I had the pleasure last night of listening to amateur astronomer,
Les Bluestein, of Richmond Hill, Ontario give a very
interesting presentation of how he very simply sketched the images he observed through the eyepiece of his telescope
for Planetary observations.
In this modern day of CCD imaging, and Astrophotography with
Digital Cameras, to record what is observed,
going back to the days of Galileo has some other benefits.
One is, that the more you look and study an object, the more you
detail you will see over a period of time.
So, you may see festoons, and other fine details, say on Jupiter than you would if you were just observing the
object for a few minutes, which is often what happens when one is at the eyepiece.
All you need is a sketchbook; Some 2b artist pencils, and a
stencil, to draw the round circles of the planets;
whether that be Jupiter, Saturn, Mars or the Moon. So, even if you can't draw a straight line or circle,
the detail you sketch in will be accurate.
As for equipment, Les uses an 80mm refractor and a 4 inch
refractor. So size is not the issue. Just use the
magnification that is useful, for the details that you wish to record. For example on the Moon, zoom in on a particular
feature and focus on that.
Give this technique a try; Not only will you find it to be
relaxing, but you will learn a lot more about the planets, or
space objects, star clusters, whatever interests you!
Now, having said all that, this week we have a slew of exciting
new products being released and here are links
to just a few of them. A number of them are New CCD Imagers and Cameras.
Here we go!
If you love Planets, then you are gonna love this new cam.
Best news of all is that we actually have
stock of this hard to get, Made in Canada Product from our friend Rock Mallin, in Ottawa.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced, autoguider and
then look no further! You just found it......
This is a really cool new product; imagine a camera, that can
record the entire night sky
at one time, yep, its really a cool product... Kudos to Orion on this one...
Looking for a large Sensor CCD camera, that will work with all
Celestron has just announced this new CCD camera. First shipments arrive
to us later this month. Very reasonably priced as well.
Check out the website at www.khanscope.com for other exciting new products!
Till next time,
Wishing you Clear Skies,
Ray KhanPS If you haven't done so already, be sure to enter our new Facebook contest to win
A Livestar Home Planetarium system! It's easy, just click on this link: http://www.facebook.com/khanscope
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