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Configuring and Connecting the QHY600

Posted by Matt Dahl on

With the release of the new QHY600, there have been a couple of interesting connectivity and setup things we’ve come across we wanted to share here for customer reference.  We offer step-by-step set up instructions for the 64-bit capture software, N.I.N.A..

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Why use a cooled camera?

Posted by Jon Minnick on

In this blog entry, we cover just why a regulated cooled camera is so beneficial for deep sky astrophotography.

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Calculating Back Focus/Metal Back Distance

Posted by Jon Minnick and Rayna Bauer on

In this entry we discuss precisely what "Back Focus" or "Metal Back Distance" is within astrophotography. We have also created a useful calculator tool to be able to determine your back distance needs for your own system!

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Astrophotography, Pixel by Pixel: Part 7 - How to get Flat Abs...I mean Frames

Posted by Jon Minnick on

In the final installment of this blog series, we cover vignetting, dust spots, and flat frame calibration.

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Astrophotography, Pixel by Pixel: Part 6 - Dirty Buckets and Calibration Frames

Posted by Jon Minnick on

In this installment, we cover things that make it into our pixels that we don't want, and the calibration frames to mitigate their effects.

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