Thursday, June 05, 2008

Whirlpool Galaxy and Mizar

I wanted to give the Astrotrac a whirl this evening, so even though the seeing was pretty terrible I set things up and grabbed a quick shot of Mizar (star in the upper third and 2/3 to the right with a closeby companion) and the whirlpool galaxy (two faint fuzzy blobs in the upper left). The mount was definitely easy to set up and the tracking seemed to be quite decent given the very rough polar alignment I performed. Looking forward to giving it a try with a longer lens and in darker skies.

I also pointed the camera towards Arcturus and took this picture.

Technical Specs: Canon XSi (full spectrum) /w Hutech LPS filter, 85 f/1.8 @ f/2, 2m, ISO 400.

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