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CCD Images

Nov. 14, 2010. M57 (Ring Nebula).

M57 (Ring Nebula) photographed with a Samsung SDC-435 integrating CCD camera (day/night security camera), Meade LXD55 8 inch SCT. In this image the IR blocking filter has been removed and the white balance has been adjusted. This image was made from stacking 39 images.

Nov. 11, 2010. M57 (Ring Nebula).

M57 (Ring Nebula) photographed with a Samsung SDC-435 integrating CCD camera (day/night security camera), Meade LXD55 8 inch SCT. This is the first image that I have taken with the Samsung SDC-435. The camera still had the IR blocking filter in place. After taking this image I removed the IR blocking filter on a rainy Saturday morning. For a camera that only cost $130 I am very impressed.

Oct. 16, 2010. M42 (Orion Nebula).

Oct. 16, 2010. M42 (Orion Nebula) photographed with a Watec 120N integrating CCD camera, Meade LXD55 8 inch SCT with a 0.5 focal reducer. This image is a composite of three images put together using layer masks with PhotoShop.

Oct. 15, 2010. M42 (Orion Nebula).

Oct. 15, 2010. M42 (Orion Nubula) photographed with a Watec 120N integrating CCD camera, Meade LXD55 8 inch SCT with a 0.5 focal reducer. 145x256 frames stacked.

Oct. 10, 2010. M27 (Dumbbell Nebula).

M27 (Dumbbell Nebula) photographed with a Watec 120N integrating CCD camera, Meade LXD55 8 inch SCT with a 0.5 focal reducer. 154x256 frames stacked.

Oct. 9, 2010. M57 (Ring Nebula).

M57 (Ring Nebula) photographed with a Watec 120N integrating CCD camera, and a Meade LXD55 8 inch SCT. 181x256 frames stacked.

July 26, 2008. M57 (Ring Nebula).

M57 (Ring Nebula) photographed with a Watec 120N integrating CCD camera. 77x256 frames stacked. The limiting magnitude in this image is about 18th magnitude.

June 25, 2008. M57 (Ring Nebula).

M57 (Ring Nebula) photographed with a Watec 120N integrating CCD camera. 21x256 frames stacked.

Feb. 18, 2007. IC434 (Horse Head Nebula).

IC434 Imaged Feb. 18, 2007 using the Tzec Maun Observatory (Cloudcroft, New Mexico) remote Astrophysics 8 inch refractor and SBIG STL-11000 CCD camera. RGB composite of 2.5 minute red exposure, 2.5 minute green exposure and a 5 minute blue exposure. Processed with CCDSoft version 5 and AstroArt version 3.

Feb. 18, 2007. M42 (Orion Nebula).

M42 Imaged Feb. 18, 2007 using the Tzec Maun Observatory (Cloudcroft, New Mexico) remote Astrophysics 8 inch refractor and SBIG STL-11000 CCD camera. RGB composite of 2 minute red exposure, 3 minute green exposure and a 5 minute blue exposure. Processed with CCDSoft version 5 and AstroArt version 3.

August 08, 2005. M57 (Ring Nebula).

M57 (The Ring Nebula in Lyra). Unguided photograph with a SAC7 CCD camera. 12 - 15 second exposures stacked with Registax after subtracting the dark frames with AIP. Noise filtered with Ulead PhotoImpact and NEAT Image. Intensity adjustments and unsharp mask applied with PSP. Image was captured from Grayling, MI USA.



Film Camera Images

Feb. 04, 2005. M42 (Orion Nebula).

M42. 5 minute manually guided photograph on Polaroid 800 ASA film with an OM1 and 500 mm lens mounted piggyback on my LXD55 8" SCT. ToUcam Pro and K3CCDTools used for manual guiding with the image taken piggy back on the SCT. Processed with Iris to remove gradient and filtered with Neat Image. Final color balance and histogram adjustments made with Paint Shop Pro version 9.

Dec. 17, 2004. M42 (Orion Nebula).

M42. 5 minute manually guided photograph on Polaroid 800 ASA film with an OM1 and 500 mm lens mounted piggyback on my LXD55 8" SCT.

Dec. 26, 2003. M42 (Orion Nebula).

5 minute manually guided photograph on Polaroid 800 ASA film with an OM1 and 500 mm lens mounted piggyback on my LXD55 8" SCT.

Mar. 21, 2003. M42 (Orion Nebula).

Two ~15 second unguided exposures on Polaroid 800 ASA film stacked with Registax. Image was taken at the prime focus of my 8 inch SCT. In this image you can see the Trapezium, which are the stars that ionize the gases in the Orion Nebula. Colors were adjusted with Paint Shop Pro version 9.

My first attempt at photographing the Orion Nebula in 1977.

3 minute exposure on Kodak Tri-X 400 ASA film with a Celestron C8 and Nikon-F camera.