Originally Posted by Alec
Man I dont know. I just push the button and it takes a picture. They are high quality jpg's though.
Nice to know I'm not the only astronomy buff here also. I have a number of scopes but I don't get out to use them enuf. My observatory contruction stalled when my wife said.."I want to move".
2 10" Meade schmidts (one GPS and one just auto) and a 6" refractor that is just on a plain equatorial mount.
For anyone starting out keep in mind that what you see in the eyepiece will NOT look anything like what you see in the nice color photos that the manufacturer puts on the box....
almost all of the sky you see in a small telecope will look pretty much colorless, the exception being colored stars like Albireo.
The Moon and planets are still very interesting....and a good small scope can still show you lots of things up there
Nebula and galaxies will be gray. The Planets , except for Mars will look kind of like black and white (but white and grey).
The reason is that the human eyes color receptors don't work very well in dark conditions. It takes a lot of light for the eye to show color in objects. And unless you get a telescope about 16" in diameter or longer the amount of color information is overwhelmed by the brighter White black receptors.
Everybodies eyes are different, but its generally true.
So how do you get to see the color .....take pictures. That opens up a whole different subject, and things start to get REALLY complicated if you let it ....
Overall its fun and can lead to a whole spectrum of different things you'll learn from it.