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Breakthrough in dual astro-terrestrial camera

Well, after working for a while on my last project, I have managed to access the firmware of the Canon 1100D (Rebel T3) to change the firmware so that the camera can compensate automatically for the shift in colour created by the BCF corrector filter. Now when the DSLR is used in any of the automatic camera modes, as well as Auto WB and Auto ISO, the camera will produce colour corrected, realistic, daylight terrestrial pictures without any further post processing or any need for a custom white balance.

The autoguider works, eventually!

Well, last Monday wasn't the ideal night for astrophotography as it was a bit hazy. Nevertheless, I took the scope out as I needed to sort out some issues.

My main concern was getting the Orion Starshoot Autoguider to work. It turned out that the problems I had with the autoguider were due to the fact that I hadn't installed the drivers properly. The OSA worked flawlessly throughout the night and I let my setup working on its own for 3 hours.


This is what I found early in the morning when I went to set down my equipment.

First clear night in nearly two months...but the moon in the way


Well, after nearly two months of continuous cloudy skies, I've managed to take the scope out and try the starshoot autoguider, among other things. Unfortunately, the computer kept crashing every time I asked PHD to connect to the autoguider. I ended up guiding through my webcam as usually because I didn't want to waste precious time sorting out software issues in the dark.
Also, I was desperate to try my new toy: a Skywatcher Evostar ED80 DS Pro. I've found the scope very light but then I'm used to my SW200P newtonian which makes my HEQ5 Pro work at its limit.

My Orion Starshoot Autoguider has arrived!

I can't wait for some clear skies. Thanks to UK Astronomy Buy & Sell, I've managed to find a second hand Orion Starshooter autoguider at a very good price (thanks Peter). The next clear night I'll try it out while testing the last couple of cameras I have modified.

So far, I have been guiding with a Philips 880 SPC flashed camera in my Stellarvue F50 -a finder that takes eyepieces. Finding and centering a bright enough guide star has been a struggle and I can't wait to try a proper autoguider which should give me plenty of stars to choose from.
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