I have just purchased the Televid 82 to use with the M10, and am finding it very difficult to focus even when using the visoflex. I also cant seem to get focus peaking working with this setup either. Any advice on what I am doing wrong? Or hints on how to get sharp images? I am using a timer, on a tripod etc but the pics are still blurry. Was hoping to use this for distance shots of nature and the moon. Any advice appreciated. Thanks
There are two challenges to taking a decent shot through any type of telescope, and one additional challenge for spotting scopes.
With any telescope you need a very, very stable mount for a decent shot. You’re typically working a 400mm or more and that means even tiny motions will be easily visible. Best results are by combining a self timer—set to more than2s—with a sturdy tripod.
The second issue with any telescope is to nail the focus. This just takes patience and Live View—with magnification. Keep in mind focus will shift with time as temperatures change, so just because your focus was correct an hour ago doesn’t mean it is still correct. Also keep in mind the focus will shift a bit with atmospheric conditions, so it can be helpful to take multiple shots and look for the best one. There will be some variation in focus from moment to moment.
Speaking of atmospheric conditions, that brings us to the last issue that is specific to spotting scopes: seeing conditions. You are usually imaging things at a great distance with high magnification. That means you are looking through a lot of air, and it’s mostly air that is close to the ground. This air is subject to effects from heat and this blurs images badly. Different times of day, different days, and different moments in time will produce dramatically different results. Learn your conditions. Often dawn is better than mid day or sunset. Looking over asphalt is worse than looking over grass and dirt. Again, variations from moment to moment can produce wildly different results, so try a bunch of images.