I’m noticing how space photography has advanced. Those pictures are getting insanely mesmerizing. I’ve started randomly collecting them as a source of an inspiration and I think it would be nice to have some sort of shared collection of space photos here
Might be even useful as a source imagery for surface generation, so if you are into this, please share your favourites
Only real photos, no illustrations
If possible, provide author and link to more info.
I did it for research and these pictures were in part to try and make a motorized mount coupled with tracking via pictures with the PiCam. Unfortunately the firmware on the webcam is terrible and doesn’t offer any customization. What you see there is the best you’ll get aside from having your telescope better focused.
The issue is that you can’t control exposure times so the only object you can reliably photograph is the moon. If that’s all you want go for it, otherwise all other objects are off the table. You can see how the Jupiter photo needs its exposure toned down but there’s nothing we can do about it. It was a fun experiment in cheap hardware though.
If you decide to go for it anyways we mounted our camera on a piece of cardboard attached to a PVC fitting with e tape to make it fit snugly in the telescope lens mount. We took off the webcam lens and manually focused with the telescope focus. Make sure you perm marker the interior black to minimize reflections! I have to admit it was cool to see live view of the telescope on a monitor as opposed to one at a time. It really changed the experience from one of a solitary view to a social experience since you can’t guarantee the same view, focus, placement in the telescope between different viewers where everyone saw the same imagine simultaneously. It also seriously helped finding objects
Thanks for great description! Telescope view on a display sounds great, too bad about the quality, still, sounds like fun project. I’ve seen some DSLR cameras connected to telescope and laptop as a display screen, no idea about details though
When I googled telescope and raspberry, I found this interesting yt vid: