16.2.17

pn208 rosette dfine2

Time only for a few snaps, but a good target to try -the rather nice- google dfine2.
open cluster ngc2244 and nebula the rosette in monoceros
canon 700d + pn208  11 x  120s @ ISO800

swcc monkey nebula

The SkyWatcher coma corrector is designed for cheap flimsy Chinese SkyWatcher telescopes, so I thought it would be well suited to my cheap Chinese not-worth-the-paper-it's-written-on reflector. Indeed it was and with the added attraction of a wider fov. Here we are at f3.5
nebula ngc2174 monkey's head in orion
canon 700d + pn208  26 x 120s @ ISO800


14.2.17

refractor versus reflector



Looking through a reflector is like looking at a photo taken with a refractor.

Looking through a refractor is like looking at a photo taken with a reflector.

10.2.17

flaming IC405




Cables everywhere. A mess. Weather is poor. Cheap Fast Chinese Rubbish in amateurish hands.  The eternal optimist grabs a few snaps at f3.9. I'm expecting too much. I'm gonna need longer on this.






nebula IC405 flaming star in auriga
700d + pn208   18 x 120s @ ISO800 

30.1.17

pn208 m45 and APT


Do forgive the poor could-be-real-nice-but-looks-a-mess processing. Oh, and a plug for Ivo Stoynov's excellent APT camera control software. €18 well spent.  I'll let this speak for itself...
open cluster m45 the pleiades in taurus
canon 1200d + pn208 44 x 150s @ ISO800

pn208 coma mpcc and the germans




My trusty old MPCC worked. Out of the box. Almost. I must be doing something wrong. You know. Cheap-Chinese-rubbish-not-worth-the-paper-it's-written-on and all that. But wait. I think Baader are German. Ah, but made in China of course.

Must try the Cheap Chinese SWCC. Not only a cc but a 0.9 reducer: 208mm f3.5? I wonder.

Time to test the cc. Star fields are tough on all ccs...

Comparison with the nt150
clusters m35 centre and ngc2158 in gemini
canon 1200d + pn208 with baader mpcc  20 x 60s @ ISO800 

27.1.17

explore scientific pn208 f3.9

No. Don't do it. It'll never work. You can't collimate it. It's rubbish. Tube flex. Focuser slop. Impossible. Cheap Chinese rubbish. You must be crazy. f6 is plenty fast enough. etc etc...

Well, it looks like fast Chinese rubbish isn't the tale of woe it once was. Technology moves forward. Chinese telescopes are no longer the flimsy blue Skywatchers of the '90s. This is what it can do in 20 minutes. It makes my f6 refractor look miserably dim...
stars sterope taygeta maia celaeno electra merope as part of  open cluster m45 the pleiades in taurus
canon 1200d + pn208   18x60s @ ISO800