I’ve decided to give imaging Comet17P/Holmes a break and focus on the other wonders in our night sky.This is not to say I didn’t try for a shot but,for the fact that the images that I did take were pretty bad!.The moment I set the scope up it seemed that the skies turned on me and became very milky making Comet Holmes dull and unappealing.Again,I did take some images but am unhappy with them!.I then set my sights on other objects such as the Snowball nebula which I will save for a later post.One of the objects that I did give a shot at was Mars.All went well except for the fact that since my scope is a 10″ reflector,I can never count on the focus tube being oriented correctly.I always end up either bent in a position that is rather uncomfortable or standing tiptoed on a tiny unused plastic stool,trying desperately not to lose my balance and bump the OTA out of alignment.Imaging Mars is quite a feat of gymnastics since it rises in the east and 9X out of 10 the focus tube is pointing straight up.This is when I stand on the plastic stool trying to maintain my balance 🙂 .
The image below is the latest effort in my quest at imaging planets.For some reason,I just can’t get a good quality of shot of these bodies.I have heard that it is because my scope is considered fast at f/4.I just dunno??!.With that said,I decided to give the DSI a try at imaging a planet and while I think it did alright.I just don’t think it works quite as well as my LPI (lunar plantary imager) for solar system imaging.I know I know…duh!.Thats why they call it a lunar planetary imager!!.Another thing I have noticed is that the DSI leaves a CCD lines in the brighter images that I take.Which I am trying to eliminate with darks.
Hey,all isn’t lost…..I have some detail in this first ever image taken with the DSI!!.