Usually someone who makes posts like the ones below; concise, articulate, and intelligent, and one who is married with a son, does not suddenly make unintelligent comments about posing nude for any random photographer. Strikes me as odd given her history and the quality of her posts; so I was naturally suspicious.
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Doniphan, MO
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Re: T2I astrophotography
Do you know how to collimate a reflector to align its mirrors? That's what set me off initially from one. The learning curve is STEEP, and getting something like a refractor would take a little bit of that steepness out of the equation. You can buy some nice used scopes at www.cloudynights.com That's where I got my AT102ED. I also bought my mount there as well. The mount pictured in your example looks a little bit flimsy, and the motors don't look very large either. Just my opinion, however. I'm sure that others will give great advise!
First attempt at this region. I am relatively pleased, even though my shooting was cut short by the smell of smoke in the air. My hubby is a volunteer firefighter, and with the fact we are EXTREMELY dry, I didn't want to leave him to fret if there was a fire because he couldn't leave our young son alone. Needless to say, there was not a call for our district.
Anyway, it was taken with my 135mm Pentax on my unmodded 40D, piggybacked to my AT102ED. The subs were only 50 seconds in length and 15 frames total, and the exposures were really being pushed, as many of my stars are egg-shaped. I'm still struggling deeply with drift alignment. I also had my aperture at f/3.5 and ISO 800 or 1600 (can't remember off the top of my head.) Pre- and postprocessed with Adobe Elements 8, and stacked using DSS.