Astrophotography Failure

November 1, 2020 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Well that experiment was an abject failure.

I built a portable picture-taking rig with a Raspberry Pi 3 B+, a Pimoroni HyperPixel4 display, and a Raspberry Pi HQ Camera with the 16mm lens. Then I sat on the sidewalk (and it’s chilly) for an hour trying to fiddle with the focus, and the exposure, and the very sketchy network connection to the iPad in order to attempt a full Moon picture. That attempt failed miserably. Way, WAY too little glass.

I’ve ordered the Nikon-F mount to C-mount adapter. This will let me use my big Nikkor lenses on the Pi HQ Camera. Then I can take Moon pictures with my 35-70 f/2.8 with the 77mm objective. If that doesn’t work, I’ve also ordered the C-Mount 1.25″ telescope eyepiece adapter, so I can just bolt the camera onto the back of my actual telescope. That’ll do the trick. When in doubt, brute force….

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