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Astrophotography

Improving the periodic error and guiding ability of a Losmandy GM8 mount

Why bothering about improving Losmandy's GM8 mount Fig. 1: Losmandy GM8 guide star drift while auto-guiding. Overall the mount produces round star images and guiding works. However, the guide star drifts are relatively large (compared to seeing). As mentioned ...

Using an MGEN v2 Autoguider on a Losmandy mount with 492 Digital Drive System

Why I bought a Losmandy GM8 mount Figure 1: Analysis of guide star positions when using the MGEN autoguider on a Skywatcher EQ5 Pro mount. The green circles indicate the offsets in arcsec of the guide star in RA, while blue diamonds show the offsets in DEC. The ...

Comet C/2020 F3 (Neowise)

Comet C/2020 F3 (Neowise). Crop from an image taken at Postalm (Salzburg, AT) on July 21st, 2020 with a Nikon DF using an AF-S 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor at f/2.2 and ISO 1600. The exposure time was 15 ...

Spotting the zodiacal light in spring

The zodiacal light is a nocturnal phenomena that is revealed only to those who dare to escape the city lights. In spring, after sunset and once twilight fades away into a dark and moonless night, a gentle luminous band opens up when looking towards west. Its majestic cone ...

Nikon D90 astromod VS. Nikon DF unmodified

It is fact that Nikon's DF is among the most sensitive camera's available on the market today. Its FX format CMOS chip offers 16.2 million pixels. The corresponding pixel size of 7.3μm is thus large compared to most other state-of-the-art cameras (with typical sizes of ...

Observing Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina)

Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) was first discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey on October 31, 2013. It originates from the Oort cloud, a vast spherical reservoir of comets far beyond Neptun. By chance, gravitational perturbations can push Oort objects into the inner solar ...