How big is the Bahtinov mask?

The new DSLR Bahtinov masks are made in standard sizes from 52mm through to 82mm and are designed to snap into the front of your UV or Skylight filter housing (filter not included). The Bahtinov focus technique works best with longer focal lengths. The practical useful limit is around 100mm focal length or longer.

Is Bahtinov mask necessary?

You don’t need the mask, but it is useful if you have a bright star in your image. Other times, you might not, and it would be just as effective to use Live View with dimmer stars and the camera set at maximum ISO.

How does Bahtinov mask work?

The mask consists of three separate grids, positioned in such a way that the grids produce three angled diffraction spikes at the focal plane of the instrument for each bright image element. As the instrument’s focus is changed, the central spike appears to move from one side of the star to the other.

What is Bahtinov factor?

The Bahtinov factor is defined as: BF = f/s. Where “f” is the focal length and “s” is the size of the slit+space. To get enough resolution, the Bahtinov factor must be at least 150, ideally 200. Obviously, the more lines, the better.

Can you use a Bahtinov mask on the moon?

The Bahtinov mask is not valuable for planetary focus. I have never been able to get decent focus on a planet by using a mask on a star. As stated above, I have been successful using the mask on a Jovian moon.

Can you use a Bahtinov mask on a DSLR?

Focusing with your Bahtinov mask for DSLR camera lenses is simple. Adjust the focus of your camera and re-expose the star, once again showing the diffraction spike pattern. Iterate the process until you get the central diffraction spike centered against the star and the other spikes.

How thick should a Bahtinov mask be?

My only suggestion is that if you 3d print one 1.5mm thickness works well for ones up to 77mm in diameter (I use this size on my 300mm f/4) but if jumping up to a larger aperture lens you will want to go thicker otherwise it will be pretty flimsy.

Can you use a Bahtinov mask on planets?

The mask is very easy to use. Firstly, you have to frame a bright star or a planet (Venus works like a charm). The Moon is too large and is not a suitable target for focusing with a Bahtinov mask. Then magnify the bright star or planet in your live view so as to easily see the spikes the mask will create.

Can you use a Bahtinov mask on a camera lens?

A Bahtinov mask is a device used to help focus telescopes but can also be used to achieve focus on any camera with a telephoto lens.

How to print a Bahtinov mask?

First step was to print the mask – you can use the provided templates, or use the original bahtinov mask generator, and then print it (any modern browser can open the generated .svg file, however chrome works better). In my case I had to print the mask on two pages.

How do I use the Bahtinov?

Before attaching the device, aim your lens or telescope at a bright star and manually adjust the focus of your lens or telescope until it looks close to focus. Then, gently attach the bahtinov. The mask will diffract the light into three spikes. Adjust focus until the middle spike is centered, then carefully remove the mask to begin viewing.

How to use the Bahtinov mask in Skywatcher?

Then magnify the bright star or planet in your live view so as to easily see the spikes the mask will create. Then place the mask in front of your telescope or lens. This 3D printed Bahtinov mask is specific to the Skywatcher EvoGuide 50 ED. With the mask in place, you will see the diffraction spikes in the live view.

What is Bahtinov focus tool for camera lenses?

If you’ve ever spent hours trying to manually focus your camera on the stars at night, you know the struggle. A bahtinov focus tool will cut your setup time down to mere minutes with ease. The simplest, easiest to use Bahtinov Focus Tool for camera lenses.