Last updated: 27 March 2007

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Here are some Moon astrophotographs taken with my LXD55/LXD75 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. All of the images are single frame shots; no stacking was done.

Moon [27 Mar 07]
I recently acquired a Meade Meade #777 Off-Axis Guider for use with my Nikon D70 DSLR. Meade's marketing material for the Off-Axis Guider (OAG) is rather out of date; it states that the OAG is only for 35mm film cameras. However, it also works fine with Digital SLRs. However, as noted on the linked report, I have had some focusing problems. First the eyepiece would not focus when fully inserted; a parfocal ring solved that. Then focusing through the Nikon D70 DSLR viewfinder remained a challenge. It finally occurred to me that I should make the camera and eyepiece parfocal! And what better object to do that than the Moon. So on 16 March 2007 I set up the LXD75-8"SC and did some focusing tests with my reticle eyepiece and the D70 using the OAG. I was able to find an infocus position for both and set the parfocal ring on the eyepiece so that I could consistently achieve focus in the D70. Here is the result of the focusing test on the Moon.

Go to the 2005 Lunar Astrophotography Page.

Go to the 2004 Lunar Astrophotography Page.

Go to the 2003 Lunar Astrophotography Page.

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Copyright © 2007 Michael L. Weasner / mweasner@optcorp.com
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