So I am finally getting ready to leave Namibia - my flight is tomorrow in the morning.
I am not really happy with the Veloce 200: WHile the new optics work definitively better thn the old ones, I still struggle to get the tip tilt corrected out. There seems to be no real logic behind it. Now, the system is usable and will probabily work pretty well for photometry and maybe astrometry. For classic pretty pictures, the star shapes are not satisfying. Example here:
This is a single, unguided, 60 seconds shot. Plenty of data, taken under nearly full moon. Looks good? Well, sort of. Check this:
Not so good anymore, heh? 😅
The thing is that I had basically only half a night to work on it. I would like to have a few more nights with the scope, but weather was against me. The guys on the farm will later, in the coming weeks, try to improve it. Let's hope.
The 20" iDK guiding, especially around the pole, has been greatly improved. I want to give a shot at 600 seconds unguided in the coming week.
The Veloce is now bookable, but please bear with me that the quality is not yet where I would like it to be. If you book it please acknowledge this, and don't get mad if it is not better for now. 😓