Location, Location, Location

What a difference dark skies make. Living in the great Pacific Northwest, opportunities to image under clear skies are rare.  Under dark skies, even rarer. Lately, whenever the weather permits, I grab my gear and head up into the Olympic Mountains.  I enter up by Port Angeles and head up to Hurricane Ridge, which has … Read more

Polar Alignment Scope – Should you have one?

This is an interesting question. Lately, with the recently relesed “AllStar” alignment routine for the Celestron GEM mounts, many would say NO. In fact, emphatically NO. I have a different opinion, but I’ll agree that a polar alignment scope (PAS) is not necessary. Further, that a PAS does not typically provide accuracy equivalent to the … Read more

Self Guiding with SBIG Camera

Nov 14 2009 – My first real try at using the internal guider in my SBIG ST-2000xcm camera. For some reason it’s been hard for me to get up the nerve to set up and use the internal guide chip of my SBIG camera. Up to this point I’ve always used Craig Stark’s wonderful PHD … Read more