Pulled out my old 8" Dobsonian, cleaned the mirror, and slapped my XSi on it. Actually, the whole telescope has been in my closet for the past 8 years since seeing conditions aren't that great where I live. First problem I ran into was focusing issues (couldn't rack in far enough). A little work on the barrel of my eyepiece in the lathe took care of that though. Conditions where fighting me tonight with lots of clouds blowing around. Hopefully it'll be clear tomorrow night.
Frankly, I'm not very pleased with the quality of this image. It looked alot sharper in the camera For one, i need to collimate the mirrors in my scope. Secondly, I'm on a dobsonian mount so shaking could be a factor. I'm curious as to the luck others have with doing eyepiece projection though. Image quality, etc.. I wanted to do some prime focusing, but will have to make some modifications to my focuser first (won't rack in far enough). I know ideally I should have something on an equatorial mount (like another reflector or cassegrain), but I'm just looking to improve upon the tools I already have.
8" Celestron Dobsonian
1220mm - f/6
25mm Celestron eyepiece in an Orion Universal adapter
ISO 400 - 1/50sec
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