Crescent Moon, Sep 25, 2016

A Crescent Moon on September 25, 2016. 6 in F/8 Newtonian, 25mm Plossl, HTC 3.2 megapixel camera phone.
The Waning Crescent Moon on September 25, 2016. 6 in F/8 Newtonian, 25mm Plossl, HTC 3.2 megapixel camera phone.

I took this shot on the morning of September 25, 2016.  I was trying out my new Smartphone Digiscoping Adapter, which is a mount for most kinds of camera phones to a telescope.

The adapter was hooked to a 6″ F/8 Dobsonian with a 25mm Plossl eyepiece.  This device just clamps onto the barrel of any eyepiece and gets the lens of the camera phone centered right over the Continue reading Crescent Moon, Sep 25, 2016

The Moon on Sep 18, 2016

The Moon on Sep 18, 2016.
The Moon on Sep 18, 2016.
The Moon on Sep 18, 2016, version 2.
The Moon on Sep 18, 2016, version 2.

This is an afocal eyepiece projection image using a 25mm Plossl eyepiece, a 6 inch F/8 Newtonian and a HTC 3.2 megapixel camera phone.   The first image was sharpened in IRIS, then exported into PS and sharpened/enhanced some more.  The second image is maxed out sharpening, slightly overdone, perhaps.  lol

M63 Spiral Galaxy Makeover

M63 Spiral Galaxy.  35x180 sec @ ISO 800, Meade SN-8 at F/4, Huteck Canon 350XT.
M63 Spiral Galaxy. 35×180 sec @ ISO 800, Meade SN-8 at F/4, Hutech Canon 350XT.

Here is a makeover of M63 from data taken in 2007.   I boosted the color saturation and decreased the star brightness slightly.   Plus, I worked on the star-shapes to get them more round.   This was pretty decent data for ISO 800 and 35 subs.

NGC 891 – The Outer Limits Galaxy – Combined Data

NGC 891. Combined data from two telescopes and 3 data sets - a C8 image and two SN6 images.
NGC 891. Combined data from two telescopes and 3 data sets – a C8 image and two SN6 images.

Finally, I think I got the data blended for this image as best as possible with the least amount of artifacts.  Two images from a 6 inch Schmidt-Newt were combined with one of my more recent C-8 images of the galaxy.   I used Registar to scale and align each of the 3 images and then blended them in PS manually.

Images of Comets, Nebulae, Galaxies and Star Clusters