Re: [MaxImDL] Question about calibration camera orientation


Feb 20 7:25 AM

 


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#56017 Feb 20 7:25 AM

Iam building a telescope I would like to use with your software.Specifically, I would like to use the automatic calibration and pointingtools you provide.

Whatare the restrictions on the relative orientationof the calibration camera and the observing axis? Typically, it seemsthat the two are boresight-alligned. I would like to mount thecalibration camera to only the horizontal axis of my mount, alwayspointed straight up. Isit possible to configure your software to support this configuration?

Russel Howe



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#56018 Feb 20 7:38 AM

It isn't strictly necessary for the guidescope and imaging scope to be

pointed in the same direction, and Maxim doesn't care when you calibrate

or guide. However, if the angle between the two differs significantly,

you will run into guiding problems because of atmospheric refraction.



I would advise using a short focal length, moderately large aperture

guidescope that is roughly aligned with the imaging axis. This also

allows you to guide on the object you are imaging, which is sometimes

critical- for planets, comets, asteroids, and other bodies that don't

have purely sidereal motion.



Chris



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Chris L Peterson

Cloudbait Observatory

www.cloudbait.com

On 2/20/2014 8:25 AM, Russel Howe wrote:

> I am building a telescope I would like to use with your software.

> Specifically, I would like to use the automatic calibration and pointing tools you provide.

>

> What are the restrictions on the relative orientation of the calibration camera and the observing axis? Typically, it seems

> that the two are boresight-alligned. I would like to mount the

> calibration camera to only the horizontal axis of my mount, always

> pointed straight up. Is it possible to configure your software to support this configuration?

>

> Russel Howe

>



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