheNight's avatar
:D :hug:  Thank you so much :D
CCOOKIES's avatar
what the..?
so you used the scope as lens...
i think i can use lens like 70-300mm with a tripod HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA WHAT A DUMB..!
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Yes, I use the telescope basically just like a lens. You can still do pretty good shots of the moon with a 70-300mm. The key is to minimize vibration. So lock the mirror up prior to taking the shot (refer to your manual if you don't know how to do this- It's usually in the custom functions menu) and either use a timer delay on the camera (10 seconds) or use a remote shutter release. Manual Live view focus will also help get the focus as close as possible. [link] and [link] were shot with a 70-300mm lens
CCOOKIES's avatar
yeah but not detail like you do in !K mm
but still a good lesson from you...
thanks dude
12GSuper's avatar
Bloody hell!

Thats a MONSTER of a 'scope!

Really interesting to see how these are created.
CapturingTheNight's avatar
I love my "baby" :D Thanks.
wulfdragyn's avatar
Amazing "stuff", I feel like if I look at it too long, it might break! lol
CapturingTheNight's avatar
HaHa. Thanks :D It's not the most fragile bit of equipment but yes I would hate to drop it.
wulfdragyn's avatar
:giggle: Yeah, dropping it wouldn't be an option!
Tanager's avatar
*jaw on floor*
That is one amazing piece of equipment. And the photo it took! REAL space photography - it's like something the freaking hubble would take. Fascinating. Do you live out in the desert?
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you so much :D I love my "baby" :D I'm not sure I am to hubble quality but thank you for the nice feedback and compliment. I live on a rural property in country Australia. Not really the desert (That's over 500 miles away). I'm about 35 miles from the nearest town, so I don't get much light pollution here at all.
theninja42's avatar
what does your imaging train look like?
CapturingTheNight's avatar
I don't really understand the question Nathan, but I assume you mean how do I hook my camera to the telescope??? I have a Canon T-ring. Into that screws my Badder MPCC (Multi Purpose Coma Corrector) and that slots straight into the 2 inch focuser.
theninja42's avatar
sorry it was poorly worded but you explained it anyway
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you very much :D
nutmeg-42's avatar
Very interesting. :-)
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thanks :D I'm glad you think so.
The-Dude-L-Bug's avatar
Nice shot & equipment.
Using the remote is very handy, but I prefer the EOS utility & my laptop
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