Space: The Slightly Blurred Frontier

As I mentioned in a previous blog, one of my favourite new gadgets is the Canon Digital Rebel SLR. Finally getting back to an SLR after years of "ordinary" digital cameras has been a wonderful feeling: not least because of the ease at which I can connect the Rebel to my NexStar 5 telescope.

For a few days in the past few weeks, the skies cleared over Seattle, and I was able to rush outside, set up my telescope and take some pictures. I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the results - they certainly didn't seem as sharp as I'd hoped. I was wondering if the mirror flipping up in the camera itself was causing some vibration.

The C# connection is that I've been working on some image processing utilities in C#, but of course, no amount of filtering can fix blurred starting images.

Anyway, if you have any suggestions for improving the photographs or technique, please leave a comment!