Flintstone Stargazing

January 29, 2011

M42-The Orion Nebula on 1/28/10

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Messier Objects, Observation Journal — Tags: , — Ed @ 1:29 am

I haven’t been out with the scope since last year – with the snow, clouds and really cold weather – but tonight was too nice to resist. It was cold, but not windy and so I wheeled out the scope. I’ve gotten a new laptop and so I spent the first hour or so getting all of the drivers installed and when I was done I realized that my USB-Serial Port drivers weren’t working, so I couldn’t autoguide. My alignment was good, though and I was able to stack a bunch of one minute subs of the Orion Nebula.



  1. Very nice astrophotography.

    Comment by Jim Hilton — January 29, 2011 @ 11:12 am

  2. I was thinking about getting a Meade DSI II. Right now I can’t use autoguiding. I have a Meade LX90 and a Canon T2i. I can get Orion very well but struggle with the dimmer M51 and M101, and can barely get the Dumbbell nebula. Without autoguiding I’m not able to take long exposures and get crisp images. I’m limited to 1:30-2min exposures. What’s your suggestion, guide Scope or DSI II?

    Comment by George Moore — February 13, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

  3. My Latest attempt at Orion

    Comment by George Moore — February 13, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

  4. hey Joe at Barnard astronomical society told me you are the guy in this area to talk to about astrophotography. i am having a nightmare getting a decent picture. and not sure if its scope, mount or camera or just the fact im just learning. would love to tlak to you, get any advice/help i could. im having a hard time even collimnating my scope.i am also getting into CCD imaging, so any advice you might have in that apsect would also help its an OLD original Nexstar 8 with i think issues. but please feel free to email me


    Comment by bret bogard — February 14, 2011 @ 4:56 am

  5. Hello my friend! You are creating an amazing blog dude! I’m from Mexico and I want to begin with this stuff of astrophotography. =)!

    See yaa and congratulations!

    Comment by Rodrigo Lopez — February 20, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

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