Shaving the Yak

Generally crap results last night but I did make some basic progress.

  • I can reliably connect to the mount from windows with a batch script that deletes the connection and restablishes it
  • I can set the camera to taking small-ish jpegs for doing the polar alignment then have backyardeos switch to high-res for imaging
  • I can use a filter ring to stop the Takumar 200mm lens down to 37mm which is about f/5.6. This seems to reduce, if not eliminate the severe chromatic aberration i was seeing with it.
  • From my side-yard I have a smallish slice of unobstructed sky but i have a good view of Polaris and the Zenith.

Aside from that it was a sh*tshow with false starts and loose clutches stopping me doing any real imaging. Wednesday night is supposed to be clear and i’ll try to do my prep in advance and get a solid couple of hours outdoors.


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