The photographs and notes on these pages are here mainly for myself,
so I can take my notes out into the field on my laptop (note that
these pages are best viewed in at least 1280x1024 resolution - I
run my laptop at 1600x1200). These pages are a place in which I can
accumulate notes on the image acquisition and processing steps taken and
on the various objects themselves, not so much that they're particularly
good examples of astrophotography. I've done a fairly large survey of
objects (e.g., I've taken a shot of all of the Messier objects), and
many of the photos are pretty poor, actually. I also apologize in
advance for what you might think are strange colors for the text,
background, and links. It turns out they show up just right for me when
I have the laptop out in the desert taking photos and the laptop has a
ruby-colored plastic screen over the display (for maintaining night
However, as a side-effect, the photos are also available to share
with family and friends. The details regarding how the photos were taken
permits local astrophotography friends (and anyone else who happens
across these pages) to compare and contrast with what they're doing and
educate me and themselves.
Pretty much all of the photos were taken using my (basically unmodified) Meade LX10 in one way or another, be it piggybacking or through the telescope. Even though it isn't highly regarded for astrophotography, I've managed to get some good images with it. I picked up a TeleVue TV101 a little while ago but haven't had too much of a chance to use it yet. You'll see more and more shots through this scope now that I've also recently acquired a Losmandy G11 (with Gemini GOTO system) and images taken with this mount will begin to predominate.
Common photo notes: All of the film photos were taken with my
Minolta Maxxum 7000i unless otherwise noted. Most of the CCD images
were taken with my SBIG STV, a Starlight Xpress HX916, and now a SXV-H9. Some of the images were taken with other
CCD cameras (notably a friend's Meade
216XT and SBIG
ST7 and even one or two with my general-purpose Nikon CoolPix
990) and are noted as such.
NOTE: You might want to make monitor adjustment on a page by David Haworth to raise/lower the brightness and/or contrast on your display to best see some of these images. All of the photos show up well on my laptop but I need to adjust my desktop monitor to see them in the same way.
Favorite Photos: My favorite photos are in table form or try the "slideshow" style of perusing these favorites. I've singled them out either because they're the best looking (IMHO), one of my favorite objects, or they were difficult to take and turned out surprisingly well (IMHO). The links will either take you right to the relevant pages or to a page where the favorite shot is denoted with
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