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FIRST LIGHT FROM THE 30″ TELESCOPE! September 5, 2010

Posted by jcconwell in Observatory, telescopes.
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First light images on the 30″ Scope taken August 28.These were both about 20 second exposures. To give you an idea of brightness, the center white dwarf star in the ring nebula is about 15th magnitude.

M57 the Ring Nebula

M57 the Ring Nebula

Great Globular Cluster in Hercule, M13

Now the work begins to calibrate the telescope, but we have a starting point now.  The RC optics are a bit picky to get  aligned after reassembly. We now also can do a full polar alignment of the mount. These

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