Astrophotography

 

This image of Mars was taken during closest approach August 2003.

 

 

Jupiter

 

 

Saturn

 

The above images were taken with an Olympus C-4000 Zoom connected via eyepiece projection to a 16" Meade LX200. Image stacking was done with K3CCD Tools and image processing done with Adobe Photoshop. All three images have the same plate scale (i.e. the relative sizes are accurate).

 

This image of Saturn was taken in 1999 using a CCD camera connected to the 26" Clark Refractor at the University of Virginia. Only one image was taken so there was no stacking. Image processing was done using Adobe Photoshop. Notice the tilt of the rings relative to the previous image of Saturn (taken in 2003). The 1999 image looks more edge on with respect to the rings.

 

 

This image of Pluto was taken with a CCD camera attached to the 36" reflector at Cerro Tololo InterAmerican Observatory in Chile in 2003. Three filters were used to make the composite color image (V, R, I). Don't notice it yet...scroll down.

 

 

The second color image (composite of three filtered images) was taken 30 minutes after the first. Notice how Pluto has shifted relative to the background stars. This apparent motion consists primarily of the Earth's motion around the sun during that 30 minutes rather than the actual motion of Pluto around the sun (which is very small due to Pluto's distance).

 

 

Orion Nebula (RGB)

This color image (composite of 4 filtered images) was taken using the new OSU Y4KCam on the CTIO 1.0m.

 

 

Our nearest neighbor the Moon. Image taken with an Olympus C-4000 Zoom attached via eyepiece projection to a 12" Dobsonian.

 

 

Sequence of images taken on 27 October 2004 during the total lunar eclipse. Image taken with an Olympus C-4000 Zoom attached via eyepiece projection to a 12" Dobsonian.