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June, 2011:

M27 Dumbbell Nebula

Image Location and Date: Palomar Mountain Observatory Campground, June 24th 2011.
Object: M27 Dumbbell Nebula
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: Omni XLT 150 Newtonian
Imaging FL: 750mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 15 x 300sec @ ISO 1600 (45 Minutes)
Calibration: 32x Darks
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guided with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in DSS and processed in Photoshop.

M20 From Tierra Del Sol

Image Location and Date: San Diego Astronomy Association Dark Sky Site @ Tierra Del Sol, March 29th 2011.
Object: M20 Trifid Nebula
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: Omni XLT 150 Newtonian
Imaging FL: 750mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5
Imaging camera: Modified Canon 350D
Lights: 30 x 120sec @ ISO 1600 (60 Minutes)
Calibration: Darks, flats, bias.
Guide scope: Antares 8×50mm finder with Orion StarShoot Auto Guider
Other details: guided with PHD, captured with APT, stacked in DSS processed in Photoshop, ran through it with Noise Ninja

More Milky Way!

New Visual Scope!

Picked this up a few nights ago for free. It’s an 8″ F8 homebrew on a Pacific Instruments mount w/ clock drive! Got AMAZING views of Saturn and it isn’t even collimated yet!

Star trails over the Volvo 240

Milky Way Panorama from Tierra Del Sol

Experimented with a series of 30 second exposures with the Canon 350D (modified) at ISO1600. Not bad for 30 seconds!

Supernova in M51

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