D7200 DSLR piggyback imaging: Pleiades & Hyades star clusters
Posted: 6 December 2020
Open: Saturday, 5 December 2020, 1742 MST
1748 MST: LX600 ON, StarLock OFF, High Precision OFF.
Viewed Jupiter and four moons, then Saturn and 2 moons, 102X.
Prepared D7200 DSLR for piggyback imaging.
1805 MST: viewed Mars, 102X and 443X.
Viewed M45 (the Pleiades) star cluster, 102X. It would be my first imaging target once it was a higher in the sky.
1845 MST: mounted the D7200 DSLR with 70-300mm lens piggyback on the 12" LX600 using the ScopeStuff Camera Mount. Attached the Explore Scientific 2" UHC filter to the lens using the Sensei Filter Step-Down Rings. Here's the setup.
1856 MST: StarLock ON.
Did StarLock autoguided imaging of the Pleiades star cluster and then the Hyades star cluster using the D7200 DSLR.
Pleiades star cluster (f/5.6, 5 minutes, ISO 6400, White Balance 4000K, FL 300mm, UHC filter)
Hyades star cluster (f/4.5, 2 minutes, ISO 6400, White Balance 5000K, FL 70mm, UHC filter)
The open star cluster NGC1647 is at the upper left in the Hyades image.
1950 MST: StarLock OFF.
Removed the camera and re-attached the finderscope.
2002 MST: viewed M1 (Crab Nebula), 102X.
2004 MST: LX600 OFF.
2010 MST: took a Sky Quality reading using the Unihedron SQM-L.
Close: Saturday, 5 December 2020, 2016 MST
Session Length: 2h 34m|
Conditions: Clear, SQM 20.94
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