Bob's AstroGallery


by on Oct.10, 2010, under My Equipment

Main telescope: Skywatcher 120/900mm ED Apo
Guidescope: Skywatcher 80/600mm ED Apo
Mount: Skywatcher NEQ-6 Pro Synscan
Camera 1: Atik 314L OSC (One-Shot Color)
Camera 2: Canon EOS 550D (unmodified)
Autoguide camera: Alccd5 monochrome
Accessories: 0.85x Focal reducer for the Skywatcher 120/900, 2″ 2x ED Barlow

Capture software: Nebulosity 2, Cartes Du Ciel, PHD
Processing software: DeepSkyStacker, Nebulosity 2
Post-processing software: Adobe Photoshop CS4

4 Comments for this entry

  • Grant

    Wow! Nice photos!
    Very similar story to me… I was in an astro society in my teens. Recently I got a CGEM 925 and am looking at getting the same Atik for imaging! You are inspiring me!!

    • admin

      Thank you for your awesome compliment!
      Are you going to upload your images somewhere when you’re ready to take up astrophotography?
      I’m very interested to see what you can do with this setup from way over there Down Under (your email address says, forgive me if my assumption is incorrect ;)).

  • Grant

    Yes I am “Down Under”!
    The scope has used the budget for this year, so it will be next year by the time I am posting images. Gives me a good length of time to learn a “goto” scope – I am used to dobsonian type scopes.
    Nice skies last night – I managed to view three mag 13 galaxies from the backyard in town! Very happy with that! (NGC 3783, NGC 4645 and NGC 4767)
    I’ll keep an eye on your images!

  • admin

    Hehe, I know how expensive this hobby can be, it’s been quite taxing for my bank account as well 😉
    I only wish I had such dark skies as you (can) have in Australia, our light pollution is truly horrible!
    I’m eagerly waiting for clear skies, our summers are usually quite bad for astro-photography, what with the short nights and no real dark skies and all.
    So it may take a while until I can post anything new.
    It’s a great compliment for me though, knowing that even my low level of amateur photography inspires others 🙂

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