Last updated: 7 November 2008
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Subject: M57 with Nikon D80 Sent: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 22:24:01 From: Amanda Melquist (email@example.com) if you'd like to post a pic next go-around, here's an image I took a few weeks back of M57 from Minneapolis, MN (seven 30s exposures at ISO1600 with ETX105 prime focus on a D80 - RegistaxV4, processed using PhotoShopPro v7). Origionally after stacking the images, I was left dissapointed with the small aqua ring. But after reading some articals about split-color processing, I took another shot at the post-processing of the image. I split the final stacked image into RGB layers and adjusted each individually to match the color ranges I've seen in better photos. No localized modifications were made to the below image. Although no center star is decernable, I was still happy to see that a 105mm scope (and granted some serious color level adjustments) would show this level of detail from an otherwise so/so image. It shows a number of features in common with much higher res images out on the net. I do see mostly blue-green in the orig image, but there was definately some red/yellow around the edge which I enhanced and the black clipping (to get a black sky backgroun) left just a tad of blue left in the center of the image. -Jason Melquist
Subject: camera setting with etx and Nikon D70s Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 18:29:44 From: Bill & Joyce (firstname.lastname@example.org) I have a ETX 90 with the appropriate adapters to attach my D70s nikon. I have been using my nikon 995 and 4300 set up as a spotting scope with good results. My problem is with the Nikon D70s. I have it set to manual focus and the M shooting setting but I am missing something as it does not work. I get no picture. I know its something dumb that I am over looking. Any help or advice you can give will be greatly appreciated. Bill PlechatyMike here: Are you doing afocal or prime focus photography? What objects? You might want to look through my Nikon D70 pages on the Helpful Information: Astrophotography page.
Subject: Piggybacking the D70 Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2008 13:01:49 From: User721401@aol.com (User721401@aol.com) Congrats on the retirement and move... I am slowly settling into my new place and had a thought. I have an older ETX125 and the newer PE model. If I wanted to piggy back my D70 to the older model, do I need to do an alignment on it? All I am trying to do is take some long exposures with a 200mm lens of the Orion Nebula. I am thinking about polar mounting the older ETX and just using it to track while the D70 is mounted to it and taking several exposures. The other question; What is the best way to figure out how much counter weight is needed for the above setup? Thank you for your amazing site and sharing your knowledge with all. Dan Arlington Heights, ILMike here: You don't need to precisely align the camera to the telescope optics. In fact, you can point the camera in one direction and the telescope in another, within reason. I've done long duration exposures with my ETX-90RA (polar mounted) with the D70 piggybacked; you can see more on this on the "My Nikon D70 DSLR" on the Helpful Information: Astrophotography page. As to counterweight, the best way is trial and error.
Thanks for the info... Dan
Subject: Do you use the autofocus for piggyback Astrophotography? Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2008 14:28:53 From: Sweitzer, Eric (email@example.com) Hi Mike, sorry to hear about the theft, I am looking to get into Astrophotography, I have an LXD-75 8"SC and I am looking to get a Nikon D-40 digital camera to use with it. I am very interested in piggyback astrophotography and the camera includes a 18-55mm lenses by Nikon. I am looking to purchase a longer telephoto Lenses with it, but according to the manufacturer only the Nikon lenses work with auto focus on this camera and I was looking at an aftermarket 70-300mm Lenses. So I guess my question is in piggyback Astrophotography do you autofocus or manual focus? Thank you for all your work in this field Eric S SweitzerMike here: The Nikon (and perhaps other cameras as well) use a "sharpness" determination to figure out the infocus setting for its autofocus lens. However, faint points of light like stars do not provide sufficient data for the camera's computer to accurately determine infocus. So the lens focus motor either runs back and forth or just won't run at all. The solution is to focus manually, which is what I do. I pick a bright star and turn the focus ring until the image in the viewfinder is at its smallest and brightness. The "Stiletto Focuser" (which I reviewed on my LXD Site) can be used with a camera lens to determine proper focus.
Subject: ETX-125 EC > Replacement parts. Flood Damage Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2008 04:24:02 From: Wgc007@aol.com (Wgc007@aol.com) Let me give you a quick rundown of the issue. I am a 67 year old disable handicap that was caught up in the Katrina flood in Mobile, AL. I lost all the accessories for my ETX-125 EC except 45 erecting prism, one 7-20 mm eyepiece and the scope. (Even lost a brand new color CCD too + LapTop) Scope, elec focus and EC unit still works. I am trying to slowly get back to where I can do some observing. I need some information: I want to mount a Nikon D80 DSLR to the 1.25" 45 erecting prism, due to having a rigid neck and back I cannot get into position to view otherwise. This camera body has a fair weight to it (about 16.5 oz.) so I thought all the mounts should be screw together. I need some of your expertise on this. Make, part #'s supplier, the like. Prime focus to start with I guess. I was given the following part # by Meade but have no idea what it looks like. Part # 17356. I know their "T Mount" number is 07378 for it, but a "T-mount is a T-mount. Do you have any other suggestions for what I'm trying to do. You're the genius at this not me. ALL HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED. Also, I want to use a 12V Gel-Cell battery to drive the scope but cannot find out what the 12VDC plug size is that fits the scope. OR whether the center pin is + or - .. I hate to have to pay $25-30 just to get a cord with a plug on it and then cut off 20 feet of cord when RadioShack has every plug known to man for $6ea. Just ordered a new AutoStar 497 to replace the "wet" one. Money a little tight and We still have to eat first. LOL Mike, I'm sorry to hear about your theft. I know it made you sick when you found out about it. Things like this really make you feel violated. I will certainly be on the lookout here. Doubt any of it got to the SouthEast though. BillMike here: Check out my Nikon D70 page on the Helpful Information: Astrophotography page for all the info you need for connecting and using the D80 with your ETX. See the Power Supplies section on the Helpful Information: Telescope Tech Tips page for info on connecting external power sources.
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