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The Everyday Sling might just be the perfect pack for not carrying too much gear, combining comfort with Peak Design's signature modern style.
Our sky in Tucson has been pretty cruddy recently, with clouds almost every night, and more recently, with high winds that have filled the air with dust. Night before last, however, the clouds had blown aside, and I decided to ignore the dust and wind to see what I could capture with a cheap, thrift-shop Newtonian I'd been waiting for a chance to use on a deep sky object. So here is the resulting capture of the spiral galaxy, Messier 51:
This scope was modified by hack saw, removing about 2" from the mirror end. It's using a 900mm f/8 mirror, so it shows a lot less coma than we see from faster reflectors. What I found objectionable was confined to about the outer 10-15% of the frame, and fell to my "crop-tool coma corrector" in Gimp 2.9. Even in the polar region, my LXD mount's unguided tracking leaves a bit to be desired, but it looks to me like the $12 scope is out-performing both my mount and my camera. There is a slight hot spot to lower right that my flats didn't completely eliminate, but I'm planning see whether a few more will remedy that. I think its location in the frame probably means I should make some adjustments to the location of the secondary mirror, but if flats will do the trick, I may ignore that for later.
As an aside, some may wonder about the mixed ISO settings. So do I. My T2i is cursed with some formidable correlated or "walking" noise at 1600 ISO and below. For reasons that are a mystery to me, I've recently discovered that the noise seems reduced when I mix a substantial number of higher-ISO frames into the DSS stack. I can't be sure whether there's really a causal connection, but would be interested if anyone here happens to know why that might or might not be what's making the difference.
When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived, it was more than just a modest upgrade to the already impressive X-T1. While the new X-T3 hasn't changed the overall design of the camera, this model is way more than an upgrade; rather, it's a quantum leap.
The Movie Maker is a compact, motorized slider designed for phones, action cams and small mirrorless cameras. We think it's a fun little kit and a good value proposition for the cost, provided you can work around a few of its weak points.
Nikon's Z7 is the first camera to use the all-new Z-mount, the company's first new full-frame mount since 1959. We've put together our first impressions based on quality shooting time with a pre-production camera - check out what we've found.
What's the best camera for a parent? The best cameras for shooting kids and family must have fast autofocus, good low-light image quality and great video. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for parents, and recommended the best.
What's the best camera for shooting landscapes? High resolution, weather-sealed bodies and wide dynamic range are all important. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for shooting landscapes, and recommended the best.
What’s the best camera costing over $2000? The best high-end camera costing more than $2000 should have plenty of resolution, exceptional build quality, good 4K video capture and top-notch autofocus for advanced and professional users. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing over $2000 and recommended the best.
|My Garden by Mitchmeister|
from The Secret Garden
|Crowded Skies by Rushlin|
from Seven types of aircraft - lighter than air