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Monday, January 15, 2007

Initializing the Pointing

As the sky gets darker, the first duty of the evening is to point the 1.5-m telescope at a bright star and confirming that the telescope is pointing correctly.
Here, I've already directed the telescope to a star but the sky is still too bright for this first step. Click on the image to see the larger version and that star is just visible.

The red glow from the fading rays of the Sun, already below the horizon, is still reflected on the inner surface of the dome.

Canon 20D - 20 seconds, 10mm @ f/ 5, ISO 400

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