Atik Infinity Photos (November 29, 2017)

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On this page I present photos taken with the Atik Infinity camera on November 29, 2017.



The following photos were my second attempt with the Atik Infinity camera (the first one had failed because of upcoming clouds).

Since the Heritage 100P is designed for purely visual observation, the camera did not come into focus with this telescope. As a result, the photos are fuzzy. Nevertheless, I present them here for reference.


On November 29, 2017, I started my second attempt with the camera. This time the sky was pretty clear (which, however, did not last too long...). The equipment used was the same, and this time I was able to align the mount fairly exactly using the stars Vega and Altair (with a long focal length eyepiece...). The handling of the Infinity application was still not so clear to me, though especially when and where something is stored. In the end, the session and four JPG images were saved, which was sufficient for my purposes (images: two objects, two almost identical images for each). When adjusting to a medium bright star, whichever it was, it turned out that I was not able to get into focus with the Heritage 100P. The focuser was already at the bottom stop, but the image was still not sharp. That was good enough for tests, but, of course, you definitely want to get sharp images. I then tried M 57 (Ring Nebula), which I am rarely able to find with the Heritage 100P. And to my surprise there was something round in rainbow colors on the screen - that had to be the Ring Nebula! I then moved it a little further to the center of the frame and moved the histogram controls to optimize the image. But blurred remains blurred... An attempt with the NGC 7000 (North American Nebula) failed, but the globular star cluster M 15 in Pegasus was visible beyond any doubts. But then the clouds came in and put an end to all this...

Thus, the second attempt was, in principle, OK and even revealed two deep-sky objects, but unfortunately it also showed that my hope to be able to operate the Atik Infinity on the Heritage 100P cannot be fulfilled directly. I cannot come into focus with the camera attached to this telescope. Soon after, I came, however, across the suggestion in a book that Barlow lenses shift the focus to the outside, and also found this statement confirmed on the Internet.





M 57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra), unprocessed


M 57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra), post-processed


M 15 (Pegasus), unprocessed


M 15 (Pegasus), post-processed



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