Greg for the close up pictures your camera should have a macro setting. It is the button that when pushed flashes a symbol that looks like a little flower. That should clear up the close pictures. Awesome sight to behold.
Now that is how thngs should be.
Just something to think about, when you use the auto focus with the mirror, be sure it is selecting the part you want in focus, or use manual focus.
Great Pictures too and very inspiring.