Friday, April 1, 2011

It pays to collimate your optics

I have to admit I've frequently given collimation (aligning the optics of a telescope) the short-shrift in my haste to produce an image. But, after examining the NGC3628 photos taken lately and some visual viewing the other night, I took another set of images after doing a "proper" collimation.*

Here's the image from 3/28/2011 (prior to collimating):

This is from last night (after collimating):

(Feel free to explore the Original sizes.)

And, here is the side-by-side comparison:

Further, here's an excellent paper on how to collimate:

I for one will never sell collimation short again.


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