Hey there I am back again with
a new format for this section of my web site . Here in I will be documenting
the further misadventures of my astrophoto experiences.
Here you can learn what works and does not work(mostly what does'nt). I will try to explain
the proccess that I used to get the photos I have made.
I discovered by chance a web site that promotes
the use of unconventional equipment for astro imaging, i.e.... webcams, video
cams and such. Actually the images resulting from their efforts
are quite nice. This NOT to say that mine are of this caliber, however I
am trying and eventually will arrive.
This is my very first try at imaging Saturn, As
you can tell, not real cool looking!!
This image is my second try at Saturn, getting better
Just stay tuned and see what shows up!
I may suprise you!
I am getting better at this. This image I am proud
of, after careful collimation this is the result. Close but not quite there
yet. More tweaking to be done.
These images above were taken with
a Celestron C-8 with a modified Logitech QuickCam Color web cam.
About 100 single bitmap images were stacked and processed to arrive at
this result. Obviously the image is fuzzy for reasons that I will have to
work out. Just learning this type of photography is slow and as I progress
I will get sharper pictures. If you want to learn more about web cam astrophotography
go here, http://www.qcuiag.co.uk
I am sending off the scope mount shown below to have
a Meade Autostar DS GOTO systems installed. A machinist and amateur astronomer
in Longview, Texas, Steve Bedair will be doing the work on the conversion.
Check out his site for some beautiful work,
This is my astrophoto rig! The camera is the large
object with the fan!
I am in the process of rebuilding this camera, this
is a Phillips Vesta Pro camera and when the project is finished it will be
cooled as well. CCD's work better when they are cold.
This is my mobile imaging control center! A Compaq
166Mhz with a 2 Gig HDD resides in the bottom.
The left picture is a picture of the camera with
the parts labeled. The right picture is my wife's new dob I just finished.
She has a 6" f8 scope now and it is quite a performer, the mirror is very
nice. We looked at Saturn on March 23, 2002 and it was very sharp. Seeing
was pretty good but the scope really works well.