Steve’s Place

Photography and Astrophotography

The Observatory

The recent “live streaming” sessions over Facebook Live where a huge success and this can easily progress to “live” Zoom sessions. Lag was found to be minimal over the MESH network.

May 2021 – updated photo with greenhouse, planters and a garden bar – observe, healthy food and drink 😉
Carpet is now in place and both ropelights lit (red upper, white lower) – children’s toy boxes make ideal seating
Startrails above the observatory

{May 2021}

Leads replaced by shorter ones and the whole layout now looks neat and tidy. ST80 replaced with a short guide scope which in turn will eventually have a StarAid Revolution B guiding solution. Imaging being conducted using 2x astro modified DSLR cameras one at 900mm focal length and the other at 430mm. All three telescopes while at differing focal lengths are each orientated in the same plane and roughly pointing in the same direction which will help target acquisition and tracking. There is also the option to do extreme closeup work on planets/lunar/solar using a pair of Maxview Scoptronix DSLR solutions.

June 2021 – current setup “tidied” up

Future plans:
Addition of StarAid Revolution “B” and Daystar Quark (solar imaging) – the latter will be useful for STEM outreach covering school hours.

{Note: I will be continuously updating this blog as “improvements” are made}

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