> The simple spectroscopy
I recently bought a pocket spectroscope for laboratory use. You can find it at Ali for 5$. It is with glass prism and well build. So I did some test to use with a telescope but did not
bring any good result, so I cut it and strip the optics. Left only the prism and place it inside a eyepiece projection tube. Also place a 17 mm plossl in front of the prism. Result is
a home made spectroscope that I can use for bright star spectrum and light pollution analyses. This task well fitted to my new Vixen VMC110 as the flap mirror help a lot of
locating the targets. Below are my first tests
This is a image of Betelgeuse. The white color is IR spectrum as expected from a Red giant:
This is Sirius system. You can see that most of it is a blue light as expected from a Blue hot giant:
This is led street light spectrum. It is not good that it emits in all the visible spectrum:
This is sky pollution background. Simmilar to the street light spectrum.
You no more need large sensors and heavy equipment to do good general photos. The recent development of image sensors put silicon chip capabilities to it's limit by
Knowing what you are looking for is more then half way to achieving it. Breakthrough Listen is a SETI kind of project that listen for artificial signals from 1700 nearby stars up to 160 light years.
Some shots from Sofia. A very bright sky place. Zenith sky brightness info (2015): SQM 19.13 mag./arc sec2 Brightness 2.41 mcd/m2, Artif. bright. 2230 μcd/m2, Bortle class 6.
It is very important how you manage your data. So much shots, so much frames. They are full of hidden data that could be revealed later. The far we look the more we see. Each feint dot could be a galaxy far far way.
Nowadays we are so into the globalization and technologies, that I can submit observation plan to a remote, professional observatory at the other part of the word!