The Sky-Watcher CQ350 Mount Review
Skywatcher’s new CQ350 astrophotography mount claims to allow you to image with a massive and I mean MASSIVE 35kg telescope for just £2.5k. Wow. A potential game changer. But can it really do it?
Orion in Iron (and other weird narrowband filters)
I've been experimenting with unusual narrowband filters. In this pic BLUE= iron and methylide emission lines (aka the G band) , Green = Mg and Orange= Sodium. I wasn't sure what to expect but it turns out to be most interesting. A bit like an onion there seems to be...
This is not a new clique of naturist astrophotographers who enjoy parading around star parties in their birthday suit. Not that I am against taking your kit off for a good cause such as performing the ancient Hopi Indian rain dance backwards around your telescope to ward off the clouds. This is more about having as little as possible between the thing in space you’re shooting and your camera.
What is the Best Value Telescope for Astrophotography?
I think that 8 inch Newtonians hit a massive astrophotography sweet spot. Proof of this are seen in the astrophotos of Lyaphine and other members of my discord server as well as tests that were done in Big Amateur Telescope last year.
Es Reid’s Top Telescope Picks
Es Reid designs optical systems. He's currently working on a very high powered and fancy microscope for an important company in Cambridge. On the side he bench tests commercial telescopes for First Light Optics and makes sure the telescopes they sell are up to...
OOOPS I got a C14😲
The Celestron 14" Edge HD Optical Tube costs £9k - GULP!My suggestion of donating a few of the kid’s less important organs to pay for a C14 fell on deaf ears so rather than buying one, I’m hiring one for a few months. On Monday I picked up a C14 from Alex Gill’s farm...
Shooting the ‘Blue’ Supermassive Black Hole in Andromeda
Andromeda’s monumentally powerful, light eating, time and space bending, supermassive black hole has created a weird formation in the galaxy’s nucleus… and we’re going to try and shoot it!
astro camera tutorial
Dear patrons as a special thank you for helping me to keep doing this thing that I'm doing I've made an exclusive patrons only astrophotography video tutorial. In this video I answer the question "how long should your subs be?" A simple question but answering it...
how to collimate a newtonian telescope
Hey folks, here is the patrons only video tutorial on how to collimate a newtonian. Its not quite finished - partly because I need a night of good seeing to really show off the biscuit method (I will need to reshoot the last scene) and partly because I've learnt that...
ASTRO OFFER: FREE TIME on iTelescope’s BIG SCOPES while the Moon Shines
Fellow nerds, while the moon shines itelescope is FREE! Time to dust off those narrowband filters 😁 here’s what my buddy, Mladen from iTelescope had to say…. Want to do narrowband imaging on 20" and 24" telescopes? iTelescope 'Full Moon Happy Hour' is in effect all...