These pictures were taken at the woodland hills Observatory the telescope is a planewave 17 Camera used was a QSI 583 Mount AP1200, First image M1 the Crab Neb. RGB Was 120 minutes, Luminance was 80 minutes, Ha 80 minutes,
01/25/2013 - Horeshead by Craig Gates
I took this picture with the Plainwave 17 and the QSI camera. Thought you might like it! Less than two hours of total exposure time.
01/25/2013 - Solar Images made with the Lunt LS80 and Lunt LS100
As a retired Commercial Photographer/Graphic Designer for over 20 years, I've also been a Night Sky Observer.
It wasn't until this past year that I purchased my first H-alpha Telescope (Lunt LS60) and became hooked on Solar Observing & Imaging. I soon sold the LS60 to purchase Lunt's LS80 H-alpha scope and just recently purchased their LS100 H-alpha scope.
Tim and Bob’s data from Wed night Oct 31,2012 and Sunday Nov 3 2012.
|This is bob’s rendering but Tim was able to add more data later that night||This is Tim’s rendering 12 ten min Ha, OIII and SII
Take with the 17 inch and the 16u camera
Sep 29,2012 thru Nov 4, 2012
Eight HA 8 OIII 8 SII Oct 21, 2012 and 31
09/12/2012 - Our Observatory in Tehachapi Mountains
Stay a night and become a member of our observatory and get a %5 discount on all of your ccd related equipment!
Woodland Hills is taking an exciting and bold new step for Astro imagers, by leasing an observatory in the Tehachapi mountains.
Our new edition to the Observatory is the AP160 refractor that makes your viewing as well as imaging experience heavenly.
Please read One of the visitors experience at the Tehachapi mountains observatory .
The observatory sits on top of a 6000 foot mountain with a 360° view of the sky, seeing on an average is very good around two arc second stars and a sky quality meter reading between 21.3 to 21.5. Not bad for a drive two hours from LA.
09/10/2012 - Moon by Tom Bash
Last holiday weekend I imaged the Moon the day after Augusts' blue moon. This is an RGB image taken through my Vixen ED115 refractor from the Tehachapi Mountains - each color channel was created from a 4 frame mosaic with the Lumenera camera at the refractor's prime focus.
Then I used a 2X Powermate and shot Tycho - pretty impressive resolution for a 115 mm scope.
09/07/2012 - The Wizard Nebula by Robert Finnigan
My first Telescope was a 3 inch Moonscope reflector that I had while at home
at Shirley. I remember showing my mother the Orion Nebula with it. Later
while at Oakland, I bought a used 6 inch from the Don Erlenbusch. I later
bought a 14 inch Celestron When we moved to Downs, I bought a 10 foot Ash
Dome make a home for the Telescope. I still have the Celestron, but the Dome
is at the use of the Twin city Astronomers at Funks Grove. I was president
of the club for 2 years and Treasurer for 3 years. With the celestron, I
took pictures in 1973 of Comet Kohoutek, which were used in the Panagraph.
In 1976 The Pantagraph also used my picture of Comet West.
I spent one year of weekend evenings at the home of Art Grebner, a
Peoria Astronomer living in Metamora. Art had a 24 foot Ash dome this is
where I got the idea to purchase my own 10 foot Ash Dome. Art had several
home made telescopes. The 6 inch Refractor was the instrument I used to find
most of the Messier objects. I purchased Art's 6 inch refractor and used it
at Lexington until June 2011. Cheryl and I donated it to the TCAA in June
After completing the visual sighting of all 70 Messier with Art , I
started the Bloomington Messier Club inside of TCAA.
I have returned to the club 2 years ago and have been active in the Photo
section of the club using their Paramount ME Mount an the new 17 inch
Planewave Telescope at Funks Grove
08/10/2012 - Tom's new moon weekend in Tehachapi's
I spent the past new moon weekend at my place in the Tehachapi's and was able to get two images with the HD 11" and STL camera.
On Friday night I imaged the Crescent nebula, which was a challenge to process since many of the brighter stars badly bloomed, and there was a fair amount of noise in the color, because the temperature increased during the night and my cooler ended up running at 100% to try and maintain -30C.
(100 minutes RGB binned 2x2 @-30C, 1 hour Clear unbinned @-20C)
The next night I imaged part of the Veil nebula, but some of the frames were polluted by some high thin clouds.
Nothing thick enough to loose the guide star, but the transparency wasn't the best.
(100 minutes RGB binned 2x2, 80 minutes Clear unbinned, all @-20C, high thin clouds)
These are four pictures I took from the bear Valley Observatory in July. Two of them were M 33 with the satellite galaxy NGC 205 close by and NGC 206 in the outer edge of the galaxy. the equipment was a Plainwave 17 the camera STL 11,000 Mono, Time of exposures was two hours to LRGB Astrid Don filters. the next picture is in NGC 6914 in the constellation Cygnus the Swan same exposure time as before, the cocoon was also a two hour exposure.
08/10/2012 - Solar flare by Bijan Pirzad
My name is Bijan Pirzad , born on 16/September/1956 in IRAN .
I am a civil engineer by profession and have my own contracting company. I have many Hobbies and astrophotography is one of them . I live in south of IRAN , a hot and humid city , Bandarabbas.
I have started astrophotography about four years ago. I started with a Russian telescope TAL- 150 , which I purchased in Iran . this is a Newtonian telescope with mirror dia of 150 mm. and focal length 750 mm (f/5). I took many of my photos by EOS-400D Canon. I purchased my second telescope Russian TAL-250 , catadioptric f/8 with focal length 2130 mm, with which I have taken lots of photos and if it can be of any use , I can send you.
The third telescope I have is , Solarmax-40 Meade which I think needs no explanation. This is an H-Alpha telescope . I have taken lots of photos using this telescope.
The ccd that I have is DFK31AU03 USB ccd 1024x768 .
The image description:
Solar flare Solarmax-40 , DFK - ccd , barlow 3
photographed by Bijan Pirzad at 09 am in IRAN - Bandarabbas with hot weather 45 degrees cel. and humidity 85%.