The Evening Show (latest images) http://www.eveningshow.com Astrophotography of Richard S. Wright Jr.Sky & Telescope Blog: Imaging FoundationsMain Blog: Accidental AstronomerBisque Blog: Software BisqueTwitter: @AccidentalAstro Will Code for Food Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:21:13 -0500 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:21:13 -0500 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss ZenPhoto RSS Generator Endymion (Solar System) Endymion

I took 4000 frames of the crater Edymion through a Sky-Watcher Esprit 150 refractor using a 4X Powermat to push the focal length to an incrdible 4200mm (f/28). The Pixel scale with a ZWO 120 camera was an insane 0.18 arcseconds per pixel (monochrome btw). The data was good because the moon was straight overhead when I took this, so that helped too.

I only used 300 of the best frames in Registax. I also focused with @focus3, which does a really good job in poor seeing conditions. It also seems that at least for a bright target like the moon you don't have to have an SCT, but a large quality refractor can do exceptionally well.

 

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Solar System Fri, 02 Feb 2018 12:06:10 -0500
The Running Man (Nebulae) The Running Man

This companion to the great Orion Nebula is usually called the "Running Man" (NGC 1977). I've rotated it 90 degrees to show the running man upright and running rather than face down in the mud! 

 

Image Details

Camera: QSI 683
Optic: SkyWatcher-USA 12" f/4 Quattro
Exposure: 2.8 Hours 
Mount: Paramount MX+
Date: January 17-18, 2018

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Nebulae Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:17:33 -0500
Simeis 147 (Nebulae) Simeis 147

This very large supernova remenant is sometimes called the Spaghetti nebula, but astrophotographers and astronomers know it lovingly as Simeis 147 (yes, we are nerds). I do mean large too, it is over 6 full moon widths in diameter, but it is very faint. This image is taken in the hydrogen wavelength only, which is why it is monochrome (black and white).

Image Details

Camera: FLI Proline 16803
Optic: Officina Stellare RH-200
Exposure: 2.8 Hours 
34x5 Ha
Mount: Paramount MYT
Date: December, 2017

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Nebulae Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:04:09 -0500
Plato, Herschel & Pythagoras (Solar System) Plato, Herschel & Pythagoras

Returning to do more "lucky imaging" at long focal lengths. This shot highlighting these three craters was taken at 4200mm of focal length and was made from the best 26 of 1000+ frames.

Gear Details:

Esprit 150 Refractor w/4x Powermate 
(4200mm fl, f/28)
ZWO 120mm-S monochrome
Paramount MYT
TheSky LTI (development build)
Registax & Photoshop

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Solar System Mon, 01 Jan 2018 09:52:15 -0500
Oh Christmas Tree (Narrow Band) Oh Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree Cluster also looks a bit like a Christmas tree as a nebula as well. This image shows the light from glowing hydrogen gas in this region. It's quite a wide shot for 600mm focal length due to the large area of the imaging chip.

Image Details

Camera: FLI Proline 16803
Optic: Veloce, RH-200
Mount: Paramount MYT
Date: December, 2017
Narrowband Ha, 3 hours of integration time.

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Narrow Band Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:55:55 -0500
Lunar Eclipse (Solar System) Lunar EclipseThe lunar eclipse of December 2010. Stayed up all night and took photos from my driveway so I could track the moon longer than my backyard tree line would allow. A DSLR on a Takahashi FC-76 (Vera) was a perfect match for the event.]]> Solar System Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:07:56 -0500 Sonny (The Family) SonnySonny is a Lunt 60mm pressure tuned solar telescope. Views of the sun are quite phenominal, and I've done some imaging with it as well. These are great scopes for club outreach events or daytime sidewalk astronomy.]]> The Family Thu, 09 Nov 2017 23:39:27 -0500 Sparkles (The Family) SparklesSparkles is the newest addition to the family. I originally got into astrophotography shooting the moon, and this scope signals a return to some focus on the moon. For wide field shots, I can use one of the refractors, but I want to do some high resolution "lucky imaging", and this girl is well suited for it. 2700mm at f/15 is a great base line for high resolution lunar images.]]> The Family Thu, 09 Nov 2017 23:31:49 -0500 Boris (The Family) BorisMeet Boris, a 12" f/4 Sky-Watcher Quattro newtonian reflector (Boris goes with Natasha, of course!). I was not a fan of big imaging newts after being burned a few times some years ago, but I gave the design another try with the Sky-Watcher model and I'm quite pleased. I did replace the focuser with a Feather Touch and automated it of course. Many clusters really do "shine" with the diffraction spikes produced by the spider vanes on this design. Bang for the buck, a quality imaging newtonian is one of the best values to be had in optics.]]> The Family Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:53:06 -0500 IC1396 (Nebulae) IC1396

IC 1396 is an emission nebula containing the area popularly known as the Elephant Trunk Nebula. This emission nebula is located about 24,000 light years away in the constellation Cepheus.

Image Details

Camera: FLI Proline 16803
Optic: Officina Stellare RH-200
Exposure: 5.9 Hours
12x3 RGB, 27x5 Ha, 22x5 OIII
Mount: Paramount MYT
Date: October, 2017

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Nebulae Sun, 22 Oct 2017 19:46:06 -0400