Saturday, April 1, 2017

Astrophotography with the Raspberry Pi Camera - A Cheapskate's Guide to Solar System Photography


This is I'm in the process of migrating my blog to Medium. The article you are looking for is here.

This is mostly because I want to remove duplicate copies of articles, since it makes Google unhappy. I don't want to make Google unhappy. :-)

Thank you!

9 comments:

  1. Amazing!
    I've done exactly the same thing with my new Celestron 127 STL and a pi zero / camera V2.
    Going to try your binning settings on the next clear night! Thanks.

    Dr Mike G

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    1. The single biggest improvement I've made since upgrading the camera is making a Bahtinov mask - I'll have a post on that up shortly. It is _really_ hard to get sharp focus without one, and the mask makes it very easy. It's cheap and quick to build and works superbly.

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    2. How do your results compare with the V2 camera? It looked like it had better sensitivity.

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  2. Awesome! Very sensibly done!! Keep on sharing your suggestions and guidance, please.

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    1. The single biggest improvement I've made since upgrading the camera is making a Bahtinov mask - I'll have a post on that up shortly. It is _really_ hard to get sharp focus without one, and the mask makes it very easy. It's cheap and quick to build and works superbly.

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  3. Thank you for the feedback! I have really been enjoying the dedicated astro camera, and am experimenting with the RaspPi cam as a meteor camera. I'll post the writeup on this blog once it is past the prototype stage. If you want to compare the results between the ZWO astro cam and the RaspPi cam, I have my better pictures up at Astrobin at http://www.astrobin.com/users/JasonBowling/

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  4. Any idea why I'm not getting an image when I have the moon clearly in focus? I have an Orion Skyquest XT10. I can see changes in light if I move the camera near a bright light source, so I'm not sure what's going on.

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    1. When you say 'moon clearly in focus' do you mean with your normal lens? You probably need to adjust focus quite a bit after swapping your normal lens for the camera. I just got this working tonight. I had to work through multiple issues. First, getting the camera set up and working over the web interface was relatively easy, but when I removed the lens from the RPi camera, I must have damaged the first one. The second try worked. Took a little bit of work to get it focused in, which was easiest with the moon.

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