Back to Home

Meade Forum Message

Forums: Atm · Astrophotography · Blackholes · Blackholes2 · CCD · Celestron · Domes · Education
Eyepieces · Meade · Misc. · God and Science · SETI · Software · UFO · XEphem
RSS Button

Home | Discussion Forums | Meade Equipment Discussion | Post

Be the first pioneers to continue the Astronomy Discussions at our new Astronomy meeting place...
The Space and Astronomy Agora
Viewing From Inside

Forum List | Follow Ups | Post Message | Back to Thread Topics | In Response To
Posted by Daniel Johnson on October 4, 2002 22:24:04 UTC

You're unlikely to get good images from indoor viewing. Having the scope at the same temperature as the environment is important for high magnification, and having thermal air currents (inevitable through an open window, given that your house has very different air from the outside) is guaranteed to fuzz your vision. The moon requires lower magnification and hence probably looks better.
Professional observatories go to great lengths to keep the scope and its surroundings at the same temperature as the outdoors. The floor around the scope at large observatories may have built-in cooling coils, for example.
Go outside, let the scope cool to the ambient temperature, let the planets rise well above the horizon, and try again.

Follow Ups:

    Login to Post
    Additional Information
    About Astronomy Net | Advertise on Astronomy Net | Contact & Comments | Privacy Policy
    Unless otherwise specified, web site content Copyright 1994-2024 John Huggins All Rights Reserved
    Forum posts are Copyright their authors as specified in the heading above the post.
    "dbHTML," "AstroGuide," "ASTRONOMY.NET" & "VA.NET"
    are trademarks of John Huggins