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My Latest Images:

  May 2001

July 2000   June 2000

 

All images on this page taken with the above Celestron 8" SCT fork setup and SBIG's 237 Pixcel CCD camera at f/1.95...
Except Jupiter and Saturn: These images were taken at f/10.

These are my very first images taken with this setup on 10/2-3/99.  No guiding!
No color imaging was attempted... Well, it was attempted, but I didn't RTFM ("Read The Frigging Manual")!

I do hope my imaging techniques will improve; but I plan on keeping these first images right here--
just to show what can be done "out of the box" with no previous experience!

All images below are thumbnails... Click on them for a larger view!

Netscape viewers will see the images clearer than Microsoft Explorer or AOL viewers.

 

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My second image--my first image had NGC 7331 (upper right) centered.
I was looking for Stephan's Quintet (Hickson 92) seen (partially) here in the midddle of the lower border.
A mere 30 second unguided exposure!  This image, and many of the following are "grainy"; this is due to inadequate exposure time (I am experimenting here)...  Still, I find the amount of raw--though "dirty"-- image available in a mere 30 seconds with modest  8" aperture and HUGE central obstruction just phenomenal!

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Yep, those fuzzy spots in the middle are Stephan's Quintet; again at only a 30 second exposure.
(image reduced in size by 50% from original)

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The Helix.
Five 30 second exposures.  My first "track and accumulate" image.

 

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NGC 891
Five 30 second exposures. Reduced in size by 25%. Contrast increased with Paint Shop Pro software..
A much better image (10 min exposure) was taken on my third night out, with my new/used G11 mount.

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M33
Five 30 second "track and accumulate" exposures.

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B33-- The Horsehead.
Low on the horizon; waning moon.
Five 30 second exposures.
Found easily using two-second "focus" mode on SBIG's CCDOPS software.
A much better image (10 min exposure) was taken on my third night out.

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Jupiter.
Using f/10 now; one-hundreth of a second exposure.
Image sharpened and magnified by a factor of two with Paint Shop Pro software.

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Saturn.
Same enhancement procedures as used on Jupiter.

 


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My second and third times out... New images include: M42 (above) a better image of  The Horsehead and 891, Ngc's 7814 (an edge-on galaxy in Pegasus), 7479 (a barred spiral gal in Pegasus), 246, 6888, The Medusa Nebula, and M1.  On my third night out I had the pleasure to use my new (used) G11 mount, which, I think, has already proven itself a keeper:  I find Polar aligning is easier, tracking more accurate... Plus: I now have the ability to piggyback with my 80mm F/8 Fluorite and/or my 4" Tele Vue Genesis f/5.4... altogether a more enjoyable, versatile setup.

 


 

My Latest Images:

May 2001

June 2000     July 2000

 


Interested in more information and better images from more advanced Fastar imagers?
Check out Chris Anderson's page, and his links.

 

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