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Photos from 20-21 Jun 06:

The Lagoon & Trifid Nebulas (Messier 8 & 20) from Mahogany Flat Campground in Death Valley, CA. Canon 350D, Celestron 80ED APO Refractor, 600mm, f/7.5, ISO1600, 7x5 minute exposures, autoguided with K3CCDTools & Meade LPI through my C8-SGT, all processing in Iris. Resize & JPG (6/12) in PhotoShop. North is right in the photo.


The Dumbbell Nebula (Messier 27) from Mahogany Flat Campground in Death Valley, CA. Canon 350D, Celestron 80ED APO Refractor, 600mm, f/7.5, ISO1600, 10x5 minute exposures, autoguided with K3CCDTools & Meade LPI through my C8-SGT, all processing in Iris. Crop & JPG (6/12) in PhotoShop. North is left in the photo.


The Eagle Nebula (Messier 16) from Mahogany Flat Campground in Death Valley, CA. Canon 350D, Celestron 80ED APO Refractor, 600mm, f/7.5, ISO1600, 7x10 minute exposures, autoguided with K3CCDTools & Meade LPI through my C8 scope, all processing in Iris. 50% resize & JPG (6/12) in PhotoShop. North is left in the photo.


The Western Veil Nebula (NGC6960) from Mahogany Flat Campground in Death Valley, CA. Canon 350D, Celestron 80ED APO Refractor, 600mm, f/7.5, ISO1600, 4x10 minute exposures, autoguided with K3CCDTools & Meade LPI through my C8-SGT, all processing in Iris. 50% resize & JPG (6/12) in PhotoShop. North is left in the photo.


The Milky Way from Mahogany Flat Campground in Death Valley, CA. Canon 350D with EF18-55mm lens mounted on a fixed tripod, ISO1600, 1x1 minute exposure, resize & JPG (6/12) in PhotoShop. The left-most tree was illuminated by the sweep of a flashlight.


Photos from 29 Oct 05:

Mars from my backyard in Las Vegas, NV. Meade LPI through my C8 at f/20 using a Parks barlow. 129 shots combined in Registax.

Photos from 10 Apr 05:

The Moon from my backyard in Las Vegas, NV. Canon 300D, ISO100, 1/30sec through my C80ED f/7.5.

Photos from 10 Apr 05:

Two day old Moon from my backyard in Las Vegas, NV, 7:45PM (34 minutes after sunset). Canon 300D, ISO100, 1/30sec through my C80ED f/7.5.


Two day old Moon from my backyard in Las Vegas, NV, 7:46PM. Canon 300D, ISO400, 1 sec through my C80ED f/7.5.

Photos from 26 Feb 05:

The Moon from my backyard in Las Vegas, NV. Meade LPI, Celestron C8-SGT f/10


Jupiter with moons Calisto (right) and Io (left) from my backyard in Las Vegas, NV, 10:09PM. Meade LPI, Celestron C8-SGT f/10, 118 frames autoexposure with Meade Autostarsuite, combined in Registax, sharpening in Photoshop.


Saturn from my backyard in Las Vegas, NV. Meade LPI, Celestron C8-SGT f/10, 142 frames autoexposure with Meade Autostarsuite, combined in Registax, sharpening in Photoshop.
Photos from 16 Jan 05:

The Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31) from Mesquite Springs campground in Death Valley, CA. Canon 300D, Celestron 80ED APO refractor, 600mm, f/7.5, ISO1600, 4x5 minute exposure, autoguided with Guidedog & Meade LPI through my C8 scope, gradient removal, levels adjustment, cropped & resized in Photoshop.


The Horsehead and Flame Nebulas from Mesquite Springs campground in Death Valley, CA. Canon 300D, Celestron 80ED APO refractor, 600mm, f/7.5, ISO3200, 1x10 minute exposure, autoguided with Guidedog & Meade LPI through my C8 scope, gradient removal, levels adjustment, cropped & resized in Photoshop, noise removal in Noiseware.


The Orion Nebula from Mesquite Springs campground in Death Valley, CA. Canon 300D, Celestron 80ED APO refractor, 600mm, f/7.5, ISO1600, 4x5 minute plus 5x30 second exposures, autoguided with Guidedog & Meade LPI through my C8 scope, stacked in Registax 3, gradient removal, levels adjustment, cropped & resized in Photoshop.


First quarter Moon from Mesquite Springs campground in Death Valley, CA. Canon 300D, Celestron 80ED APO refractor, 600mm, f/7.5, ISO100, 8x 1/60 sec exposures, stacked in Registax 3, unsharp mask and cropped in Photoshop.

Photo from 6 Jan 05:

The Pleiades (Messier 45) from my backyard in Las Vegas, NV. Canon 300D, Celestron 80ED APO refractor, 600mm, f/7.5, ISO1600, 6x40 sec exposures, unguided, stacked in Registax 3, light pollution removal & cropped in Photoshop, ImagePlus post-processing.

Photo from 2 Nov 04:

The Double Cluster, Caldwell 14 (NGC 869 & 884) from my backyard in Las Vegas, NV. Canon 300D, Celestron 80ED APO refractor, 600mm, f/7.5, ISO1600, 9x40 sec exposures, unguided, stacked in Registax, light pollution removal & cropped in Photoshop.


Moon from my backyard in Las Vegas, NV. Canon 300D, Celestron 80ED APO refractor, 600mm, f/7.5, ISO100, 1/320 sec exposure, single unretouched frame, cropped in Photoshop.

Photo from 30 Oct 04:

Moon from my backyard in Las Vegas, NV. Canon 300D, Celestron 80ED APO refractor, 600mm, f/7.5, ISO100, 1/320 sec exposure, single unretouched frame, cropped in Photoshop.

Photos from 16 Oct 04:

Shot from Mesquite Springs Campground in Death Valley National Monument, CA. Canon 300D, fixed tripod, EF-S 18-55mm zoom lens at 18mm, f/3.5, ISO400, 15 minute exposure, Photoshop dark frame, noise removal and resize/crop.


Shot from Mesquite Springs Campground in Death Valley National Monument, CA. Canon 300D, fixed tripod, EF-S 18-55mm zoom lens at 18mm, f/5.0, ISO200, 30 minute exposure, Photoshop dark frame, noise removal and resize/crop.

Photo from 12 Oct 04:

Messier 42, the Orion Nebula - 12 Oct 04. Shot from my backyard in Las Vegas, NV. Unguided 18 frames: 30 sec/ISO1600, 6 frames: 30sec/ISO400, Canon 300D prime focus, C8-SGT at f/6.3, Registax, Photoshop light pollution removal, combining of 400 & 1600 ISO images and resize/crop.

Photo from 30 Aug 04:

Messier 13, Hercules globular star cluster - 30 Aug 04. 10 frames, ISO1600, 30 sec, Canon 300D prime focus, C8-SGT, Registax, Photoshop light pollution removal, resize/crop 1024x768

Photo from 8 Aug 04:

Messier 27, the Dumbell Nebula. 9 frames total, 4x180 sec (1600ISO) + 2x180 sec (800ISO) + 2x300 sec (400ISO), Canon 300D prime focus, C8-SGT, Autoguiding with LPI and GuideDog, Registax, Photostop resize 25%, light pollution removal, noise removal and levels adjustment in Photoshop. This was shot from my home in Las Vegas, NV. The background light pollution almost completely washed out the nebula - I need to get to a dark sight to take photos.

Photo from 9 Jul 04:

Messier 11, Wild Duck Cluster Nebula. 6 frames total, 3x120 sec and 3x180 sec, Canon 300D prime focus, C8-SGT, Autoguiding with LPI and GuideDog, Registax, Photostop resize 50%, limited LP removal and levels adjustment

Photos from 1 Jul 04:

Messier 27, Dumbell Nebula. 8 frames, ISO1600, 30 sec, Canon 300D prime focus, C8-SGT, Registax, Photostop resize 25% and levels adjustment


Messier 57, Ring Nebula. 8 frames, ISO1600, 20 sec, Canon 300D prime focus, C8-SGT, Registax, Photostop resize 33%


Messier 13, globular star cluster - 1 Jul 04. 5 frames, ISO1600, 30 sec, Canon 300D prime focus, C8-SGT, Registax, Photoshop resize 50%


Full moon mosaic - 1 Jul 04.

Photo from 26 Jun 04:

Copernicus crater on the moon - 26 Jun 04. Taken with Meade LPI. Details are: time 11:00pm local 26 Jun 2004, gain 67%, offset 43, exposure .125 sec, 150 of 194 individual images taken in 412 seconds, size doubled in Photoshop, stacked in Registax2, Unsharp Mask filtered and size reduced back to original in Photoshop.