Many newcomers and even some vets don’t understand that you need a good tripod, great mount with outstanding tracking and very good optics in the scope first, before you even try to take pictures. Cheap tracking systems have horrible mechanical components which have too much backlash and break quite easily when you try and lock it down. Orion makes a nice little 80mm short tube that works great. Unfortunately you have to install both to get the driver. Not to mention the future. Get one with the best optics possible.

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I’m lucky to be a machinist and build my own tripods and mounts but to those who buy their equipment here’s a few tips. I made this mistake myself back in the beginning. Actually you take 5 of them and use the average. The controls for the set up are blockish and dont work with any kind or regularity. Do not try and save money here.

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As a matter of fact, the camera is the least of the equipment you need to worry about. If you get a great mount, it will transfer to that new, larger scope you want. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question.


Please enter a question. Do not use a cheap telescope for the guide system. The planets and the Moon only need a millisecond or so exposure.

Although this works well and the DSI exhibits fairly low heat-induced noise, it still produces noisy raw pre-processed images. Envisage is a clever program geared towards getting you the best image possible.

Messing Around with Meade’s DSI-Pro

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. For anything longer than a minute you will want to “take darks. He got it to work but gave up on it as a serious CCD camera. And market-oriented companies like Meade know their customers: A webcam can take 20 or 30 frames per second.

This is just as important as the mount. The only time you can do with mediocre equipment is for Moon shots and even then, they have to quick exposures. Post-stack processing with these images was minimal; I used the Brightness Scaling Tool with Sigmoid scaling, and touched up the final contrast before exporting the images you see here. In winter, when it’s cooler, the longer exposures might be superior.


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Anyhow, just remember, astrophotography is a system of equipment, not an individual piece. You have to drive both R.

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Meade is notoriously unfriendly to software developers, further compounding the driver issue, greatly. Many sellers say that a certain mount can handle 10lb. Focusing is hard and time consuming.