Astro Photography

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Lunar Eclipse

Taken with ST-8i camera thru 100mm refractor piggy backed on LX200 GPS unguided, operating at f/6 with 13% moon filter and V block filter, 15 seconds each, RGB, total 45 seconds exposure, at -20 degrees C, binned 2x2, from the "Astro shack" Nov '03

Saturn

Taken with Meade's LPI camera, unguided, thru the 10" LX200 GPS operating at f/10, 50 frames aligned and stacked with LPI software and tweaked in PS7, from the "Astro Shack", Apr, "04

Images of our Moon

The following seven images of our moon were taken with Orion's eyepiece video camera through the 10" LX200GPS, operating at f/10 and are single frames of about 1/30th second each from the "Astro Shack", Dec '03

Plato

Eratosthenes and mountain range

The Eratosthenes crater is 35 miles in diameter with 10,800' high walls with adjacent mountain range peaking at 16,400'

 

Archimedes

The crater Archimedes is 50 miles in diameter with 6,500' high walls

Aristoteles and Eudoxus

The craters Aristoteles and Eudoxus are 53 and 41 miles in diameter

Posidonius in mare Serenitatis

The crater Posidonius is 58 miles in diameter in the corner of Mare Serenitatis which is 394 miles across

Manilius

The crater Manilius is 24 miles in diameter with  9,400' high walls

Ptolemaeus

Ptolemaeus is the largest crater here at 93 miles in diameter

C2001 Q4(Neat)

Taken with ST-8i camera thru 100mm refractor piggy backed on LX200 GPS, unguided, operating at f/6, 6x2.5 minutes for total exposure of 15 minutes, B&W only at -10 degrees C, binned 2x2 from the "Astro Shack', May '04

C2001 Q4(Neat) (close up)

Taken with ST-8i camera thru LX200 GPS, unguided, operating at f/10, 3x30 seconds, L channel only at -7 degrees C, binned 2x2 from the "Astro Shack", May '04

Jupiter

Taken with Meade's LPI camera unguided thru the 10" LX200 GPS , operating at f/10, 50 frames aligned and stacked with LPI software and tweaked in PS7, from the "Astro Shack", Apr, "04

Clavius

Taken with Meade's LPI camera thru the 10" LX200 GPS operating at f/10, unguided, a single frame, tweaked in PS7, from the "Astro Shack", Apr, '04, this crater is ~136 miles in diameter

Venus (in the afternoon)

Taken with the LPI camera thru the 100mm refractor using a 2x barlow at ~3:00 in the afternoon of June 21 '04, operating at ~f/12...out of ~600 images, 75 were hand picked and stacked in Astro Stack II, color tweaked for best contrast in PS CS...single exposures were .003 seconds for a total exposure of .225 seconds...while Venus is daytime naked eye visable for a lot the year, I would never have been able to find it so close to the Sun without the "goto" capabilities of the LX200...From the "Astro Shack", June '04

Uranus (w/5 moons)

Taken with the ST-8i thru the 10" LX200 GPS operating at f/10, unguided, one frame each color RGB ~45 seconds/frame, chip temperature -7 degrees C, binned 2x2 from the "Astro Shack", Aug '04...there are 5 of the major moons rotating in a disk, slightly skewed to our line of sight, 2 very near the planet and 3 in more/less a straight line further out...North is down

Neptune (w/Triton)

Taken with ST-8i camera thru the 10" LX200 GPS operating at f/10, unguided, 5x40 seconds each RG and 10x40 seconds B, total exposure of ~13 minutes at -6 degrees C, binned 2x2 from the Astro Shack, at 9/2/04/12:39am to ~1:00am...north is down and the small disc lower right of Neptune is thought to be the moon Triton...the other major moon, Nereid is located at a distance of ~223 planet radii and may/may not be in the frame

C/2004 Q2 (Machholz)

Taken with ST-8i camera thru the 80ED refractor, piggy backed on the 10" LX200 GPS, unguided, operating at f/7.5, RGB, 3x1.5 minutes each, total exposure of ~13.5 minutes at -28 degrees C, binned 2x2 from the Astro Shack, Dec. '04

Moon (just a sliver)

Taken with ST-8i camera thru 10" LX200 GPS at f/6.3, 4x1 second each RGB for total of 12 seconds at chip temperature of -14 degrees C during twilight from the Astro Shack 10 April 05...no filter was used, however the "shack" wall was blocking 8~9 inches of the aperture at time of exposures

Moon mosaic

First "sky" mosiac with Panarama Maker by Arc Soft taken with ST-8i camera at chip temperature of -14 degrees C using a 13% transmissiom moon filter thru 10" LX200 GPS unguided...final image is 3 parts (top, middle and bottom) each of which is 6x0.11 seconds at 1x1 (full resolution) from the Astro Shack April 17, '05...final image was ~20MB, which could not be shown here

Clavius

Taken with the ST-8i camera thru the 10" LX200 GPS at f/10 using a 13% moon filter, unguided, 7x0.11 seconds, unbinned...assembled using Astro Stack II, chip temperature -10 degrees C from the Astro Shack, April 05

Copernicus w/mountain range

Taken with the ST-8i camera thru the 10" LX200 GPS at f/10 using a 13% moon filter, 8x0.11 seconds, unbinned...assembled using Astro Stack II, chip temperature -10 degrees C from the Astro Shack, April, 05

Iridium 6 flare

Taken with ST-8i camera thru a 105mm camera lens with a 13% moon filter installed riding piggybacked on a 10" LX200 GPS and (star) guided with a Pictor 208 thru a ST-80 guide scope. A single B&W exposure of 4 minutes. A flare is the reflection of the sun from the panels of a satellite shortly after sunset.This flare occured at 2136.38 in May, '05 and was imaged from the Astro Shack. This image attests to the pointing accuracy of the LX200 GPS and timing of WWV.

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