- My First Lunar Mosiac!
Actually this is my first real
astrophotograph. It's a lovely waxing crescent
moon, don't you think? The large "crater" (actually, a "sea")
image is Mare Crisium.
I took five images on May 7th,
2000 4:40 UT. I used a 90mm refractor with a
1000mm focal length (F11). Each image was taken
in 3/100's of a second with a MX5-16 CCD camera
at prime focus. Each image has been enhanced with
a filter to enhance sharpness, but contrast was
left as is.
As you can see from the images below, I'm working my way through theMessier objects, in the hopes of getting one of those Messier Certificates from The Astronomical League.
I'm going to have to go back and take better photos of some of these objects
once I get more experience.
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the full resolution image and data about how and when it was
taken. Click on the link for more information about the object itself.
Here is my first photo of Jupiter. You can see Ganymede on the left and Europa
on the right.
Courtesy Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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April 30th 2002
5:02:49 UT (22:02:49 PDT)
250mm Schmidt Cassegrain
10 photos at 1/100th of a second
Starlight Express MX5-16 CCD
Lumicon Visual Back Deep Sky Filter
Poor (high clouds and light pollution)
10 photos Averaged
Aspect Ratio Corrected
Scaled to fit 600 pixels wide
Weather information is of course critical to amateur and professional
astronomers alike. So here is a link to my observatories local weather
conditions within the past hour: Weather Page