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Did you connect the telescope to a computer?

Stumbling upon an old computer connecting a microscope to a computer, I decided to push the horizons of the public and write that connecting a telescope to a computer can be much more interesting than counting microbes. And if you are a fan of astronomy or "Star Wars" - then you are either already familiar with this opportunity, or you will be very pleased with it. So I decided to try and tell about my experience in this area.

Continuing the theme of "expanding the horizons" habraoobschestvennosti, and I have already done this, writing about electronic transmissions on bicycles and electronic forks , I will write about the linking Telescope + Computer.
So - after reading articles on astrophotography at AstroScope Lab, I caught fire to connect my Celestron NexStar 5 SE telescope to a computer. It turned out with the help of the transponder from the COM port to USB.

I also took from my friend for a week a specialized camera for astrophotography of the planets of the Solar System Celestron NexImage, which is also connected to the computer via USB. image
Even sitting on the balcony (the fifth floor of the Khrushchev) with a laptop in Kharkov conditions with all its dust, sky opacity and high flare, I managed to make pretty good pictures of the Moon (although of course I am not a Hubble - I need to remember this).

Although I’ve been watching in my telescope for quite a long time, I’m an absolute beginner in astrophotography, but I managed to pretty quickly figure out the NexImage video capture program and video clip processing in order to add frames to the Registax program. image

In the nearby plans to begin to deal with the more sophisticated technology of shooting nebulae and galaxies.

In general, an accessible telescope with a computerized mount and Go-To homing system can be connected to any computer without any problems using a COM port or USB. Through the planetarium program, you can observe by simply selecting the object of interest with the mouse cursor and, thus, pointing the telescope at it. image

By installing a camera on a telescope, you can not even look into the eyepiece, using fairly simple and affordable software, you can take your own pictures of objects in the starry sky. In addition, the chips of modern CCD cameras have much greater sensitivity than human vision, thus revealing details on such distant objects as galaxies and diffuse nebulae, which are simply inaccessible to human vision.

A quite good telescope with the Go-To homing system can be purchased in the price range from $ 350 to $ 1000, of course, there are more powerful and expensive models, but for astronomical observations with a computer, the tool that fits into the budget is sufficient. If desired, you can even provide remote access to the telescope using Wi-Fi. Thus, removing the incredible beauty of the winter sky, you do not have to freeze with a computer on the street, and you can control the telescope installed in the courtyard of a warm house.
My friends, who put me on astronomy, are quite experienced lovers of astronomy and astrophotography, even using relatively inexpensive equipment, achieve amazing results by taking incredibly beautiful and very detailed photos of star clusters, distant galaxies and nebulae, as well as the Moon and planets of the Solar System .

Source: https://habr.com/ru/post/100944/

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