RkBlog - Python, Linux, Astronomy

Blog about my programming experience with Python, Django web development, microcontrollers, as well as astrophotography

20 slot filter wheel in a QHY MiniCAM6F camera

On Facebook QHY showed photos of a new camera they are working on - miniCAM6F. This camera, just like ASI178MM is equipped with IMX178 and has a built in filter wheel that can hold 20 custom sized 12mm filters. The camera should be released in march 2017.

What about imaging sodium and sulphur clouds in the Jupiter - Io system?

Jupiter system is full of action and there is always something interesting to photograph. For example sodium clouds created by Jupiter magnetosphere interacting with Io atmosphere. It's just 300 Jupiter radii wide gigantic nebula in our Solar System.

Let us have a look on how to photograph such clouds and how Jupiter makes them.

Looking at cheap high resolution analogue cameras for video astronomy use

Analogue CCTV cameras designed for cheap and mass surveillance systems aren't very useful in astronomy due to very poor image quality aside of some top shelf or more modern cameras that are actually very good at video astronomy and similar usages. Going with the progress of technology we now have AHD cameras - analogue cameras with higher 720p or 1080p resolution. They cost only 7-15 USD but are they any good and how can we use them?

PyCon PL 2016 status update

Call for proposals for PyCon PL 2016 conference is hitting deadline on 10th of June. Registration for the conference should start somewhat soon. The PyCon PL 2016 will be held in Hotel Ossa Congress & Spa located in Ossa (Poland) on October 13th through October 16th.

I'll be attending and if my talk will get to agenda - I'll have one of the talks. There will be English as well as Polish talks on the conference.

Lenses in DS astrophotography

Lenses in astrophotography have been bit forgotten in favour of big and shiny astrographs. With the introduction of latest CMOS based cameras with smaller pixels lenses become a very interesting and viable option for DS imaging at a low cost.

What are the lens options we have today and how can we connect them to our DS or planetary cameras?

Planetary cameras and equipment for 2016

Every year I try to summarise the hardware, camera market for Solar System imaging. This year I was holding this article back a bit to see what will happen with the new cooled ZWO cameras.

So what happened in 2015, and what interesting things await us in 2016? What are the best camera options?

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