…fixing up the optics in a Meade SN-8 reflector telescope.

by Stephen Hobley on February 29, 2012

I got to take the telescope out to a “dark field” site over the weekend – the difference in viewing was amazing. Really clear, and hundreds more stars visible to the naked eye.

Managed to get some colo[u]r out of M42 – although it soon became obvious that I had a problem with the focal plane on my camera.

After a quick strip down and rebuild of the optical tube, things were much better – although this image had to be shot through a light pollution filter – hence the green image.

More info on collimation here and here

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Denise March 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Is it OK if I just think these are pretty? ‘Cuz, like, I don’t know enough to provide any other response. :-)

If you have an i-Product (-Phone, -Pad), you might look for the APOD (Astronomy Photo of the Day) app. Groovy images. Like yours.

Stephen Hobley March 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Hey, that’s why I do it… ;-)

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