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New Toy - NexImage 5 Planetary Cam

20 Jul 2012, 00:50 UTC
New Toy - NexImage 5 Planetary Cam
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I haven't posted much recently due to fires, monsoon weather, and work. This is dangerous for an Astrophotographer since it allows more idle time to window shop goodies online. Well, that's what I did, and I bought a NexImage 5 as a result. I don't usually do planetary/solar imaging as I prefer deep sky, but, it offers an opportunity for quick imaging sessions day, and night, and between clouds to fill the gap. I had a lot of fun with my QHY-5 and sort of miss the occasional lunar session. DSO imaging probably won't resume for me until September when monsoons break up so I figured I'd pass the time by changing gears. Anyway, here's the pics for those who are curious. If I get a break in the clouds this evening I will give it a first light run on Saturn. It has a reasonably fast frame rate and seemingly decent acquisition software with lots of resolution, RIO, and gain settings from tinkering indoors, but we will see how it does in the field.

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