Around the beginning of May 2001, i installed an equatorial pier, so i begun to taste the delights of polar aligning. This is how it looks like (myself included).
The camera i use is a Nikon F2. I focus using a 12X loupe on a matte screen (C type).
I guide manually (using a GEG). While slightly boring, manual guiding has the advantage that it shows in a very direct way how everything is working. I can evaluate seeing, telescope vibration, the effect of wind etc.
For wide field images, i use a CG4 equatorial mount, on which i put the Nikon (and usually the 180/2.8 lens) and a 90mm f/5.6 Orion Mak for guiding. Here is a picture of that, together with my trusty assistant (my wife Andreea).
I scan the negatives with a Minolta Scan Dual II film scanner.
After making the first prototype of the
camera, i didn't take any new film pictures, mostly because my main interest
now is in photometry.