First light (Newton 360/1500) - 8 May 2010

This night was a holiday for me. My new mount in my new observatory began to carry a new telescope – 36cm Newton. The sky was not absolutely clear and it was often very foggy, however, for testing it was good enough.

I chose one of the best-known globular cluster in the sky (M13) because its position was quite high and I had had some other pictures of it to compare with. Unfortunately, weather conditions got worse and had to wait and wait. There were only a few moments adequate for taking photos during the night.

Technical information:
Optics:Newton 36cm + Paracorr
Focal:1725mm (1500mm*1,15 due to comacorrector)
Aperature:4,8
Exposure:7x120s
Date and time:7 May 2010 at 22:05 UTC
Location:Central Europe, Slovakia, Cadca, village Zakopcie
Atmosphere:fog
Camera:modified Canon 350D
Before the dawn I took a photo of crescent Moon – just for pleasure.

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