The Bahtinov Mask is a very elegant solution to one of the biggest problems that Masks are unique to each telescope so to generate your own template, you. Make Your Own Bahtinov Focusing Mask: A Bahtinov Mask will help focus your telescope or camera lens on Step 4: Cut a Mask Template on the Vinyl Cutter. High Quality Aluminum Bahtinov mask. The Bahtinov mask achieves perfect focus in seconds. The Bahtinov Mask was invented by Pavel Bahtinov from Russia. Click Here for a printable order form. Note that orders will be processed by.

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A complete Bahtinov mask. If you decide the mask needs to be 20mm larger than the clear aperture, enter 10mm.

Advanced parameters Tweak the settings to experiment, to adjust for differences in materials, or just for fun. Angled slot count Sripe count must be a positive integer. Using one of these masks attached to the front of your camera, accurate focus can be achieved using the built in screen of a DSLR camera or the captured image of an astro-CCD camera on a computer screen.

Mssk factor must be a positive integer.

Then the annoying task – cutting the plastic. Pavel Bahtinov deserves a medal By setting to a negative value, they start “lower,” the net effect of which is to fit more cutouts on the mask – experiment! Quality Materials and Workmanship The Spike-a Bahtinov mask is made from quality light weight aluminum and machined with mas, tools, then anodized black to eliminate light reflection.

The focal length of your scope, in mm. By setting the amount to a positive number, they start farther to the outside. For refractors, this should be 0. Also, a Hartmann mask tekplate provide the precision of the Spike-a. In my case I had to print the mask on two pages.


How to Make a Bahtinov Mask

In my opinion this method is even superior to manually focusing while reading FWHM value. I’ve seen masks designed with slots all the way to the edge, and some that only had 5 or 6 slots, so I wanted to be flexible. Input values appropriate for your telescope, and press templat Generate! Correct focus is achieved when the centre line fits exactly in the centre of the cross as shown in bahtinovv sample images below in Figure 1: When precize focus is achieved – the pattern becomes symmetrical.

The Bahtinov Mask

The central spike moves left or right relative to the diagonal “X” spikes according to focus templqte. Edge thickness mm Edge thickness must be a positive number. Bahtinov factor Bahtinov factor must be a positive integer. Hilborn, Ontario Canada “Just used my Spike-a Mask last night and could not believe how effective it is.

The angle from the horizontal of the angled slots. Aperture mm Aperture must be a postive number.

You shouldn’t need to tweak this unless your slots are too narrow for cutting, in which case, divide the factor by 3. Astro-CCDs have to be connected to a PC to work and the capture software can often be used to help with achieving focus by allowing you to view the captured images at high resolution on the monitor so that you can evaluate the quality of the focus.

These two methods seek mxsk provide an empirical bajtinov of achieving focus but because of changes in the ‘seeing’ between shots, they are not always easy to use.


Home Made Bahtinov Focusing Mask & Templates

I’ve also read reports on printing the mask on paper with a laser printer and then transfering it to a glass using a hot iron – method which is suitable for making a small mask for DSLR or a refractor. Sripe offset must bahtijov an integer.

Angled slot offset Sripe offset must be an integer. Slot width override mm Slot width override must be a positive number. Copyright astro jargon.

With a Spike-a Bahtinov Mask, you can. Good options are red or black. The “standard” is Focal length must be a positive number. Testing larger aperture designs yielded printed masks that were increasingly “off” – also sometimes known as “wrong. The color to print a thin crosshair on the central axes of the mask. This is the same method I used to build an aperture solar filter as well.

The pattern displayed in a Hartmann just gets slightly more in focus, which means the true focus may be off by a significant degree. Scale to 72 DPI. If you have questions, comments, issues, suggestions, or if you’d like to be notified when the generator is updated, shoot an e-mail to david at astrojargon dot net.

Next step was to measure the telescope outter diameter, and to draw a circle on plastic. The Spike-a attaches securely to your scope using nylon screws to ensure the finish of your telescope is protected.

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