Images of summer
Well there is no excuse this time for not updating my blog, I just kept putting it off. Well here is whats new. In June I had some friends help to install a new pier for the Observatory. Pulled out the old pier and poured a new 10" concrete one. The previous pier had popped out of the ground from the deep frost of the winter of 2014/15. I also purchased a QHY PoleMaster, polar alignment camera. This tiny device is amazing. It enable me to get my polar alignment down to under .30 arc.min. With such a tight polar alignment I get smaller tighter stars and finer detail in my images.
Here are a few of the images I captured. All images where taken with a moded Canon XSi camera on a Tele Vue NP101 apo telescope. on a Losmandy G11 mount. All processing was done with Photo Shop CC. There were no Dark, Flat, or Bias frames taken.
|The Trifid Nebula M20 (top) and the Lagoon Nebula M8 (lower)|
|The Swan Nebula (M17)|