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Amateur Astrophotography from Siding Spring Observatory in March 2020

2 Mar 2020, 01:12 UTC
Amateur Astrophotography from Siding Spring Observatory in March 2020
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OK, I’m trying something different here today.

Instead of just providing the link to the Twitter thread, I’m compiling all the tweets I sent about my amateur astronomy session at Siding Spring Observatory last night, 1st March 2020, while finally testing my new equipment (mount and cameras) from a dark place.

The Twitter thread starts here.

Preparing my telescopes for playing tonight

OK, good news: I did the polar alignment of the mount using 3 methods (@zwoasi ASIAir + guider / canon 5D, eye using polar scope of mount) and all agree!! I got an accuracy of 16” in total, which I think it is awesome!

Yep, this is now working! It took me an extra while to get the calibration of the auto-guiding good, but now errors are within 0.4-0.6”, which is great… so observing again Carina Neb. 3 min, Skywatcher BD80+ZWO 178MC, single 3 min exposure, no filter, from Siding Spring Observatory.

So here I am, in the bed at my room at the ANU Lodge at Siding Spring Observatory, controlling my amateur telescope at 50m using my son’s iPad… I’m sleepy so I’ll probably let it running and get some sleep

zzz moved it to M83 ...

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