Telescope and Camera image size test

I was doing some visual observing with my Meade LX70 refractor. I then tried connecting my Canon T3i and was disappointed with the results. I was looking at Jupiter and could make out some of the bands and the moon with the different eyepieces but the image was way too small on the image with the Canon. So, I did a test some tests. I tested all three of my telescopes (Meade ETX90EC, Meade LX70 refractor, Meade Lightbridge 10”) with my two cameras (Canon T3i and ZWO AS103MC).

The results are in this wiki article called “Image Size Test”.

The first thing that is interesting is of course the difference between the image with the 55 MM camera lens and any of the telescope images. But, the more critical comparison is between the telescopes themselves using the different cameras.

The ZWO camera results is significantly closer image than the Canon regardless of which telescope is used.

When comparing the ZWO images, I was surprised the ETX had a larger image even though it is a small diameter. I will need to do more research. The Lightbridge image is very puzzling. It is a significantly larger diameter and the image isn’t a similar order of magnitude bigger. In fact, the Lightbridge doesn’t look much bigger than the ETX.

Related to the Barlow, the image size is noticeably larger.

Though not related to this test, the blurry images are a problem but again the test was during the day going through a window.

To summarize, interesting results and will need another test using a night time object like the moon.

daylight test 55mmimage size test Capture_00005

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Observing Session–July 2, 2018

The night was clear so figured I could try out the Meade Lightbridge 10” looking at Jupiter.  I still had to collimate but getting a lot faster.  All four moons were visible and in different positions.  Jupiter’s bands were definitely visible. 

I tried a number of eyepieces.  The low (26 mm) and mid (15 mm) were good but Jupiter was small.  The high (9.7 mm) was okay and I could still make out the bands.  I tried my highest power (5 mm) but it was too fuzzy.   I hadn’t given the telescope much time to cool down and didn’t check the weather conditions beforehand.   I am going to do some research into magnification.

I noticed Venus so took a look at it.  It was way to bright.

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Full Moon

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New Moon

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Moon Phase

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Observing Session–Jupiter-20180607

The sky cleared again so setup the LX70 refractor to look at Jupiter.  This time was just going to be astrophotography.  I got the adapter for the LX70 and Canon setup.  Once I connected it to the Canon, I realized why there was only one cover since the cover would protect the camera sensor.

Since I didn’t have the finderscope on, it took a little trail-and-error to find Jupiter.  The focus was way off but got dialed in.  The Canon Live View worked good especially using the digital zoom.   I didn’t realize the exposure settings impacted the Live View.  I had to really decrease the shutter speed to get the color of Jupiter to appear.   The digital zoom helped with focusing.   But without tracking, Jupiter continued to move and thus had to move the telescope and never really got a good focus since Jupiter was moving so much.

However, the results were very disappointing.  I took a few pictures and on the Canon screen, Jupiter was very small.  I guess I really don’t understand the focal length configuration of the different telescope when connected to the Canon DSLR.  I guess I have only really tried taking photos of the moon through the ETX90.  Needs more testing.

I think the next step is to test some daytime images to learn the relative photo sizes and then learn more about focal length.  Since I will be testing during the daytime, I might as well try the ZWO camera and then compare the image results between the two cameras and all the telescopes.

So, went in but also dropped the mount retracting the legs.

I created a wiki entry of the Jupiter image.

ClearSkyTonight_20180607_jupiter

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