M 42 photo specs
- Thanks for all the kind comments on the M 42 picture. I'm
just "starting out" with astrophography. Want to know what I used the
last time I attempted same? A Celestron C-8 in orange Nextel finish
(remember those??) and a Celestron-Williams cold camera (remember
those?). The cold camera was a real bitch. I had to load the chamber
with dry ice, snip a clip of 35mm film and load it into the camera.
That was as much fun as taking wolf poison.
80mm f/7.5 TMB refractor
TeleVue 0.8x field flattener
Canon EOS 20Da camera
Takahashi Teegul on a lightweight Bogen tripod
5 minute exposure unguided
I bought the Takahashi Teegul equatorial head years ago, and used it
very seldom. It's a great little mount; fits in my camera bag. Where
else can you find such an accurate little mount, and it's only $1,000.
That seems pricy, but not for what it is. And the Canon 20Da seems
pricy, but I still can't believe Canon took the risk to go all out to
give our community such a wonderful device. I doubt if they'll sell
more than a few thousand. Kadoos to Canon!