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M44 Benchmark MTO (Russentonne), MC Rubinar against a 80mm triplet APO

M44 Benchmark MTO (Russentonne), MC Rubinar against a 80mm triplet APO

I experiment a bit with an  Rubinar and a MTO Russentonne 500mm lens, which I recently acquired second-hand. Here a snapshot  fully manual settings with the RT 50 f/8 (and lots of light in Southern France).   The Beehive Cluster, also known as M44, NGC 2632, or Cr 189, is an open cluster in the...
Nova Sagittarii 2015 moving up a notch again

Nova Sagittarii 2015 moving up a notch again

  This “new” star is definitely worth to log. It was the brightest nova in Sagittarius (German Schütze) more than 100 years, and the brightest anywhere in the sky since Nova Centauri 2013. Classical novae are not all alike. However, their underlying mechanism is the same: a white-dwarf star collects gas, mostly hydrogen, from a...
Arduino-based converter to connect Cartes du Ciel with a telescope over WLAN

Arduino-based converter to connect Cartes du Ciel with a telescope over WLAN

Arduino-based Cartes du Ciel Skywatcher bridge I’m currently developing a prototype connecting a planetary software on a laptop or tablet like “Cartes du Ciel” or Stellarium to my Skywatcher AZ-EQ6 GT telescope mount. Physical the connection should be WLAN using an Arduino and an Ethernet shield. There are commercial WLAN products out there, but I...

Arduino Step by Step Notes

Seee code here https://github.com/futureshocked/arduino_sbs Abschnitt 1: Getting started with the Arduino 1 Introduction 01:54 2 The Arduino ecosystem 07:50 3 Lecture 2 quiz 6 Fragen 4 Tools and prototyping workflow 07:51 5 Lecture 3 quiz 5 Fragen 6 Let’s make a light blink! 11:35 7 Lecture 4 quiz 3 Fragen 8 Make the LED fade...
Partial Solar Eclipse 2015

Partial Solar Eclipse 2015

Europe’s biggest solar eclipse since 1999 occurred this month – and 67 per cent of sunlight could be blocked out over Munich.  A total eclipse of the sun will occur in Northern Norway and Faroe Islands with two minutes and two seconds of totality. Besides going to be the biggest event of its kind since...
M42 Quick Snapshot

M42 Quick Snapshot

Orion Nebula (Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976)  with 1,350 light years  is the closest region of a massive star formation.  M42 is undoubtedly one of the most popular deep sky targets. Whether you image through a telescope or a camera lens, it can even be captured even under city conditions by anyone who knows...
30th International Star Party Austria

30th International Star Party Austria

It was worth the drive to one of the highest annual star parties in Europe on the weekend of September 25–28 at the grassy mountain meadow of Berg above the small town of Greifenburg in southern Austria. Looking at the weather report I arrived Friday afternoon. Known as the Internationales Teleskoptreffen, or ITT (International Telescope...

ToUcam SPC900NC

The Philips SPC900NC seems a good CCD for CS modification. Here the story I found it in the Net with pictures and comments. No assurance that this works. In order to send the correct signals to the camera, the capture software must be told to use the correct COM port (from the computer control panel...
HEQ5 Skywatcher vintage CCD Setup – Windows 7  AstroArt 4.0 und EQAllign 2.3 Windows 7 64bit

HEQ5 Skywatcher vintage CCD Setup – Windows 7 AstroArt 4.0 und EQAllign 2.3 Windows 7 64bit

Man muss nicht immer das neueste und teuerste kaufen, um sich in die komplexe CCD Materie einzuarbeiten. Hier ein HEQ5 Skywatcher vintage CCD Setup – Windows 7  AstroArt 4.0 und EQAllign 2.3 Windows 7 64bit der mit günstig erstanden CCD Kameras arbeitet, die 5 bzw. 10 Jahre alt sind. Es ist eine WebCam, die  Philips SPC...
HEQ6 oder HEQ5 Montierung richtig einnorden

HEQ6 oder HEQ5 Montierung richtig einnorden

Mit dem einnorden hatte ich so meine liebe Mühe. Daher habe ich zusammengetragen, wie man HEQ6 und HEQ5 oder eine  vergleichbare Montierung simplel richtig einnordet. Machen wir uns nichts vor, Schreinern tun wir doch eher selten. 1) Stativ mit dem Kompass nach Norden ausrichten (der schwarze Stift muss nach Norden zeigen) danach das Stativ mit der...
Starlight Xpress MX716 CCD Installation

Starlight Xpress MX716 CCD Installation

The 64bit MX716 Driver Package package contains 64bit  drivers for the Starlight Xpress  MX716 CCD camera from  official Starlight Xpress website. The camera is now 15 years old, but works fine -and –  Starlight Express still supports it (Official Web Site).  SX Ltd has been in business since 1991 and was set up to market...

Compass Calibration Nexus5

 Compass Calibration Nexus5 – GPS Essentials 1. Try to stay away from magnetic fields as far as you can 2. Open GPS Essentials and tap on compass (calibration will not work when the compass is not showing) 3. Put the phone on a flat surface with the display pointing up 4. Move the phone slowly,...